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MEDIA RELEASE 6 April 2006

Mouth and Foot Painting Artists to display amazing talent at the Royal Easter Show
The amazing talent of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) will once again be demonstrated at the Auckland Royal Easter Show from 13 to 20 April, with eight well respected New Zealand artists demonstrating their mouth painting technique.

Ten talented artists from New Zealand have had their paintings selected for judgement in the MFPA category of the Easter Show Art Competition.

Well-known disabled artists from across the country will demonstrate their mouth painting technique in the Art Hall including Ross Stonham, Grant Sharman, Murray Cohen, Ray Hickey, Kevin Griffiths, Wayne Te Rangi, Lee Tamati-Aubrey and Toni Fox, most of whom also have paintings displayed at the show.

Local Lynfield artist Ross Stonham will be demonstrating his mouth-painting technique at the show for the tenth year in a row.

“Demonstrating to a crowd can still be a little nerve-racking but once I get started it’s fine,” said Ross.

“The elderly and children are particularly interested in seeing how I paint. It’s very encouraging to draw such large groups of people,” he said.

Ross, who has been an MFPA member since 1995, began painting with a brush held in his mouth after a swimming pool accident left him tetraplegic in 1989.

MFPA is a self-help organisation which gives disabled people the opportunity to fulfil their creative ambitions while still maintaining financial independence, by selectively selling their highly regarded works of art.

MFPA was founded in 1956 by a group of mainly Swiss, French, British and German artists. It was established in New Zealand more than forty years ago and today has a membership of over 700 disabled artists in more than 70 countries throughout the world.

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. 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) 8276746.

Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations.
For further information contact Marie Tritsaris
or Aleks Czerwinski on (612) 9413 4244.

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