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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.

The DeMotte Library hosts the art of Judy Crawford through April

DeMotte March, 2018Photo of the artist

I enjoy the physical act of making art, and working in different mediums affords me challenges and pleasures in each. Be it the drag or “tooth” of charcoal on textured papers, the ability to push and manipulate oil paint in numerous ways on the canvas, or the loose and broad application of pastels in building layers of color on sanded board-papers, each medium is exciting and demanding in its own right.

Every piece, be it a commissioned work, a gallery piece, or a show piece starts with some vision or story I want to share with my viewer. The communication may be as simple as the description of light striking a face in a sculptural and exquisite way, or depicting the opaque lights and transparent darks on a still life object that celebrate and build the beauty unique to a seemingly mundane thing.

My commissioned works add another dimension to the creative process, as then I work my client’s vision into the final look of a proposed work. Although challenging, I love working with people and it is extra rewarding satisfying myself and each client.

The practical working methods for commissioned works includes the realization that working from life is great but rarely possible. Photographic source material belonging to my client is welcomed and easily mailed or scanned, or if feasible I will take the photographs myself at an agreed upon place and time. Size and the medium used in each commission are decided in collaboration with the client.

Whether it is a figurative drawing, a painting of a person, animal or bird in a portrait, a landscape or a realistic and sumptuous still life work, my goal is the same: to share with the viewer my excitement, interpretation and appreciation for not only the look, but the essence of what makes that subject unique. I trust that each of my works stimulates a response, either meditative and private, or public and leading to lively conversation about the people and things I choose to present.

For more examples of my work please visit:

A collection of still life paintings, including one of several glassware items.

Still Lifes by John D. Groppe on display at Rensselaer through March

Rensselaer February, 2018Photo of the artist

I was born in New York City and have been a Hoosier since 1958 when I became a graduate student in English at the University of Notre Dame. I have been a resident of Rensselaer since 1962 when my wife Rose Marie and I started teaching at Saint Joseph’s College. I have been an ardent photographer since the 1980s.

My photos have been shown at the Salon Show of the South Shore Center for Arts in Munster, at the Gallery Northwest at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, at the Jasper County Fair and the Indiana State Fair, and in Jasper County Art League and Prairie Arts Council shows.

I had a solo exhibit, entitled Close to Home, at the Wells Center in Lafayette. My work was exhibited with the work of two other Rensselaer artists, Kelly Spurgeon and Abbie Parmele, in the Prairie Arts Council Trio show. Abbie Parmele and I initiated the Under Indiana Skies series of summer exhibits at the Gallery for Contemporary Art at Indiana University Northwest.

One of my photos, The Last Crabapple, is part of the Wheatfield Library’s permanent art collection and is on display in the Wheatfield Library. My photos have also been published in From the Edge of the Prairie, an annual anthology of work by local writers who are members of the Prairie Writers Guild, and Through the Sycamores, an on line poetry and photography magazine.

I am active in the Jasper County Art League and the Prairie Arts Council.

Rose Marie and I have raised five children and have 11 grandchildren. I am especially appreciative of my family’s support and encouragement of my photography.

A Professor Emeritus of English at Saint Joseph's College, I retired from teaching in 2003.

Close up of four photo still lives of fruit and vegetables.

Works of Lynn Buckmaster on display at DeMotte Library in January and February

DeMotte January, 2018Photo of the artist

Lynn Buckmaster is a local artist, born and raised in N.W. Indiana. Lynn is a member of the Jasper County Art League. At present, her works can be found in several private collections across the United States.

Lynn was encouraged at an early age to explore her artistic nature and creativity. With ongoing encouragement from many family and friends, she continues to develop her drawing and painting skills, influenced by her love of nature.

Her painted works are generally created in acrylic as she enjoys the versatile nature of that medium. Lynn enjoys painting both realistic and idyllic landscapes with natural color combinations infused with touches of bolder colors, and occassionally hidden elements. Lynn has a wide variety of these and custom order pieces you can view online.

Lynn also instructs painting party events. Her hopes are to promote a love and appreciation for nature and the arts, while encouraging others to try creative activities and develop their talents.

Please feel free to follow her artisitic journey at Buckmaster Fine Art on Facebook

Wall with paintings
Conceptual painting of NYC tribute to the Twin Towers

Close up photo of the artist

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

A.K. Fielding

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

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

Bailey Allen

“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

Tracy Tauber

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.

Watercolor of a rooster

Watercolors and pencils focus of Rensselaer art display

Linda Kozyra

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

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

Irene Evans

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

Sheila Maxwell

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

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.

Claudia Pletting

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.