Past Events

Admission free

The Art and Life of Arthur Shilling with William Kingfisher
Friday, March 24, 12:15 to 1 pm
Janice Laking Gallery and Gallery 3
Admission free

William Kingfisher, an independent curator and artist of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, will give a walking tour of Arthur Shilling: The Final Workson 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. Recent projects include creating gardens...

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

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...

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.

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$5 per child/ Free for Gallery Members (Family Category); Materials provided

We're open on Family Day from 12 to 4 pm with a special art programme for families to complete together.

Family Day: Family Stories
February 20
1:30 to 3 pm
$5.00 per child/ Free for Gallery Members (Family Category); Materials provided

Join us for a special Family Day workshop inspired by your special family story! Guided by regional artist Christyn Grampola, families will construct an accordion-fold book and illustrate the cover and pages with their favourite family story using mixed-media collage and watercolour painting techniques.

Admission free

Inside the Archive with Travis Doucette
Friday, January 20, 12:15 to 1 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Travis Doucette is the founder of the Barrie Historical Archive. He will speak about the archive project and the work currently underway. Presented in conjunction with the MacLaren’s exhibitions Look Once, Look Twice: Altered Photographs from the Sovfoto Archive and Archival Investigations.

Dr. Travis R. Doucette, a native of Barrie, is a local historian with educational roots in music. In 2013, he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at...

During Barrielicious, January 20 to February 5, enjoy lunch for two at the MacLaren for just $20 plus tax! Our Gallery Café offers a variety of salads, soups, quiches and more, made fresh daily with seasonal ingredients. Pair your selection with one of our certified fair trade and organic coffees, teas and locally made sweets. See below for the offered menu and come enjoy your meal at the MacLaren.

For more information about Barrielicious at The Gallery Café, please contact Tania Gregoire at 705-720-1044 ext 250 or via email maclaren@maclarenart.com

Gallery Cafe Hours

Monday to Friday: 7:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wednesdays: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm...

Please join us as we celebrate our winter shows!
Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7 to 9 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

Again and Once More, Again:
Kristie MacDonald, Myfanwy MacLeod, Mitch Robertson

In Every Direction
Jessica Hein and Sylvia Matas

IAIN BAXTER&
Guarding Landscape

Look Once, Look Twice: Altered Photographs from the Sovfoto Archive

Admission free

Artist Talk by Myfanwy MacLeod
Wednesday, December 7, 10:30 am
Campus Gallery, Georgian College
Admission free
Organized by the MacLaren Art Centre

Join us at the Campus Gallery for an inspired talk by Vancouver artist Myfanwy MacLeod, whose work will be exhibited in Again and Once More, Again at the MacLaren Art Centre beginning December 3

In Again and Once More, Again artists Kristie MacDonald (Toronto), Myfanwy MacLeod (Vancouver) and Mitch Robertson (Toronto) work with archival and found photographs as starting points to address failed or incomplete histories, troubling outdated assumptions while generating new narratives.

Robertson’s work examines the convoluted and...

Admission free

Meet the Gallery Shop Artisans
Friday, November 25, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Please welcome Gallery Shop artisans Sue Barker, Jamie Hanson and Doug Symes to the MacLaren’s Art for Lunch series. Each unique in their craft and their journey, these artisans will share on their individual process and inspiration and give attendees a sneak peek at their newest treasures.

Sue Barker is a retired marketing professional, angler, grandma to (almost) five beautiful grandchildren, and she is a weaver. Barker makes gorgeous traditional, colourful and cozy tea towels, as well as wraps and scarves. She studied with celebrated local weaver Jette Vandermeiden, and she is an...

Tickets: $50

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction
Friday, November 18, 7 to 11 pm
Auction Preview: November 12 to 18 during Gallery hours
Public Tour of Auction Highlights: November 16, 6 to 7 pm
Tickets: $50 (online order below)

On November 18 at the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie, over 150 artworks by more than 100 artists from across Ontario will fill the galleries for the 26th annual Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction. Bidders can also try their luck at winning gift certificates, jewellery and a selection of great prizes from local retailers. Add appetizers and desserts from Barrie’s best restaurants and you have all...

Admission $2
Youth Advisory Council presents Halloween Coffeehouse
Friday, October 28, 2016
6:00 to 9:00 pm
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Admission free

Art and Photography Fair Use with Emily McKibbon
Friday, October 21, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Fair use is a murky topic, and an increasingly important one. In an age of image saturation and the free exchange of digital pictures online, image appropriation is now a prominent tool for many contemporary artists. In this professional development presentation for artists, join MacLaren Associate Curator Emily McKibbon for a discussion on fair use and learn about accessing and using archival materials.

Emily McKibbon holds a Master’s in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. From 2011 to 2013, she was the Howard and Carole...

$125 (includes $75 donation receipt)

A Night of Fun and Games at the MacLaren Speakeasy 2016
Thursday, October 6, 7 to 11 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren

What can you expect at our Prohibition-inspired “Night of Fun & Games”?

