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MEDIA RELEASE 08 May 2017

Local mouth painting artist Margaret Greig has greeting card in mid-year range
Well-known local Moruya mouth painting artist Margaret Greig, has one on of her famous Australian bush paintings on a greeting card which is included in the mid-year range from the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists.

Margaret joined the MFPA as a student member in 1970 and has been a full member of the group since 1980. She recently celebrated her 80th birthday and has been painting by holding the brush in her mouth since her mid-teens after contracting polio when she was just 13 years old.

The painting on the card, which will go on sale throughout Australia, is called 'Bushland' and shows an unmistakeable bush scene with an old shed, gum trees and a tumbling down fence with the misty hills beyond.

Margaret draws her inspiration for her famous Australian landscapes from the New South Wales south coast near her Moruya home where she has lived for a large proportion of her life.

This year the world-wide Mouth and Foot Painting Artists is celebrating their 60th birthday having been founded in 1956 by a group of European artists. Today they have approximately 850 members around the world and proudly describe themselves as a self-help organisation which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to fulfil their creative ambitions while maintaining financial independence by selectively selling their artworks. MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 16 members around the country.

Members of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists gain their income through the sale of their paintings or on products illustrated with their paintings and although this started with Christmas cards, a stand out in the current range is the jumbo-sized gift wrapping paper which comes in a whopper 700mm by 1000mm. This makes each sheet big enough for the most awkward gift. It comes in a pack of six colourful designs, including matching gift cards for $19.95 including GST.

Other products in the MFPA mid-year range include special occasion cards, jigsaws, bone china mugs, address books, calendars, a very cute childrens' Teddy Bear, colouring books, games, playing cards, serviettes, place mats and coasters, gift tags and wrapping paper. Several artists, including Margaret Greig, have also written and illustrated their own books.

To become a member of MFPA, an artist must first qualify as a student member 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 is judged to have reached a standard of competence they become a full member or associate and 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 Dennis Rutzou on 0411 510 888.

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