Four years ago, 76-year old Allan Goldberg of Pepper Pike, Ohio was looking for a new hobby to offset the Parkinson’s that he had been diagnosed with in 2002. After a brief stint with the saxophone—his family kindly asked if perhaps he could find something a bit “quieter”—Allan picked up a brush and began painting. While he hadn’t done so since grade school, it only took a few lessons before he was hooked.
Over the next few years, Allan painted his favorite subjects: family, athletics and of course horses, a personal passion after his time as a nationally recognized equestrian. Allan shares with us how these days, he focuses on capturing on canvas the movement and balance that he struggles with on a day to day basis. As a result, painting is more than just a pastime for Allan; it’s an opportunity “to share with others how creativity and motion can preserve, even with a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s.”
As a long-time supporter of fellow Ohio Team Fox member Karen Jaffe and her family’s Shaking with Laughter fundraiser, Allan was inspired to use his new found talents to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s research. After joining Team Fox this spring, Allan displayed his works at the Humphrey Gallery in the University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland.
Having already raised well over $20,000 through the sale of his work, a benefit to support Team Fox, “Painting with Parkinson’s”, will be held at the gallery on Thursday, May 15 from 5-8PM. Over 40 of Allan’s works will be on display and available for purchase; 100% of proceeds from the evening will benefit Team Fox. The gallery event is open to the public, but guests can also RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unable to attend? Visit Allan’s Team Fox page and consider making a donation in support of his efforts.