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MEDIA RELEASE 01 July 2009

Opotiki mouth painter to show award winning pieces in Bay Arts exhibition
Opotiki mouth painting artist Kerrin Tilley will display his unique artwork alongside his fellow Opotiki Arts Society members at the Bay Arts exhibition, Rotorua, from Saturday, 11 July to Sunday, 12 July 2009.

Held annually for the past 40 years, the Bay Arts exhibition will once again showcase a variety of artistic talent, involving 10 art societies from different centres across the local region.

Kerrin has participated in this exhibition every year since becoming a member of the Opotiki Arts Society in 1992.

"The Bay Arts exhibition is a great opportunity for artists and the general public to see what other art societies are currently working on. It will be interesting to see the different styles and artworks produced this year", said Kerrin.

Kerrin has submitted two paintings to the Bay Arts exhibition. The first entitled 'Figure Study' is an abstract oil painting exploring the concepts of form, colour and tone. This painting was awarded the fourth place prize at the MFPA art display at this year's Royal Auckland Easter Show.

Kerrin's second painting, 'Into the blue', depicts a yacht heading out to the horizon as the sky churns above and the waves break around the bow.

"I enjoy painting as you never know what the end product is going to be. I always have ideas when I start but they chop and change as I continue painting and the end result may be nothing like I envisioned", said Kerrin.

"Art has given me a purpose in life, something to look forward to and strive for. It's certainly satisfying when others find pleasure in my work as well", added Kerrin.

Kerrin began painting with a brush held in his mouth in 1988 after suffering a neck injury while playing rugby. He has been a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) since 1992, and became an associate MFPA member in 2005.

As a member of the MFPA, Kerrin has been able to financially support himself through his painting and be involved in community exhibitions as well as larger exhibitions around the country such as the Royal Auckland Easter Show.

Founded in 1956 by a group of European artists, the MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence by selectively selling their artworks. The MFPA was established in New Zealand in 1961 and currently has 20 members.

The Bay Arts exhibition is open to the public on Saturday, 11 July from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, 12 July from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rotorua Girl's High School Arena.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on (09) 827 6746.

Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (0011 61 2) 9413 4244.

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