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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.

Dragons come to life in works of featured artist in Sept. and Oct. at Rensselaer

Rensselaer September, 2021Photo of the artist with a blue soft-sculpture dragon

Good Marrow!

I’m Autumn, and I am a multi-medium artist who works in ceramics, sculpture, textiles, colored pencil, charcoal, oil and acrylic paints, wood, and ink wash! I’m also the Youth Services Specialist at the DeMotte Library.

These inkwashes are from a series I call “Urelion” (OO-rel-EE-un), which is based off a story that my Fiancée and I have been working on for the past several years. In these pieces I’ve brought Aralia, the elven princess and Sma to “life” from their written origins. In these images, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of their travels throughout Urelion.

For context, the idea of the story is that Aralia (Uh-rah-lee-uh) is undercover and trying to correct a several hundred-year-old feud. Sma and his dragon, Guinevere, act as her guide and protection as they travel from one kingdom to the next. They encounter countless obstacles and other characters on their way to the Dwarven Kingdom.

In terms of the art, these pieces begin with coffee-stained watercolor paper on which I then sketch the base outline. From there I take various water-ink ratios to create different shades of the same color. These shades are used to create the layers in the pieces. By starting with the lightest colors and then slowly darkening with each layer, the process will eventually come up with something like these end products. To polish off the pieces, I add white acrylic paint and iridescent calligraphy ink for highlights.

You can see more art on my Instagram @raeging_dragon or visit my Facebook page Raeging Dragon.

Inkwash drawing of a majestic dragon spreading its wings on a rocky point.

Priscilla Knopf art on display in July, August at Wheatfield Library

Wheatfield July, 2021Photo of the artist with her paintings.

Jasper County Art League member Patricia Knopf has been working with art from an early age.

"My interest in art began as a young child growing up in Michigan. I loved to draw the things I would see when my family went on our weekly rides in the country."

She also discovered painting, from paint by number to to oil painting in high school, and was chosen to display her pieces at a local restaurant.

She worked on "arts and crafts" type projects while working and raising a family, but as a retiree, her friends urged her to get back into painting.

"Life seemed to get In the way of my art when I started working and raised my family," she said.

"I am now retired and when I moved to DeMotte a few years ago I met people who encouraged me start painting again. I joined the Jasper County Art League and the Prairie Arts Council which offered classes along with the opportunity to work with other local artists.

"I like to work with many mediums and am always eager to learn something new. I am currently working with zentangle and acrylic pour projects along with my regular painting.

"I believe that all types of artist creativity is amazing whether it be painting, pottery, dance, sewing, cooking, photography, music, acting, etc. The world would be less beautiful wlthout these activities in my opinion."

Knopf's works can be seen through July and August at the Wheatfield Library.


Janice Kredeit is featured artist of July, August at DeMotte Library

DeMotte July, 2021Photo of the artist with her paintings.

Janice Kredeit is the DeMotte Library's spotlight artist for the month. Her artwork will be on display inside the DeMotte Library throughout the months of July and August.

Janice is the art teacher at Crown Point Christian School, teaching grades K – 8. She has taught art and presented coffee and canvas events. Her mission in art is to ignite the joy of creativity in children and adults.

Those interested in viewing the artworks of Janice Kredeit may visit the DeMotte Library, located at 901 Birch St. SW.


Photo of the artist.

Kari Swan shows off Thunderswan Art Room at Rensselaer in July and August

Thunderswan Art Room was created by Kari Swan, an Indiana resident, as a way to bring her love of different art forms together.

She has been photographing nature for 17 years as a hobby. About five years ago she became very interested in digital art and incorporated it into her work.


A photo of the artist with his photos.

Travel photos of Thomas J. Ryan on display at Rensselaer in May and June

Thomas J. Ryan, Jr. is an amateur photographer who has mostly taken pictures of mountain vistas and maritime settings out East and in other countries like Africa. Several of the sunset photographs are taken locally near Lake Banet.

Tom enjoys biking, climbing, hiking, and swimming in the ocean where beauty is always present.


Claudia Pletting displays in March, April at Rensselaer Library

My interest in art as a means of expression began with photography. Little did I know, growing up in Wabash, how much I loved Indiana…nature…and the power of photography to create highly personal impressions.


Photo of library's art wall covered in photos.

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

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.


Photos from NICHES Land Trust properties featured at Rensselaer Library

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.


Gerry Blend paintings captivate on Wheatfield Library's art wall

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


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.