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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.

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.
Photography display

Graceful Images Photography displayed at Wheatfield in March

Tracy Grace is the photographer behind Graceful Images Photography. She is a married mother of three and works part time as a travel agent.

Her love affair with photography began when her husband gave her a DSLR camera as a gift in 2012 - she hasn't been able to put it down since. She taught herself by taking photos constantly of everyone and everything.


Irene Evans' artwork displayed at DeMotte

I have always been interested in and fascinated with all sorts of creative experiences.


Sheila Maxwell posing in front of her canvases.

Wine and Canvas Collection

I live in Rensselaer and have worked at the Jasper County Public Library system for 18 years as the Systems Administrator. I enjoy volunteering on the Main Street and Rock the Arts Committees. I am also the webmaster for my church website. I enjoy running and LOVE the beach.


Close up photo of a painting of a llama in front of a barn

Wheatfield Library displays art collection of Sharon Bolt

Living on a llama farm has been rewarding in many ways for Sharon Bolt. After being in the llama business for over 20 years, Sharon found herself enamored with their grace and beauty and became inspired to try her hand at painting. Beginning with acrylics, Sharon’s visions became a reality on canvas and she sold out of her llama paintings in only twenty minutes during her first show.


Claudia at the golden gate

Claudia Pletting photos on display at Jasper County Public Library.

My interest in art as a means of expression began with photography. Wherever I am, I look around and try to find subjects which are, to me, interesting and/or beautiful...different things at different times of the year. I always have my camera with me.


Jenny Pierson

Jenny Pierson displays photos in August

Since the hot pink 110 camera I had at 8 years old I have been taking photographs. I was hooked. I loved that I could freeze a moment in time with just one click of the shutter. I went on in high school to learn the technical side of photography. I knew that I wanted to be a professional photographer and learn all I could about it.


Alan and Carol Hurley

Hurleys display their photography

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


Watercolor of a rabbit

Gail Woolever Watercolors and More

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.


Barb Lucas

Barb Lucas - Eagles and Backyard birds

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.


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.