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The Northern Lights Gallery was born when owners Rick and Karen Miles began traveling in Arctic Canada aboard their small expedition vessel, "WANDERBIRD." As they returned to the region year after year, they were struck by the power of the artwork that Northern communities used to tell their story. From Inuit sculpture to modern scrimshaw, they were delighted to see traditional arts being practiced in modern ways.
The gallery was opened in an effort to support the artists who were quickly becoming their friends, and share the part of the world they loved with their home port in Belfast, Maine.
The gallery features work in stone, metal, bone, paper and silk gathered from artists along Wanderbird’s travels, as well as works by artists and photographers who have sailed aboard Wanderbird and hand-printed wood blocks by Karen Miles.
We are also proud to feature Inuit Art from the collection of Judith Burch, who has shared some truly stunning pieces. The ability of Inuit art to evoke the complexities of a life dependent upon the natural world is beautifully evident in each of these thoughtful, fine pieces.
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