Windsor Elms residents treated to clay workshop with local artist

Colin Chisholm
Published on March 23, 2016

FALMOUTH — Residents at the Windsor Elms Village discovered once again that you’re never too old to try something new.

Residents recently tried their hand at making and painting clay.

Bunk Trinacty, who developed and led the clay workshop, said arts helps to keep minds active.

“They get to touch the art; they really get a feel for it,” Trinacty said. “They’re all really impressed at the end with what they’ve done.”

Trinacty is originally from Windsor, but lives near St. Margaret’s Bay , where he’s involved with Aspotogan Arts and Crafts, a collective of artists.

“We take art to the community,” he said. “I work in clay. My specialty is that I’ve done a lot of molds and I’ve done workshops at schools and other places.”

Trinacty has done similar workshops in senior living centres before, including in Chester and other parts of Windsor.

Trinacty offered the workshop at the Elms for free.

“I have to clean up some of the pieces so they look nice, but by and large, they’re all very impressed with what they’ve done at the end of it.”

For some participants, this is their first time ever using clay.

“They need one good eye and one good hand, after that I can help guide them,” he said.

The group worked on clay plates featuring fruit and berries, which were cast with molds and coloured with liquid glass.

The participants got to keep the finished product.

“It helps keep the mind sharp for sure,” he said. “My mom was an artist and a painter, and it’s a thrill for me to help teach this.”

Trinacty said he’d like to visit every senior centre in the region if he can.

Harry Warner, a resident of the Windsor Elms, said he enjoyed the experience.

“One time ago I was a pretty good painter,” he said. “I always had my own paintings. I like doing it now too. Anything I do now is just nice to have something to do.”

Warner said that he can’t see as well as he used to and can’t quite get to every nook and cranny, but he remains happy with how it turned out.

“I find it a lot of fun,” he said. “When I got to be 97, I decided that anything people gave me to do would be fun, and it is. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be fun.”