On Friday, March 15, shoppers had many opportunities waiting for them in the western courtyard of the Galleria in Edina. They could view some lovely artwork, learn more about Parkinson’s disease (PD), enjoy yummy treats from CRAVE!, support a great cause [NPFM], see Parkinson’s-friendly clothing (much of it modeled by people with PD), and perhaps even buy some of the beautiful pieces of art created by people living with Parkinson’s. All of these opportunities could be found in one place: the “The Art of Parkinson’s.”
This event was the first of its kind in Minnesota, as far as we know. It was definitely a first for the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota, so we really weren’t sure what to expect. We had several artists who donated their watercolor and oil paintings, photographs, fused glass or jewelry to be sold. Most of the artists are pictured below. We had a great space, wonderful support from the stores and staff of the Galleria and a terrific stylist who outfitted the models and set up the sale.
What we found was that many Galleria customers enjoyed looking at art and then taking it home with them! Several knew someone with PD but didn’t necessarily know much about the disease. Everyone left knowing more about Parkinson’s than they did before, a lot of artwork was sold, and NPFM brought in additional funds to help the Parkinson’s community here in Minnesota and surrounding areas.
We are considering making this an annual event! If you agree and are an artist with living with Parkinson’s disease who would like to contribute art, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.