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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.

DeMotte Library's 'Artist Spotlight' shines bright on Pam Butler

DeMotte February, 2019Photo of 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. Pam’s collection is currently on display, and runs through February. Stop in to see her beautiful paintings on the DeMotte Library’s art wall, located at 901 Birch St. SW, DeMotte.


Claudia Pletting displays art at Rensselaer Library

Rensselaer January, 2019Photo of watercolor of flowers in a blue vintage wheelbarrow.

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.

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. That is why I always have my camera with me, whether on my way to feed the birds, to walk to the mailbox, or to pick a green pepper from the garden. I want to be ready.

As my eye and confidence grew, I interacted more with other artists here in Jasper County. I learned from them - formally and informally.

This connection to our area’s art community has recently helped my artistic interest expand to watercolors, which I appreciate especially for their delicacy and transparency.

Not until after retirement was I able to take the time to “look” at things the way I believe they should be viewed and enjoyed, both with a lens and with a paintbrush.

I hope you enjoy this perspective on my world.

Contact the artist via email at CLAUD1951 (at) HOTMAIL.COM.

Photo of the artwork on display at the Rensselaer Library.

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.


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Still Lifes by John D. Groppe on display at Rensselaer through March

I was born in New York City and have been a Hoosier since 1958 when I became a graduate student in English at the University of Notre Dame. I have been a resident of Rensselaer since 1962 when my wife Rose Marie and I started teaching at Saint Joseph’s College. I have been an ardent photographer since the 1980s.


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Works of Lynn Buckmaster on display at DeMotte Library in January and February

Lynn Buckmaster is a local artist, born and raised in N.W. Indiana. Lynn is a member of the Jasper County Art League. At present, her works can be found in several private collections across the United States.


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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.


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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.