Eclectic balances book biography

There will be a special book signing event at Eclectic Gallery, 2170 Oak Bay Ave., on Saturday June 21

Balancing on a Thread is the definitive biography of one of Canada’s most internationally respected artists, Pat Martin Bates. “PMB” as she is known to everyone, is a uniquely flamboyant and charismatic figure, whose life is marked by a thirst for adventure: re-tracing the route of Alexander the Great, sailing as a deckhand on a replica of Darwin’s Barque, or camping by the by the tomb of the 13th century Persian poet Rumi.

Building on these experiences, she created a body of magical, compelling work that combines complex ideas, philosophies and mythologies with transformative new artistic techniques, many of which she pioneered herself.

The author, Patricia Bovey is one of Canada’s most prominent art historians and former director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

There will be a special book signing event at Eclectic Gallery, 2170 Oak Bay Ave., on Saturday June 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. Martin Bates will also be in attendance.

The book sells for $50.


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