Art of grow­ing old Ben Smith

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SHE may have notched over 100 years on the planet, but He­len Gur­ney is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down.

The Hunt­ing­dale resident turned 102 last Tues­day and spent it as she does ev­ery Tues­day – with a trip to her weekly art class.

Ms Gur­ney has at­tended South­ern Dis­tricts Unit­ing Church’s art classes for al­most 30 years and has no in­ten­tion of break­ing the trend any­time soon.

She said she had al­ways been artis­tic and while she was fo­cus­ing on wa­ter­colours at the mo­ment, she had dab­bled in many dif­fer­ent types of art through­out her life.

“Right from when I was a lit­tle girl at school, I liked paint­ing and colour­ing,” she said.

“I’ve been paint­ing on and off for al­most 20 years but in be­tween I’ve done other things – oil paint­ings, wood-burn­ing, quilling and folk art.”

Ms Gur­ney said she was also work­ing on an­other project, knitting teddy bears ahead of the church’s end-ofyear shoe box ap­peal.

Her wa­ter­colours teacher San­dra Reynolds said it was a joy see­ing Ms Gur­ney at the class ev­ery week.

“She’s amaz­ing, she paints beau­ti­fully. We look at her and think ‘we can’t be­lieve she’s over 100’,” she said.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d483566

He­len Gur­ney re­cently cel­e­brated her 102 birth­day.

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