Pamela Tate grew up in downtown Toronto (back in the days when the neighbourhood kids would safely play on the street for hours on end and no one locked their doors) where she lived in the same house until she went away to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. At Queen’s, she studied sociology and art history, had a dog who was amazing at catching frisbees, rode her bicycle a lot and took her first dance class through the Queen’s Phys. Ed. department. This sparked a love affair with modern dance which took her back to Toronto to continue her training at Toronto Dance Theatre. After receiving scholarships to complete her training, she performed as an independent dancer for many years and taught in the Professional Training Program at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre. As well, she taught at Etobicoke School for the Arts for two years, at Ryerson University for six years and was a guest teacher in such places as Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Halifax Dance in Nova Scotia, Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, Ontario, the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre in Toronto and Canadore College in North Bay, Ontario.
In 1990 she began her training in Cranio Sacral Therapy. Two years later, she gave up dance and moved to the rural beauty of Northumberland Hills north of Port Hope, Ontario where she continues to practice Cranio Sacral therapy part-time out of her home office. This move to the country enabled her to fulfill a childhood dream of owning a horse and riding almost daily. The learning curve was steep and the challenges were exciting and when, four years later, she sold her horse in order to return to school to study traditional manual osteopathy, her equine days ended happily. The dream had been fulfilled and now it was time to move on. (Besides, she wanted to quit before she broke any bones!)
Pamela’s osteopathic studies were cut short by a serious illness and her lengthy recovery included an undeniable call to draw on paper and, eventually, to pick up a brush and start applying acrylic paints to canvas. Art became a catalyst to healing and so began another love affair which has continued to the present day.
She has participated in a number of juried shows, some of which have won her awards, and her work has been shown in galleries and a wide variety of other venues since she started painting. Her art not only compliments the work she does with her Cranio Sacral patients, but also enables her to express a variety of experiences in a creative manner which helps to keep her balanced.
One of the joys of creating art is the opportunity it provides for her to support a number of worthy causes. Most recently, Pamela made sixteen paintings of store fronts in Port Hope which were then made into a poster which is being sold as a fundraiser for Hospice Northumberland Lakeshore. She has also donated paintings to Habitat for Humanity, Northumberland Hills Hospital and the Port Hope Public Library, among others.
Commissions are always welcome and anyone interested in seeing her work can contact her to arrange a visit to her gallery.