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Barb Lucas - Eagles and Backyard birds

Rensselaer March, 2014Barb Lucas

Barb Lucas has a passion for bird-watching and combines this passion with another; her joy for photographing nature. Our national bird, the Bald Eagle, and its return to the Northwest Indiana after many years on the endangered species list, is also a passion for Barb Lucas.

During the months of March and April, Barb Lucas’s photography collection is on display on the art wall of the Wheatfield Library.

On Thursday, April 10 from 6-7:30 pm, the Wheatfield Library invites all interested adults to “The Return of the Bald Eagles and Feeding Backyard Birds,” presented by Barb Lucas.

This evening presentation will include photos captured by Barb locally and during her travels to Ohio and Texas.

“Bird watching and nature have been my passion for decades. When I retired from school administration three years ago, I started photographing birds and now I can’t stop!”

Excited about the return of the Bald Eagle to our area, and glad to share her knowledge of our national bird and birds in general, Barb will be happy to answer questions from audience members during her presentation.

Registration is appreciated, and is available online at or by visiting or calling the Wheatfield Library at 956-3774.

For more information about her photos or presenting a nature program contact Barb by email at or call her at 219-394-2646.

Part of the display at the Wheatfield Library.

Mary Ann VanSoest Quilt Display

Wheatfield February, 2014Mary Ann VanSoest

Mary Ann VanSoest started seriously working with art after retiring from a career in real estate. She experiments with different ideas and crafts her art sometimes using unusual elements.
These quilt hangings and the painting, featured in January and February at the Wheatfield Library, use a color palette found in nature. Notice the details and individual stitches she uses to complete the pictures.
Her works have been in numerous shows and she was won various awards with her projects. She continues to attend workshops to broaden her way of approaching her art.

Art Wall at the Wheatfield Library

Jasper County Art League Exhibit

DeMotte February, 2014

During the month of February the Jasper County Art League is displaying a collection of art by various members at the DeMotte Library. The nine artists whose works are featured are: Irene Evans, John Groppe, Connie Kingman, Barb Lucas, Doris Myers, Abbie Parmele, Claudia Pletting, Mary Ann VanSoest and Gail Woolever.
The Jasper County Art League was founded by area artists in 1972. Members hail from Jasper, Newton, Lake and other nearby counties.
The JCAL is an association of artists who have joined together to encourage ans support the work of area artists and to promote an appreciation of the arts.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please email or call 219-863-5279.

Jasper County Art League Exhibit
Barb Lucas

Barb Lucas - Northwest Indiana Nature Photography


Bird watching has been Barb’s passion for decades. She took up nature photography after a career in public education.