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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

Photo of the artist

Rensselaer Library showcases paintings of Christine Herre

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

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.

Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht

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

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

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.

Photo of the artist

Student shares pencil drawings of war and fantasy

Adalia Knakieiwcz

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

Anthony Stickels

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

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

Doris Myers

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

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.