A Craft of Ones Own

Delve into the inner workings of Canadian naturalist and world-renowned artist Robert Bateman, get FiredUp! with a group of seniors who create contemporary works in clay, explore the fascinating world of wooden boat modeling and restoration; and learn more about healthy living at the BC Senior Games. (Episode Eleven)

Segment 1: Art In Nature

Robert Bateman has dedicated his life to art, ecology and the preservation and appreciation of nature. Robert is 82 years old and has spent almost his entire life painting. Accolades for his artwork are overwhelming. His passion for the planet Earth and the natural work is extreme. Robert current goal is to bring youth, educators, artists and the outdoors together in hopes of creating a society that is empathetic to and inspired by nature.

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Segment 2: Classic Boats

The Cowichan Valley Wooden Boat Society (or Cowichan Maritime Centre) began in the 70’s as a boat building school. It has since evolved into a museum that not only contains maritime historical artifacts for public viewing, but offers workshops and classes on wooden boat building, as well as hosting a “marine way” which caters to the hauling and cleaning of wooden boats. A number of local seniors play a vital role in the Centre’s commitment to the restoration and repair of wooden marine craft, and preservation of history and the heritage of B.C.’s maritime past.

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Segment 3: FiredUp! FiredUp!

Contemporary Works in Clay is a group of ceramic artists who come together each year to hold an annual exhibition and sale of their art (at the end of May) at the Metchosin Community Hall. The artists involved are all professional ceramic artists each with a unique approach to the craft. There are 11 full active members involved in the group and all of them are 50+ years of age.

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Segment 4: BC Senior Games (Overview)

The BC Senior Games is an annual multi-sport event, held in different communities across B.C. each year. With over 3500 senior participants and hundreds of volunteers, it is considered the largest organized games in B.C….And the spirit of camaraderie runs deep.

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