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Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht

Wheatfield July, 2017

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.

Jimmie preferred painting scenes from photographs provided to her by friends and family members. She resided in Jasper County from 1987-2001.

The Wheatfield Library is proud to display the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht during the months of July and August. Parts of her collection consists of scenes painted from family photographs and others are her own design.

If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with the public, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 219 956-3774.

Photo of several paintings along wall. Foremost is a lake with mountains.
Photo of three framed farm-themed paintings, two with barns, one with sheep.

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.

Photography display

Graceful Images Photography displayed at Wheatfield in March

Tracy Grace

Tracy Grace is the photographer behind Graceful Images Photography. She is a married mother of three and works part time as a travel agent.

Her love affair with photography began when her husband gave her a DSLR camera as a gift in 2012 - she hasn't been able to put it down since. She taught herself by taking photos constantly of everyone and everything.


Irene Evans' artwork displayed at DeMotte

Irene Evans

I have always been interested in and fascinated with all sorts of creative experiences.


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.