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The Derby Arts Council
at the Derby Public Library

The goal of the Derby Arts Council is to encourage, promote and foster appreciation, participation and support for the visual arts. The Derby Arts Council will showcase local artists and provide an exhibition gallery for Derby and the surrounding area to enhance the cultural arts experience.

There are two gallery spaces in the library that are managed by the Derby Arts Council: the Gathering Space Gallery and the High Wall Gallery. The Gathering Space Gallery is in the library’s lobby and includes the Community Room. When art is on display in the Community Room, it may not be available for viewing at all times. The High Wall Gallery is inside the library, located in the Business/Genealogy area of the library.

Click the button below to download the Policies and Procedures of the Derby Arts Council, which includes the artist release statement and inventory sheet. 

Now Showing in the Gathering Space Gallery

New exhibition features medley of art

The Derby Arts Council and Public Library invite the public to enjoy “Pastiche” a new exhibition in the Gathering Space Gallery, by artists from the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters. The exhibition features 46 pieces of art.

The variety of subjects and media the artists have selected creates an interesting and visually appealing presentation. A lively squirrel, the bandstand at High Park, a stagecoach heading through the Arizona landscape and a peaceful path at Botanica invite your attention.

Artists have used media including pastels, acrylics and oils, and framing includes sleek contemporary edges to ornate gilding. There is something for every taste and interest.

The Kansas Academy of Oil Painters was formed in 1985 with support from the Wichita Center for the Arts. To gain membership to the Academy, applicants must submit 10 digital images of their work for the Board of Directors to judge.

A reception to honor the artists will be hosted by the Derby Arts Council 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the Gathering Space Gallery and Community Room. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend and meet the artists.

Questions regarding the exhibition can be directed to Tami English at 316-788-0760. Follow the Derby Arts Council on Facebook, where you can learn more about the works in this exhibition and others at the library.

You are cordially invited to attend a reception for the artists: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13

Flower Shop by Arlo Casper in oil

Pork Chop by Dennis McKay in oil

 Calm Chaos by Jan Klassen in acrylic 


Now showing in the High Wall Gallery