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Wendell Lowe is opening a photography exhibit at Indiana Landmarks

 

In a self-portrait photograph by Wendell Lowe entitled “Artist Boxer,” you see a man (Lowe) holding a camera with both hands. He’s wearing a boxing glove on one of them. The scratching and finger painting on the surface of this photograph denote tremors, a Parkinson’s Disease symptom, but the overall composition broadcasts the resolve of its subject. Lowe’s resolved not to let his Parkinson’s get the best of him.

 Artist Boxer — This is my Parkinson’s, opening April 7 at Indiana Landmarks, will feature  Wendell Lowe’s photography, drawings, finger painting, soft pastel works and works in mixed media. A majority of the proceeds from the exhibition will go to Rock Steady Boxing, where Lowe works out. Rock Steady is a nonprofit boxing gym based in Indianapolis that now has over 280 affiliates in the U.S. and around the world. The gym employs a non-contact regimen of rigorous boxing exercises that has been developed to improve the quality of life in people with Parkinson’s.  

“If I didn’t have all that exercise three times a week, I’d be lying in that easy chair upstairs not wanting to get up, just dying,” says the 63-year-old Lowe sitting in his basement studio that looks out on a wooded landscape just north of Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. “But if you get up and keep moving you stay ahead of it. So I’m…

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