The library — a place for art!

When you think of libraries, you likely think of books, movies, and maybe even a children’s area. All could be considered a form of art. But did you know here at the Derby Public Library, our collections of art also include, well, art.

“Strawberry Fizz” was featured in an exhibit of macro photography recently in the Gathering Space Gallery.

The library has two galleries in which different forms of visual art are regularly displayed. The Gathering Space Gallery, which includes the Community Room and main entry of the library, shows several exhibitions a year, including one every spring that features students from Derby schools.

The High Wall Gallery is inside the library, in the business and genealogy area. Smaller exhibitions are displayed in this gallery, often including works from library patrons and Derby community members. Since it is a smaller space, artists with a smaller body of work also get the opportunity to exhibit.

Library records show that the Derby Arts Council was officially organized in 2010. The Arts Council is a volunteer group made up of community members who have an interest in art.

“Touching the Clouds” by Steve Marler is a quintessential Kansas photograph.

The board seeks out local artists, bringing their work into our community, allowing members of the community to expand their experience with art. The goal of the library is to encourage appreciation of and participation in the visual arts.

If you visit the library regularly, you have probably noticed the many types of artwork that have been on display. The Arts Council is pleased to be able to bring various forms of art and different mediums to the public.

One of the artists whose work has been featured is cut paper art by Angie Pickman. This piece is titled Prairie Rows.

Past exhibitions have included sculpture, abstract art on plywood, along with traditional oil paintings and photographs.

However, the Arts Council doesn’t just share the art with the community, it makes every effort to bring the artist to the community as well. Artists are encouraged to host a reception, allowing members of the community to meet the artist and learn about the art, directly from the person who created it.


New photography exhibit gets viewers up close

The 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,

Macro photo of a magnolia pod opening
“Magnolia Pod Awakening” by Glenda Webster

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.

Photo of a polydamas butterfly
“Polydamas” by Sondra Barry

This often results in the viewer exploring the photograph in ways unfamiliar to them.

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.

Macro photo of a thin slice of strawberry in club soda
“Strawberry Fizz” by Paulette Mattingly

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.

A “Kaleidoscope” of Kansas artists show work in Gathering Space Gallery

The Gathering Space at Derby Public Library has a new exhibition for art lovers to enjoy, presented by the artists of the Kansas Art Guild. Installed this past week, “Kansas Kaleidoscope” will be available to view through Jan. 9, 2017.

Oil painting titled Leather Boutique by Janet Butler
“Leather Boutique” in oil by Janet Butler

Seventeen Guild artists have brought 57 pieces of artwork to share with visitors to the Gathering Space Gallery. Including mediums such as watercolor, oil, and acrylic painting, and pen and ink and pastel drawings, these works engage the eye and capture the imagination. Each artist brings his or her own energy and talent to the work, and visitors can spend a few minutes or an hour, enjoying the variety and detail presented.

Oil painting titled A Secret Place by Dixie Mills
“A Secret Place” in oil by Dixie Mills

The Derby Arts Council will be hosting an artists’ reception 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in the Community Room. Light refreshments will be served and the public is cordially invited to attend.

More information about the Kansas Art Guild is available on its website at Questions regarding purchase of artwork can be directed to Tami English, Derby Public Library, 788-0760.



Photographers offer “A View of the Seasons” in library’s High Wall Gallery

“The Deer Hunter” photography by Barney Tul

Local photographers Bill Fales and Barney Tull have put together a series of their photographs that promise to bring smiles and warm hearts. The exhibition, “A View of the Seasons,” is a treat that will be up through the holiday season.

The exhibition includes 13 photographs that will be on display through the first week of January 2017. While both men have exhibited their work at the library on other occasions, their work can also be seen in locations throughout Derby, including the Venue at Madison Avenue Central Park, City Hall, and the Derby Recreation Commission.

More works by Fales, a Derby police officer, can be found on his website, Tull, who retired from the Army and from Boeing, offers photography classes through the Derby Recreation Center.

“Autumn Waterfall” photography by Bill Fales

Both men can often be spotted at public events in Derby, capturing the highlights and energy of whatever celebration they are attending.

Please stop by the High Wall Gallery when you visit the Derby Public Library and enjoy “A View of the Seasons.” Photo prints are available for sale from both artists, and more information regarding purchase is available by contacting Tami English, Derby Public Library, 788-0760.