Poker― and bragging rights for the Best Poker Player in Barrie. Blackjack for those who prefer it. Live jazz. Inspired cocktails― care for an Old-Fashioned or a Sidecar, anyone? Oh, and prizes you can’t get anywhere else! Tickets $125 (includes $75 donation receipt). Tickets are available at the MacLaren and online, below!

Proceeds from this fundraising event support the MacLaren's arts education programmes for children and youth. 

Halloween Coffeehouse Auditions
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
5:00 to 7:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
705-721-9696

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 Halloween Coffeehouse! 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, October 5. Audition performance sign-up starts at 4:45 pm. Auditions are...

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room
2:30 to 3:30 pm
Admission free

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers presents a programme of choreography interspersed with participatory activities inspired by the travelogue, exploring memories of place, imaginary lands and adventure. 

Carnegie Days Family Workshop: Travel Collage
MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre
1:30 to 3 pm
Admission $5 per child, free for Friends of the MacLaren (Family Category)

In celebration of Carnegie Days, join regional artist Christyn Grampola for a workshop inspired by your family summer vacation. Together, families will design and create an image of a either a trip or a special souvenir using mixed-media and text. Turn your fun family memory into a beautiful collaborative mixed-media collage!

*Please feel free to bring along your own collection of memories such as photos, maps, postcards, candy wrappers, brochures and more to make this project extra special and personalized!*

Film Screening
Big Drive

MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre
12:30 to 12:45 pm
Admission free

This short animation tells the story of a family road trip across the Canadian prairies set in the 1970s. In an era before in-car movies and video games, four sisters squeeze into the back of the family car for a long journey. While the parents keep a steady watch on the road ahead, restlessness gradually gives way to mayhem in the car’s close quarters. Just before the ride becomes unbearable, the sisters are inspired to combine their creative energy and the big drive becomes an even bigger adventure. 

Culture Days Open House
MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre
2 to 4 pm
Admission free

Join us for our Culture Days Open House and the reception for Summer Vacation, an exhibition featuring work by artists who teach at the MacLaren, in the community and in schools. Meet the artists and participate in an exhibition-based activity for families.

 

Word Up
MacLaren Art Centre | Main Lobby
1 to 2 pm
Admission free

Join us for entertaining and insightful readings by regional authors Barbara Landry and Joan Clayton. With a focus on the travelogue, these authors will present examples of their work exploring memories of place, personal adventures, family vacations, travel journal/diaries, or experiences rooted in the Canadian landscape. Organized by Aaron Reynolds and Linda Laforge.

MacLaren Exhibition Tours
MacLaren Art Centre
11 am
Admission free

Visitors are invited to join MacLaren staff for tours of the current exhibitions at the Gallery

Road Trip: Stories of Canadian Adventures
Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley St., Barrie
10:30 to 11:15 am
Admission free | No registration required

Celebrate Carnegie Days at the Barrie Public Library! Join library staff for an engaging story-time full of discovery and adventure! We’ll travel through Canada with the characters of Canadian picture book authors Per-Henrik Gürth and Andrea Beck. At this library program, children will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes and then have fun making a related craft.

Bookmark Art Activity
Barrie Famer’s Market, City Hall, 70 Collier St., Barrie
9 am to 12 pm
Admission free | No registration required

Join us for an engaging morning creating your very own bookmark, illustrating a short storyboard filled with tales of adventure in real or imaginary lands—a perfect and original book companion!

Tickets $10

Film Screening
Don’t Blink: Robert Frank
Presented by the Barrie Film Festival
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. West, Barrie
7 pm | Tickets $10
Advanced tickets available at the Uptown Theatre’s box office and the MacLaren Art Centre during Gallery hours.

A documentary about the life of influential photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, directed by Laura Israel. Frank, known for his documentary The Americans, revolutionized photography and independent film. His various subjects include the Beat poets, Welsh coal miners, London bankers and The Rolling Stones. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself.

To view the trailer click...

Admission free

Art for Lunch: Artist Talk by Henri Robideau
Friday, September 30, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free

In conjunction with his exhibition at the MacLaren, Vancouver artist Henri Robideau, a self-proclaimed “gianthropologist”, presents on his practice of documenting the outsized statuary of North America.

Henri Robideau is a senior Canadian photographer. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Robert Frank Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Surrey Art Gallery. Recent exhibitions include grunt gallery (2015)...

Tickets: $180 per person (includes $100 tax donation receipt)

2016 MacLaren Legacy Dinner
Thursday, September 29
6:00 to 10:30 pm
The Carnegie Room 

Join us for an outstanding evening as we present the 2016 Legacy Award to Barry Peacock in recognition of his lifelong commitment to community-building, with special guest speaker Ian Brown, longtime Globe and Mail columnist and award-winning writer, radio host, and author. Proceeds from this fundraising event support MacLaren programmes for children and youth. 

Tickets $180, with a donation receipt for $100. For tickets or tables, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com
What to wear? Business attire is perfect.

