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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.

Janice Kredeit is featured artist of July 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 month of July.

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

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

Rensselaer July, 2021Photo of the artist.

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.

“The beauty of nature has always captured me and I wanted to be able to hang on to that beauty,” she said.

Two years ago she decided to give paint pouring a try and it quickly became one of her favorite things to do.

“Paint pouring brings me into a world of color and details and creativity.”

More information about her artwork, including availability of prints, can be found at or

Poured acrylic painting of blooming flowers
Silhouette of a woman with an umbrella against a back of bright color circles.

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

Rensselaer May, 2021A photo of the artist with his photos.

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.

Currently, Tom is a clerk at the Jasper County Public Library in Rensselaer, Indiana. Please enjoy the various photos displayed and feel free to ask any questions you might have.

Framed photographs on a wall.

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.

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.