Derby Arts Council


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.  

Click here to view the Derby Arts Councils Policies and Procedures and for information about showing your work in our gallery.


The Gathering Space Gallery is open during the regular library hours. If art is in the Community Room, it may not be available for viewing at all times.

Phil Emerson, local artist, is currently on display in the Gathering Space Gallery,
Derby Public Library. "Everyday

Abstractions,” is a collection of 29 large scale works on exhibit through October 13, 2015. 

Phil is a mixed-media artist, working with substances ranging from house paint, to oils, acrylics, and water colors to create art on a frequently "found" object. Random pieces of cut lumber are the artist’s favorite find. Experimenting with textures and finding inspiration from music, Phil defines himself as a "lyrical abstractionist.”  While he states that he has been drawing since he could hold a crayon, he acknowledges that commissioned work has driven him to grow and evolve artistically. His inspiration for work, while found both in nature, and patterns and textures seen in old and new construction, are also hugely driven by music.  Phil says “I create from a place of color and sound."  








The High Wall Gallery is located in the Business/Genealogy Area of the Library.

Debbie Bradstreet, artist, is currently in exhibit at the Derby Public Library,
with "Seasons of Simplicity," hanging in the High Wall Gallery through October 7.  Ms. Bradstreet's acrylic paintings are inspired by her experience of growing up in the country, and participating in 4-H and State Fair competitions.  Reflecting her love of seasons, color and rural life, the artist invites viewers to enjoy nature's beauty.  Pieces are available for purchase, with prices and contact information available from library staff. 


Receptions:  The public is invited and encouraged to attend gallery receptions. Receptions provide the public with an opportunity to meet the artist(s) and discuss their exhibit on a one-on-one basis. 


Future Exhibits: 

Barney Tull
Angie Pickman
Derby High School Art
Kansas Acrylic & Oil Painters Guild
Steve Marler Photography


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