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MEDIA RELEASE 8 November 2006

Local disabled artist's work recognised in this year’s Christmas card range
Local disabled artist Elodie Cazes from Kumeu has been recognised for her artistic talent once again, with one of her paintings featuring in the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) 2006 Christmas range of greeting cards, wrapping paper, gift tags, calendars and bookmarks.

Elodie’s painting ‘River Rafting’ has been reproduced for the 2007 calendar and is currently being sent to households across New Zealand as part of the range, which allows customers to purchase the products by selecting their favourite designs. She also had two paintings chosen for last year’s Christmas range.

“I feel very excited and honoured to have my painting chosen for this Christmas range. It’s very encouraging for me,” Elodie said.

“This painting was inspired by the magnitude and power of nature, as is the case with a lot of my other paintings.

“I’ve practiced a lot over the years and have noticed that my paintings have become more refined. It’s true that practice makes perfect,” she said.

Elodie became an MFPA Student Member in 1996 after a swimming pool accident at the age of 12 left her quadriplegic. She has been creating her artworks, painted with a brush held in her mouth, ever since.

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.

To become a 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.

For further information on the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists or to place an order contact MFPA on (09) 827 6746.

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For further information contact Aleks Czerwinski on (612) 9413 4244.


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