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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.
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.