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MEDIA RELEASE 02 August 2007

Local mouth-painting artist to exhibit at QLD EKKA show again
Mouth-painting artist Glenn Barnett from Port Lincoln is again displaying his paintings at the Royal Queensland Show (EKKA) from 9 to 18 August at the RNA showgrounds in Brisbane.

Glenn is a member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) and began painting with a brush held in his mouth in 1964 after a diving accident two years earlier left him a quadriplegic at the age of 15.

For this year's EKKA art competition, Glenn is entering three artworks which reflect his love of typically Australian landscapes.

"The paintings I'm entering this year are 'Giant in the bush', 'Lost in the Flinders SA' and 'Brindabella Ranges ACT'," Glenn said.

"I've been entering the EKKA for nearly 20 years now with my paintings being displayed in both the MFPA and open categories. I've placed in the MFPA category a few times over the years.

"It's great to have my paintings displayed in Queensland as I have strong ties there. I was a Uniting Church minister in Bundaberg for a number of years, taught at Alcorn College and studied at Queensland University and Trinity Theological College in Brisbane," he said.

Glenn's unique life and commitment to the MFPA and painting will be recounted in an upcoming feature in the national art magazine Artist's Palette.

"I'm very pleased to have the opportunity to show my work in an artists' magazine as most artists are open and honest critics with helpful suggestions," Glenn said.

In September, Glenn will also be exhibiting his paintings at the Royal Adelaide Show, the Royal Melbourne Show and the Lipson Art Exhibition.

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.

To become a member, an artist must qualify by painting using a brush held in either their mouth or foot, having lost the use of their hands through an illness or accident.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or to place an order contact MFPA on (02) 9698 3933.

Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Anthia Crosby on (02) 9413 4244.

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