The Derby library will soon begin hosting an art exhibit dedicated to the city’s 150th anniversary.

The Derby 150th Art Exhibition will run March 18 through May 8 in the gathering space and high wall galleries at the Derby Public Library, as well as at City Hall and the Derby Welcome Center, 611 N. Mulberry.

Tami English, chair of the Derby Arts Council, said the show will blend professional artists, amateurs and youth in the school district. She said it will be the largest show the council has hosted since it began in November 2009.

Adult artists have already been notified by the library of the 120 pieces selected. Their names will be released once the show begins.

Visitors can expect to see photography, graphite, pastel, ink, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, digital illustrations, and more.

The library anticipates receiving more pieces from students in USD 260, St. Mary’s Parish Catholic School, and home school. In total, the show will likely include up to 500 pieces of art.

A public reception to celebrate the artists is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11 at the library, City Hall and welcome center.

Art will be free to view during operational hours.

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