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Wheatfield Library displays the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht

Wheatfield July, 2017

What began as a paint-by-number hobby in her twenties led to real artistic adventures for Dorothy “Jimmie” Mae Speacht.

Her talents began to show through as Jimmie began attending art classes, learning about and experimenting with a variety of techniques and mixtures of paint colors and textures.

Jimmie preferred painting scenes from photographs provided to her by friends and family members. She resided in Jasper County from 1987-2001.

The Wheatfield Library is proud to display the works of the late Jimmie Mae Speacht during the months of July and August. Parts of her collection consists of scenes painted from family photographs and others are her own design.

If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share with the public, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 219 956-3774.

Photo of several paintings along wall. Foremost is a lake with mountains.
Photo of three framed farm-themed paintings, two with barns, one with sheep.

Wallace Reed Gazaway

Rensselaer June, 2017Photo of the artist

I am a budding artist who has done sculpting, traditional painting and sketching, figure drawing, illustration, animation, pastel, and digital paint in varying degrees of involvement.

Though much of this was in my time growing up and taking part in classes at school, much of it as well was through some of the years I was at an art college.

Though the college itself had been of mixed reviews, and I eventually needed to find a more fitting such school, it still served a great purpose in broadening my art-based exploits and giving me large spans of time to improve my craft.

My love of art began when my older sister took notice of all the drawings I created as I grew older and improved. Interested in them, she proposed I create stories to explain each one, or create something based on a story I make in my head. I did just that, and over the years those stories began to blend together into a single world-built narrative that I continue and improve on to this day, with many of the works I create or recreate being linked to portions of
that story.

Though the source is often altered in varying amounts, most of what I make can trace itself back to a myth or fable or historic society I learn about and find inspiration in. As such, what I paint (often with the Paint Tool Sai program after sketching it with pencil in my sketchpad) is usually a person, creature, or landscape, with the people and creatures often being the more commonly done between the three, landscapes being a rarity.

Watercolor of a hooded figure with horns and glowing eyes holding a sycthe.
Watercolor of a lobster-like beast emerging from the sea.

Carla Luzadder displays art at Wheatfield in May

Wheatfield May, 2017Photo of the artist with one of her paintings.

Carla Luzadder was born Carla Allen in Rensselaer, IN.

When she was six she moved to Chicago with her mother and brother. She graduated from Carl Schurz High School and moved back to Indiana shortly after. Carla has 3 children and 8 grandchildren, and lives in DeMotte.

Carla worked at Saint Joseph's College for 35 years, until their recent decision to close. Carla has taken numerous art classes while working there, which include drawing, painting, clay, photography, and stained glass. She also took a class in poetry. Instructors included Corey Crum, Bonnie Zimmer, Doris Myers, David Herriott and John Groppe. Her strongest interest is in painting and is working to develop her individual style.

Carla is also a member of the Prairie Writer's Guild. She has had poems and short stories published in their annual book "From the Edge of the Prairie" since its inception in 2004. Carla can be emailed at carlaluzadder (at) gmail.com

Photo of several paintings on the Wheatfield Library art wall.
Closeup of a paiting featuring abstract blue flowers on white.

Photo of the artist

Student shares pencil drawings of war and fantasy

Adalia Knakieiwcz

Hello. My name is Adalia Knakieiwcz. I live in Morocco, Indiana. I am a home schooled student and in the seventh grade. My favorite subjects are history and reading.

I like to read, do 4-H, and write. I raise show chickens and rabbits for 4-H. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, and of course drawing!


Anthony Stickels

Anthony Stickels art at Rensselaer

Anthony Stickels

About the Artist- Anthony Stickels

I live in Rensselaer. I moved here from Bloomington about 2 years ago. I love this town because it is so peaceful and quiet. I enjoy reading, drawing and walking in the rain.


Black and White photo of the artist

Wheatfield Library presents NWI artist Joshua D. Smith

Joshua D. Smith

Using watercolor and other mixed media, Joshua D. Smith captures the beauty of the natural world to create art. Always eager to try something new, Joshua enjoys the limitless possibilities of all mediums, including inks, colored pencils, pastels and oil painting.


Doris Myers displays art at Wheatfield Library

Doris Myers

During the months of September and October, area artist, Doris Myers, will have pieces of her artwork on display on the Wheatfield Library’s art wall, located at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield, IN. Doris draws upon nature as her subjects for her paintings. She says, “As a painter and lifetime resident of rural Indiana, I am at home drawing upon nature for my subject matter.


Wheatfield Library Displays Photography Collection of Steve Overmyer

Steve Overmyer

Steve Overmyer has an eye for our feathered friends, and captures their grace, beauty and color with the lens of his camera every chance he gets. Wintering in Florida makes it easy to enjoy his favorite hobby, and still capture the essence of his favorite Indiana birds when he returns to the Hoosier state each summer.


Close up photo of the artist

Indiana artist A.K. Fielding to display patriotic works at Rensselaer Library in July.

A.K. Fielding

Academically trained in research and writing as a historian, A. K. Fielding is also a self-taught portrait painter, illustrator, and mixed-media artist.

She has forged together her love of writing, early American history and art to produce works that will hopefully encourage others to study America's past.


Judy Crawford featured artist at DeMotte

Judy Crawford

Judy Crawford maintains a studio and gallery near her home in DeMotte. She executes works in oils, pastel, pencil and charcoal. Her portraits, figurative works and still lifes include many commissioned pieces created for public spaces and private clients, with her paintings and drawings owned by collectors throughout the country.


Photography Collection of Bailey Allen on display at Wheatfield

Bailey Allen

“From the moment I picked up my camera, I knew this would never be a hobby for me, but a career.” Seventeen year old Bailey Allen found her niche in the art world while attending Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana. She has always had a passion for art, but was inspired and encouraged by the art department at Concord in her junior year to continue in her love for photography.


Tauber brings inspired natural art to Rensselaer Library

Tracy Tauber

Hello! My name is Tracy Tauber. I am an oil painter who loves to paint animals, landscapes, and scenes from the beautiful natural world which surrounds us.

I have studied art under the guidance of professional artist Susan Rossi. I was raised in Northwest Indiana, and am still a resident there.


Watercolor of a rooster

Watercolors and pencils focus of Rensselaer art display

Linda Kozyra

This beautiful art display by Linda Kozyra will be at the Rensselaer Library during March and April. Be sure to stop by and see it in person!

Kozyra is a retired Rensselaer Central Schools bus driver who has been drawing with colored pencils and painting with water colors for about four years.