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MacLaren Art Centre TV BINGO on Rogers, Barrie Ontario
February 21, 2017 - 8:00 pm
$5.00 for a 5-pack

MacLaren TV Bingo on ROGERS
Tuesdays, 8:00

Note: There won't be TV Bingo on the following dates: December 20 and December 27, 2016 and January 3, 2017. These are pre-empted by Rogers programming.

MacLaren Art Centre TV Bingo is a LIVE hour of fun and excitement, brought to you exclusively by Rogers TV. Every Tuesday at 8:00 pm, host Stu Andrews calls the action with 5 chances to win great cash prizes. The final game of the night has a grand prize jackpot of $1,200 EVERY week. All proceeds goes directly to the MacLaren Art Centre's VanGo programme, which offers unique opportunities for Simcoe County students to work with professional artists in the classroom! Tune in each week to win cash prizes with ...

February 24, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Engaging Communities with Sean George
Friday, February 24, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Engaging diverse audiences is an integral part of Sean George’s artistic practice. In this presentation, he will share his perspectives and experiences in creating initiatives with local communities.

Artist and art educator Sean George was born in Brooklyn, New York, has lived in Trinidad, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. From 1995 to 2010, George worked at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the Public Programmes and Education Department, facilitating school and adult programmes. He continues to exhibit his photo-based work and is currently working on an artist’s book.


February 24, 2017 - 7:15 pm

The 13th Annual Battle of the Bands
Friday, February 24, 2017
Doors open at 7:15 pm. Live music begins at 7:45 pm
The Ranch in downtown Barrie
Tickets: $60

Drawing on the considerable musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, our annual Battle of the Bands is one of the most celebrated live musical events of the year in Barrie. Featured are: The Bailouts, Bunker, Code Blue, Sonic Coalition, Steve's Garage and Table 9. Proceeds from the event support the MacLaren Art Centre, RVH Radio for Cardiology and the Kempenfelt Rotary Club. 

Tickets are on sale at the MacLaren! Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays to 7 pm and weekends 10 am to 4...

March 23, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!

Arthur Shilling
The Final Works

Reception: Thursday, March 23, 7 to 9 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

March 24, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

The Art and Life of Arthur Shilling with William Kingfisher
Friday, March 24, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

William Kingfisher, an independent curator and artist of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, will give a curatorial talk on Arthur Shilling: The Final Works, followed by a tour of this exhibition on view at the MacLaren Art Centre.

William Kingfisher holds a MA from Carleton University and has taken a leave of absence from his PhD work in the Indigenous Studies Department at Trent University to curate Arthur Shilling: The Final Works and pursue independent research....

April 7, 2017 - 6:30 pm
Tickets: $225 (includes receipt for $125 donation)

Black Tie Gala
Friday, April 7, 6:30 pm to close
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren

Attire: Black Tie

Join us for an evening of exceptional entertainment, dining and dancing. Proceeds from this fundraising event support the MacLaren’s programmes for children and youth. Tickets $225 (includes receipt for $125 donation). 

For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236/

April 28, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Val-Cartier: History of Perseverance with Marion Paquet
Friday, April 28, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Barrie author Marion Paquet presents her new book Val-Cartier: History of Perseverance, a history of Irish and Scottish settlers in Quebec.

In Val-Cartier: History of Perseverance, Marion Paquet traces the emergence of a unique Canadian culture in the Quebec City region, which includes members of the Huron-Wendat Nation who moved from Georgian Bay to Quebec with the Jesuits. Paquet’s paternal ancestors are Master Weavers from Poitiers, France who arrived in Quebec in 1667, while her maternal ancestors are from Ballygorman, County of Armagh, Northern...

May 4, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Reception for Portfolio 2017 and The Sarjeant Company Design Project
Thursday, May 4, 7 to 9 pm
The Carnegie Room and Molson Community Gallery
Admission free

This evening we are celebrating the creative talents of Simcoe County high school students with two exhibitions : 

Portfolio 2016Portfolio provides an exceptional opportunity to showcase the creative talent of youth in Simcoe County. Each year, this juried exhibition features artworks by approximately 50 graduating Grade 12 students from this region.


May 12, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

An Inside Look into Lee Contemporary Art with Tanya Cunnington
Friday, May 12, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Orillia artist Tanya Cunnington, Owner/Director of Lee Contemporary Art Gallery, will provide an insider view on running an artist-space.

Tanya Cunnington received her Associates Degree from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2001. Cunnington works in paint, collage, phototransfers and found object assemblage. Her practice is inspired by personal events in her life. Cunnington is also one half of “Birdbath Collaboration” and co-curator of The Still Parade, an annual exhibition held at the Arthur Shilling Gallery in Rama, Ontario. She exhibits...

May 25, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Call to Action #83
Reception: Thursday, May 25, 7 to 9 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

June 16, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Responding to the Call: Art as Truth and Reconciliation
Friday, June 16, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Exhibiting artists Xavier Fernandes and Nancy King will talk about the process of creating artwork for Call to Action #83, a group show that brings together works by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, followed by a tour of the exhibition on view at the MacLaren.

Xavier Fernandes graduated from Sheridan College in Interpretive Illustration in 1999. He has worked in watercolours, oil, acrylic, gauche, charcoal, graphite, stone and metal sculpture and printmaking, and has exhibited in numerous...

September 29, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Collecting Photography with John Hartman
Friday, September 29, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Regional artist John Hartman will offer an insider perspective on his private collection of historic photographs, which includes over 500 objects dating from 1858 to the present.

John Hartman was born in 1950 in Midland Ontario, and studied Fine Art at McMaster University. He has been the subject of several national and international exhibitions including Big North (1999-2002) and Cities (2007-2009). Photographs of the landscape and preparatory sketches are central to Hartman’s artistic practice, which is attentive to landscape and the ways in which human...

October 20, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Frances Rooney on the Wandering Life of Edith Watson
Friday, October 20, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Author Frances Rooney presents on photographer Edith Watson (1861-1943). Watson was a pioneering woman photographer active from the 1890s to the 1930s, best known for photographing scenes of rural and coastal life in Canada.

Frances Rooney's books include Working Light: The Wandering Life of Photographer Edith S. Watson (published in Canada, the U.S., and Britain), Our Lives (finalist for the Lambda Award), and two books for the Women’s Hall of Fame Series – Extraordinary Women Explorers and Exceptional Women Environmentalists...

November 24, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans
Friday, November 24, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Just in time for the holidays, Gallery Shop Manager Shannon Phillips introduces artists behind some of MacLaren’s best-selling collections. Learn about their approaches and get a first look at new pieces of work.