Ian...

Carnegie Days 2016
Thursday, September 29 to Sunday, October 2
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre and select locations in Barrie

Carnegie Days offers visitors of all ages great events that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. Exhibitions, public art projects, performances, author readings, artist talks, film and video screenings, guided tours and hands-on workshops take place at the MacLaren and across the city of Barrie.

Carnegie Days draws on the origins of the MacLaren Art Centre`s building as a 1917 Carnegie public library in Barrie and celebrates the legacy of Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who built over 2,500 public libraries in the English speaking...
Admission free

The Art of Painting with Gary Evans
Friday, September 23, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Admission free

In conjunction with his exhibition at the MacLaren, celebrated regional painter Gary Evans presents on his contemporary art practice. Evans’ vibrant oil paintings challenge traditional notions of perception and experience of the Canadian landscape. His unique approach includes references to historical painting as well as contemporary urban themes.

Gary Evans was born in Weston Super Mare, England and lives in Alliston, Ontario. With a career spanning more than two decades, his numerous solo exhibitions include Seeing Things: The Paintings of Gary Evans, which toured...

Admission free

The Gigantic in Contemporary Art with Christina Mancuso
Friday, September 9,12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Join MacLaren Education Officer Christina Mancuso and learn all about the gigantic in art from the Pop Art of Oldenburg to the monumental presence of Mueck’s figurative works. A short tour of Henri Robideau’s work in The Gianthropological Resource Centre will follow.

Christina Mancuso has a MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University in New Jersey and a BFA from Concordia University in Montréal. As a museum educator, college art professor and art teacher (K to 12), she possesses a wide range of skills and experiences. She has led many...

Please join us as we celebrate our summer shows!
Thursday, July 7, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

Gary Evans
Farther Afield
July 2 to October 30, 2016
Janice Laking Gallery and the Carnegie Room
Curators: Renée van der Avoird and Stuart Reid
Reception: Thursday, July 7, 7 to 9 pm
Master Class: Acrylic Painting with Gary Evans, August 27, 10 to 3 pm
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Admission free

Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Programme with Renée van der Avoird
Friday, June 17, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

In this professional development presentation for artists, join MacLaren Associate Curator Renée van der Avoird as she shares tips on how to apply for the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance programme. The Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance programme provides grants of $500 to $1,500 to assist individual artists with costs related to presenting their work in an exhibition. As a third-party recommender, the MacLaren takes part in grant decisions by preapproving applications and...

Friends of the MacLaren Open House
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 5 pm to 7 pm
MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free
 

We’re throwing open our doors to you for a special behind-the-scenes look at our collection, guided exhibition tours, live performances and art activities. Please join us on Wednesday, May 25 from 5 to 7 pm and let us entertain you. This is an all-ages event. Light refreshments will be served.

Highlights include:

  • Meet and greet with exhibiting artist Alice Teichert, whose paintings and drawings are on view in a solo exhibition, Decipher
  • A behind-the-scenes look at vintage Soviet press photographs of women snipers from our Permanent Collection
  • Guided tours of our...
Admission free

Social Media and Marketing for Artists with Marc Hill
Friday, May 13, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

When marketing online, popular social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram have evolved into full communities, serving as low-cost platforms to communicate, engage and listen to your fans. How do you know which social network is the best way to enhance your public profile and engage with your audiences? How do you know what types of content to post? How do you nurture an online community? Marc’s talk will focus on using digital marketing, social media and new media to grow awareness, audiences and engagement. In this professional development presentation, artists...

Reception for Portfolio 2016 and The Sarjeant Co. Design Project
Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Carnegie Room and Molson Community Gallery at the MacLaren
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.

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Admission free

Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki on their Barrie Public Art Project
Friday, April 22, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Collaborators Jennifer Davis and Jon Sasaki will discuss their soon-to-be-unveiled public sculpture for the City of Barrie, Four Dividers Made Into a Juncture. This conversational presentation will touch on the piece's development process, the artists' sources of inspiration, related ideas around public sculpture and private property, thoughts on street furniture, cycling infrastructure and other collaborative projects.

Jennifer Davis practices architecture, curating and art in Toronto. She graduated with a Master of Architecture from University...

Tickets: $210 (includes receipt for $100 donation)

Black Tie Gala 2016
Friday, April 15, 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 $210 (includes receipt for $100 donation).

For tickets contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236/ sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

Admission $2

Youth Advisory Council presents The Mad Hatter’s Coffeehouse
Friday, April 8, 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Main level, MacLaren Art Centre
$2 admission

This is the seventh annual Spring Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Council. This spring’s The Mad Hatter’s Coffeehouse is all about Alice in Wonderland! Attend as a character from this world renowned tale, or in your fantastical best and 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, Alice in Wonderland-inspired crafts and much more.  This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for...

