Arctic art, artisanal cheese

Nov 29, 2012
"Icefield outside of Iliminaq" is one of the paintings by Lisa Lebofsky going on view at Northern Lights Gallery in Belfast.

Belfast — The Northern Lights Gallery, 33 Main St., will open a new art exhibit featuring the work of painter Lisa Lebofsky and new sculpture from the collection of Judith Varney Burch Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Eat More Cheese will provide a sampling of artisanal cheese, and wine will be poured, as well.

Lebofsky is a fine artist based out of New York City. The exhibit will feature oil paintings on aluminum, a medium inspired by Lebofsky’s background as a metalsmith. The exhibit, titled “Sedna’s Gaze” after the Inuit goddess of the sea, was inspired by Lebofsky’s recent travel in arctic Greenland. In the summer of 2012, she explored western Greenland for three weeks aboard Wanderbird, the expedition cruise vessel owned and operated by Rick and Karen Miles, who also operate the Northern Lights Gallery. Lebofsky’s work can be previewed online at

Burch is an Inuit art collector and research collaborator to the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. Pieces of her collection are frequently showcased at the Northern Lights Gallery.

Tony and Natalia Rose operate Eat More Cheese, a specialty food and cheese shop dedicated to making fine cheeses accessible and fun that opened behind the Northern Lights Gallery in April. For more information on the Dec. 7 opening, call Northern Lights Gallery at 338-3088 or Eat More Cheese at 358-9701.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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