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Mouth painting artist to exhibit work at local exhibition
Opotiki mouth painting artist Kerrin Tilley will display several of his paintings at the Bay Arts Exhibition from Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 August.

The exhibition features art societies located in the Bay of Plenty and will be held at the Te Puke Memorial Hall in Te Puke and is open from 10 am to 4 pm on both days.

"I'll be exhibiting two paintings at the exhibition. The first is titled 'Safari', and is an acrylic of elephants. The second is of two parrots that are native to New Zealand and is titled Kakariki,' said 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 student member of the MFPA and also part of the Opotiki Art Society since 1992.

"I get my inspiration for paintings from the beauty of nature all around us. I always like to be a part of the Bay Arts because it is good to see what the other societies have on show, and just how much they have progressed." Kerrin said.

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 Relations (
For further information please call Aleks Czerwinski or Anthia Crosby on (0011612) 9413 4244.

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