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MacLaren Art Centre TV BINGO on Rogers, Barrie Ontario
May 2, 2017 - 8:00 pm
$5.00 for a 5-pack

MacLaren TV Bingo on ROGERS
Tuesdays, 8:00

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 Rogers TV's coverage of MacLaren Art Centre TV Bingo.

MacLaren TV Bingo Game Cards are available at the following locations...

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 2017Portfolio provides an exceptional opportunity to showcase the creative talent of youth in Simcoe County. Each year, this juried exhibition features artworks by 50 graduating Grade 12 students from this region. Join us on May 4 to celebrate our students’ achievements!

The Sarjeant Company Design Project. In workshops led by regional artist Bernadette Wells,...

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

May 28, 2017 - 11:00 am

Weaving the Story of Anishinaabek Manitous and Animal Helpers with Will Morin
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Admission free

Join us for an engaging story time with Indigenous artist Will Morin! Families will help make a large human Dream Catcher, and have a choice to wear animal hats or puppets while assisting Will Morin weave the stories of the Thunderbirds, Water Serpents, the Rabbit, Bear and other animal helpers found in Anishinaabek Kinoomaagewin/Ojibway traditional teachings. Teachings of the Dreamcatcher will close the session.


Will Morin is an educator, artist and cultural consultant. He is of Ojibway/Scottish/French...

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.