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Local mouth painting artist to exhibit work at Mangere Bridge exhibition
Local mouth painting artist Murray Cohen will be displaying several of his paintings in the Mangere Bridge Art Group Exhibition. The exhibition will run from Saturday, 25 to Sunday, 26 August.

The exhibition will be held at the St James Church Hall, Church St, Mangere Bridge and will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on both days.

"I have been a member of the Mangere Bridge art group for almost three years. I enjoy it because it gives me the chance to mix with others as well as sharing tips and information with fellow artists," Murray said.

Murray lost the use of his hands after a diving accident left him a quadriplegic in 1988. He started painting with a brush held in his mouth in 2003.

"One painting I'm entering is titled 'Underwater Emotion'. It is an abstract inspired by a time when I was experiencing a degree of pain and discomfort but it then developed into a lighter underwater scene. The second is called 'Cable Bay' which is a seascape and a favourite summer holiday place of mine," said Murray.

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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