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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

'Layers'  art by Kayann Ausherman

A new exhibition of works by artist Kayann Ausherman will be open to the public Jan. 10 in the Gathering Space Gallery. Ausherman uses a variety of media to create her art, which is more whimsical than realistic in is its representation of everyday objects.

She feels the creative process is about experimentation and exploration of new ways to express the familiar and seeks to evoke an emotional connection with the viewer. Ausherman often uses unexpected materials in her work, including wrappers, postage stamps, envelopes and other found items.

A public reception to honor Ausherman will be held 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 in the Community Room.

Works from the show are available for purchase.  Any questions regarding the exhibit 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 exhibit and others at the library.

Finding Yellow

Meadowlark Song

Searching for Blue



Showing through March in the High Wall Gallery

Peace of Art: acrylic paintings by Rita Tillison

Look for Rita Tillison's paintings to be hung the first week of February and be up through March. Rita discovered her love of painting at a date night at Pinot's Palette in Wichita. With no formal training, she learned to convey the peacefulness of nature through acrylics.

Her impression-style landscapes are inspired by what she has seen and experienced personally. She believes her hand is guided through each brushstroke by her faith in Christ. Rita donates from sales of her artwork to mission projects including Stroll to Prevent Domestic Violence, Freedom Hooves, and Christian Missionary Fellowship.

Any questions regarding the exhibit should be directed to Tami English at 316-788-0760 or Follow the Derby Arts Council on Facebook, where you can learn more about the works in this exhibit and other exhibits at the library.

Refreshing HikeBlessingReflections of Fire