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Northern Lights Gallery specializes in First Nations and Inuit Art, as well as fine contemporary art that conveys profound engagement with nature and sacred connection to animals and the ocean. Our friendship and connection with the people of the Far North is reflected in the beautiful artworks and handicrafts we collect and bring back to showcase in this Belfast gallery.

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 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

The Gallery is staffed by Karen Miles and our summer hours are: 11 am – 5 pm Monday                    11 am – 5 pm Thursday                  11 am – 8 pm Friday                      11 am – 5 pm Saturday                      12 am – 4 pm Sunday                   Tues & Wed By Chance                     Do come by to say ‘hello’ to Karen and Pitsiq, check out our collection of fine art & nature inspired summer series of art exhibits.

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CALL FOR ARTISTS

The gallery’s artists are juried by several people with various, diverse qualifying credentials. We are sorry but we are not able to view work from walk-ins. We do, however, offer open calls for specific upcoming exhibitions and consider submissions made through an online application process.

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Located in Belfast, Maine, the Northern Lights Gallery specializes in northern inspired, First Nations and Inuit art.

 


 

About Northern Lights Gallery

IMG_6277Northern Lights Gallery is a little gem in the mid coast area of Maine; one might expect to find a gallery such as this in Montreal, New York or London. Northern Lights is the result of our travels in a 90-foot expedition vessel that made the crossing from Maine to Greenland by way of Labrador for eleven years. Our friendship and connection with the people of the Far North is reflected in the beautiful artworks and handicrafts we collect and bring back to showcase in this Belfast gallery. Please browse our online collection, being updated regularly, and come visit us at the gallery in Belfast. During the summer of 2014 we will feature four exhibits plus a regular collection of Inuit art, stunning wildlife photography, pacific northwest carvings, Maine first nations art and arctic paintings. The works we show are chosen by us direct from local and native artists who we know personally, and your purchase helps support native culture and way of life. In addition to First Nations and Inuit Art, we specialize in fine contemporary art that conveys profound engagement with nature and sacred connection to animals and the ocean. You may call us anytime to learn more about the collection.


Featured Artist:  Sharon BealsSharonBealsBioHead-2

We are most pleased to represent Sharon Beals, author and photographer of Nests: Fifty Nests and the Birds that Built Them. The Nest Series documents nest and eggs specimens dating from the 1800′s to present day from four wonderful science collections. Her images have been published in both science and art publications, including Scientific American and American Photo, which named Nests one of the nature best photo books of 2011. Her photographs are in many private collections and were purchased by the State Department, are in Embassies and her fine prints are collected around the world.

Fine Art Prints on Archival Etching Paper with Archival Pigment Ink

  • 32x32inches, edition of 10, $2400
  • 22×22 inches, edition of 25, $1600
  • 15×15 inches, edition of 25, $1000
  • 12×12 inches, open edition, $300                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       *with the exception of editions of 10 that are nearing the final print $3400

“The nest project has been a wonderful journey, says Beals. My hope is that through the nests I can engage people who might never want to learn about birds to share my concern. And I tell them what has been made so clear to me; that so many of the decisions I make in my own daily life affect their survival. What I plant in my yard, what coffee I buy, what I put down my drain or into the atmosphere, or where I let my dog and cat wander, all of this matters. A lot.”

“What they don’t tell us is how hard for some species that might be. While many have adapted to, and even benefited from, human manipulations of their habitat, if that habitat is polluted, overrun by feral animals or introduced insects, or just gone missing, a whole species can be lost. I was drawn to photograph a few of these nests, collected long ago, simply for their form or the color of the eggs, only to discover that they had been built by a member of a species now so rare that we cannot be alarmed enough at their endangered status.”

“Another important but humble looking specimen was just a mere depression in the moss on a slice of a large limb of a Douglas Fir tree. Collected in 1974, it wasn’t until then that this nest gave researchers their first clue that Marbled Murrelets need trees at least 200 years old, with limbs as thick as trees themselves; wide enough to serve as both a landing pad and a nesting platform, usually in a protected forest far from human populations.”

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