Admission free

Art for Lunch:
John Gould: An Artist’s Journey Back from a Stroke with Ingi Gould and Frances Thomas
Friday, April 8, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

In 1996, renowned Canadian artist John Gould suffered a stroke that affected the right side of his body and changed his life forever. He was stripped of his ability to speak, write and draw. During his recovery at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) in Barrie, Gould regained his ability to draw through rehabilitation therapy, daily practice and the enduring support of his wife, Ingi. The evolution took ten years of uncompromising effort on Gould’s part and he was able to continue showing his work...

The MacLaren Benefactor Programme
2016 Benefactor Art Exchange Evening
Thursday, March 31, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Preview: March 12 through 31
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
Benefactors...
Admission free

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

Alice Teichert
Decipher
March 19 to June 19, 2016
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, March 24, 7 to 9 pm

Alice Teichert is known for her abstract paintings that explore the formal qualities and suggestive potential of language. Featuring work from 1984 to 2016, Decipher traces the artist’s longstanding interest in text, book forms and the interstices between the literary and...

Admission free

Artist Talk by Allyson Clay
Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 am
Campus Gallery, Georgian College
Admission free

Join us at the Campus Gallery for an inspired talk by MacLaren exhibiting artist Allyson Clay.

Allyson Clay received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, and a MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Clay has exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, with solo exhibitions at Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria; Dunlop Gallery, Regina; and Numark Gallery, Washington DC. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver; Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; and the Art Gallery...

Admission free

The Art of Portraiture with Pauline Bradshaw
Friday, March 11, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Join us for a special presentation on the art of portraiture with Barrie artist Pauline Bradshaw. Bradshaw has dedicated many years to the intensive study of classical art. Her studio practice is inspired by the refined craftsmanship of classical artists from the 19th century French and British ateliers. Bradshaw shares her extensive knowledge of academic techniques used in private studio classes and workshops at venues including the National Gallery of Canada. Her paintings and drawings can be found in private collections in Canada, the United States, Britain and Italy.

The MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Spring Coffeehouse Auditions!
Thursday, March 3, 2016
6:00 to 8:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre lobby, main level

The MacLaren Youth Advisory Council is excited to again host the ever-popular Coffeehouse event at the MacLaren Art Centre on Friday, April 8, 2016. This spring’s The Mad Hatter’s Coffeehouse is all about Alice in Wonderland!

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 spring Coffeehouse! With over 150 in attendance, it’s a great opportunity to be seen and heard!

The MacLaren Youth Council encourages...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Battle of the Bands 2016, Events

The 12th Annual Battle of the Bands
Friday, February 26
at The Ranch in downtown Barrie

Doors open 7:15 pm
Tickets $60.
On sale at the MacLaren at 10 am on Monday, February 8

Get your tickets to one of the most celebrated events of the year, the 12th annual Battle of the Bands, to be held this year at The Ranch.  Showcasing the impressive musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, the evening will raise funds for the MacLaren Art Centre, RVH Radio for Cardiology and the Kempenfelt Rotary Club.

The featured bands are The BailoutsCode BlueSonic Coalition, Table 9...

Wampum: Reading the Talk with Brian Charles
Monday, February 15
2:30 to 4:00 pm
Carnegie Room
Admission Free

Brian Charles has been working collaboratively with a small group of knowledge keepers to redevelop an archive and physical repository of wampum belts related to Ojibway history. Using replica wampum belts in this special presentation, he will illuminate a path that not only interconnects the nations and histories of First Peoples in the Eastern Woodland, but also of settler societies in Canada. This event is presented in conjunction with Reading the Talk for Family Day.

Brian Charles is an off-reserve...

$5 per child, Free for Friends of the MacLaren; Materials Provided

Family Day Art Workshop: Creative Family Portraits
Monday, February 15, 2016
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Fees: $5.00 per child/ Free for Friends of the MacLaren (Family Category); Materials provided

Spend a creative Family Day at the MacLaren! Led by regional artist Meghan Thorpe, children will design and paint a funky, mixed media family portrait.

Note: to serve as many families as possible, in-person sign-up for the workshop will be available on a first-come-first-served basis beginning at 1:00 pm until spots are filled.

Family Day at the MacLaren!
The MacLaren Art Centre
MondayFebruary 16, 2016
12:00 – 4:00 pm

Celebrate with your family! Take a tour of our current exhibitions and curl up near the fire with lunch from the Radio Cafe. 

Family Day Workshop

1:30 to 3:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
$5 per child/ free for Friends of the MacLaren (family category). Materials included.

Join Meghan Thorpe from 1:30 to 3:00 pm as she guides you to create a mixed media family portrait using a variety of media. Please sign up in person at 1:00 pm on the day of the workshop, as space is limited. Exhibition tours are available upon request at the Greeter`s Desk before and...

Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
2:30 to 3:30 pm
The Carnegie Room
Admission free

Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an afternoon dance performance exploring aspects of voice with guest performances by local youth dancers and professional musicians.

Winterfest Family Workshop
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre
Workshop fee: $5/child

Celebrate all things winter in this special family workshop for Winterfest! Regional artist Meghan Thorpe will guide you in the creation of a unique snow-globe design using paper-marbling, collage and printmaking techniques. 

