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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.

Marsha K. Castello's Contemporary Moods on display at Rensselaer in April, May

Rensselaer April, 2018Photo of the artist

As a resident of Lafayette, Indiana for the past 30 years, Marsha has been active in the Wabash Valley Artist's Association and has participated in many community organizations.

Although, a painter all of her life, it wasn't until she retired from Purdue University in 2007 that she found the time and niche to create to her heart's content and in many different mediums.

Tucked away in a small studio room in her house, she "plays" with those different mediums; but it wasn't until she started daily journaling with acrylic, that she discovered the process that opened her up to the most spontaneous and liberated voice to her creations yet without fear or regret.

If you can look at this body of work and see her muse and feel her moody passion, then she has succeeded in her goal.

This display represents who she is today as an artist with "contemporary moods". Painting in acrylic is her favorite way to push the boundaries and provide her with peace. Some days bring sunshine, some days bring rain. Her paintings are her moods of the day.

For more information, she may be she may be reached via her email: marshakayc39@yahoo.com

Photo of the artist with several paintings on the art wall.
Photo of a painting of a dandelion seed head

The DeMotte Library hosts the art of Judy Crawford through April

DeMotte March, 2018Photo of the artist

I enjoy the physical act of making art, and working in different mediums affords me challenges and pleasures in each. Be it the drag or “tooth” of charcoal on textured papers, the ability to push and manipulate oil paint in numerous ways on the canvas, or the loose and broad application of pastels in building layers of color on sanded board-papers, each medium is exciting and demanding in its own right.

Every piece, be it a commissioned work, a gallery piece, or a show piece starts with some vision or story I want to share with my viewer. The communication may be as simple as the description of light striking a face in a sculptural and exquisite way, or depicting the opaque lights and transparent darks on a still life object that celebrate and build the beauty unique to a seemingly mundane thing.

My commissioned works add another dimension to the creative process, as then I work my client’s vision into the final look of a proposed work. Although challenging, I love working with people and it is extra rewarding satisfying myself and each client.

The practical working methods for commissioned works includes the realization that working from life is great but rarely possible. Photographic source material belonging to my client is welcomed and easily mailed or scanned, or if feasible I will take the photographs myself at an agreed upon place and time. Size and the medium used in each commission are decided in collaboration with the client.

Whether it is a figurative drawing, a painting of a person, animal or bird in a portrait, a landscape or a realistic and sumptuous still life work, my goal is the same: to share with the viewer my excitement, interpretation and appreciation for not only the look, but the essence of what makes that subject unique. I trust that each of my works stimulates a response, either meditative and private, or public and leading to lively conversation about the people and things I choose to present.

For more examples of my work please visit: www.judycrawfordart.com

A collection of still life paintings, including one of several glassware items.

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

Rensselaer February, 2018Photo of the artist

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.

My photos have been shown at the Salon Show of the South Shore Center for Arts in Munster, at the Gallery Northwest at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, at the Jasper County Fair and the Indiana State Fair, and in Jasper County Art League and Prairie Arts Council shows.

I had a solo exhibit, entitled Close to Home, at the Wells Center in Lafayette. My work was exhibited with the work of two other Rensselaer artists, Kelly Spurgeon and Abbie Parmele, in the Prairie Arts Council Trio show. Abbie Parmele and I initiated the Under Indiana Skies series of summer exhibits at the Gallery for Contemporary Art at Indiana University Northwest.

One of my photos, The Last Crabapple, is part of the Wheatfield Library’s permanent art collection and is on display in the Wheatfield Library. My photos have also been published in From the Edge of the Prairie, an annual anthology of work by local writers who are members of the Prairie Writers Guild, and Through the Sycamores, an on line poetry and photography magazine.

I am active in the Jasper County Art League and the Prairie Arts Council.

Rose Marie and I have raised five children and have 11 grandchildren. I am especially appreciative of my family’s support and encouragement of my photography.

A Professor Emeritus of English at Saint Joseph's College, I retired from teaching in 2003.

Close up of four photo still lives of fruit and vegetables.
Claudia at the golden gate

Claudia Pletting photos on display at Jasper County Public Library.

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

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


Watercolor of a rabbit

Gail Woolever Watercolors and More

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 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 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

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

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