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Art at the Library

The Jasper County Public Library provides limited space at each of our locations for display of original works of art and crafts, as well as display of private collections. These exhibits, as approved by library staff, are encouraged as a cultural expression of local community activity.

For more information, please read our Art Exhibit and Display Case Use Policy. Or stop in or call with questions.

Wheatfield Library displays drawings of DeMotte artist George Tachtiris in November, December

Wheatfield November, 2019The artist with his display

George Tachtiris is a native of Gary, Indiana but has lived on five acres near DeMotte since 1975. He and his wife Jill raised three children who are all grown and moved away to pursue their careers. George and Jill have a small "ranchette" with a horse, goats, two cats, and one dog.

George earned a Bachelor of Art Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Masters of Education from Purdue University Calumet.

He was an educator, coach, and administrator at the Crown Point Community School Corporation in a career that spanned over 38 years. He was honored to be inducted into the Crown Point High School Alumni Association Teacher Hall of Fame in 2014.

Now happily retired, he enjoys traveling with his wife and friends, trail riding with his horse "Chance" (14 different states so far), and continuing his interest in art by spending time in the small studio he built in anticipation of his retirement. He enjoys drawing and painting but also creates cartoons, animations, and videos, which he shares on Facebook and Youtube.


Travel photos of Thomas J. Ryan on display at Rensselaer this fall

Rensselaer October, 2019Photo of the artist in front of his photos

Thomas J. Ryan is an amateur photographer from Rensselaer, Indiana.

His interest in photography began when he started to climb and hike through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Green Mountains of Vermont, and all over New York State including the Appalachian Trail.

Thomas mostly takes landscape and ocean pictures but has done portraits and action photography as well.

Thomas works at the Jasper County Library in Rensselaer where he is a clerk at the circulation desk. He is presently researching how to become a war photographer.

Please enjoy the photos and feel free to ask questions or ask about purchase.


Art of Priscilla Knopf on display this fall at DeMotte Library

DeMotte September, 2019Display of several paintings including abstracts, still lifes and landscapes

Come see the work of Priscilla Knopf through October at the DeMotte Library.

Priscilla resides in DeMotte with her husband and a sassy parakeet. She and is a member of the Jasper County Art League as well as the Prairie Art Council.

Since retiring, Priscilla has immersed herself in the world of art, working daily from her studio. Priscilla enjoys working with all mediums, whether it be an oil painting, acrylic pour or something new. She is currently helping with a project through Prairie Art Council where local artists go into KV and Rensselaer schools to teach art to the alternative school classes.

Everyone is invited to come view her artwork through the end of October.


The artist with her display

Abbie Parmele's "Simple Elegance" collage collection on display at Wheatfield this fall

Intriguing, exciting, fun are just a few words to describe the small in size but large in expression collages. For the viewers eye, they are meant to be enlightening and to spark an interest as to what makes up the intricate but sleek design.


Collage of animal images done with chalk and pencils

Art of Judy Crawford featured at Wheatfield Library through August

Recently, our featured artist explained why she enjoys making art:


Collage of landscapes and barn scenes in pencil and wash

Irene Evans' art featured at DeMotte through August

The artwork of Irene Evans is on display at DeMotte Library through the end of August.

Irene loved to color as a child. Her parents would proudly display her finished pictures at their business in Gary, Indiana. Customers would praise her work and occasionally give her a nickel. When she got enough nickels, she bought another coloring book.


Photo of the artist in front of several paintings

Self-taught artist Jerry Blend brings his paintings to DeMotte's art wall

Jerry Blend is DeMotte’s featured artist for the months of May and June. Gerry began painting 20 years ago and painted for about 5 years. He recently picked back up the brush in the last 10 months and has been creating beautiful oil paintings once again. He credits watching Bob Ross back in the 80’s along with current YouTube tutorials as his guides.


Wall of paintings

Gerry Blend's eye catching art focus of Wheatfield Library Art Wall in April

Gerry Blend is Wheatfield Library’s featured artist for April.

Blend, a former Milwaukee native, moved to Indiana in 1973 and began to dabble with painting a few years later.

After a long 20 year hiatus, he picked up his brush and hasn’t stopped. In just under a year he has created 30 paintings, some of those currently on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall.


Photo of the artist with her display of paintings

Enjoy 'Joys of Summer' at DeMotte Library in March

For the month of March, DeMotte Library is proud to exhibit a collection of artwork titled, "Joys of Summer" by Lynn Buckmaster.

Lynn is a self-taught artist, born and raised in N.W. Indiana. Her works can be found in several private collections across the United states and also in Japan.


Photo of Pam Butler

DeMotte Library's 'Artist Spotlight' shines bright on Pam Butler

Roselawn native Pam Butler is DeMotte Library’s featured artist in February. As a retired hairstylist, Pam channels her creativity and eye for color into her paintings. Oils, acrylics, and watercolors are her medium of choice when creating her beautiful works of art. Pam also does commission work, and is always excited to sell her works of art to those that appreciate her style.


Photo of watercolor of flowers in a blue vintage wheelbarrow.

Claudia Pletting displays art at Rensselaer Library

My interest in art as a means of expression began with photography. Little did I know, growing up in Wabash, how much I loved Indiana…nature…and the power of photography to create highly personal impressions.


The artist with her paintings at the Wheatfield Library

Art of Tracy Tauber on display in Wheatfield

Hello! My name is Tracy Tauber. I am an oil painter who loves to paint animals, landscapes, and scenes from the beautiful natural world which surrounds us.

I have studied art under the guidance of professional artist Susan Rossi. I was raised in Northwest Indiana, and am still a resident there.