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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.

Art of Tracy Tauber on display in Wheatfield

Wheatfield November, 2018The artist with her paintings at the Wheatfield 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.

The diversity of the area, with its wetlands, dunes, forests and huge variety of wildlife, makes it the perfect place to find inspiration for my paintings.

My art is a way for me to express the love I feel for life and for all of Gods endless creation.

I have been married to a wonderful man (who is my biggest fan!)for over 20 years and we have two children together.


DeMotte Library's 'Artist Spotlight' shines bright on photographer Bailey Allen

DeMotte November, 2018The artist surrounded by her photographs

The DeMotte Library is proud to display the photography of Bailey Allen for the months of November and December. Her current display is a series she calls "Home Sweet Home," which pays homage to our homeless veterans.

Depending on who you ask, the definition of the word “home” may vary greatly. This series depicts what the word home means to many in the homeless community, as well as US Veterans who find themselves homeless and struggling with the after effects of service. These images were captured throughout various locations in Indianapolis. This series hopes to raise awareness of homeless veterans living among us.

Ms. 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 her love for photography. Bailey grew up in Elkhart, Indiana, and attends Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis.


Melissa Widner displays altered photography at Rensselaer Library through October

Rensselaer September, 2018Photo of paintings on the wall

Digital artist Melissa Widner has been working with photography almost all her life, and with digital editing software for more than 30 years.

“I have always loved the literal definition of photography as ‘writing with light.’ Photos are not just a way to record the history around us, but also can evoke moods and feeling with all the colors that can, and sometimes can’t, exist in nature.

“Digital photo filters are my great temptation. I love to mix different effects and layers to see what results I can get. I let the drama of the photo itself guide me in what it wants to be.”

Widner has been a nationally-published news photographer with credits from the Associated Press, editor and contributor to Jasper County newspapers, and now takes photos and creates graphics at the Jasper County Public Libraries for the web and social media. You can follow her on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/peacekaat.

Her favorite programs for editing are Adobe Photoshop, which she has been using since 1988, and iOS apps including Hipstamatic, Repix and Affinity Photo.