MEDIA RELEASE 31 March
Dorrigo mouth painter Gary Atkins has yet again proven himself to be an
artist to rival any able bodied painter, and his work has been chosen to be part
of a local upcoming art exhibition.
Gary's artwork entitled "Kakadu Dreaming" has been chosen to be part of the
Dorrigo Creative Art Exhibition being held at the Dorrigo Community Hall next
month. The exhibition is run by the Arts Council of Dorrigo which aims to
develop an appreciation of the arts and enrich and enhance the quality of life
through presentation, education and collaboration.
As a result of a diving accident some years ago Gary is now a quadriplegic, but
that hasn't stopped his love of art. Painting with a brush held in his mouth,
Gary originally experimented with black and white sketches but soon moved on to
oils. He was awarded a Mouth and Foot Painting Association student membership in
Gary says he is delighted to be part of the exhibition which has become annual
highlight for the town, having run for the past twenty years over the Easter
period. This year the exhibition runs from the 17th – 26th April, with an
opening night function on Wednesday, 16th of April.
"I'm really proud to be involved in this year's exhibition. Having my art
exhibited alongside a range of amateur and professional artists from the Dorrigo
Plateau, and being seen by so many exhibition visitors is very rewarding," said
Gary. "And it's great that it's all happening in my home town," he adds.
About the MFPA
The MFPA was established in Australia in 1971 and currently has 16 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.
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 or Anna Caswell on (02) 9413