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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.

Melissa Widner displays altered photography at Rensselaer Library through October

Rensselaer September, 2018Photo of paintings on the wall

Digital artist Melissa Widner has been working with photography almost all her life, and with digital editing software for more than 30 years.

“I have always loved the literal definition of photography as ‘writing with light.’ Photos are not just a way to record the history around us, but also can evoke moods and feeling with all the colors that can, and sometimes can’t, exist in nature.

“Digital photo filters are my great temptation. I love to mix different effects and layers to see what results I can get. I let the drama of the photo itself guide me in what it wants to be.”

Widner has been a nationally-published news photographer with credits from the Associated Press, editor and contributor to Jasper County newspapers, and now takes photos and creates graphics at the Jasper County Public Libraries for the web and social media. You can follow her on Instagram at

Her favorite programs for editing are Adobe Photoshop, which she has been using since 1988, and iOS apps including Hipstamatic, Repix and Affinity Photo.

Tim Gross displays portraits, carvings at Rensselaer Library in September

Rensselaer September, 2018Photo of Tim Gross standing with his art display.

Tim is a local artist that works professionally as a tattoo artist but also does painting, drawing, sculpting and wood carving.

He resides in Rensselaer with his wife Jennifer and they have raised their 4 children in Rensselaer. Tim has worked at several tattoo shops in the area including Lafayette, Monticello and Rochester. He is the current owner and artist of Borrowed Time Designs a small independently-owned studio at his residence.

Tim has been doing some kind of art his entire life. He began watching his grandmother draw and many other members of his family from a young age. He was influenced also by grade school and high school art teachers Mrs Shafer and Mrs Molinaro.

Mrs Shafer taught him about light and shadow and encouraged him even when his ideas were odd. Mrs Molinaro taught Tim perspective and depth. She showed him how to use art to express his feelings and is one of the main reasons he is still driven to pursue art.

The current art work displayed is from Tim's collection of watercolors and also his hand carved canes and walking sticks.

If you have any interest in any of the peices on display or would like to commision a peice of your own, you may contact him on his business page on Facebook at Borrowed Time Designs.

Janice Krediet paintings on display at DeMotte Library

DeMotte September, 2018Photo of paintings on the wall

Janice Krediet is our DeMotte feature artist for September and October. Janice, an art teacher, has taught for the last 25 years. Her goal is to ignite the joy of creativity in children and adults. She is also available for Coffee and Canvas parties.