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Oakland Residentís Artwork Selected for Nationwide Parkinsonís Charity Calendar, Showcased at Open Studios on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10

Oakland, CA resident Gary Turchin is one of 13 artists whose work was selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s (PDF) 2012 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar.  His photographic print entitled “House, Through the Flowers” is featured in the month of August. His artwork, including his collection which features “House, Through the Flowers,” will be on display at East Bay Open Studios on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.

Mr. Turchin was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006, but has not let it hamper his optimistic and creative spirit. Since his youth, he has been passionate about written and visual forms of art by drawing, working with photography and authoring poems and books. Since his diagnosis, he has found art to be of even greater importance.

“I consider art and creativity to be my medicine and a way to heal the ravages of this disease. Art is a means of healing, a release and also a way for me to express myself,” says Mr. Turchin.

Mr. Turchin soon found he was not alone in the sentiment. More than 300 other people with Parkinson’s have participated in PDF’s Creativity and Parkinson’s Project, which encourages those living with Parkinson’s to explore their creativity and its potentially beneficial effects. Mr. Turchin’s artwork was chosen among these individuals to be featured in PDF’s annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.

“House, Through the Flowers” is a photograph of his former house and garden in which the print has been hand-colored over with art markers. It is part of a larger collection of photographic prints entitled “My Garden, My Self.” He says the collection “is like a Rorschach of my emotional, psychic state during that shell-shocked period after my diagnosis. Each print was a step back into myself, my well-being, my hopes and my dreams.”

Several pieces of his, including some from that collection, will be on display at East Bay Open Studios, an annual showcase of local artists, on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the Jack London Square Pavilion.

Mr. Turchin remarks on the importance of creativity, “I believe when my art is powerful and hits people square in the heart, then my Parkinson’s doesn’t matter and I’m the healthiest man on earth. Parkinson’s is a condition of my body, not my spirit.”

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said “We thank Mr. Turchin for his contributions to the Creativity and Parkinson’s Project and applaud him for having his artwork selected for the 2012 calendar.  His works, those of the 12 other individuals featured in the calendar and the more than 300 in the online gallery, have inspired those affected by Parkinson’s who come to PDF looking not only for information, but also for hope.  At PDF, we are hopeful that by creating a space for Mr. Turchin’s works and those of other people living with Parkinson’s, we can begin a conversation about the reports of beneficial effects of creativity.”

Those interested in learning more about Mr. Turchin’s artwork may contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling (800) 457-6676, emailing info@pdf.org, or visiting www.pdf.org/creativity.

About 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 the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation
The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.
 
 

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Source Date: Jun 05 2012