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Creativity

& Parkinson’s The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation® (PDF®) is pleased to present the 2011 Creativity and Parkinson’s calendar, celebrating artwork created by people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). This calendar is part of PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, an initiative that seeks to explore, support and encourage the possible therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson’s. Research has shown that creative activities — such as painting, singing, sculpting, dancing and even exercising — may temporarily ease symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. This project is also home to the Parkinson’s Quilt — the first of its kind in the PD community — which in 2010 invited all those affected by Parkinson’s to contribute to a global awareness movement. The quilt is represented in the 2011 calendar in the month of April — recognized as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. To see the inspirational work of our artists, including those featured in this year’s calendar, view the online gallery at www.pdf.org/en/creativity. PDF invites you to join them! To submit your own artwork, contact PDF at (800) 457-6676 or email creativity@pdf.org. Due to the early release date of this year’s calendar, many PDF and other community events could not be confirmed in time for our print deadline. To view an up-to-date listing of these events, visit www.pdf.org/en/event_calendar.

Cover Art | PATRICIA BISSELL | PARRISH, FL Skipping Stone | Photography

My hands still shake, but I ignore them and lose myself for hours while in "the zone." I see a bird, a setting sun, the twilight or dawn light and I just HAVE to save it and make it mine. Art helps me get out of myself. Over 2,000 people voted at www.pdf.org to decide this year’s calendar cover.

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CAROL BLANN | NEW YORK, NY

Snowy View Across Central Park, NYC | Photography Picture it, the lens going both ways: a spotlight on both the internal and the external. It sits between the two, a portal. It's thrilling to travel through it, protected by it. PD has given me the time and desire to explore my photography in a new way, which turns out to parallel my former profession as a psychotherapist.

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CINDY DELUZ | STOCKTON, CA

Jazzy Jar | Acrylic In 2007, my unexpected journey with Parkinson's disease began. I initially felt lost and confused until I discovered a passionate joy for art. Not only did it give my life new direction; it became a magical map of hope.

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Join PDF this month for our PD ExpertBriefings educational series. For more information, visit www.pdf.org/en/expertbriefings.

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ELENA TUERO | FREEHOLD, NJ

Two Ambulantes | Oil To see a blank canvas and put all your thought, imagination and creativity in colors is a delight for me. Although I am not cured, I feel as though art helps take Parkinson's disease away.

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BEVERLY LAVENDER | TORONTO, ON, CANADA

Crazy Quilt | Knitted Quilt Panel As a single career woman, I was devastated when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 44. But like the bright spots of my quilt panel, it’s the bright spots of life that keep you going — your work, your passions and your friends.

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Join PDF this month for our PD ExpertBriefings educational series. For more information, visit www.pdf.org/en/expertbriefings.

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JOHN WHERRY | WEST WINDSOR, NJ

Orchid Delirium | Photography I am grateful to be able to display my photographs in PDF's Creativity and Parkinson's Project. My wish is to share my vision of the beauty of this world with as many people as possible.

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CHIP COLLEY | HAWTHORNE, FL

Cheetah of the Sea | Hand-Molded Polymer Sculpture My art seems to have a mind of its own. Sitting at the dining room table, I spend hours creating images of those things I love most. I have come to realize, during the dark hours of the morning, that my PD cloud has a silver lining.

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Join PDF this month for our PD ExpertBriefings educational series. For more information, visit www.pdf.org/en/expertbriefings.

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PAM MICHEL | FLOWER MOUND, TX

The 23rd Psalm | Glass and Tile Mosaic As a musician, I had never tried my hand at the visual arts until after my diagnosis, when I discovered mosaic art. Just as music creates an auditory "picture" using rhythm and melody, mosaics create a visual picture using texture and color — “visual music.”

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ADRIAN VAN VLIET | VICTORIA, BC, CANADA

Newfoundland | Acrylic I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002. When I returned to painting, I found that there was great therapeutic value in it, although there was a significant change required in my approach. The resulting work is a reflection of the changing physical condition I experience due to the disease.

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JUDI SECHTER | MERRICK, NY

Tuscany | Glass Mosaic Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I have found it hard to concentrate. But when I work on a mosaic, I can work for hours at a time. My artwork wins over the PD.

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MARGARET TENNANT | NEW CANAAN, CT

From a Bridge in Brugges, Belgium | Photography Though I’ve had Parkinson’s for 10 years, I never think of myself as having a "disease." In some ways I feel quite fortunate — PD's need for daily rest and exercise meant leaving a demanding job, allowing me time to develop a love for photography.

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MONTY SHULBERG | TAVISTOCK, UK

Earthquake in New York | Computer Enhanced Photography I am fairly new to the world of Parkinson’s, but there is no doubt that art in any form helps me achieve a semblance of normality.

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JOHN CORBETT | COLUMBUS, OH

Christmas Sled | Wood Sculpture I took up woodworking a few years ago, when my wife bought me a scroll saw, and I've added a few other tools along the way. I don't let my disease get me down; I live one day at a time, getting the most out of life.

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Creativity and Parkinson’s


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