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Hurleys display their photography

Rensselaer June, 2014Alan and Carol Hurley

Alan and Carol Hurley have a passion for photography and enjoy sharing their works with the community.

They have exhibited in the Fendig Gallery with the Jasper County Art League, The Littlest Gallery, the Rensselaer Public Library and the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette. They are members of the Jasper County Art League, Ft. Myers Camera Club, Florida Camera Clubs Council, and the Photographic Society of America.

Their photos have been primarily nature oriented, but have interests in buildings and vehicles also. A new area of focus for them has been in the world of macro photography.

For more information the Hurleys may be reached at 219-863-5504 or by e-mail at

Hurleys display their photography

Gail Woolever Watercolors and More

Rensselaer April, 2014Watercolor of a rabbit

Gail Waluk Woolever, retired art teacher of 34 years in the Kankakee Valley School Corporation, has been an artist since a very young girl. Her art depicts the love she has for the flowers, fields and friends of her life on the farm and the travels she has enjoyed.

She currently works from her studios on the farm in Wheatfield, IN where she lives with her husband Steve and a myriad of critters. Her art work is executed in oil paint watercolor, pastel, glass, pysanka eggs, pencil, colored pencil and collage. She also has a pottery studio where she hand builds and throws pottery on the wheel. Her favorite media to use is whatever she is working on at the time.

Teaching is her passion and she still pursues it by giving private and group lessons in her studios on the farm. You can contact her by calling (219}819-0366 ore-mailing her at

Gail Woolever Watercolors and More

Barb Lucas - Eagles and Backyard birds

Wheatfield April, 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

Mary Ann VanSoest Quilt Display


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.

Jasper County Art League Exhibit


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.

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.