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.
The Gallery is staffed by Karen Miles and our winter hours are: 11 am – 5 pm Thursday 11 am – 5 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.
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.
Northern 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: Zaria Forman
We are thrilled to bring a new featured artist to our website, Zaria Forman. Her art is unusual in a brilliant way, and features the arctic’s beautiful shrinking icebergs.
Smithsonian Magazine recently featured her in the November 2014 issue. ‘ Wearing latex surgical gloves to protect her hands, she rubs soft pastels on paper and spreads them with her fingertips. “Since I was little,” says the 32-year-old artist who lives in Brooklyn, “it just seemed like the most natural way to move the material around.” She created the 4- by 6-foot Greenland #63 after leading an expedition of artists that revisited the 1869 Arctic voyage of the American painter William Bradford. Comparing photos and sketches made during his trip with landscapes she encountered, she saw signs of climate change, such as receding glaciers.’ She knows that the work that she is doing won’t directly change the climate crisis, but she does hope that it will help is some small way.
Her art is in Galleries all over the United States and over seas. In addition to her exhibits she produced a set of drawings for the classic ballet Giselle, which premiered in October 2012 at the Grand Theatre of Geneva, Switzerland. More recently, ten of her drawings were used in the set design for House of Cards, a Netflix TV series directed by David Fincher.