Aboriginal Storytelling with Will Morin
12:30 to 1:30 pm
The Carnegie Room
Admission free

Families are invited to join Ojibway artist Will Morin for an engaging and interactive story time exploring Anishinaabe/First Nations myths. This event is presented in conjunction with Noval Morrisseau: Copper Thunderbird for Winterfest.

Will Morin is a visual and performing artist of Objiwa/Scottish and French Canadian ancestry, originally from Batchawana Bay, Ontario, and a member of the Michipicoten First Nation. Born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1964, Morin grew up mostly in Sudbury. He studied at Cambrian College and the Nova...

Snow Painting
The Massie Family Courtyard at the MacLaren
Saturday, February 6
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Admission free

Share a fun afternoon of snow painting with your family! Materials provided, just bring your imagination!

Enjoy Winterfest at the MacLare Art Centre

Open Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Suggested admission $5.
Explore contemporary art with your family and enjoy our current exhibitions.
 

Saturday, February 6
Snow Painting
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Massie Family Courtyard
Share a fun afternoon of snow painting with your family! Materials provided, just bring your imagination!
 

Sunday, February 7
Aboriginal Storytelling with Will Morin...

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...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch, Carl Beam
Admission free

Art for Lunch Film Screening
Aakideh: The Art & Legacy of Carl Beam
Friday, January 22
12:15 to 1:30 pm
Rotary Education Centre
Admission free 

In conjunction with Carl Beam: Fragile Skies, a special screening of Aakideh: The Art & Legacy of Carl Beam will be hosted in the Education Centre. Carl Beam, one of Canada's most influential and significant visual artists, earned a reputation for being fearless, visionary and ultimately, unforgettable. From his early years growing up on Manitoulin Island to his turbulent years spent in a residential school, this documentary explores are how these...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Curatorial Talk, Georgian College
Admission Free

Curatorial Talk: Rachelle Dickenson and Lisa Myers
Campus Gallery, Georgian College. 
Friday, December 4, 2015, 10:30 am
Admission Free

Reading the Talk brings together work by contemporary First Nations artists who critically examine relationships to land, region and territory. Through a variety of practices, including video, sculpture, installation and photography, artists Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Keesic Douglas and Melissa General consider distinct indigenous perspectives on the history of treaties in the land now referred to as Canada. Inspired by the historical Dish with One Spoon Treaty, guest...

Join us as we celebrate our winter exhibitions!
Thursday, December 3, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Tours at 7:30 pm

Reading the Talk
Michael Belmore, Hannah Claus, Patricia Deadman, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Keesic Douglas and Melissa General
December 3, 2015 to March 6, 2016
Gallery 3 and Janice Laking Gallery
Curators: Rachelle Dickenson and Lisa MyersCuratorial Talk: Friday, December 4, 10:30 am, Campus Gallery, Georgian College. Admission free
Organized and circulated by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

Reading the Talk brings together work by contemporary First Nations artists who critically examine relationships to land, region and...

Art for Lunch: Meet the Gallery Shop Artists Christine Pensa and Lisa Brunetta
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, November 27, 12:15 to 1 pm
Admission free

The MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to present a talk by Gallery Shop artists Christine Pensa and Lisa Brunetta. These two artists, distinct in their passion and their art, will share how they have found successful ways to use their craft to create awareness, inspire others and give back to their community. Plus, you will get a sneak peek of the latest from their collections, including some wonderful gift-giving ideas.

Lisa Brunetta is a wire sculptor and eco-artisan who incorporates recycled and recuperated materials in her work as an extension of...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Off the Hook Silent Art Auction 2015
Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction
The MacLaren Art Centre
Friday, November 13, 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Preview the works in the Art Auction during gallery hours: November 7 to 13
Guided tour of Auction highlights: November 11, 6:00 to 7:00 pm. 
Tickets available online! To purchase, click the "register online" button below
 
Note: If you purchased tickets online after Friday, November 6, you may pick them up at the door on Auction night. Otherwise, your ticket has been mailed to the address you provided. 
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MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Art for Lunch, Marlene Hilton Moore

The Public Monument with Marlene Hilton Moore
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, November 6, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Admission free

Marlene Hilton Moore is an award-winning artist and sculptor who has exhibited her art throughout Canada. She has been a recipient of many public art commissions over the last fifteen years. In 2014, Marlene was the recipient of the Excellence in the Arts Award at the Barrie Arts Awards, a recognition of her outstanding role in promoting the arts within Barrie, Simcoe County and nationally. Marlene is best known for her monumental figurative sculptures, including The Valiants Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa, and her most recent commission, Weedookdaadiwin...

Youth Advisory Council presents Halloween Coffeehouse
MacLaren Art Centre
Friday, October 30, 2015
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Admission $2

This is the seventh annual Halloween Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Council. Attend in your Halloween-costumed best and enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth. Activities include our very popular button-maker, Halloween-inspired crafts and much more. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for the best ghoul and gal!

