Art more than a footnote at podiatrist’s officePublished 10:59am Monday, May 20, 2013
For many people, a trip to the doctor’s office can be hard on the nerves. At Otter Tail Podiatry, however, Carole Butcher hopes some art will settle those worries.
The office staff has started their first art exhibit on the walls of the reception area, hallways and treatment rooms. They chose the optimistic “Buterflies, Birds and Blooms” as a hopeful look to spring.
“People really like it,” Butcher said. “They like to see things that are different.”
The featured pieces are photographs by Monti Willet of Syracuse, N.Y., a friend of the Butchers. Willet specializes in nature photography, and the pieces range from a close up shot of peonies to portraits of different animals. With 10 years of experience as a photographer, Willet’s pictures come from her many travels. This is Willet’s first exhibit outside of New York State.
While a doctor’s office is certainly an unusual place for an art exhibit, Butcher said the couple was inspired by the arts community in Fergus Falls. Having moved from New York, the thriving art scene in town came as a surprise.
“We’ve been amazed and enjoy the art here,” Butcher said. “We really enjoy the town and wanted to do something to fit in.”
With positive support of the exhibit, the Butchers plan to continue with new features in the future. The couple will put out a call for artists through the Lakes Region Arts Council in hopes to find their next display. Butcher expects the different exhibits to be up for about six months at a time.
Butcher also hopes that the exhibit will feature local artists who are starting their careers. One goal is to provide a stage for artists who are not quite ready for display in a gallery, but would like help getting recognition in the area. Having been so inspired by the community, the Butchers want to support the area art scene in any way they can.
The public is welcome to view the pieces during office hours, Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments are not necessary, and art enthusiasts do not need to be patients to tour the work.