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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...

December 8, 2014 - 12:41 pm

 The Seasonal Brochure gives you the inside story on everything new this winter and spring 2015, from exhibitions to new programmes and special events. We've attached a pdf of the brochure below. Come visit!

November 26, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Please join us as we celebrate the opening of our winter exhibitions next Thursday, December 4 from 7 to 9 pm. Artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky will be here for their exhibitions "Veneers" and ...

October 21, 2014 - 10:42 am
With the cool fall air rolling into the region, why not warm up at the MacLaren? This month there are plenty of opportunities to start thinking art, including the terrific fall exhibitions which continue through October 26, Art for Lunch featuring Conservator Jayne Woods and the Gallery’s Lucius O’Brien project on October 23, and our hugely popular evening of live music...
September 30, 2014 - 12:09 pm

The Pratt family received the 2014 Legacy Award at the MacLaren Legacy Dinner on Thursday night for their philanthropic support and their hands-on involvement with community organizations. From left are Lacey Pratt, Brad Pratt, Heljar Hansen, Karen Hansen, Don Pratt and Chris Pratt. Photo: Andre Beneteau

September 24, 2014 - 3:36 pm

A local family who has been building homes in Barrie for more than 140 years is being honoured by the MacLaren Art Centre for their many years of supporting the community.

The Pratts — Don and Chris Pratt, their daughter Karen (Pratt) Hansen and her husband Heljar Hansen and Karen's brother Brad Pratt and his wife Lacey— will be receiving the 2014 Legacy Award at the...

September 18, 2014 - 1:38 pm

 by Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance

Karen Hansen can only imagine what it would have been like for great-great-great grandfather Stephen Pratt when he emigrated from England in 1871: “He came with the shirt on his back on a steamship.”

Two decades later, he built two homes in the Cundles Road area, starting a family tradition of home building. His...

August 15, 2014 - 2:28 pm

The MacLaren is a choice destination for you and your family and out of town guests all summer long. Our list of activities and offerings includes a packed summer exhibition schedule, art camps and classes, delicious seasonal meals from the Radio Café, unexpected treasures from the Gallery Shop and much more. With so many things to take part in, we’ve created a checklist to help you...