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

Rensselaer July, 2016Close up photo of the artist

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.

Her art has appeared in various exhibitions throughout the state of Indiana including, Pike Performing Arts Center, Garfield Arts Park Center, the Monon Depot Gallery, Indiana University and Purdue University, Nickel Plate Arts, Delphi Opera House, Fishers Art Council, Harrison Center for the Arts, The Grant Fredericks Gallery, The Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s (2007-2015) office.

Her works are on display at the Rensselaer Library through the month of July.

For more information, please visit:

Painting of a revolutionary war era soldier

Judy Crawford featured artist at DeMotte

DeMotte May, 2016

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.

Crawford's goal is the creation of 3 dimensional forms on the canvas or paper through the use of directed light cast on the subject. The dialectics of light to dark, opaque to transparent areas, vibrant to muted colors, and hard to soft edges are key elements.

The artist is a signature member of both the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Artists' Club. Crawford's work has been regularly included in the Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibits, Indianapolis, IN and exhibited in the 83rd Indiana Artists' Club Juried Exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Fine Art. Her work has been a part of the Butler National Midyear Exhibit, Youngstown, OH; the Fort Wayne Biennial; the Evansville Mid-States Exhibit; the Elkhart Regional Exhibit; the Greater Lafayette's Art Museum; the National Women's Exhibit in Woodstock; Chesterton Art Gallery's ARTCOMP; Minnetrista in Muncie; the Juried Art Barn Annual in Valparaiso and the South Shore Annual Salon Show in NW Indiana. The artist has had twelve solo shows along with many group exhibits in various galleries throughout Indiana and the country.

She sells a variety of artwork out of her home gallery as well as several galleries throughout the state.

Crawford's work is included in Lafayette's 2016 Indiana Now Exhibit which opens this month in conjunction with the statewide celebration of the bicentennial.

Please visit the artist's website at

wall featuring several portraits

Photography Collection of Bailey Allen on display at Wheatfield

Wheatfield May, 2016

“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.

During the months of May & June, the Wheatfield Library is proud to display Bailey’s photography collection on the library’s art wall. Of her art, Bailey says, “My series of the garage door, sink, and rusty spring were all taken from the abandoned auto salvage in Walkerton, Indiana and has won several awards from art shows in my home town. The butterfly series was taken at a botanical garden in Michigan.”

Bailey not only captures the beauty and essence of her subjects, but digitally manipulates her work, adding scenery and other items to her artwork, giving it a personalized and masterful edge.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this awe-inspiring and creative photography collection, on display for our community at the Wheatfield Library at 350 S Bierma St., Wheatfield, Indiana. If you have an art or photography collection that you would like to share, visit or call the Wheatfield Library at 219 956-3774.

shot of wheatfield art wall with Allen's photos

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.

Photography display

Graceful Images Photography displayed at Wheatfield in March

Tracy Grace

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

Irene Evans

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

Sheila Maxwell

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

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.

Claudia Pletting

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

Jenny 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.

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.