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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.

'Celebrating Women' juried show winners on display at Rensselaer Library

Rensselaer January, 2021Photo of library's art wall covered in photos.

This January and February, the Rensselaer Library art wall is hosting the award winners of the Dec. 2020 “Celebrating Women” juried exhibit at the Prairie Arts Council.

This display features the photography of several local artists based on the theme, chosen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in the United States.The photos were originally displayed Dec.8, 2020-Jan.7, 2021 in the Lilian Fendig Gallery of the Carnegie Center.

“The sign of a great photograph is in the power of what it speaks to the viewer,” said juror Brienne Hooker. “What I learned from this show and from the artists who shared is that there are great women raising great women in our community. There are great women leaving a legacy of strength, love, creativity, adventure, grit and beauty.”

For those interested in seeing more, a virtual tour of the exhibit can also be seen online at youtube. https://www.youtube.com/aIRvQN6k7dQ

Featured Photos:

"And now she's 99..." by Bonnie Zimmer. My focus is on my mom, Doris, living out her 98th year, mostly in isolation during this pandemic, but "living" each day without complaint. As her primary connection to the outside world, I documented her contentment with her own company.

"Holding On" by Anne Kingma. At 95 my grandmother is holding on, especially as she struggles with dementia and Parkinson's Disease. I am physically holding on to her but also because of the memories we share. I addressed the theme here by showing a poignant moment of love shared across generations.

Photo collage of snapshots of the artist's mother, Doris Myers
Photo of a young woman holding her seated grandmother.

Photos from NICHES Land Trust properties featured at Rensselaer Library

Rensselaer January, 2020

NICHES Land Trust, a non-profit organization headquartered at Clegg Memorial Garden in Lafayette, Ind., maintains more than 40 public conservation properties across 13 counties in western and central Indiana.

Their properties, including several parcels in Jasper County, allow them to help preserve native habitat in a variety of ecosystems. These properties offer a variety of public use options which vary from site to site, but can include hiking, bird watching, fishing and mushroom hunting. Sites are typically open from dawn to dusk and offer miles of public trails for discovering natural habitat.

Founded in 1995 by a small group of citizens concerned with conservation of natural areas, NICHES Land Trust is non-adversarial; choosing to work cooperatively with land owners, other nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and various entities in the pursuit of areas ranging from small green spaces to pristine nature preserves of high biological integrity.

Their mission is "Responsible conservation through collaboration."

Several photographs of their properties, including work done at the properties, are on display in January and February at the Rensselaer Library. To learn more, visit the NICHES Land Trust website or their facebook page.

Gallery wall of framed, labeled photographs.

Gerry Blend paintings captivate on Wheatfield Library's art wall

Wheatfield January, 2020

Gerry Blend’s artwork is currently on display at the Wheatfield Library through the end of February.

Blend, a former Milwaukee native, moved to Indiana in 1973 and began to dabble with painting a few years later. After a long 20 year hiatus, he picked up his brush and hasn’t stopped. In just under a year he has created 30 paintings, some of those currently on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall.

Self-taught, Blend has learned how to create his colorful masterpieces by watching instructional television programs and tutorials on Youtube.

To view Gerry Blend’s beautiful eye catching art, visit the Wheatfield Library, located at 350 S. Bierma St. Those interested in having their art collection displayed are encouraged to call the Wheatfield Library at (219) 956-3774.

Photo of the artist and several paintings on a gallery wall.

DeMotte Library shines spotlight on artist Nancy VanderVeer

The photography of Nancy VanderVeer is currently on display at the DeMotte Library through the end of February.

Nancy’s exploration into photography began in 2017 when she and her husband moved to Naples, Florida. It was there that she was truly inspired to pick up a camera. It is her desire to capture the moment and to allow others to experience it as well.


The artist with his display

Wheatfield Library displays drawings of DeMotte artist George Tachtiris in November, December

George Tachtiris is a native of Gary, Indiana but has lived on five acres near DeMotte since 1975. He and his wife Jill raised three children who are all grown and moved away to pursue their careers. George and Jill have a small "ranchette" with a horse, goats, two cats, and one dog.


Photo of the artist in front of his photos

Travel photos of Thomas J. Ryan on display at Rensselaer this fall

Thomas J. Ryan is an amateur photographer from Rensselaer, Indiana.

His interest in photography began when he started to climb and hike through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Green Mountains of Vermont, and all over New York State including the Appalachian Trail.

Thomas mostly takes landscape and ocean pictures but has done portraits and action photography as well.


Display of several paintings including abstracts, still lifes and landscapes

Art of Priscilla Knopf on display this fall at DeMotte Library

Come see the work of Priscilla Knopf through October at the DeMotte Library.

Priscilla resides in DeMotte with her husband and a sassy parakeet. She and is a member of the Jasper County Art League as well as the Prairie Art Council.


The artist with her display

Abbie Parmele's "Simple Elegance" collage collection on display at Wheatfield this fall

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.


Collage of animal images done with chalk and pencils

Art of Judy Crawford featured at Wheatfield Library through August

Recently, our featured artist explained why she enjoys making art:


Collage of landscapes and barn scenes in pencil and wash

Irene Evans' art featured at DeMotte through August

The artwork of Irene Evans is on display at DeMotte Library through the end of August.

Irene loved to color as a child. Her parents would proudly display her finished pictures at their business in Gary, Indiana. Customers would praise her work and occasionally give her a nickel. When she got enough nickels, she bought another coloring book.


Photo of the artist in front of several paintings

Self-taught artist Jerry Blend brings his paintings to DeMotte's art wall

Jerry Blend is DeMotte’s featured artist for the months of May and June. Gerry began painting 20 years ago and painted for about 5 years. He recently picked back up the brush in the last 10 months and has been creating beautiful oil paintings once again. He credits watching Bob Ross back in the 80’s along with current YouTube tutorials as his guides.


Wall of paintings

Gerry Blend's eye catching art focus of Wheatfield Library Art Wall in April

Gerry Blend is Wheatfield Library’s featured artist for April.

Blend, a former Milwaukee native, moved to Indiana in 1973 and began to dabble with painting a few years later.

After a long 20 year hiatus, he picked up his brush and hasn’t stopped. In just under a year he has created 30 paintings, some of those currently on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall.