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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May 28, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Summer is full of special gatherings. For both the planned events and the delightfully unexpected, the MacLaren’s Gallery Shop has one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to surprise and spoil special dads, happy couples and beautiful newborns.



1. Newly Wed

Whether it's a wedding or shower gift for the happy duo, why not splurge on an artwork from...

May 25, 2015 - 10:21 am

With Aboriginal Awareness Week taking place, we're paying tribute to works by Aboriginal artists on display at the MacLaren. 


Duane Linklater, Tautology

Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre

Duane Linklater, an Omaskeko Cree artist from Moose Cree First Nation of James Bay, was the 2013 Sobey...

April 21, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Calling all shutterbugs! We are pleased to offer a wide range of picture-perfect photography activities from now until the end of June, from interactive exhibitions to classes to film screenings and more.

On view until late June
MacLaren Art Centre...

April 15, 2015 - 2:51 pm

Calling all youthful (and young-at-heart) art-lovers! This month the MacLaren is offering a wealth of activities created for and by youth, from live music to exhibitions to art-making activities. Read on to learn more.



March 30, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Join us this spring for artist-led art classes at the Art Gallery! Get inspired by the MacLaren’s exhibitions and create art in a large, fully-equipped, sunlight-filled studio space on the Gallery’s main floor. All classes are taught by professional practicing artists from the region, who are experienced teachers. Read on to learn about upcoming spring art classes and...

March 5, 2015 - 11:41 am

Winter can be drab enough; your walls don't have to be too! Remedy that untouched wall space in your home by becoming a Benefactor of the MacLaren Art Centre and taking home an original piece of artwork on loan for one year. For $1 a day ($365 annually) you can enjoy great art, receive a wealth of benefits—including an invitation to attend...

February 10, 2015 - 11:18 am
Forget wasting away in front of the TV over the March Break. Creative campers ages 3 to 14 can invent their own plot in one of the MacLaren Art Centre’s four hands-on art camps! Explore different ways of storytelling using a variety of media: create your own cartoon characters, publish a unique zine or craft mini-art journals using collage, photography and printmaking! Taking...
January 23, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Now on view at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Walks by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky is a series of photographs that document “stuff” they either bought or just picked up during walks they took in cities around the world from Tokyo to Albuquerque. It’...

January 9, 2015 - 3:50 pm

Did you resolve to learn something new, spend more time with family and friends, shed your stress or be more active this year?  Accomplish all of these goals with one of the MacLaren’s winter art classes!
Many of us try to renew our physical fitness goals as January 1st nears.  At the Gallery , we see first-hand the benefit of people nurturing their minds and...

December 11, 2014 - 3:10 pm

Thank you to all who made the 2014 "Off the Hook" Silent Art Auction a great success!  
  On November 14, more than three hundred people attended Off the Hook, the MacLaren Art Centre's 24th annual silent art auction. One hundred and eighty-three artists generously donated more than 200 works of art and 65 local businesses supported...