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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.


Small display quilt of red chairs by Lake Michigan.

DeMotte Library displays fiber art collection of Mary Ann VanSoest

Using a variety of textiles, yarn and other materials, Mary Ann VanSoest creates vibrant and colorful shapes, using a mix of contours and structures, as well as a good deal of imagination and talent to create Fiber Art.

During the months of July and August, the DeMotte Library is proud to display pieces from Mary Ann’s colorful Fiber Art collection on the Library’s Art Wall.


Photo of artist Autumn Fagenbaum in front of her costumes.

Cosplay display at Wheatfield Library through August

Creative costuming is a passion for Autumn Fagenbaum, and one that she credits for gaining confidence enough to conquer her stage fright and helping her to create a new circle of friends who share her love of costume design.


Photo of the artist by several of her metal collages

Abbie Parmele charms with Simple Elegance display of found object art at Rensselaer Library

Intriguing, exciting, fun are just a few words to describe the small in size but large in expression collages. For the viewers eye, they are meant to be enlightening and to spark an interest as to what makes up the intricate but sleek design.


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Wheatfield Library showcases artwork of Sasha Hachlica

Painting, taking care of her animals and enjoying time with friends are just a few of Sasha Hachlica’s interests. Sasha is 17 years old and has ambitions of becoming a veterinarian when she graduates from KV High School. Sasha’s love for art began with sketching in charcoal pencil, and developed into a love for painting with acrylics.


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Marsha K. Castello's Contemporary Moods on display at Rensselaer in April, May

As a resident of Lafayette, Indiana for the past 30 years, Marsha has been active in the Wabash Valley Artist's Association and has participated in many community organizations.

Although, a painter all of her life, it wasn't until she retired from Purdue University in 2007 that she found the time and niche to create to her heart's content and in many different mediums.


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The DeMotte Library hosts the art of Judy Crawford through April

I enjoy the physical act of making art, and working in different mediums affords me challenges and pleasures in each.


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

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.


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

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.


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Rensselaer Library showcases paintings of Christine Herre

Being artistic is “a gift” I was blessed with and my parents being artistic may have something to do with my enjoyment of art.

I was involved in art thru my school years. I’m a member of the Jasper County Art League.

Pottery, watercolors, acrylics, oils, colored pencils, leather, dried gourds are just a few mediums I have worked with. I’m always interested in trying something new.


Photo of the artist with photographs along the wall in the background

Wheatfield Library Displays Photography of Claudia Pletting

Seeing nature and other fascinating subjects through the eye of her camera lens, Claudia Pletting uses the power of photography as a means of expressing her love for nature, creating highly personal impressions from natural, everyday scenes through photography.