MEDIA RELEASE 05 December 2009
Local mouth painter exhibits work to farewell Adult Education Community Art Classes
Local Opotiki mouth painter, Kerrin Tilley will be exhibiting his artwork at a
celebration exhibition to mark the end of the Whakatane Adult Community
Education Art Classes, closing due to a cut back in Government funding.
The exhibition to honour the students who participated in this highly valued
community program will open on Friday, 11 December and run to Sunday, 20
December with works from 90 artists on display.
Kerrin will be the only mouth painter taking part in the exhibition. Kerrin
regularly attended the Adult Community Education Art Classes and believes the
program greatly developed his skills as an artist.
"The classes were invaluable to my growth as an artist. My tutor Adrienne Ranson
is extremely knowledgeable and happily shared with her students her insights
into different subject matter, styles and mediums", said Kerrin.
"Thanks to Adrienne and the classes, I've greatly broaden my horizons and come
to approach art in a different way. It's a great shame the classes have to come
to an end", said Kerrin.
Kerrin will be exhibiting two paintings including a pop art inspired work
entitled 'Marilyn' as well as a fantastical depiction of a rat eating the moon
surrounded by planets resting on ice cream cones entitled 'Space Odyssey'.
The exhibition will be held at 9 Peace Street, Whakatane and will be open for
public viewing on Friday, 11 December from 6 to 8 pm and Saturday, 12 December
to Sunday, 20 December from 10 am to 4.30 pm.
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.
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
(09) 827 6746.
Released for Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) by Dennis Rutzou Public
For further information please call Gemma Crowley or Nicola Rutzou on (61 2)