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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.

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.


Tim Gross displays portraits, carvings at Rensselaer Library in September

Rensselaer September, 2018Photo of Tim Gross standing with his art display.

Tim is a local artist that works professionally as a tattoo artist but also does painting, drawing, sculpting and wood carving.

He resides in Rensselaer with his wife Jennifer and they have raised their 4 children in Rensselaer. Tim has worked at several tattoo shops in the area including Lafayette, Monticello and Rochester. He is the current owner and artist of Borrowed Time Designs a small independently-owned studio at his residence.

Tim has been doing some kind of art his entire life. He began watching his grandmother draw and many other members of his family from a young age. He was influenced also by grade school and high school art teachers Mrs Shafer and Mrs Molinaro.

Mrs Shafer taught him about light and shadow and encouraged him even when his ideas were odd. Mrs Molinaro taught Tim perspective and depth. She showed him how to use art to express his feelings and is one of the main reasons he is still driven to pursue art.

The current art work displayed is from Tim's collection of watercolors and also his hand carved canes and walking sticks.

If you have any interest in any of the peices on display or would like to commision a peice of your own, you may contact him on his business page on Facebook at Borrowed Time Designs.


Janice Krediet paintings on display at DeMotte Library

DeMotte September, 2018Photo of paintings on the wall

Janice Krediet is our DeMotte feature artist for September and October. Janice, an art teacher, has taught for the last 25 years. Her goal is to ignite the joy of creativity in children and adults. She is also available for Coffee and Canvas parties.


Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht

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.


Photo of the artist

Wallace Reed Gazaway

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.


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.


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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.


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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.