Bon­dar art ex­hibit de­buts Jan. 27

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION - JES­SICA NYZNIK EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER JNyznik@postmedia.com

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.

JES­SICA NYZNIK/EX­AM­INER FILES

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.

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