New exhibitions in the Derby library showcase local artists | Derby news
Local artists are featured in two new art exhibitions at the Derby Public Library’s High Wall and Gathering Space galleries.
The first exhibition, “A Plethora of Pike,” features a dozen works of art in multiple creative disciplines by local art teacher Laine Pike.
Plethora, a word that describes abundance, is meant to represent the diversity of the different media on display. The exhibition includes photography, gouache, oil painting, and printmaking.
Pike, who has been an art teacher with the Derby Recreation Commission for about six years, takes inspiration from courses for teenagers and adults, the focus of which changes frequently, and enables her to explore artistic forms of expression.
Pike studied arts education at Wichita State University.
âBut I think what really benefited from my art class is the art class,â she said. âThe students, I learn more from them. That helps me and my imagination. “
Drawing, painting, pottery, glass melting, and photography are all areas Pike loves to create in, with her favorite subjects being birds, sunsets, and flowers. The work on display in the library includes several very large paintings, but Pike also works in smaller dimensions.
âI don’t have a specific one [medium] that I focus on because I teach so many, so I have a hard time focusing on just one, âshe said. âThis is my show. It’s just everything that I found interesting back then – something like my artistic phases, you could say. “
Also on display in the library through August 9th are nearly 90 photographs contributed by 17 members of the Derby Photography Club.
Artists were not given specific instructions on what to photograph, resulting in a show with a broad focus. Bridges, barns and birds, bullfights and black and white photos work together with sunrises and sunsets. Derby locals can also be seen on the show.
Derby Photography Club was founded three years ago as inspiration from two local camera enthusiasts, Steve Marler and Barney Tull.
The club now meets every first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the common room of the Derby Public Library. Club members of all ages are welcome, as are all experience levels, whether they are brand new camera owners or seasoned shooters.
Usually a monthly theme is offered to challenge members to shoot new subjects. Meetings can provide time for criticism, focus on technical information, or welcome guest speakers.
Club members met and discussed with other groups. Recently, Marler and Tull gave some photography tips and assistance to the Kansas Oil Painters in Wichita, who also recently exhibited in the library.
An artist reception by the Derby Arts Council will take place on Friday, July 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the library. Light refreshments will be served and the audience will have a chance to meet the artists while enjoying the exhibits on display.
Several of Pike’s works are for sale, along with prints of photos from the photo club. Anyone with questions about purchasing can contact Tami English, Derby Public Library at 316-788-0760.