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The sky seems to be the limit at The Buhler Gallery.
The gallery, based at St. Boniface Hospital, recently launched its seventh season with an exhibit titled Dreams & Realities — Human Sensitivity of Place by acclaimed contemporary artists Roberta Bondar and Carole Sabiston.
Organizers say Bondar, a resident of Sault St. Marie, Ont., is a photographer, neurophysician and astronaut whose work explores the diversity of Canada’s national parks, capturing the richness of the flora and flauna in each region. Born in England and raised in Victoria, B.C., Sabiston has developed her own unique style of textile assemblage over the past 50 years, exploring light, colour and space.
The exhibit opened on Oct. 3, when the artists discussed their work with visitors at a special opening event, and will be on display at the gallery until Jan. 15, 2015. Admission is free.
Pat Bovey, a freelance art historian who is also the curator and project lead at the gallery, said the exhibit focuses on the beauty and fragility of Canada as the artists explore "their joy and concern for the rarities and vulnerabilities of our planet."
"It’s an oasis of contemplation, healing and rejuvenation that will read out to staff, patients and visitors in general," said Bovey, who lives in Osborne Village.
Hailing the foresight of hospital officials for creating the gallery seven years ago, Bovey noted that art has "strong, healing properties" and that people who engage in the arts "tend to live two years longer."
"The hospital was clairvoyant in seeing the benefits for staff and patients, as the gallery is a quiet, introspective place to release some stress and it’s a very good place for families to come."
Noting that Bondar was the first female astronaut in space, Bovey said both artists deal with "space, movement and light."
And with reference to the title of the exhibit, both artists have reached for the stars to create an experience for visitors to stretch the limits of the imagination.
"Our dreams are for a healthy planet Earth and the realities are that it’s very vulnerable. This exhibit reflects the world around us and the work of these two Canadian icons is beautiful," Bovey said.
Bovey said the gallery usually runs three exhibits a year, which don’t run back-to-back, which tend to feature more than one artist at a time. "We try to have a visual conversation."
The gallery, located at 409 Tache Ave on the main floor of the hospital, is open seven days a week and run by a dedicated team of volunteers.
For more information, go online at www.galeriebuhlergallery.ca