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.

Current Exhibits:  

GATHERING SPACE GALLERY:  “A Semblance of Order” -  An exhibition of textile art, poetry and paintings by Joyce Suellentrop, Jeanine Hathaway, and Beth Golay; a collaborative group of artists who combine thoughts, images and poetry. They toss around ideas at monthly meetings before going their separate ways to create, following where the discussion (and wine) leads them.

  • Joyce Suellentrop, a retired history professor, is a textile artist. She often embellishes her pieces with acrylic and detailed embroidery.
  • Jeanine Hathaway is a poet whose publications include a novel, Motherhouse (NY:Hyperion,1992), and two collections of poetry, The Self as Constellation (TX: UNT Press, 2001) and The Ex-Nun Poems (KY: Finishing Line Press, 2012).  Her collaboration with Beth Golay and Joyce Suellentrop, Fabrication of A Li(f)e, was shown at Watermark Books, 2013.
  • Beth Golay is a textile artist with a penchant for words, acquired from spending years in both the book industry and public radio. In addition to her collaboration work with Jeanine and Joyce, she is a founding member of the Ginger Rabbits artist group.

HIGH WALL GALLERY:  The Derby Public Library is also pleased to feature an exhibit of photographs featuring activities and personnel at McConnell Air Force Base.  Derby resident and talented photographer Barney Tull created this stunning exhibit, which is located both in the entryways and in the Library's Business and Genealogy Center. 

SPECIAL FEATURE FOR AIRPLANE EXHIBIT:  Unique audio of a refueling crew in action is available using your cell phone and a QR code, located on information sheets displayed near the photographs.

WE THANK ALL of these talented artistsfor sharing their art with our community.

Future Exhibits: 

  • TBA


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


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