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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.

Art of Tracy Tauber on display in Wheatfield

Wheatfield November, 2018The artist with her paintings at the Wheatfield Library

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 diversity of the area, with its wetlands, dunes, forests and huge variety of wildlife, makes it the perfect place to find inspiration for my paintings.

My art is a way for me to express the love I feel for life and for all of Gods endless creation.

I have been married to a wonderful man (who is my biggest fan!)for over 20 years and we have two children together.


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

DeMotte November, 2018The artist surrounded by her photographs

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.

Depending on who you ask, the definition of the word “home” may vary greatly. This series depicts what the word home means to many in the homeless community, as well as US Veterans who find themselves homeless and struggling with the after effects of service. These images were captured throughout various locations in Indianapolis. This series hopes to raise awareness of homeless veterans living among us.

Ms. 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 her love for photography. Bailey grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and attends Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.


Melissa Widner displays altered photography at Rensselaer Library through October

Rensselaer September, 2018Photo of paintings on the wall

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.

“Digital photo filters are my great temptation. I love to mix different effects and layers to see what results I can get. I let the drama of the photo itself guide me in what it wants to be.”

Widner has been a nationally-published news photographer with credits from the Associated Press, editor and contributor to Jasper County newspapers, and now takes photos and creates graphics at the Jasper County Public Libraries for the web and social media. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/peacekaat.

Her favorite programs for editing are Adobe Photoshop, which she has been using since 1988, and iOS apps including Hipstamatic, Repix and Affinity Photo.


Photo of the artist

Rensselaer Library showcases paintings of Christine Herre

Being artistic is “a gift” I was blessed with and my parents being artistic may have something to do with my enjoyment of art.

I was involved in art thru my school years. I’m a member of the Jasper County Art League.

Pottery, watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencils, leather, dried gourds are just a few mediums I have worked with. I’m always interested in trying something new.


Photo of the artist with photographs along the wall in the background

Wheatfield Library Displays Photography of Claudia Pletting

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.


Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht

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.


Photo of the artist

Wallace Reed Gazaway

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.


Photo of the artist with one of her paintings.

Carla Luzadder displays art at Wheatfield in May

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.


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Student shares pencil drawings of war and fantasy

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

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

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

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 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.