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Former Miss NSW puts art work on display

21 March 2012

Former Miss NSW, Pat Woodley, may no longer strut the catwalk but she continues to turn heads, these days with her art work.

Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance said an exhibition of Ms Woodley’s work has gone on display at NSW Parliament House as part of 2012 Seniors Week (18-25 March).

“Her pencil drawings from colour and black and white photographs of media personalities, sports people and politicians are on display in the Parkes Room at Parliament,” Mr Constance said.

“These include Channel Nine Today Show host Karl Stefanovic, radio stars Alan Jones, Ray Hadley and Kyle Sandilands, World 100-metre Freestyle Swimming Champion James Magnussen, and current and former politicians like John Howard and Barry O’Farrell.”

Ms Woodley is one of 15 of some of Australia’s most successful seniors named as this year’s NSW Seniors Week Ambassadors.

“This is an opportunity to draw attention to the contribution seniors make to Australian life,” Ms Woodley said.

“I just try to make the best of every day - sometimes it's a challenge.”

Ms Woodley has studied art in Australia and overseas for the past 50 years and now exhibits her work throughout the state. Her work has been hung in the prestigious Wynne Prize while she won the On Broadway Prize in 1976.

“I hope my exhibition will inspire artists of all ages, particularly our seniors, to be creative,” Ms Woodley said.

NSW Seniors Week is now in its 54th year and is the biggest seniors’ event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Ms Woodley’s exhibition is one of more than 900 Seniors Week events being held throughout the State from 18-25 March 2012.

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