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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.

'Celebrating Women' juried show winners on display at Rensselaer Library

Rensselaer January, 2021Photo of library's art wall covered in photos.

This January and February, the Rensselaer Library art wall is hosting the award winners of the Dec. 2020 “Celebrating Women” juried exhibit at the Prairie Arts Council.

This display features the photography of several local artists based on the theme, chosen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in the United States.The photos were originally displayed Dec.8, 2020-Jan.7, 2021 in the Lilian Fendig Gallery of the Carnegie Center.

“The sign of a great photograph is in the power of what it speaks to the viewer,” said juror Brienne Hooker. “What I learned from this show and from the artists who shared is that there are great women raising great women in our community. There are great women leaving a legacy of strength, love, creativity, adventure, grit and beauty.”

For those interested in seeing more, a virtual tour of the exhibit can also be seen online at youtube. https://www.youtube.com/aIRvQN6k7dQ

Featured Photos:

"And now she's 99..." by Bonnie Zimmer. My focus is on my mom, Doris, living out her 98th year, mostly in isolation during this pandemic, but "living" each day without complaint. As her primary connection to the outside world, I documented her contentment with her own company.

"Holding On" by Anne Kingma. At 95 my grandmother is holding on, especially as she struggles with dementia and Parkinson's Disease. I am physically holding on to her but also because of the memories we share. I addressed the theme here by showing a poignant moment of love shared across generations.

Photo collage of snapshots of the artist's mother, Doris Myers
Photo of a young woman holding her seated grandmother.

Photos from NICHES Land Trust properties featured at Rensselaer Library

Rensselaer January, 2020

NICHES Land Trust, a non-profit organization headquartered at Clegg Memorial Garden in Lafayette, Ind., maintains more than 40 public conservation properties across 13 counties in western and central Indiana.

Their properties, including several parcels in Jasper County, allow them to help preserve native habitat in a variety of ecosystems. These properties offer a variety of public use options which vary from site to site, but can include hiking, bird watching, fishing and mushroom hunting. Sites are typically open from dawn to dusk and offer miles of public trails for discovering natural habitat.

Founded in 1995 by a small group of citizens concerned with conservation of natural areas, NICHES Land Trust is non-adversarial; choosing to work cooperatively with land owners, other nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and various entities in the pursuit of areas ranging from small green spaces to pristine nature preserves of high biological integrity.

Their mission is "Responsible conservation through collaboration."

Several photographs of their properties, including work done at the properties, are on display in January and February at the Rensselaer Library. To learn more, visit the NICHES Land Trust website or their facebook page.

Gallery wall of framed, labeled photographs.

Gerry Blend paintings captivate on Wheatfield Library's art wall

Wheatfield January, 2020

Gerry Blend’s artwork is currently on display at the Wheatfield Library through the end of February.

Blend, a former Milwaukee native, moved to Indiana in 1973 and began to dabble with painting a few years later. After a long 20 year hiatus, he picked up his brush and hasn’t stopped. In just under a year he has created 30 paintings, some of those currently on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall.

Self-taught, Blend has learned how to create his colorful masterpieces by watching instructional television programs and tutorials on Youtube.

To view Gerry Blend’s beautiful eye catching art, visit the Wheatfield Library, located at 350 S. Bierma St. Those interested in having their art collection displayed are encouraged to call the Wheatfield Library at (219) 956-3774.

Photo of the artist and several paintings on a gallery wall.
Photo of the artist with her display of paintings

Enjoy 'Joys of Summer' at DeMotte Library in March

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.


Photo of Pam Butler

DeMotte Library's 'Artist Spotlight' shines bright on 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.


Photo of watercolor of flowers in a blue vintage wheelbarrow.

Claudia Pletting displays art at Rensselaer Library

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.


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.