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Wheatfield Library Displays Photography of Claudia Pletting

Wheatfield September, 2017Photo of the artist with photographs along the wall in the background

Seeing nature and other fascinating subjects through the eye of her camera lens, Claudia Pletting uses the power of photography as a means of expressing her love for nature, creating highly personal impressions from natural, everyday scenes through photography.

Interacting with other artists and combining her love and knowledge of photography with their expertise has given Claudia confidence and inspiration in looking at things through the eyes of her camera lens to provide a whole new perspective on the world around her, also expanding her artwork to include watercolors, enjoying their delicacy and transparency.

During the months of September and October, Claudia is sharing her art and photography by displaying pieces of her collection on the artwall of the Wheatfield Library. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Indiana in all its glory through the eyes of this talented artist.

If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with our community, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield, 219 956-3774.

Closeup of selected photographs, including green beans in jars and a lakeside

Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht

Wheatfield July, 2017

What began as a paint-by-number hobby in her twenties led to real artistic adventures for Dorothy “Jimmie” Mae Speacht.

Her talents began to show through as Jimmie began attending art classes, learning about and experimenting with a variety of techniques and mixtures of paint colors and textures.

Jimmie preferred painting scenes from photographs provided to her by friends and family members. She resided in Jasper County from 1987-2001.

The Wheatfield Library is proud to display the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht during the months of July and August. Parts of her collection consists of scenes painted from family photographs and others are her own design.

If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with the public, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 219 956-3774.

Photo of several paintings along wall. Foremost is a lake with mountains.
Photo of three framed farm-themed paintings, two with barns, one with sheep.

Wallace Reed Gazaway

Rensselaer June, 2017Photo of the artist

I am a budding artist who has done sculpting, traditional painting and sketching, figure drawing, illustration, animation, pastel, and digital paint in varying degrees of involvement.

Though much of this was in my time growing up and taking part in classes at school, much of it as well was through some of the years I was at an art college.

Though the college itself had been of mixed reviews, and I eventually needed to find a more fitting such school, it still served a great purpose in broadening my art-based exploits and giving me large spans of time to improve my craft.

My love of art began when my older sister took notice of all the drawings I created as I grew older and improved. Interested in them, she proposed I create stories to explain each one, or create something based on a story I make in my head. I did just that, and over the years those stories began to blend together into a single world-built narrative that I continue and improve on to this day, with many of the works I create or recreate being linked to portions of
that story.

Though the source is often altered in varying amounts, most of what I make can trace itself back to a myth or fable or historic society I learn about and find inspiration in. As such, what I paint (often with the Paint Tool Sai program after sketching it with pencil in my sketchpad) is usually a person, creature, or landscape, with the people and creatures often being the more commonly done between the three, landscapes being a rarity.

Watercolor of a hooded figure with horns and glowing eyes holding a sycthe.
Watercolor of a lobster-like beast emerging from the sea.

Photo of the artist with one of her paintings.

Carla Luzadder displays art at Wheatfield in May

Carla Luzadder

Carla Luzadder was born Carla Allen in Rensselaer, IN.

When she was six she moved to Chicago with her mother and brother. She graduated from Carl Schurz High School and moved back to Indiana shortly after. Carla has 3 children and 8 grandchildren, and lives in DeMotte.


Photo of the artist

Student shares pencil drawings of war and fantasy

Adalia Knakieiwcz

Hello. My name is Adalia Knakieiwcz. I live in Morocco, Indiana. I am a home schooled student and in the seventh grade. My favorite subjects are history and reading.

I like to read, do 4-H, and write. I raise show chickens and rabbits for 4-H. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, and of course drawing!


Anthony Stickels

Anthony Stickels art at Rensselaer

Anthony Stickels

About the Artist- Anthony Stickels

I live in Rensselaer. I moved here from Bloomington about 2 years ago. I love this town because it is so peaceful and quiet. I enjoy reading, drawing and walking in the rain.


Black and White photo of the artist

Wheatfield Library presents NWI artist Joshua D. Smith

Joshua D. Smith

Using watercolor and other mixed media, Joshua D. Smith captures the beauty of the natural world to create art. Always eager to try something new, Joshua enjoys the limitless possibilities of all mediums, including inks, colored pencils, pastels and oil painting.


Doris Myers displays art at Wheatfield Library

Doris Myers

During the months of September and October, area artist, Doris Myers, will have pieces of her artwork on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall, located at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield, IN. Doris draws upon nature as her subjects for her paintings. She says, “As a painter and lifetime resident of rural Indiana, I am at home drawing upon nature for my subject matter.


Wheatfield Library Displays Photography Collection of Steve Overmyer

Steve Overmyer

Steve Overmyer has an eye for our feathered friends, and captures their grace, beauty and color with the lens of his camera every chance he gets. Wintering in Florida makes it easy to enjoy his favorite hobby, and still capture the essence of his favorite Indiana birds when he returns to the Hoosier state each summer.


Close up photo of the artist

Indiana artist A.K. Fielding to display patriotic works at Rensselaer Library in July.

A.K. Fielding

Academically trained in research and writing as a historian, A. K. Fielding is also a self-taught portrait painter, illustrator, and mixed-media artist.

She has forged together her love of writing, early American history and art to produce works that will hopefully encourage others to study America's past.


Judy Crawford featured artist at DeMotte

Judy Crawford

Judy Crawford maintains a studio and gallery near her home in DeMotte. She executes works in oils, pastel, pencil and charcoal. Her portraits, figurative works and still lifes include many commissioned pieces created for public spaces and private clients, with her paintings and drawings owned by collectors throughout the country.


Photography Collection of Bailey Allen on display at Wheatfield

Bailey Allen

“From the moment I picked up my camera, I knew this would never be a hobby for me, but a career.” Seventeen year old Bailey Allen found her niche in the art world while attending Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana. She has always had a passion for art, but was inspired and encouraged by the art department at Concord in her junior year to continue in her love for photography.


Tauber brings inspired natural art to Rensselaer Library

Tracy Tauber

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.