Spread the word and let us know you're attending by joining our Facebook event page!

Proceeds for the Halloween Coffeehouse will go towards an...

Admission free

Barrie Culture Talk
Presented in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren Art Centre
Tuesday, October 13
7:00 to 9:30 pm
Admission free. No registration required

You are invited to the MacLaren Art Centre to share what culture means to you at the first “Culture Talk”. Organized by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, eleven community consultation events will be happening across the province focusing on what art, culture and heritage mean to Ontarians. The outcomes will contribute towards shaping the first Culture Strategy for our province with Barrie as the starting location. The Barrie “Culture Talk” will begin with renowned...

$125 (includes donation receipt for $75)

SHHH!
A Night of Fun & Games at the MacLaren Speakeasy
Thursday, October 8, 7:00pm
The MacLaren Art Centre
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! WE ARE SOLD OUT THIS EVENING

What can you expect at our Prohibition-inspired “Night of Fun & Games”?  Poker – and bragging rights for the Best Poker Player in Barrie. Blackjack for those who prefer it. Live jazz. Fedoras, boas, inspired cocktails – care for a Lime Rickey or a Sidecar, anyone? Oh and prizes you can’t get anywhere else! Pinstripe suits and flapper dresses welcome. But optional! Fedoras and boas available at the door.

Proceeds from this fundraising event will support our Collection and Exhibition programmes.

The MacLaren...

Admission Free

Call for Auditions: the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council's Halloween Coffeehouse
Main Lobby, MacLaren Art Centre
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
7:30 to 8:30 pm 
Admission free

Share your musical and performance talents at the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council’s Halloween Coffeehouse! 

The Council is looking for Simcoe County youth who perform acoustically, in a band or poetry/spoken word performances to provide entertainment while family-oriented art activities take place.  With over 150 youth in attendance, it’s a great opportunity to be seen and heard!

Help spread the word by inviting your friends to perform, and let us know you're attending by joining...

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
September 27, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Admission free

To finish Carnegie Days with a bang, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers presents a mixed programme of contemporary dance inspired by memoirs and fables, including excerpts from their upcoming production Cumulonimbus and the Fable Keepers, a new work by regional choreographer Susan Kendal.  This is an all ages event. For more information on the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, visit SimcoeContemporaryDancers.blogspot.com

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days, Family Workshop

Family Stories: Carnegie Days Family Workshop
September 27, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission: $5 per child/free for Friends of the MacLaren

In celebration of Carnegie Days, join regional artist Meghan Thorpe for a workshop inspired by your family stories. Together, families will create an image of either a family trip or a special event using mixed media and text. Turn your fun family memory into a beautiful collaborative collage!

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days 2015, The Danish Poet

The Danish Poet: Film Screening 
September 27, 12:30 to 12:45 pm
Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free

Take in a delightful screening of The Danish Poet, a 2006 animated short film written, directed, and animated by Torill Kove and narrated by Liv Ullmann. A co-production of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Mikrofilm AS of Norway, it has won both an Academy Award and a Genie Award for best animated short film.

This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. Kasper attempts to answer some pretty big questions: can we trace the chain of events that leads...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days 2015, Open Hous

Culture Days Open House
September 26, 3:00 to 4:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free

Join us for a Culture Days Open House and the reception for Life Stories, an exhibition featuring work by artists who teach art classes at the MacLaren, in the community and in the schools. Meet the artists and participate in an exhibition-based activity for families. Browse the Gallery Shop and view Teapots by Roger Kerslake, a showcase that reflects his Anglo-Asian style through his glaze selection and simple, functional design. 

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days 2015, Word Up

Word Up
September 26, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Main Lobby, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free

Join us for entertaining and insightful readings from regional authors Anna Yin, Vanessa Shields and Nalini Warriar. With a focus on life stories, these authors provide a personal exploration on culture, history and memory. Vanessa Shields will be reading from her book of poetry I Am That Woman and a new manuscript of poetry entitled What's Left of Me. Nalini Warriar will be reading excerpts from Enemy Within and Blues from the Malabar Coast. Anna Yin will read selections from Wings Toward Sunlight, Inhaling the Silence, and from her forthcoming book Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days 2015, Exhibition Tours

MacLaren Exhibition Tours
September 26, 11:00 am
MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free

Visitors are invited to join MacLaren staff for tours of current exhibitions. For more information on MacLaren tours, visit our Public and Group Tours Page

Carnegie Days: Stories of Adventure and Discovery for Families
September 26, 10:30 to 11:15 am
Barrie Public Libraries – Painswick Branch (48 Dean Avenue) and Downtown Branch (60 Worsley Street)
Admission free, no registration required.

