Here are recent articles and press releases about MacLaren Art Centre exhibitions and releases. Click on "Read more" for the complete release, as well as a PDF version available for download.

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February 10, 2017 - 11:15 am

The MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie is pleased to announce that the 2016 recipient of the John Hartman Award is Erika DeFreitas. DeFreitas is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary conceptual artist. In her practice, she explores the influence of language, loss and culture on the formation of identity with textile-based works and performative actions that are photographed, placing an emphasis on...

February 8, 2017 - 5:33 pm

The MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to announce a special youth initiative made possible by a grant from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th. In partnership with the Barrie Native Friendship Centre and Beausoleil First Nation Springwater Park, the MacLaren Art Centre will offer an innovative...

February 8, 2017 - 10:41 am

Tickets are now on sale for one of the most exciting musical events of the year, the 13th annual Battle of the Bands. Join us this year on February 24 at the Ranch for a rockin' evening in support of the MacLaren Art Centre, RVH Radio for...

January 19, 2017 - 2:43 pm

During Barrielicious, January 20 to February 5, enjoy lunch for two at the MacLaren for just $20 plus tax! Our Gallery Café offers a variety of salads, soups, quiches and more, made fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. Pair your selection with one of our certified fair trade and organic coffees, teas and locally made sweets....

December 2, 2016 - 3:35 pm

The Seasonal Brochure gives you the inside story on everything new from Winter 2016 to Spring 2017, from exhibitions to new programmes and special events. We've attached a pdf of the brochure below. Come visit your art gallery!

December 2, 2016 - 1:29 pm

Join us at the Gallery as we celebrate the opening of our winter exhibitions. Remarks at 7:15 followed by tours of the exhibitions led by the artists and curators. All are welcome, admission in free. See you Thursday!

Again and Once More, Again

Kristie MacDonald, Myfanwy MacLeod, Mitch Robertson
December 3,...

November 22, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans
Friday, November 25, 12:15 to 1 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Local artisans Sue Barker, Jamie Hanson and Doug Symes will share their individual processes and inspirations and give attendees a sneak peek at their newest treasures.

October 13, 2016 - 9:24 am

Off the Hook returns for its 26th year with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home original artwork. Tickets are $50 each, and include hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Barrie’s finest chefs. Cash bar. Order...

September 23, 2016 - 2:16 pm

From September 29 to October 2, the MacLaren Art Centre and its cultural partners in Barrie present Carnegie Days. This annual four-day festival of art and language offers great events for visitors of all ages. Special exhibitions, performances, talks and tours, readings, film screenings and workshops take place at the Gallery and at other downtown Barrie venues. This year’s...

August 26, 2016 - 11:05 am

This autumn, unleash your creative energy in the sunny MacLaren studio! Choose from tried and true classes or fall in love with any one of our new programmes, like Zootopia...