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Auroran part of national Parkinson’s art calendar
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Wednesday, May 09, 2012 8:20 PM

Aurora’s own Linda Armstrong is one of 13 artists whose work was selected to appear in the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s 2012 Creativity and Parkinson’s Calendar. 

Her original jewelry, three pendants entitled, “The Green Wave, Sand Ridge, Tranquility” are featured in the month of June.

Armstrong was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2000 at the age of 54. She always had a love of beading and desire to explore her creative side, but after her diagnosis, . Armstrong found creating jewelry to be an even greater therapeutic release.

She started utilizing the smooth, frosted sea glass she had collected and stored in jars lining her window sills, to design jewelry.

“The disease changes your life but it doesn’t have to be all bad. Art really helps because it’s therapeutic and takes your mind off of the Parkinson’s. You’re not just sitting around thinking about it,” she says.

Armstrong soon found she was not alone in her experience. 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. Ms. Armstrong’s jewelry was chosen among these individuals to be featured in PDF’s annual print calendar, which is distributed nationwide to nearly 20,000 people.

Passionate about being an advocate for a cure, Ms. Armstrong has even used her jewelry as a means of raising awareness and funds with her “Beading for a Parkinson’s Cure” line.

“There is no cure, so I try to keep the Parkinson’s name out there as much as I can,” she said.

Robin Elliott, Executive Director of PDF, said “We thank Ms. Armstrong for her contributions to the Creativity and Parkinson’s Project and applaud her for having her artwork selected for the 2012 calendar. Her 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 Ms.Armstrong’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 Armstrong’s artwork may contact the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation by calling 1-800-457-6676, emailing info@pdf.org, or visiting www.pdf.org/creativity.