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Exhibition proves age is no barrier to art

Ashwini SaseedaranSouth Western Times
102-year-old Trudy Smith’s impressive artwork is on display at South West Community Care Eaton.
Camera Icon102-year-old Trudy Smith’s impressive artwork is on display at South West Community Care Eaton. Credit: Picture: Michael Phillips / South Western Times

Defying age stereotypes with a paintbrush, 102-year-old Trudy Smith has created a collection of art fit to impress art enthusiasts and the community alike.

The Rillawood Art Exhibition opened last month at South West Community Care’s Eaton function centre and ended with a public auction of featured works last week.

The exhibition was inspired by a conversation between Ms Smith and business development manager Jane Booth who learnt of her artistic talent and passion which eventually led to the event welcoming guests from around the country.

Ms Booth said the team felt privileged to work with older members of the community who all have special talents and experiences to share.

“Trudy is one of the most inspirational people we are ever likely to meet – it’s a real honour to tell her story and to be part of her life.”

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Delighted by the positive reaction of people, Ms Smith said she enjoyed seeing her paintings so elegantly presented.

“I’m sure anyone in the street would be just as interesting as I am – I suppose it’s because I’m 102 people want to know about me.”

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