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Art at the Library

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.

Anthony Stickels art at Rensselaer

Rensselaer February, 2017Anthony 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.

Most of these drawing are not planned, they just happen. When I drew these I had a rough idea what I wanted to draw then I just let my hand draw the rest. I never knew how to draw It just came to me one day and I had a sudden urge to draw and then I started to doodle at first then boom just like that I was drawing.

I love to draw now these days. If there is one thing I have learned about myself. It is never be afraid to do some thing because you can do anything that you want to if you have the willpower, desire, and the right attitude. Anything is possible.

I hope that you enjoy.

Thanks

Collection of drawings on posterboard
Sheila Maxwell posing in front of her canvases.

Wine and Canvas Collection

Sheila Maxwell

I live in Rensselaer and have worked at the Jasper County Public Library system for 18 years as the Systems Administrator. I enjoy volunteering on the Main Street and Rock the Arts Committees. I am also the webmaster for my church website. I enjoy running and LOVE the beach.


Close up photo of a painting of a llama in front of a barn

Wheatfield Library displays art collection of Sharon Bolt

Sharon Bolt

Living on a llama farm has been rewarding in many ways for Sharon Bolt. After being in the llama business for over 20 years, Sharon found herself enamored with their grace and beauty and became inspired to try her hand at painting. Beginning with acrylics, Sharon’s visions became a reality on canvas and she sold out of her llama paintings in only twenty minutes during her first show.


Claudia at the golden gate

Claudia Pletting photos on display at Jasper County Public Library.

Claudia Pletting

My interest in art as a means of expression began with photography. 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. I always have my camera with me.


Jenny Pierson

Jenny Pierson displays photos in August

Jenny Pierson

Since the hot pink 110 camera I had at 8 years old I have been taking photographs. I was hooked. I loved that I could freeze a moment in time with just one click of the shutter. I went on in high school to learn the technical side of photography. I knew that I wanted to be a professional photographer and learn all I could about it.


Alan and Carol Hurley

Hurleys display their photography

Alan and Carol Hurley

Alan and Carol Hurley have a passion for photography and enjoy sharing their works with the community.


Watercolor of a rabbit

Gail Woolever Watercolors and More

Gail Woolever

Gail Waluk Woolever, retired art teacher of 34 years in the Kankakee Valley School Corporation, has been an artist since a very young girl. Her art depicts the love she has for the flowers, fields and friends of her life on the farm and the travels she has enjoyed.


Barb Lucas

Barb Lucas - Eagles and Backyard birds

Barb Lucas

Barb Lucas has a passion for bird-watching and combines this passion with another; her joy for photographing nature. Our national bird, the Bald Eagle, and its return to the Northwest Indiana after many years on the endangered species list, is also a passion for Barb Lucas.


Mary Ann VanSoest

Mary Ann VanSoest Quilt Display

Mary Ann VanSoest

Mary Ann VanSoest started seriously working with art after retiring from a career in real estate. She experiments with different ideas and crafts her art sometimes using unusual elements.


Jasper County Art League Exhibit

Abbie Parmele, Barb Lucas, Claudia Pletting, Connie Kingman, Doris Myers, Gail Woolever, Irene Evans, Jasper County Art League, John Groppe, Mary Ann VanSoest

During the month of February the Jasper County Art League is displaying a collection of art by various members at the DeMotte Library. The nine artists whose works are featured are: Irene Evans, John Groppe, Connie Kingman, Barb Lucas, Doris Myers, Abbie Parmele, Claudia Pletting, Mary Ann VanSoest and Gail Woolever.


Barb Lucas

Barb Lucas - Northwest Indiana Nature Photography

Barb Lucas

Bird watching has been Barb’s passion for decades. She took up nature photography after a career in public education.