In a self-portrait photograph by Wendell Lowe entitled âArtist Boxer,â you see a man (Lowe) holding a camera with both hands. Heâs wearing a boxing glove on one of them. The scratching and finger painting on the surface of this photograph denote tremors, a Parkinsonâs Disease symptom, but the overall composition broadcasts the resolve of its subject. Loweâs resolved not to let his Parkinsonâs get the best of him.
Â Artist Boxer â This is my Parkinsonâs, opening April 7 at Indiana Landmarks, will featureÂ Wendell Loweâs 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 Parkinsonâs. Â
âIf I didnât have all that exercise three times a week, Iâd be lying in that easy chair upstairs not wanting to get up, just dying,â 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. âBut if you get up and keep moving you stay ahead of it. So Iâm…