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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July 9, 2010 - 4:51 pm

by Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance
Thursday, June 24

Artist David Merritt has put a little Shimmy in the MacLaren Art Centre.

In his drawing-based exhibit, Shimmy, Merritt uses song titles from chart-toppers within his pieces. He crisscrosses categories and genres within the pieces. "He incorporates music into his drawings, and gives a physical...

July 9, 2010 - 4:28 pm

by Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Donald Stuart is used to creating unique pieces for specific clients, but this time it was a little different.

The local jewellery maker and artist set out to create an entire line of necklaces for inspirational Canadian women, both historic and contemporary. The end result...

April 8, 2010 - 2:46 pm


"Carnegie Days has become an annual focal point for the MacLaren Art Centre; the generous support of Celebrate Ontario 2010 will allow us to present high calibre cultural activities this September by leading Canadian artists and authors, attracting tourists from across the province to our festival, to Doors Open Barrie and to our city." – Carolyn Bell...

March 12, 2010 - 11:09 am

Janet Jones: DaDa Delirium
From the Streets to the Canvas

by Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance

Whether capturing dark alleys, cement underground walkways, cold office buildings, or the bright lights of Las Vegas, painter Janet Jones showcases the often-overlooked nooks and crannies of a city.   “I like capturing those...

January 15, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Frances Thomas: Natural Abstraction

by Terrence Heath, Canadian Art online


Seldom does a viewer see what a painter sees. Writers about art often turn to other artists and schools to categorize the art they are looking at,or second-guess what they perceive to be emotional or psychological messages...

January 11, 2010 - 11:20 am

Art should evoke a feeling, and Frances Thomas aims to do just that with her new exhibit but wait, on now at the MacLaren Art Centre. “I think it’s key that people understand that art is a felt responseand that it’s important that people try to open themselves up to the actual experience of looking at the work,” she said. “You...

December 17, 2009 - 6:02 pm


Sandra Fraser, Curator
Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLarenArtCentre in Barrie is Simcoe County’s public art gallery and draws 40,000 visitors annually — including 16,000 children and youth — for its exhibitions, classes, lectures, tours and special events. Located in downtown...

December 10, 2009 - 1:17 pm
Wednesday December 2, 2009 - The Barrie Examiner

Grandmothers lead charge against AIDS



September 18, 2009 - 11:05 am
Barrie Advance
September 17, 2009

The MacLaren Art Centre is combining its past with its present for a new festival.

The Carnegie Days Festival focuses on the MacLaren building’s origins as a Carnegie Public Library, and explores the role of language in contemporary art.

“We are very excited about this,” said Carolyn Bell Farrell, executive director of the MacLaren...

September 18, 2009 - 10:29 am
The Barrie Examiner
Thursday, September 17, 2009

A new event brings together art, books, video, history and architecture in a celebration of family fun that could only happen in Barrie.

Carnegie Days, hosted by the MacLaren Art Centre, is named for the Mulcaster Street building that was the city's public library long before it became a gallery. The new annual art...