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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

Wichita Women Artists featured at library gallery

Vibrant and varied, the 65 artworks on display in the Gathering Space Gallery are indicative of the artistic talent of the 40 artists who make up Wichita Women Artists. Art on display includes works in oils, watercolor, gouache, acid ink, pastels and mixed media. Subject matter is sure to appeal to almost everyone, featuring landscapes, still life, portraits and more.

Wichita Women Artists originated at the Wichita School of Fine Arts in 1950. Originally known as the Painting of the Month Club, the group changed its name in 1967 to Wichita Women Artists.

Membership in the organization is limited to 40 artists, and potential members must be sponsored by a current member, submit work for evaluation, and then submit to a vote of the current members. Wichita Women Artists provides awards for local art competitions, including Scholastic Art Awards, the Kansas Watercolor Show, and the Wichita Garden Show.

Please join us for a reception honoring the artists 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 14 at the library. Come meet the artists, enjoy light refreshments and view the art.

Wichita Women Artists exhibit will run through Aug. 15. Many of the pieces in this exhibit are available for purchase. Information regarding the purchase of any of the works can be requested directly from the artists, at the number listed on the art label.

For more information on the opportunities to display art at the Derby Public Library Gathering Space or High Wall gallery, please contact Tami English, at 316-788-0760.


Burst of Color by Dianne HowardBlooms and Heirlooms
by Sue Vautravers
Two in Blue
by Kayann Aushermann


Now Showing in the High Wall Gallery

Experience Tanzania through photos in library exhibit

Photographs by Derby Photography Club member and resident Sheila Maksimowicz are now on display in the High Wall Gallery in the Derby Public Library. “Mission: Tanzania” provides a glimpse into the vibrancy, energy and culture of the East African country.

In 2010, Maksimowicz and her husband visited their daughter Megan, who was serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, and this exhibit features just a dozen of the photos Sheila took while there.

Megan taught at Mlingano secondary school in Tanga, Tanzania, and lived in a small house near the school. Electricity was sometimes available, and running water was not. The photos in the exhibit emphasize the simplicity of the lives of the students and villagers.

Sheila expanded her photography knowledge and skills when she acquired a digital camera in 2004. The Derby Photography Club meets the first Monday of the month at the library, and welcomes all camera enthusiasts.

“Mission: Tanzania” will be on display through mid-October. 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.

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