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Wheatfield Library displays art collection of Sharon Bolt

Wheatfield March, 2015Close up photo of a painting of a llama in front of a barn

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.

During the months of March and April, the Wheatfield Library is proud to display Sharon’s works on the library’s art wall. From rustic mediums such as barn lumber to sweatshirts, t-shirts, deer scenes on saw blades and other murals, Sharon’s works convey her creativity; creativity that relaxes her and relieves stress.

Sharon says, “I consider myself an amateur, not a great artist, but, if God gives you a talent, you should not let it go to waste, no matter what the quality or subject matter.

If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with the community, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 956-3774.

Photo of several artworks on wall

Claudia Pletting photos on display at Jasper County Public Library.

Rensselaer October, 2014Claudia at the golden gate

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.

When I moved to Rensselaer, I connected with the art community and have since learned to paint watercolors. I appreciate watercolor especially for their delicacy and transparency.

I hope you enjoy this perspective on my world.

Claudia Pletting — at Jasper County Public Library.

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Jenny Pierson displays photos in August

Rensselaer August, 2014Jenny Pierson

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.
Throughout the years my passion and drive never wavered. I continued to take various photography classes throughout my adult life. In between having children and running a house, documenting my life through photos became even more important to me. I have built up a client base in the last few years. I am a lifestyle photographer specializing in families, newborns, children, and weddings.

Jenny Pierson / Photos by Jenny

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Jenny Pierson displays photos in August

Alan and Carol Hurley

Hurleys display their photography

Alan and Carol Hurley

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 Woolever

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

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

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

Abbie Parmele, Barb Lucas, Claudia Pletting, Connie Kingman, Doris Myers, Gail Woolever, Irene Evans, Jasper County Art League, John Groppe, Mary Ann VanSoest

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

Barb Lucas

Bird watching has been Barb’s passion for decades. She took up nature photography after a career in public education.