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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.


Photography Collection of Bailey Allen on display at Wheatfield

“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

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

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.