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When it comes to art, the eyes have it

WOODSTOCK – Patients at Woodstock Eye Care have something special to look at.

And their focal point is on the wall.

Clinic owners Drs. Bill and Elizabeth Atkinson collaborated with a patient, Bull Valley artist Nancy Steinmeyer, to jazz up the wall of their waiting room.

Steinmeyer devised a three-dimensional painting that took the eye chart to a whole new level. She replaced the letters with varying size faces – each on different size blocks. The images represent the 60 years Woodstock Eye Care has been in business.

The three-dimensional “Time of Their Eyes” features faces with eyeglasses and fashions from different time periods, 1942 to the present.

Steinmeyer said she walked into the office after a long absence and was stunned by the starkness.

“I thought ‘Oh my God! There is a bunch of empty walls here,” she said. “I thought he would be interested in pet portrait, but he said eyeglasses.”

Steinmeyer said he used a computer to duplicate a sketch, which she then placed on blocks and painted with acrylics. It took four hours to install.

“We have been thinking about putting some artwork in and we wanted it to reflect the business a little bit,” said Bill Atkinson, who has owned that business with his wife and partner for nine years and Atkinson Eye Care in Algonquin for 18 years.

The full-service center makes prescription glasses on site, plus uses state-of-the-art retinal equipment to test for glaucoma and macular degeneration. Ironically, he also has expanded his business by bringing fewer patients into his actual facility. Using portable equipment, Atkinson visits the homebound and those in assisted-living facilities for no extra charge.

For more information, call 815-338-0107 or visit www.atkinsoneyecare.com.

He left open the possibility that Steinmeyer, who completed the piece in January, may barter her services once again in exchange for eye care. Another location, her first choice, remains bare.

We have another wall that really needs some help,” Bill Atkinson said with a laugh.

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