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Door Native's Art Featured in National Parkinson's Calendar

Door County native Bev Mickelson is one of 13 artists nationwide whose artwork was selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2014 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. Her origami “Fantasy Flowers” appears in the month of February in the nationally distributed, free charity calendar.

Mickelson lived in Sturgeon Bay for 25 years before relocating to Oregon. The 59-year-old is a retired exercise physiologist who leads a Parkinson’s support group at a local senior living community. Shortly after her diagnosis with Parkinson’s in 2008, she found origami, the Japanese art of folding paper, to be a therapeutic release from her disease, she said. Mickelson’s work was chosen from among hundreds of artistic submissions for the calendar.

“Creating origami enhances the use of my hands to make them stronger,” Mickelson said. “When I am busy with my crafts, it puts me in a very good space and keeps my mind at ease.”

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Source Date: Feb 11 2014
Source Publication: Door County Advocate
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