Jasper Newton Foundation wanted to portray four beautiful scenes from Jasper & Newton Counties on the front cover of our new business cards. We asked local artists who took photography in our communities to submit their photos and the ones we pick JNF will feature their artwork and artist’s background on social media. Here are their stories…..

Woolever Farms by Gail Woolever

Gail Woolever

I am a retired art teacher, having taught for 34 years in the Kankakee Valley School system.  I have a studio called Heart to Hand located on our family farm where I paint, throw pottery, work in glass, create jewelry and teach classes.  The photo was taken in July of 2016, early in the morning. 

Bison mom & baby at Kankakee Sands in Newton County

Mike Quigley

I worked in construction for 42 years as a Heavy Equipment operator. I served 4 years in the USMC from 1964-68. I am currently the President of the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District where I have been a Commissioner for almost 20 years. I have been retired for 10 years now and am a dedicated full time amateur nature photographer. I live about 20 minutes from the Indiana border.  I shot this photo at the Kankakee Sands where I spend a lot of time photographing the buffalo since their arrival and the many Raptors on site, but especially short eared owls. I also spend time at Black Oak Bayou in the LaSalle Fish & Wildlife Area. I love the outdoors and the beauty of nature. You can see much of my work on flicker at this location. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/64590976@N07/  

Sandhill cranes in the countryside of Jasper County

Pacey Hammond

I am a student at Bellarmine University working towards a bachelor’s degree in Photography. I have lived in Newton and Jasper county for all of my life until I left for college, where I now reside in Louisville. I mostly just work with photography as my medium, but there have been some occasions where I do drawings on the side. The photo was created while exploring the countryside of Jasper county. The birds were standing in the open area, and I decided to jump over a ditch to scare them. I had my camera to my face before I yelled because I knew there was going to be a small window of opportunity. As soon as they took off, I pressed the button knowing I would only have one shot, and thus the photo was captured.

One mural is on the side of the Pallet Factories storage building and illustrates local flowers with a butterfly, along with the word “Grow.”

Cameron Moberg

Sourced from the Rensselaer Republican Paper, October 2, 2019

A street artist from California has completed murals to some downtown buildings near the newly renovated train depot in Remington.

Cameron Moberg, an international street artist from San Francisco, created the murals as a way to bring the community together — all while representing the town.

The Remington Main Street Committee met with Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) and shared things that were important to the community. TAF took notes and presented it to Moberg, who then interpreted those notes and put together the design.

One mural is on the side of the Pallet Factories storage building and illustrates local flowers with a butterfly, along with the word “Grow.”

“They sent me a list of words, ideas and things, and after talking to a few of them I heard their heart and what their goals and desires for the town were,” he said. “I could hear the love for their community and their desire of growth — and not just growth in numbers, but in change and progress for the town and their residents. I also feel like there is deep legacy here, so I felt like ‘grow’ is a good multipurpose word for Remington.”

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