Tuesday, April 30, 2013

IN THE NEWS: Local project converts pinecone art into good cause

By Kaylyn Hlavaty / Athens News / Wednesday, March 27,2013

Retrieved from http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-39430-local-project-converts-pinecone-art-into-good-cause.html


The first sight of pinecones to any passerby may provoke annoyance, lack of appeal or no thought at all. Pine trees and sweet gums are everywhere around Athens, littering the sidewalks with their annoying cones and spiky balls. One person who appreciates the fallen debris is Jenny Nelson, an associate professor of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University, who uses them in her project, "Pinecones 4 Parkinson's"(PC4PD).

Thursday, April 25, 2013


This is what happens when Jenny gets pissed off. 

January 13, 2013: In order to sell my buckeye/pinecone art once a month at the local Farmers' Market, I was told I must first apply for membership in ALPACA (Athens Local Professional Artists and Craftsmen Association).  In the spirit of community entrepreneurship, I emailed the head guy and he told me to send in 5 photos of my work by 
midnight; the jury was meeting the very next day!  What timing!  What luck!            

                                 Then, 3 days later: 

"The jury committee met and declined to offer you membership.  Thank you for your interest."  

The brutal civility of the message gave me pause, but it didn't bother me all that much, which I guess is one of the blessings of having no dopamine.   I asked why my application was declined.  


This is Dr. Jenny Nelson's story of living with PD and the PD/MS Narrative Project she founded at Ohio University.