The downtown Northern Lights Gallery will open “Spirit Encounters,” an exhibition of 14 carvings and other works by Will Dixon, with a Final Fridays Art Walk reception Aug. 29 from 5 to 8 p.m. Dixon will present a talk on the history of Pacific North West art, technique and the stories that he carves during opening night.

All are invited to experience the tradition, sacred endeavor and soulful discipline manifested in Dixon’s fine art interpretations of North West Coast Native American art. More than a year of detailed planning and passionate, meticulous labor were invested in creating this gallery show, which includes a mask portraying the popular myth “Raven Steals the Light,” with a sun/hawk bearing the startled expression of the birth of human consciousness; a “Winking Owl” bowl; a rain stick rattle with dancing eagles; a traditional Raven Rattle; a bent-corner bowl; a snaky walking stick; a monumental soul catcher; and other works.

“My hope,” said Dixon, whose training is also in theology and psychotherapy, “is to capture the imagination of the observer; to provide an experience of wonder, delight and spiritual encounter; and to evoke a shared admiration for the traditions of an ancient, vibrant and soulful culture.”

Dixon’s works are found in Oregon’s Garibaldi Museum; and in private collections in Europe, Canada and across the United States. He lives in Portland, Ore., and on the Oregon coast.

“Spirit Encounters” will run through Sept. 26 at Northern Lights Gallery, 33 Main St. Northern Lights 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. For more information, call 338-3088 or email; or visit

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