Celebrate Carnegie Days with Barrie Public Library staff for tales of adventure and discovery! By identifying with characters, whether animal or human, picture books allow children to experience new adventures as stories unfold. Classic characters such as Clifford, Babar and Madeleine and newer favourites like Olivia and Franklin continue to inspire children. At this library programme, children will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes and then have fun making art in a related craft. This will...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days 2015, Banksy Does New York
Tickets: $10

Banksy Does New York: Film Screening
Presented by the Barrie Film Festival
September 25, 7:00 pm
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Tickets: $10
Advance tickets available at the Uptown Theatre box office and at the MacLaren Art Centre during Gallery hours.

Director: Chris Moukarbel
Documentary, PG,  79 minutes (USA)

On October 1, 2013, the elusive British street artist known as Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, posting one unique exhibit a day in an unannounced location, sparking a 31-day scavenger hunt both online and on the streets for Banksy’s work.

Capturing this month of madness, Banksy Does New...

Family working together on hands-on art projects at MacLaren Carnegie Days
Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28

Carnegie Days offers visitors of all ages great events that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. Exhibitions, public art projects, performances, author readings, artist talks, film and video screenings, guided tours and hands-on workshops take place at the MacLaren and across the city of Barrie.

 
Carnegie Days draws on the origins of the MacLaren Art Centre`s building as a 1917 Carnegie public library in Barrie and celebrates the legacy of Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who built over 2,500 public libraries in the English speaking world. Carnegie Days coincides with Culture Days, which highlights...
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch

Art for Lunch
Uptown Barrie Galleries: Survival Stories

Friday, September 25, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Admission free

Join us for a series of survival stories from Barrie`s alternative artist-run spaces, featuring Michael Coughlin (Double Doors Studios and Gallery) and Max Lupo (Art in House). Presented in conjunction with Culture Days, this informal panel will highlight the challenges and successes each speaker has enjoyed in pursuing alternative and independent careers in the arts.

 

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Legacy Dinner 2015, Graham Knight
$180 per person (includes $100 tax donation receipt)

Legacy Dinner
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 to 10:30 pm
The Carnegie Room 
Tickets on Sale Now!

Join us for an outstanding evening as we present Graham Knight, founding board president of what is now the MacLaren Art Centre, with the 2015 Legacy Award in honour of his  sustained leadership and commitment to making Barrie a wonderful community. The evening will also include remarks by special guest speaker Andrea Curtis, award-winning author and editor. 

Proceeds from this fundraising event support MacLaren programmes for children and youth. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets $180, with a donation receipt for $100. For tickets or tables, Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or ...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch, Murray Favro
Admission free

In Conversation with Murray Favro
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, July 10, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Admission free

Join us for an engaging discussion with leading Canadian artist Murray Favro in light of his solo exhibition Lever and Wheel at the MacLaren. In a question-and-answer style talk with curator Renée van der Avoird, Murray will share insights on his artistic practice as it relates to bicycle machining and inventions. Lever and Wheel is presented in conjunction with the Pan Am Games mountain biking competition, which takes place concurrently in Oro, Ontario.

Born in Hunstville, Ontario, Murray Favro is a London, Ontario-based artist who works in drawing, performance, sculpture and...

Please join us as we celebrate our summer exhibitions!
Thursday, July 9, 2015
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Tours at 7:30 pm
Performance at 8:00 pm

 

Murray Favro
Lever and Wheel
July 9 to November 1, 2015
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Artist Talk: Friday, July 10, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free

Murray Favro is one of Canada’s most significant and inimitable artists. His multidisciplinary practice incorporates processes of fabrication, reconstruction and invention to challenge the boundaries of the art object and propose new ways of looking. In conjunction with the Pan Am mountain biking competition in Oro, Lever and Wheel...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Free, no registration required

Art for Lunch
Art 21 Screening:
Catherine Opie and Robert Adams
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, June 19
12:15 to 1:00 pm

Explore the relationship between memory and photography in the works of Catherine Opie, Robert Adams and Joseph Hartman in his 2010 series Return, following the screening.

Photographer Catherine Opie visits her childhood hometown of Sandusky, Ohio to take a series of photos of Lake Erie during different seasons for a permanent installation at the Cleveland Clinic, and photographs shopkeepers in the Los Angeles neighborhood near her current home.

While living in Colorado Springs, Robert Adams began to capture black and...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch, Tamara Benoit
Admission free

The Art of Printmaking with Tamara Benoit
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, June 5, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Admission free

Join regional artist Tamara Benoit as she discusses the intricacies of printmaking. Using serigraphs, lithographs, relief and intaglio prints as examples, Tamara will decode the complex processes that artists and printmakers use to create their works. While the language of printmaking might intimidate—terms range from aquatint to zincograph—this fun, informal talk will give you the tools to talk about prints and printmaking with confidence.

Tamara Benoit was raised in North Bay, Ontario and spent summers on her grandparents’ farm in Cookstown. She studied drawing and...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Free, no registration required

Art for Lunch
Art 21 Screening:
Omer Fast
Friday, May 22
12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre

Explore the ways in which contemporary artists represent identity, documentary and narrative in the MacLaren’s current exhibition Under the Rose Arch by Dominique Ray and the video installations of Omer Fast as seen in this screening of Art 21. Tour of Under the Rose Arch follows the screening.

