Reception with artist-in-attendance, Friday 1 March from 5PM-9PM.
Please join us in celebrating the innovative career of one of Victoria's most accomplished visual artists -- Pat Martin Bates. This fifty-year survey exhibition takes a specific look at the experimental approaches the artist has explored and is being presented as a special project in honour of the Council's 50th anniversary year from 1-30 March.
At 91 years old and with over half a century of artistic output, Pat Martin Bates has been widely recognized and praised within Canada, winning awards and honours such as her RCA and FRSC designations, her Queen’s Jubilee Medal, an honorary degree, and exhibitions throughout the country. Still, her achievements have been even more deeply appreciated overseas. She has exhibited throughout the world over many decades, and has been honoured with awards ranging from the Global Graphics Award in Holland in 1993 (the only Canadian to achieve this honour) to the Gold Medal at the International Biennale of Prints, Norway to the Critics’ Choice Award at the Print Biennial in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia in 1977. Affectionately regarded everywhere as PMB, she is known in England as Lady Print, in Japan as Ambassador Extraordinaire, and in Yugoslavia, The Angel from Heaven. She is esteemed universally as the doyenne and spirit of Canadian printmaking.
Saturday 16 March @ 2PM, a public presentation on the oral history research project focusing on women artists from this region, lead by University of Victoria professor Dr. Carolyn Butler-Palmer.
Saturday 30 March @ 2PM, a guest-lecture by art historian Pat Bovey on the research that culminated with the career-encompassing publication, Pat Martin Bates: Dancing on a Thread (Frontenac, 2014).
** Copies of the publication will be for sale throughout the exhibit.
All events take place at the exhibition, 1800 Store Street.