Art is being used to encourage people visiting the Polk County Health Department to choose healthier lifestyles.
The first of six paintings to be completed over the next two years will be unveiled May 17th from 5-8 p.m.
“Bike Club” is a 6' x 11', oil on canvas painting by local artist, Dick Shook, of a group of cyclists making their way along a rural bike path.
Shook said that the project was conceived following a visit with his wife to the clinic for a flu shot. He told his wife, “this place needs artwork.” Then he began to work through what kind of art that would be. “We spend an enormous amount of time waiting and it seemed to me we could improve on that time by using art to do more than merely decorate the walls.”