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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.

Enjoy 'Joys of Summer' at DeMotte Library in March

DeMotte March, 2019Photo of the artist with her display of paintings

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.

Drawing inspiration from nature, Lynn's early works were influenced by Thomas Kinkade, but now continues developing and expanding her own personal style.

Most of her works are generally created in acrylic as she enjoys the versatile qualities of that medium.

Lynn also enjoys instructing painting in classes that encourage others to grow their creativity and talents, while promoting a love and appreciation for art and the nature around us.

Lynn can be contacted for painting parties and custom orders. Check her out on Facebook at BuckmasterArt.


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

DeMotte February, 2019Photo of 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. Pam’s collection is currently on display, and runs through February. Stop in to see her beautiful paintings on the DeMotte Library’s art wall, located at 901 Birch St. SW, DeMotte.


Claudia Pletting displays art at Rensselaer Library

Rensselaer January, 2019Photo of watercolor of flowers in a blue vintage wheelbarrow.

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.

Wherever I am, I look around and try to find subjects which are, to me, interesting and/or beautiful…different things at different times of the year. That is why I always have my camera with me, whether on my way to feed the birds, to walk to the mailbox, or to pick a green pepper from the garden. I want to be ready.

As my eye and confidence grew, I interacted more with other artists here in Jasper County. I learned from them - formally and informally.

This connection to our area’s art community has recently helped my artistic interest expand to watercolors, which I appreciate especially for their delicacy and transparency.

Not until after retirement was I able to take the time to “look” at things the way I believe they should be viewed and enjoyed, both with a lens and with a paintbrush.

I hope you enjoy this perspective on my world.

Contact the artist via email at CLAUD1951 (at) HOTMAIL.COM.

Photo of the artwork on display at the Rensselaer Library.
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.


The artist surrounded by her photographs

DeMotte Library's 'Artist Spotlight' shines bright on photographer Bailey Allen

The DeMotte Library is proud to display the photography of Bailey Allen for the months of November and December. Her current display is a series she calls "Home Sweet Home," which pays homage to our homeless veterans.


Photo of paintings on the wall

Melissa Widner displays altered photography at Rensselaer Library through October

Digital artist Melissa Widner has been working with photography almost all her life, and with digital editing software for more than 30 years.

“I have always loved the literal definition of photography as ‘writing with light.’ Photos are not just a way to record the history around us, but also can evoke moods and feeling with all the colors that can, and sometimes can’t, exist in nature.


Photo of Tim Gross standing with his art display.

Tim Gross displays portraits, carvings at Rensselaer Library in September

Tim is a local artist that works professionally as a tattoo artist but also does painting, drawing, sculpting and wood carving.


Photo of paintings on the wall

Janice Krediet paintings on display at DeMotte Library

Janice Krediet is our DeMotte feature artist for September and October. Janice, an art teacher, has taught for the last 25 years. Her goal is to ignite the joy of creativity in children and adults. She is also available for Coffee and Canvas parties.


Small display quilt of red chairs by Lake Michigan.

DeMotte Library displays fiber art collection of Mary Ann VanSoest

Using a variety of textiles, yarn and other materials, Mary Ann VanSoest creates vibrant and colorful shapes, using a mix of contours and structures, as well as a good deal of imagination and talent to create Fiber Art.

During the months of July and August, the DeMotte Library is proud to display pieces from Mary Ann’s colorful Fiber Art collection on the Library’s Art Wall.


Photo of artist Autumn Fagenbaum in front of her costumes.

Cosplay display at Wheatfield Library through August

Creative costuming is a passion for Autumn Fagenbaum, and one that she credits for gaining confidence enough to conquer her stage fright and helping her to create a new circle of friends who share her love of costume design.


Photo of the artist by several of her metal collages

Abbie Parmele charms with Simple Elegance display of found object art at Rensselaer Library

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.


Photo of the artist

Wheatfield Library showcases artwork of Sasha Hachlica

Painting, taking care of her animals and enjoying time with friends are just a few of Sasha Hachlica’s interests. Sasha is 17 years old and has ambitions of becoming a veterinarian when she graduates from KV High School. Sasha’s love for art began with sketching in charcoal pencil, and developed into a love for painting with acrylics.


Photo of the artist

Marsha K. Castello's Contemporary Moods on display at Rensselaer in April, May

As a resident of Lafayette, Indiana for the past 30 years, Marsha has been active in the Wabash Valley Artist's Association and has participated in many community organizations.

Although, a painter all of her life, it wasn't until she retired from Purdue University in 2007 that she found the time and niche to create to her heart's content and in many different mediums.