We are thrilled support this amazing business and to carry original Beam Paints art supplies in our shop! Beam Paints is the result of a multi-generational family love of pigment, paint, colour, and innovation. They are dedicated to celebrating their indigenous roots offering handmade, plastic free paints and beautifully crafted art supplies. They manufacture and ship all of their colours from their family workshops in M’Chigeeng First Nation on beautiful Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, one of the five Great Lakes in Ontario, Canada.
We are fascinated with everything they make and love these beautiful paint palettes. Anong Beam, artist and owner of Beam Paints, says "our Sugar Maple Palettes are carefully gathered from our family’s sugar bush, the place where we make maple syrup. These small pieces of wood come from the magical Inaatig in our Ojibwe language or Acer saccharum in Latin, finally Sugar Maple in English. Every spring we tap hundreds of these trees when the nights are freezing but the day is above zero and the sun is shining. It’s a time of getting together, hard work, and family. It doesn’t hurt the tree and this same acreage we live on has been caretaken by our families since and before the treaties of our area were signed. It takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup! Part of caring for the trees is carefully removing some dry branches, these palettes are made from those offcuts. I have always loved the strength and feeling of them, like a living stone".
Each palette holds 7/8" to fit Beam Paints standard Paintstones which are sold separately. Shop online or come see them in our studio today, they are awesome!
*Handmade *100% Indigenous Family Entrepreneurship *Natural materials *Eco-friendly