Larry Boatright featured for Arts Walk



VUE is featuring woodworking by artist Larry Boatright during Arts Walk, April 25 and 26, 2014.  Larry comments on his craft:

“I have always loved wood–Mother Nature’s beautiful exotic colors and patterns.

I have had many creative hobbies over the years but have always come back to my first passion, working with wood.

It is very satisfying to push the envelope and see what I can create.”

Find Larry’s woodworking at Splash Gallery of Olympia.

VUE Olympia displays Larry Boatright's WoodworksVUE Olympia displays Larry Boatright's woodworks

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Eye Doctor Now Diplomate

Douglas Jeske, OD has a new title – Diplomate.  Dr. Jeske passed the American Board of Optometry Board Certification Examination and is certified as a Diplomate, American Board of Optometry.   He graduated, with distinction, from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1993, completed his Optometric Residency in 1994 and became a licensed Optometrist in the State of Washington that same year.  Dr. Jeske founded Tumwater Eye Center in 1995 and VUE Olympia in 2010.

“Through your successful performance on the examination, you have exhibited a level of clinical competence worthy of significant recognition as a board certified optometrist.  By achieving this Diplomate status, you have demonstrated your intent to commit to a program of lifelong learning.”  Paul C Ajamian, OD, FAAO, Chairman of the Board, American Board of Optometry

Dr. Jeske performs comprehensive eye exams at Tumwater Eye Center and VUE Olympia for patients of all ages.  Because of his background in engineering and optometry, he is expert at problem solving complex visual issues and diagnosing and treating ocular disease.  Dr. Jeske is accepting new eye care patients.  Call (360) 352-6060 to inquire about appointment options.

Eye Doctor Now Diplomate

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VUE Olympia Displays Mike Adams’ Artwork

Mike Adams will be featured at VUE Olympia during Arts Walk in downtown Olympia on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2013.  Find his creative ceramic sculptures displayed throughout our shelves.

Sprout - ceramic sculpture

Sprout – ceramic sculpture

Mike Adams was born in Seattle and has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. Initially trained as a painter, work as a boat-builder in Everett awakened an interest in creating three-dimensional art. The natural beauty of western North America has always been an inspiration for his artwork, but over the past several years his work has explored our interaction with nature and the physical world, particularly the way we transform ourselves through voyages and migration. An ongoing fascination with Norse mythology and Viking ships led to a Fulbright Creative Arts Grant allowing Adams to spend the 2011-2012 academic year in Norway where he created a sculptural installation at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. He was the first artist since the Vikings themselves to have work displayed in the museum. In Norway, he also continued an exploration of ceramics, approaching it from the viewpoint of a contemporary sculptor, yet consciously tapping into the craft tradition of pottery.

Expert eye exams and collections of unique eyewear available at VUE Olympia, Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Exams by appointment only, (360) 489-0626.

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VUE Olympia Displays Nathan Barnes’ Artwork

Artwork by Nathan Barnes will be featured at VUE Olympia during Arts Walk in downtown Olympia, Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5, 2013.  You won’t want to miss viewing his vibrant paintings.


Bottled Up – oil on panel


Nathan Barnes received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in painting and drawing from the University of Utah, where he was a Carmen Christensen Award recipient and a finalist for the Anne Cannon Scholarship. He received a master’s degree in fine arts in studio art from Idaho State University. He has exhibited in solo, group, and juried exhibitions throughout the United States. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, most recently Studio Visit: Volume Twenty. In addition to an active studio practice, Nathan served as the Curator of Exhibitions for the Idaho Falls Arts Council from 2008-13. In this role, he organized and executed more than 30 exhibitions, including The Japanese Woodblock Print: An Extension of the Impermanent, which is currently touring Montana (2012-2014,) and the annual Idaho Falls National Exhibition, an open media juried exhibition of work from around the country. He has been an Instructor of Art for the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Plymouth Arts Council in Wisconsin, and an Adjunct Professor of Art for the College of Southern Idaho. In 2011, with the help of a VSA Idaho grant, he spent two months as a visiting artist in the special needs classroom at Bonneville High School in Idaho Falls, where he developed an art curriculum that emphasized experience over product. In the spring of 2013, he was awarded a “Quickfunds” grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, in support of his studio practice. Nathan is the current Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery Coordinator on the campus of the South Puget Sound Community College.

Expert eye exams and collections of unique eyewear available at VUE Olympia, Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm.  Exams by appointment only, (360) 489-0626.

