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Local mouth painter to feature artwork at Opotiki Art Society exhibition
Mouth painting artist and Opotiki resident, Kerrin Tilley, will exhibit his paintings in the local Opotiki Art Society exhibition along with other members of the local art society.

Having his artwork selected for this year's exhibition has been a privilege for Kerrin and he hopes that visitors will recognise the unique skills involved in mouth painting.

"It's a great feeling to receive recognition for the time and effort I put into my artwork and it's always a thrill to have one of my paintings selected for an exhibit. It gives me a huge sense of achievement.

"I concentrate on my painting because it's something I really enjoy, something that makes me happy," 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 member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) and an Opotiki Society member since 1992, and is now an associate MFPA member.

The Exhibition is titled "Inspiration" and will be held at the Opotiki Art Society Hall at 13 King St from Friday, 30 November to Saturday, 8 December, open from 10 am to 3.30 pm each day.

"Before my accident I was keen on the outdoors where I would regularly go hunting, diving and fishing. The New Zealand landscape and sea life is extremely close to my heart and this is why I take inspiration from these environments when painting," said Kerrin.

For over 40 years, the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists' Christmas cards and calendars have been distributed to millions of households around Australia and New Zealand.

About MFPA

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

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For further information please call Elyse Malloy or Nicola Rutzou on 61 2 9413 4244.

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