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 click here for the artist release statement and inventory sheet for 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.

New photography exhibit gets viewers up close

macro photograph of magnolia pod openingThe Derby Arts Council is pleased to announce the installation of “Macro/Melange,” an exhibit featuring photographic works by the members of the Wichita Area Camera Club. The exhibit, which opens Jan. 9, 2017, in the Gathering Space Gallery at the Derby Public Library, features macro and standard photography. Viewers of the exhibit will find themselves reflecting on their interests and asking questions prompted by the photos.

Macro photography, taking close-up photographs of tiny objects, has become a more popular technique with the advent of digital cameras. It presents the photographer with many challenges, as trying to capture the essence of something so tiny and taking that image to a size many hundreds of times larger can be both frustrating and exhilarating.

Members of the Wichita Area Camera Club take great care with their subjects, working to bring focus and deliberation to their photographs. This often results in the viewer exploring the photograph in ways unfamiliar to them.

macro photograph of a polydamas swallowtail butterfly

Members of the club meet monthly at Douglas Photographic Imaging on the second Tuesday of the month. Each month’s meeting includes a photography assignment challenge. The mission of the club is to educate its members and offer opportunities for each member to improve their skills. Each member is encouraged to seek out photo competitions, group photo shoots and other activities that will stretch them as photographers.

The public is cordially invited to attend a reception honoring the artists 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, 2017, in the Community Room at the Derby Public Library. Photographers featured in the show will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their photos and techniques. Call Tami English at 316-788-0760 for more information regarding the exhibit, reception or purchase of photos.


Photographs from the last art reception

The Derby Arts Council hosted an artists’ reception 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Community Room, to recognize the artists whose work was shown in the "Kansas Kaleidoscope" exhibit. A few pictures of the event are below.











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

“Luminescence” offers viewers a taste of spring

The Derby Public Library invites those who are weary of winter to visit “Luminescence,” in the High Wall Gallery.

Artists belonging to the Kansas Academy of Oil Painters have provided 12 paintings for display in the gallery, and while there is no common theme regarding subject, each one glows with light and warmth. Hummingbirds, flowers, and scenes of pastoral calm will lighten the winter blahs and inspire spring plans for travel, gardening and more.

The Kansas Academy of Oil Painters was formed in 1985 with support from the Wichita Center for the Arts. Members of the Academy have opportunities to exhibit in public areas as well in gallery spaces, and the Derby Public Library is fortunate to have these paintings through March for you to enjoy during your library visits.

The artists of each painting are identified and all paintings are available for purchase. More information is available from Tami English, Derby Public Library, 788-0760.


Upcoming Exhibitions: 

Elementary Art: Art by USD 260 Elementary School Students

Sandy Stucky


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