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Personalized Progressive Lenses Available

Optometrists and Eye Care Professionals can now offer the most technologically advanced eyeglass lenses on the market, enabling the full personalization of progressive eyeglass lenses. Tumwater Eye Center and VUE Olympia, recently completed the Shamir Freeform® Certification process allowing the offices to offer customers Shamir Freeform® Family eyecare of products.

“We are very proud to be able to offer our advanced lenses to the public. The professionals at Tumwater Eye Center and VUE Olympia have gone through an extensive training program to fully understand the technology behind the lenses and be able to educate the wearer. Shamir is excited to add Tumwater Eye Center and VUE Olympia to the list of Shamir Freeform® Certified practices around the country,” said Matt Lyle, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Shamir Insight, Inc.

VUE Olympia Now Offers Shamir Lenses

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Olympia Optometrist Dr. Simpson Caught Making a Difference

Dr. Dani Simpson volunteers at the Olympia Union Gospel Mission Vision Clinic to provide eye exams and eye care.
Read more here.

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Why do we blink so often?

The average person blinks 15-20 times per minute, or once every 3 seconds. Although scientists acknowledge that blinking lubricates the eyeballs and protects them from debris like eyelashes or dust, they say that we blink far more often than is necessary for these functions.

So why exactly do we blink so often then? A paper published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a group of researchers from Japan suggest that closing our eyes briefly, as in a blink, may help us to gather our thoughts and focus our attention.

The scientists show that blinking is not random. For instance, when someone reads, they often blink at the end of a sentence. If you’re listening to a speech, you likely blink when the speaker pauses for a breath. The hypothesis is that we use blinking as a sort of “mental resting place” in order to shut off the visual stimulus around us and refocus our attention.

The researchers studied fMRIs of volunteers watching a television show and the analysis showed that when the volunteers blinked, the areas of the brain that operate when the mind is in a “state of wakeful rest” were more active. This means that a blink could be a moment of calm and restfulness – not just a lack of seeing something for a split second.

Interested in more interesting facts and cutting edge research about vision? Make yourself an appointment with Olympia eye doctor Dr. Douglas Jeske or Dr. Dani Simpson.

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Do men and women see differently?

According to LiveScience, men are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more likely to recognize color changes — which suggests that men and women really do see the world differently!

“[A] recent, large review of the literature concluded that, in most cases females had better sensitivity, and discriminated and categorized odors better than males,” said researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York.

In one part of the study, the researchers asked the volunteers to describe different colors shown to them. They found that the guys required a slightly longer wavelength of a color to experience the same shade as women and the men were less able to tell the difference between hues.

The researchers also showed the participants images made up of light and dark bars that varied in width and alternated in color so that they appeared to flicker, a measure of participants’ sensitivity to contrast. Compared with the women, the male volunteers were better able to identify the more rapidly changing images made up of thinner bars, the researchers said.

For another fascinating exploration of how vision may different between individuals, you should check out this article: Your Red Could Be My Blue by Life’s Little Mysteries. It’s an intriguing exploration of how our perception of color may differ dramatically from one person to another.

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First Bionic Eye Implants

After several years of non-human testing, the worlds first bionic eyes are hitting the market in Europe. They provide 576 pixel grayscale vision to blind patients, though it  only works if blindness is caused by a faulty retina, as in macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, or other degenerative diseases.

The Bio-Retina, developed by the Nano Retina company, is an intriguing technological advancement that currently costs about $60,000 and can be “installed” in about 30 minutes under local anesthesia. It places a 24×24 electronic sensor on the back of the eye and transmits encoded signals to the optic nerve. These sensors are powered by a harmless near-infrared laser, which is fired through the iris and to the sensor itself.

Will this technology eventually restore high-definition color vision to those suffering from degenerative blindness? It’s hard to say at this point, but recent breakthroughs are exciting to watch unfold. Clinical trials will begin the in United States in 2013.

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Eyewear Clearance Sale

November 30 and December 1, 2012

10 am – 5 pm

For two days only, we are discounting selected world class eyewear up to 80% off with lens purchase and offering sunglasses at 30% off.  This includes Ray Ban™ and Maui Jim™!  This is the perfect time to use your eyewear insurance benefit or flexible medical spending account funds before the year is up.  It’s an excellent time for contact lens wearers to get stylish back up glasses to be seen in.   Consider treating yourself to an extra pair of reading or computer glasses.  How about sunglasses for tropical travel destinations or to stash in the car for those occasional western Washington sun breaks? Pick up some sport goggles to protect your eyes – you never know when mishaps happen. Take advantage of our year end “house cleaning”.

Visit us at 116 5th Ave SE, Olympia, in the New Caldonia Building.  (360) 489-0626

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