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Stockton Artist Rolls Out Latest Charity Piece

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Stockton artist Cindy DeLuz shows off the bike she painted that will be sold to benefit a Parkinson’s disease charity. The bicycle was donated by Robby’s Bikes. Craig Sanders/The Record By The Record

STOCKTON - For Stockton resident Cindy DeLuz, art became a source of solace when she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2007 at age 47.

And for three years, her artwork has been distributed nationwide in calendars sent out by a Parkinson's charity.

Now she's - quite literally - rolling out a work of art to raffle off to raise money for charities supporting people with the disease and for their families.

It's a bicycle covered in eclectic designs and bright colors in a 1960s-throwback style. DeLuz named it "Starshine."

"It turned out to be a hippy, retro thing, so I had to come up with something to fit," DeLuz said.

DeLuz began painting after her diagnosis of the progressive neurological disorder. It's been therapeutic for her, and she has taught others to paint in support groups.

She already has a bike she uses when symptoms of the disease make long walks difficult. She customized the artwork on that one, too, and named it Petal.

Starshine's blank canvas was donated by Robby's Bikes on Thornton Road in Stockton. DeLuz said she also had help from friends, filling in the colors in the designs when she had trouble doing so herself.

The new bike has begun making the rounds. It's been to a street festival in Lodi, and it will be on display in a shop window in Stockton's Stonecreek Village shopping center.

"It's been a lot of work, and it's been really, really fun," she said.

The $2 raffle tickets can be bought from DeLuz's website:

Proceeds will benefit the Parkinson's Institute and the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. She said she's also making jewelry and cards to sell for the cause.

Note from PDF:

Cindy DeLuz, mentioned in the news story above, is a contributor to the Creativity and Parkinson's program. Her artwork is on display as part of PDF's online gallery.

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Source Date: Jun 01 2011
Source Publication: The Record
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