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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.

Cosplay display at Wheatfield Library through August

Wheatfield July, 2018Photo of artist Autumn Fagenbaum in front of her costumes.

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.

Autumn is 20 years old, a resident of Wheatfield and works part-time at the DeMotte and Wheatfield Libraries. During the months of July and August, the Wheatfield Library is proud to display Autumn’s costume collection on the library’s artwall.

‘Cosplay’ is the art of creating costumes that are replicas of favorite characters from books, movies, comics, anime or podcasts. Autumn creates her costumes from left over fabric, bedsheets and curtains or recycles old clothing, and applies duct tape or other materials as embellishments to the costumes that she crafts. Costumes that have been crafted may then be entered in competitions. Autumn has placed on several occasions in these Cosplay competitions.

Autumn is also interested in photography and multi-media art.

Don’t miss the opportunity to stop in the library this summer and check out this awesome display of imagination and color! If you have a photography or art collection that would be appropriate to share with the community, contact the Wheatfield Library at 956-3774.


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

Rensselaer June, 2018Photo of the artist by several of her metal collages

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.

Simple Elegance is a collection of contemporary collages that reflects the beauty of smaller but unique pieces of metal, paper, beads, fused glass or other objects that relate to the design.

All collages are for sale. Contact the artist at 219-863-3559.

Abbie's "Healing Art Studio and Upstairs Gallery" is located at 112 W. Washington in downtown Rensselaer above Clauss Bakery and Cafe. You are welcome to visit.

Photo of six inch silver frame with an arranged silver piece within.

Wheatfield Library showcases artwork of Sasha Hachlica

Wheatfield May, 2018Photo of the artist

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.

During the months of May & June, some of Sasha’s artwork will be featured on the art wall of the Wheatfield Library at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield. Come enjoy the variety of colors and landscapes painted by this very talented member of our community.

If you have a photography or art collection that you would like to share by displaying it on the library’s artwall, contact the Wheatfield Library at 219 956-3774.

Painting by Sasha Hachlica
Photos on display at the Wheatfield Library

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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.


Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late 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.


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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 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.


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Student shares pencil drawings of war and fantasy

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!