Artist Talk with Anong Migwans Beam

by Shelby Smith

On February 10th, 2023 the Douglas Family Art Centre hosted a virtual artist talk with Anong Migwans Beam. This event was hosted as part of our 55+ & Free programming, which is funded by the Government of Ontario’s Seniors Community Grant.  Anong graciously allowed us to record her talk so that we could share it with an even wider audience.  We hope that you enjoy hearing her talk as much as we did!


Anong Migwans Beam is an artist from Mchigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island. Her work draws inspiration from the physical history of place, the natural landscape, and the relationship between water and memory. Her large format oil paintings incorporate a multitude of image making approaches, including photo-transfer, printmaking, and collage.

Anong was born to artist parents, Carl Beam and Ann Beam, who encouraged her to develop as an artist. She was raised with a meaningful connection to both her artistic familial roots and rich ancestral heritage. Anong now operates a paint-manufacturing company, Beam Paints, which focuses on creating natural, high-quality artists materials with plastic-free packaging. Through making her own paints from natural, locally-sourced materials, Anong further strengthens her connection to the land, her community, and her artistic practice.

The exhibition Anong Migwans Beam is on display at the Douglas Family Art Centre January 28 – April 8, 2023.

If you’re feeling inspired, the gift shop at the Douglas Family Art Centre now carries hand-made paint sets from Beam Paints to get you started on your next creative journey!

Did you know?

In 1870 the Wolseley Expedition went through this area on route to the Red River Valley. Major General Garnet Wolseley got impatient and set out to cross the lake in a storm.  He got lost on the Lake of the Woods for two whole days!