- The discovery of an original painting by Carl Beam, Stephen Snake, and other well-known Indigenous artists earlier this year will mean more meals for Skookum Jim Friendship Centre members.
- Some of the paintings are being sold through an online auction at hiddengiftsyukon.net.
The discovery of an original painting by Carl Beam, Stephen Snake, and other well-known Indigenous artists earlier this year will mean more meals for Skookum Jim Friendship Centre members.
The masterpiece was discovered in boxes earlier this year at the center. It was found the painting had been donated in 1997.
Beam, who died in 2005, was the first contemporary Indigenous artist to have worked at the National Gallery of Canada. It was said in a statement that he was a part of the M’Chigeeng First Nation, located on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. His work has had a massive impact on the art sector and provoked a few conversations about the experience in Canada.
Some of the paintings are being sold through an online auction at hiddengiftsyukon.net. The proceeds go to the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre’s meal program and future shared programming between the center and Sundog Veggies, improving food security and opportunities for land-based skills.
“I know Carl would be pleased to have his gifts of artwork being shared in a way that will touch so many people’s lives at this time,” Joe Migwans, a long-time Yukoner and cousin of Beam’s, stated. “His work has powerful messages, and they are very relevant today.”
The auction has several other goods donated by Whitehorse groups and businesses.
“The discovery of this vital artwork during this year of hardship has been a very welcome surprise,” Skookum Jim’s director Bill Griffis said. “We feed hundreds of Yukoners each week. Knowing that they walk away with food in their stomach helps us to maintain our vision of spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being for everyone.”
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