Bondar art exhibit debuts Jan. 27
The first Canadian woman in space is debuting her first exhibit at the Art Gallery of Peterborough later this month.
Roberta Bondar’s The Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada will be on display from Jan. 27 to April 8.
It features 14 large, fine art photos of Canadian landscape.
The collection is the Roberta Bondar Foundation’s newest travelling exhibit. Bondar founded the environmentally focused charity in 2009.
That’s also the year she left her role as chancellor of Trent University after serving two terms.
The Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada was created to honour the 25th anniversary of Bondar’s historic flight into space.
Bondar ascended into space in 1992 to conduct life and material science experiments. She was the world’s first neurologist in space.
When she returned to earth, Bondar wanted to continue her exploration of the planet, she previously told a crowd at Market Hall in November 2016 when she spoke at a philanthropy forum. And one way to do that was through photography.
Fynn Leitch, Art Gallery of Peterborough curator, said The Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada represents the variation in Canadian landscape with photos from each province.
It’s also tied to four themes: calming, strength, mystery and future.
Although the gallery has a piece of Bondar’s photography in their collection, this will be the former astronaut’s first show in Peterborough.
Her photo in the gallery’s collection was last on exhibit in 2011.
A VIP preview reception of The Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada, for gallery members, is happening Jan. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
The opening reception for the exhibit is Jan. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Bondar is expected to attend.
The gallery’s curator thinks Bondar’s exhibit would appeal to anyone, whether they’re interested in Canadian landscape, Bondar herself or photography.
“It’s going to hit everyone on some level,” Leitch said.
Roberta Bondar is framed by a self portrait she shot during astronaut training as she speaks to a crowd at Market Hall on Nov. 16, 2016 during her speech to the Philanthropy Forum 2016.