Gallery@501 Exhibit features artwork from Canada’s first woman to go to space

November 1, 2017

Gallery@501 Exhibit features artwork from Canada’s first woman to go to space

The Gallery@501 is pleased to present Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada by one of Canada’s most celebrated citizens, Dr. Roberta Bondar. This photographic exhibit opens on November 10 and is on display until December 21, 2017.

Residents are invited to attend the exhibit’s reception at the Gallery@501 (501 Festival Avenue, Sherwood Park) on Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. where artist Dr. Bondar will discuss her work.

The exhibit Light in the Land – the Nature of Canada features photographic portraits and artistic interpretations of Canadian landscapes and seas. Appropriately featured in Canada’s sesquicentennial year, these images present extraordinary landscapes from across the country, encouraging a love and respect for the natural environment in its complexity. The collection represents a consistent view from Dr. Roberta Bondar, which explores the varied landscape in the singular light that is Canada’s.

Hear more from Dr. Bondar at 7:30 p.m. on November 9 at Festival Place. During her presentation “Patterns from Afar – Seeing Through Time and Space”,
Dr. Bondar will discuss how technology has allowed different insights into how our planet and its life are evolving over time. Tickets can be purchased at Festival Place or by calling 780-449-3378.

In January 1992, Dr. Bondar became the first neurologist to go to space aboard NASA’s space shuttle Discovery, and is Canada’s first female astronaut.

As well, during the duration of the exhibit, winning entries from the national Bondar Challenge can be viewed in the Community Centre’s Artrium (2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park).  The national Bondar Challenge is supported by the Roberta Bondar Foundation. This photography challenge recognizes creativity and artistic vision in a fusion of art and the natural environment.

Students from across Canada participated, and three submissions from Strathcona County were selected. These photos were taken at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre as part of a Camp Bondar Challenge.

This exhibit is part of the Gallery@501’s Canada 150 series. Visit the gallery or call 780-410-8585 for more information.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.


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Contact: Strathcona County Communications, 780-410-6595