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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.

DeMotte Library displays fiber art collection of Mary Ann VanSoest

DeMotte July, 2018Small display quilt of red chairs by Lake Michigan.

Using a variety of textiles, yarn and other materials, Mary Ann VanSoest creates vibrant and colorful shapes, using a mix of contours and structures, as well as a good deal of imagination and talent to create Fiber Art.

During the months of July and August, the DeMotte Library is proud to display pieces from Mary Ann’s colorful Fiber Art collection on the Library’s Art Wall.

Mary Ann is a long time resident of DeMotte and has a natural flair and eye for color and design, using her talents to create an array of art, which she has generously shared in the library through the years.

Enjoy this lovely art collection by stopping in the DeMotte Library, 901 Birch St., SW, DeMotte, anytime during the months of July & August. If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with the community, contact the DeMotte Library, 219 987-2221.

Display of an article in Machine Quilting magazine featuring her work.

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.