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The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Wedding ceremony, The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Photo: Samantha Erin Photography
An ideal setting for corporate and special events
The Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard set for a wedding ceremony
Participants in the Vibrant Vista workshop
Silkscreen prints being revealed in the Tag Me workshop
A Vibrant Vista artwork

With its high ceilings, natural light and beautiful windows, the impressive Carnegie Room at the MacLaren provides the perfect backdrop for weddings and special ceremonies while the gallery's attractive main floor is ideal for corporate receptions and parties. The building is centrally located and wheelchair accessible with ample adjacent parking. Offering friendly professional service, value and ambience, the art gallery is Barrie's most distinctive venue for your special event.

For booking and catering information, please contact Shannon Phillips, Event Services,  at 705-720-1044 ext. 256 or

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Adults: Flex Your Creative Muscles at the Art Gallery!

Spend an engaging afternoon or evening at the Art Gallery. Enjoy a hands-on, artist-led workshop in a fully-equipped studio space. Explore the principles of design and colour. Learn about landscape painting, printmaking and contemporary art. Share in a guided tour of the Gallery’s exhibitions and collections. Perfect for adult birthday parties and celebrations of all kinds, as well as corporate retreats. A fun way to foster creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and team building.

Choose from two different art programmes:
Vibrant Vistas: learn about painting techniques and materials! Create an exceptional abstract painting representing your idea of the Canadian landscape.
Tag Me: learn to use silkscreen printmaking techniques. Design your own T-shirt conveying your personal brand!

$500 + HST for up to 20 adults, including all art materials and a take-home keepsake, for this two-hour programme. An additional fee of $25 per participant will apply for larger groups. (Maximum capacity 40 adults.) A 50%, nonrefundable deposit is required upon booking.

Additional Options:
Food and beverage options are available. Ask for our catering menu! (The Gallery is also fully licensed.) In addition to your private studio time, book additional time for socializing, meetings or programming in the studio, the adjacent garden patio or the Gallery’s elegant main lobby with its stone fireplace and courtyard views.

To book, contact Shannon Phillips, Events Services, at or 705-720-1044 ext. 256. To view the space, visit us in person at the MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie.