For the third year, Spokane resident Joan Waters’ artwork has been selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2014 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. Her watercolor painting, entitled “Milk Bottle,” appears in the month of May in the nationally distributed charity calendar, which helps to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and inspire others. Her artwork was also previously featured in the 2012 and 2010 calendars.
Joan is a retired draftsperson, with experience in technical drawings for buildings, bridges and substations. She says that after her diagnosis of Parkinson’s in 2004, she found a therapeutic release in creative activities such as sculpting glass and watercolor paintings.
“I am extremely honored to have my artwork in the Creativity Calendar. It gives me hope and a great sense of pride to create a piece of art that people appreciate, despite going through this horrible disease. Creativity is a special gift while living with Parkinson’s,” she says.
Joan is one of nearly 400 other artists living with Parkinson’s who have shared their artwork and experiences with PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project. The Project explores, supports, and encourages the therapeutic value of creativity in Parkinson’s. Her watercolor painting, which depicts the Milk Bottle restaurant on Garland Avenue, was chosen among these individuals’ works to be featured in PDF’s annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.
PDF President Robin Elliott said, “We are proud to showcase Ms. Waters’ creativity in the calendar once again. Her work serves as a source of hope and inspiration to the nearly one million others in the US living with Parkinson’s disease.”
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US. Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.
About PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project
Research suggests that painting, sculpting, dancing and other creative activities may temporarily ease Parkinson’s symptoms. PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project encourages those living with the disease to explore their creativity and its potentially beneficial side effects. PDF welcomes all forms of creativity and hosts an online gallery of artwork; sharing artists’ inspiring stories.
For more information about the Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar, contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation at (800) 457-6676, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pdf.org/creativity.