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Send a meaningful Christmas card this year
The Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) has released its 2010 Christmas card range and 2011 calendar which are sold throughout New Zealand to enable members to earn a living, support their families and live as independently as possible.

This year's Christmas card range and 2011 calendar include artworks from New Zealand mouth-painting artists Peter Van der Hulst from Hamilton and Ross Stonham from Auckland.

Peter Van der Hulset's painting 'Bay of Islands' which features in the calendar was inspired by a photo taken in what Peter considers to be one of the most beautiful places in the North Island of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. "The painting shows the changing sea colour which happens in the summer months, coincidentally while the Pohutukawa trees blossom," said Peter. "The combination of these two events is a constant inspiration to many artists in New Zealand," he added.

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

"It gives me great satisfaction to be able to provide financially for my family through the sales of these cards and calendars," said Peter.

To support the MFPA through purchasing any of their products you can contact them on (02) 9698 3933 or visit

About the 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 Australia in 1971 and currently has 17 members around the country.

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.

Released for MFPA by Dennis Rutzou Public Relations (
For further information please call Petra Aitken or Nicola Rutzou on (02) 9413 4244.

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