PASB Artists Among Us
Her work can be seen at montecitoartists.com, Palm Loft Gallery through the end of Sept., 500 Maple Gallery, Carpinteria.
Marjorie is the wife of Craig Palonen, former president of PASB., and “Move To Connect” founder.
It was because of Parkinson’s Disease that Dorothy turned to photography. With her movements restricted, she found that she could take photos, print them, and even paint the custom frames. Photography is a new field for Dorothy to explore, learn, understand, and express herself.
Dorothy recently had an exhibit of 30 of her beautiful photographs titled “Barking Trees” at Granada Books and at the Faulkner. The pictures are whimsical and Dorothy adds clever quips to each. She sees shapes in the woods that most of us just pass by.
Dorothy is also an avid trike rider.
DR. DANIEL JOSEPH
When I was asked by Kitty and Lolly to write something for our artist among us series I thought, “boy, they must have really reached the bottom of the barrel”. But seriously, it’s an honor for this hobbyist to be considered in the same breath as the real artists who have been profiled.
It took me a while to think of what to write but I finally decided on “what I learned doing calligraphy (or some observations from the bottom of the barrel).” I learned a little about Greek roots (everyone should know a little about Greek and Latin roots). Calligraphy is Greek for “beautiful writing” but we already knew that. Just like we already knew what micrographia is – one of the symptoms used to diagnose Parkinson’s (your handwriting gets small – mine did). I learned to focus on the gothic style text very early in my hobby. I realized I couldn’t consistently make the fluid movements that the other styles required. (good planning on my part, eh?) I also learned to focus on a certain approximate size. It’s hard to accurately make long lines. I learned that I’m too impatient (not that I’m going to do anything about it). I learned calligraphy is kinda like golf – practice makes perfect. And also like golf = it doesn’t matter how much you practice, you never get perfect!
So I learned (and I’m still learning) to celebrate life’s minor successes – the one infrequent good stroke of the pen (or the club if you’re a masochist). I learned that with enough flourishes and extraneous details you can hide a lot of your mistakes. (If you can’t dazzle ’em with brilliance, baffle ’em with bullsh#t.) And finally, I learned that, if I forget how to make a certain letter, I can just make it up! Just like Leslie and Ruth say in our exercise classes “Everything we do is corrfect”.
Take care of yourselves. Take care of each other.
Tom has been creating art his entire life. He spent the majority of his career as a production designer for TV animation, working for Disney TV, Warner Bros., Universal, Nickelodeon and many others. Tom was diagnosed with PD in 2005. He retired from commuting in 2007 but has not slowed down…having written and illustrated a children’s book with over 40 full page illustrations and painted over 100 prints since then!
Tom’s professional career started in 1984 for Petersen Publishing in Los Angeles. He wrote humorous stories, created comic book characters, designed logos, games and puzzles, and also illustrated posters, drew comic stories and designed and illustrated magazine cover art. In 1991, Tom was hired by Disney TV and enjoyed a lengthy career as a production designer for Disney TV, as well as for Warner Brothers, Sony TV, Nickelodeon and Universal Pictures.
I’m not a professional artist. I have been doing ceramics on the wheel in Adult Ed since moving back to California in ’02. It’s great therapy in my senior years. I have studied wheel throwing pottery with three wonderful teachers in Santa Barbara; Barbara Loebman, Deanna Pini and Bob McGuire. I am not a professional, but clay is my hobby and therapy. I’ve been making pots on the wheel for 12 years and also doing some hand-building.
My connection to the Parkinson’s community: my father had to retire from dentistry at age 45 from Parkinson’s and had it for 30 years. My husband was diagnosed 4 years ago, luckily not at 45, but at 71.
I taught sex education for Planned Parenthood of Kansas for 20 years. I got a Master’s degree in Social Work from Kansas University after my kids were off to college. Then I taught The Sociology of Sexual Behavior at Fort Hays State University and Wichita State University. Currently, I teach The Psychology of Human Sexuality at SB City College, since 2005.
~ Marian Shapiro