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Art at the Library - a.k.-fielding

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.

Carla Luzadder displays art at Wheatfield in May

Wheatfield May, 2017Photo of the artist with one of her paintings.

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.

Carla worked at Saint Joseph's College for 35 years, until their recent decision to close. Carla has taken numerous art classes while working there, which include drawing, painting, clay, photography, and stained glass. She also took a class in poetry. Instructors included Corey Crum, Bonnie Zimmer, Doris Myers, David Herriott and John Groppe. Her strongest interest is in painting and is working to develop her individual style.

Carla is also a member of the Prairie Writer's Guild. She has had poems and short stories published in their annual book "From the Edge of the Prairie" since its inception in 2004. Carla can be emailed at carlaluzadder (at) gmail.com

Photo of several paintings on the Wheatfield Library art wall.
Closeup of a paiting featuring abstract blue flowers on white.

Student shares pencil drawings of war and fantasy

Rensselaer April, 2017Photo of the artist

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!

I want to either go into law enforcement, the military, to be a pilot, or to work for NASA. I like to fly and travel. One of my favorite things to do is horseback riding or walking with my dog Dixie. I hope to train her to become a therapy dog.

I love looking into history and reading up on the Civil War. I love old classic books, especially Jane Austin. Some of my favorite books are Treasure Island, Phantom of the Opera, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings.

I started drawing cartoons when I was three. I took art classes at the Rensselaer Library with Ms. Metz for a couple of years. My favorite tool to draw with is graphite pencil. I like drawing mythical creatures and old historical figures. I like listening to classical music while I draw.

Pencil drawing of a woman in a Civil War Era dress.