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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.
Watercolor of a rooster

Watercolors and pencils focus of Rensselaer art display

This beautiful art display by Linda Kozyra will be at the Rensselaer Library during March and April. Be sure to stop by and see it in person!

Kozyra is a retired Rensselaer Central Schools bus driver who has been drawing with colored pencils and painting with water colors for about four years.


Photography display

Graceful Images Photography displayed at Wheatfield in March

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

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

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

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.

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.