WESTERN SPRINGS – A 59-year-old Western Springs animal hospital, celebrating its one-year anniversary in its current building this July, is seeking work from area artists to display on its community art wall.
“We just thought it would be really nice…to showcase the talents in the area,” said Callie Neybert, assistant practice manager of Boone Animal Hospital, 4720 Commonwealth Ave., Western Springs.
Boone Animal Hospital was founded in May 1959 by Dr. Ernie Boone, now retired, Neybert said.
The animal hospital, which has six veterinarians who include a board-certified surgeon, services about 800 pet patients a year, including exotic animals such as birds and reptiles, she said. Acupuncture and chemotherapy also are available, Neybert said.
“We say: Compassion. Teamwork. Boone.” said Medical Director Dr. Amanda Samson, explaining the hospital’s mission to provide the highest-quality medical care while treating clients and patients with compassion.
In July 2017, the hospital moved from its original location at 905 55th St. in Western Springs to its current address, Neybert said.
“Our practice was growing, and we were adding new doctors to our staff,” Neybert said, explaining more exam rooms were needed.
With the new building came an idea for a community art wall, which was started in July 2017, the brainchild of practice manager and artist Brenda Smaller, who wanted to create an outreach to the community that would showcase talent in the area, Neybert said.
Every two to three months or so, the community art wall has showcased a different artist, with initial artwork by clients, Samson said.
Biography information and business cards for the artist are made available, Neybert said. Currently, a plan is in the works to use part of the community art wall for student art, she said.
“So far we’ve only featured dogs and cats and horses, but we would welcome any style of art,” Neybert said of the paintings, drawings, illustrations and photos displayed so far.
Other subjects, such as floral, landscape and abstract art, also are welcome, she said.
Interested artists, whether professional, amateur, students or teachers seeking to display student art, should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Neybert at 708-246-5445.
Boone Animal Hospital also has been involved in the community in ways other than the community art wall, sponsoring about four events a year and donating gift baskets to events such as silent auctions, Neybert said.
“We want to do things for the community,” she said.