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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 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.


Photo of the artist

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.


Doris Myers displays art at Wheatfield Library

During the months of September and October, area artist, Doris Myers, will have pieces of her artwork on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall, located at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield, IN. Doris draws upon nature as her subjects for her paintings. She says, “As a painter and lifetime resident of rural Indiana, I am at home drawing upon nature for my subject matter.


Wheatfield Library Displays Photography Collection of Steve Overmyer

Steve Overmyer has an eye for our feathered friends, and captures their grace, beauty and color with the lens of his camera every chance he gets. Wintering in Florida makes it easy to enjoy his favorite hobby, and still capture the essence of his favorite Indiana birds when he returns to the Hoosier state each summer.


Close up photo of the artist

Indiana artist A.K. Fielding to display patriotic works at Rensselaer Library in July.

Academically trained in research and writing as a historian, A. K. Fielding is also a self-taught portrait painter, illustrator, and mixed-media artist.

She has forged together her love of writing, early American history and art to produce works that will hopefully encourage others to study America's past.


Judy Crawford featured artist at DeMotte

Judy Crawford maintains a studio and gallery near her home in DeMotte. She executes works in oils, pastel, pencil and charcoal. Her portraits, figurative works and still lifes include many commissioned pieces created for public spaces and private clients, with her paintings and drawings owned by collectors throughout the country.


Photography Collection of Bailey Allen on display at Wheatfield

“From the moment I picked up my camera, I knew this would never be a hobby for me, but a career.” Seventeen year old Bailey Allen found her niche in the art world while attending Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana. She has always had a passion for art, but was inspired and encouraged by the art department at Concord in her junior year to continue in her love for photography.


Tauber brings inspired natural art to Rensselaer 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.