MEDIA RELEASE 04 September 2009
Linton mouth painting artist Pam Farey exhibiting in international
exhibition in her old stamping ground
Renowned mouth painter and former Geelong resident, Pam Farey will be
demonstrating her unique talent at the upcoming Mouth and Foot Painting Artists
(MFPA) exhibition in Geelong, where for the first time in regional Victoria,
over 140 artworks from Australian and international MFPA artists will be on
Pam who now resides in Linton is exhibiting 15 artworks; the largest number of
works to be displayed by any one artist out of the 61 other artists taking part.
"I was born and bred in Geelong so I'm very much looking forward to this
exhibition and sharing my art with the community. It is also a great chance to
get together with all the other MFPA artists and see the fantastic works mouth
painting artists from around the world have been producing", said Pam.
Painting with a brush held in her mouth, Pam has risen above adversity to
produce artwork of a standard to rival any able bodied artist.
Pam suffers from a rare neurological disease known as polyneuropathy which
results in the immune system attacks the nerves. In Pam's case, this auto-immune
disease has damaged the motor nerves in her arms and legs. Pam has also battled
with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, having chemotherapy in 2001 and then a bone marrow
transplant in 2002.
However after many years of overcoming these various challenges, Pam has found
great joy and fulfilment through her art and the art associations she has been a
part of. Pam has been an active member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA)
"I find painting brings together my emotions and thoughts into an artwork. The
paintings I adore the most are those that relate to me and my world. My art
captures a time in history, depicting my experience of that moment in my life",
"I see every new experience as a chance to capture this memory on canvas. I'm
always looking to challenge myself and grow as an artist", Pam added.
Pam's art can be viewed at the MFPA exhibition to be held from Monday, 14
September to Sunday, 27 September 2009 at The Shearer's Arms Gallery, The
Geelong Art Society, 202 Aberdeen St, West Geelong.
The Shearer's Arms Gallery is open Monday to Friday from 11am to 5 pm. Admission
to the exhibition is free.
The MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 17 members
around the country.
To become a student 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. Student members receive scholarships for art supplies and
tuition. Once an artist becomes a full member or associate they are guaranteed a
salary for life, even if they are unable to continue painting.
For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists contact MFPA on
(02) 9698 3933 or visit www.mfpa.com.au.
Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (www.drpr.com.au)
For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413