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MacLaren Art Centre TV BINGO on Rogers, Barrie Ontario
March 28, 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...

March 30, 2017 - 7:00 pm
2017 Benefactor Art Exchange Evening
Thursday, March 30, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Preview: March 11 through 30
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
For $1 a day, enjoy great art and enrich your community! Join the Benefactor Programme and take home an original work of art on loan for a year. The annual Benefactor Art Exchange Evening offers Benefactors an opportunity to select an original work of art to hang in their home or office for one year. Artists from across the province generously loan artwork in a range of media, from painting to sculpture, in support of this programme. 
The MacLaren Benefactor Programme
April 5, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Cosmic Café Audition
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
5:00 to 7:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie

Calling youth ages 14 to 18 years! Are you in a band? Do you know somebody with an amazing voice? Are you a Spoken Word Artist and looking for a chance to perform? Then the MacLaren Youth Council is looking for you to share your talent at the Cosmic Café event! With over 150 in attendance, it’s a great opportunity to be seen and heard!

The MacLaren Youth Council encourages interested performers to audition on Wednesday, April 5. Let the Council know you want to audition by joining the event on...

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. Dinner catered by Cravings, The Farmhouse and Michael and Marion's. Proceeds from this fundraising event support the MacLaren’s art education 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...

April 28, 2017 - 6:00 pm
$2 Admission

Cosmic Café
Friday, April 28, 2017
6:00 to 9:00 pm
$2 Admission
MacLaren Art Centre, main level

Join us on April 28 for the ninth annual Spring Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Council. Enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth—all with a great cup of coffee! Activities include our very popular button-maker, out-of-this-world crafts and much more. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for the best Sci-Fi costumes! Proceeds for the Cosmic Café will go towards an art class bursary.

Youth are invited to audition for this event on April 5. Let the Youth Advisory Council know you want to audition by joining the Cosmic Café Audition page...

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.