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Roberta Bondar photo exhibit opens at Art Gallery of Algoma

Sault Ste Marie's Roberta Bondar is best known as Canada's first female astronaut, but she is also an accomplished photographer and her latest show opens tomorrow at the Algoma Art Gallery.

Dreams & Realities: Human Sensitivity of Place opens Feb. 14 and runs through May

The Art Gallery of Algoma preparing for an exhibit featuring photographs by former astronaut Roberta Bondar. (Supplied/Art Gallery of Algoma)
Roberta Bondar is trying to get people to appreciate all we have here on earth through her photography. 5:14

Sault Ste Marie's Roberta Bondar is best known as Canada's first female astronaut, but she is also an accomplished photographer and her latest show opens tomorrow at the Algoma Art Gallery.

The exhibit is called Dreams & Realities: Human Sensitivity of Place. It features a collection of art by Carole Sabiston and photographs by Roberta Bondar.

"There are 17 of my large landscape pieces, images," Bondar said. "[They] really reflect some of the beauty and shapes and forms and moods that earth has as a planet. There are no human beings in any of my images​."

Roberta Bondar's photo of Saskatchewan River Crossing in Banff National Park. (Supplied/Art Gallery of Algoma)

The two artists work with different visual media, but both voice concern for the protection of the natural environment and the understanding of its vulnerabilities, the gallery said.

Roberta Bondar, who is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, is a neuro-physician and astronaut, now living in Toronto. She prints her work at the celebrated Toronto studio of Ed Burtynsky.

"Bondar has created a significant body of work exploring the detail, diversity and magnitude of Canada’s national parks, capturing the richness of the flora, fauna, light and geology in each region," the gallery said.

Carole Sabiston is from Victoria and works in textile assemblage.

"Sabiston builds her art with layer upon layer of translucent and opaque materials, some reflective, some new and some ancient. Flight, light, colour and space are her primary subjects," the gallery said.

The exhibition runs from Feb. 14 to May 24 at the Art Gallery of Algoma.

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