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Wheatfield Library Displays Photography of Claudia Pletting

Wheatfield September, 2017Photo of the artist with photographs along the wall in the background

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.

Interacting with other artists and combining her love and knowledge of photography with their expertise has given Claudia confidence and inspiration in looking at things through the eyes of her camera lens to provide a whole new perspective on the world around her, also expanding her artwork to include watercolors, enjoying their delicacy and transparency.

During the months of September and October, Claudia is sharing her art and photography by displaying pieces of her collection on the artwall of the Wheatfield Library. Don’t miss the opportunity to see Indiana in all its glory through the eyes of this talented artist.

If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with our community, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield, 219 956-3774.

Closeup of selected photographs, including green beans in jars and a lakeside

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.

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.


Jasper County Art League Exhibit

Abbie Parmele, Barb Lucas, Claudia Pletting, Connie Kingman, Doris Myers, Gail Woolever, Irene Evans, Jasper County Art League, John Groppe, Mary Ann VanSoest

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

Barb Lucas

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