About Radiant Spirit Gallery

Connect with Nature...in Your Own Space


Do you have an innate desire to bring the beauty and wonder of Nature into your surroundings?  

Whether you regularly appreciate Nature or sometimes experience Nature Deficit Disorder, you may find what you are seeking here.

Hi there! I'm Dawn LaPointe, owner of Radiant Spirit Gallery. I hope to help you connect with the peace and wonder of Nature by creating distinctive photographs and videos while immersed in the wilderness experience. As a free-range photographer, I compose videos and photographs that are natural and organic, with no additives or artificial colors. I have a rich portfolio to suit your tastes and needs, and nourish your soul. Explore these inspirations from nature to find what speaks to you.

I am passionate about preserving nature's artistry through photography, its wonders through video, and my experiences through writings. Most of my photos and videos are created while exploring many nearby wilderness areas in northern Minnesota: the Boundary Waters Canoe Area WildernessQuetico Provincial Park in Canada,  the Superior Hiking Trail, Lake Superior region, and magnificent public parks. My commitment to capturing unique images of the areas where I live and play, provides rich opportunities for nature lovers and art enthusiasts to enhance their surroundings with the energy and beauty of nature. 

I enjoy sharing my decades of exploration and experience with photography in the great outdoors. During childhood, I received my first camera as a gift from my parents -- a red Polaroid-type instant camera, followed by a few other film cameras over the years.

Radiant Spirit Gallery also offers the photos and videos of guest photographer, Gary Fiedler. As a kid, Gary may have made the first camera drone by fastening a Kodak disc camera to his radio-controlled airplane. He has always been a resourceful and innovative Do-It-Yourself-er! 

Born and raised near the Mississippi River (in different states), Gary and I were drawn to the Lake Superior region for its abundant rugged, natural beauty, dramatic seasons, and nearby canoe country. We permanently migrated to Duluth about 20 years ago where our paths finally crossed in 2009. Sharing a deep love for the outdoors and photography, Gary promptly began mentoring me in digital photography and in the ways of wilderness canoe tripping. We cannot imagine a more fulfilling lifestyle than being immersed in Nature, learning about the flora and fauna and ecosystems we encounter, and creating meaningful photographs, video footage, and experiences to share with others.

Our distinctive fine art nature photography reflects our shared love, reverence, and appreciation of the natural world. Our portfolios cover the spectrum, ranging from images of tiny critters on the forest floor, to intimate and grand landscapes, and everything in between, during all seasons, all weather, day and night. We prefer to "rough it" -- paddling and hiking, primitive camping, out in the elements day and night (among some pretty pesky insects, mind you!), away from the hustle and bustle of modern society, often without cellphone signals, where we are immersed in the wilderness experience, flowing with the rhythms of nature, deeply mindful and connected, filled with gratitude. Each of our hikes and canoe trips presents unexpected photographic delights that educate us, provoke wonderment, and strengthen our innate connection with the land. Our photographs, videos, and writings convey that mindset along with the essence of our experiences in Nature.

In 2014, Gary completed a 221-day solo canoe trip throughout the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) and Quetico Provincial Park, documented through 40,000 photographs, video and audio recordings, and journaling. The grand adventure marked the 10th anniversary of a near-fatal brain aneurysm (AVM). During that health crisis, the lure of the wilderness fueled Gary's determination to heal throughout his 3 months of arduous therapies and recovery. He refers to his canoeing adventure as "Inspired by Wilderness", and was nominated for Canoe & Kayak Magazine’s 2015 Spirit of Adventure Award for his inspirational journey.

Photographs from my Canoescapes Series have received recognition from Smithsonian:

      - “Sunset Paddle”: Wilderness Forever Exhibit, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural
          History in 2014-2016; winner of People in Wilderness category;

      - “Through the Fog”: semi-finalist for Wilderness Forever Exhibit;

      - “Paddling to Sunrise”: finalist in 12th annual Smithsonian Magazine photo contest in 2014;

      - “Fall Landing” (Dawn's) and “Canoeing under the Aurora” (Gary's): finalists in 13th annual Smithsonian Magazine photo contest in 2015.


My “Lake Superior Ice Stacking” video mesmerized millions around the globe as it quickly went viral early in 2016. The Weather Channel stated, "It's the video we can't stop watching."

Our award-winning fine art nature photography, videography, and writings can be seen in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, various magazines (including "Nature's Best Photography", “The Boundary Waters Journal”, "Canoe & Kayak", “Canoeroots”, "Backpacker", “Northern Wilds”, and “Lake Superior Magazine”), documentaries by The Smithsonian Channel, The Weather Channel, NHK (Japan), and regional art shows and exhibits. Gary and I hope that the special recognition of our videos and photographs inspires and encourages viewers to enjoy the outdoors in all seasons and appreciate and protect valuable wild places. 

To shop through Radiant Spirit Gallery's online galleries, go to the Galleries tab above. Either place your order online, or contact me by email info@RadiantSpiritGallery.com or phone at 218 . 491 . 3565. To shop in person through retail partners, visit:

        Duluth, Minnesota:
            The Frame Corner & Gallery downtown Duluth
            Two Loons Gallery & Boutique, Lincoln Park Craft District

        Ely, Minnesota:
            Piragis Northwoods Company

We also license photographs and video footage and write articles; welcome special projects for individuals, corporations, and institutions (print and digital); offer tailored guide services and public presentations. Please contact me for more information.      

Thank you for visiting, and please explore Radiant Spirit Gallery's online gallery often to see photographs from our most recent adventures with Nature. For updates and special offers, "Like" Radiant Spirit Gallery's Facebook page.


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YouTube Channel:

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Instagram:
@RadiantSpiritGallery and @Dawn.LaPointe