By Sandra Bolan
First Nations artists have a unique connection to the natural world, according to Chai Duncan, curator of the Latcham Gallery.
That is why, when possible, the public gallery features exhibitions by First Nations artists. This year, that artist is Anong Migwans Beam.
Her show, Reservoir, runs July 17 to Sept. 6.
Duncan came across Beam while actually looking at her father – Carl Beam’s work.
“She’s certainly been influenced by him,” Duncan said.
“(But) her work is distinctly her own. It’s lush, it’s fluid, no pun intended.”
The younger Beam lives and works on Manitoulin Island, which Duncan called “a magical, amazing place”.
Beam’s show features large paintings, image transfer as well as mono prints and speaks to a message the gallery often has threaded through its exhibitions — the environment.
“The power and the beauty and the need we have for clean water,” Duncan said is represented in Beam’s show.
He also hoped the exhibition will make people “stop and think about the place we live. We can all perhaps not take our water for granted; treat it with the respect it deserves.”
The show opens July 17 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The artist will be present and everyone is welcome.