Omer Fast’s multichannel video installations blur the boundaries between documentary, dramatization, and fantasy, frequently generating viewers' confusion. Fast often anchors his narratives with a conversation between two people—whether there are...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Friends of the MacLaren Open House
Friends of the MacLaren Open House
MacLaren Art Centre
Wednesday, May 13
5:30 pm to 7 pm
 
To thank you for your support of the MacLaren, we're throwing open the doors for a Friends of the MacLaren Open House! 
This is an all-ages event for Friends of the MacLaren. Light refreshments will be served.
 
If you would like information on becoming a Friend of the MacLaren click here.
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Portfolio 2015, Sarjeant Co. Design Project

Reception for Portfolio 2015 and The Sarjeant Co. Design Project
Thursday, May 7, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Carnegie Room and Molson Community Gallery at the MacLaren
Admission free

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

Portfolio 2015Portfolio 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.

...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Free, no registration required

Art for Lunch
Art 21 Screening:
 Thomas Hirschhorn and Trevor Paglen
Friday, May 1
12:15 to 1:00 pm
The Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren

Like exhibiting artist Matt Macintosh, Thomas Hirschhorn and Trevor Paglen explore history, everyday images and objects that pose questions around appropriation and perception. A short discussion and tour of Type and Token will follow.

Thomas Hirschhorn originally trained as a graphic designer. In his practice, he shapes public discourse that relates to political discontent, and offers alternative models for thinking and being. Believing that every person has an innate understanding of art, Hirschhorn resists exclusionary and...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Art for Lunch, Emily McKibbon, Renee van der Avoird
Admission Free

CONTACT Preview with Emily McKibbon and Renée van der Avoird
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, April 17, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Admission free

Join MacLaren curators Emily McKibbon and Renée van der Avoird for a special preview of Toronto’s 2015 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, running from May 1 to 31 at over 175 venues across the GTA. Emily and Renée will highlight their top festival picks and share insights on some of this year’s featured artists.

Emily McKibbon holds a Master’s in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University. From 2011 to 2013, she was the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum...

MacLaren Black Tie 2015 NOLA_New Orleans Louisiana April 10 Barrie
Tickets: $200 (includes receipt for $120 donation)

Black Tie Gala
NOLA | New Orleans, Louisiana
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Friday, April 10, 2015
6:30 pm

Join us for an exceptional evening of entertainment, dining, dancing and high spirits! Proceeds from this fundraising event support the MacLaren's programmes for children and youth. 

Contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

Free
Call for Auditions: the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council's Spring Coffeehouse
MacLaren Art Centre, Main Lobby
Thursday, April 2
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Share your musical and performance talents at the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council’s Spring Coffeehouse! 

The Council is looking for Simcoe County youth who perform acoustically, in a band or poetry/spoken word performances to provide entertainment while family-oriented art activities take place.  With...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Dominique Rey, Georgian College
Admission Free

Artist Talk by Dominique Rey
Campus Gallery, Georgian College
Friday, March 20, 10:30 am
Admission free

Join us at Georgian College for an inspiring talk by exhibiting artist Dominique Rey. 

 

About Dominique Rey: 

Dominique Rey (MFA, Bard College, 2007; MFA, Transart Institute, 2011) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent presentations in Lethbridge, Winnipeg, Montréal, Toronto and Calgary. Her work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Winnipeg Art...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Exhibition Openings
Admission Free

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!
Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

 

Matt Macintosh
Type and Token
March 14 to June 21, 2015
Janice Laking Gallery
 
This new multimedia project by Ramara–based artist Matt Macintosh features altered photographs from the Simcoe County Archive alongside sculptural works created from these new images. Type and Token is a meditation on the emergence of culture as a response to trade within the history of Barrie. Macintosh notes, “I use abstraction as a means to sever, but not destroy, the attachments between ideas and...
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Free, no registration required

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
5:30 to 6:15 pm
 

Join us Wednesday evenings for special screenings of season seven of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century! For over 6 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

Take a look at how contemporary artists explore and incorporate unexpected materials in art! Similar to the treated surfaces in Veneers by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky, Leonardo Drew includes a variety of...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Battle of the Bands, Events
Tickets: $60. On sale February 2 at 10:00 am

Battle of the Bands
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Friday, February 20, 2015
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Live music begins at 7:15 pm

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. Proceeds from the event support the MacLaren Art Centre, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and the Kempenfelt Rotary Club.

Tickets $60, available at the MacLaren on February 2, 2015, beginning at 10:00 am.
 

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Free, no registration required

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
5:30 to 6:15 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings for special screenings of season seven of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century! For over 6 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

Join us for a contemporary look at Installation Art with a focus on Katharina Grosse, Wolgang Laib and current exhibitions Walks and Veneers by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky. These artists explore scale,...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Winterfest

Enjoy Winterfest at the MacLaren Art Centre 

Explore contemporary art with your family! Take a guided tour of the Gallery and our winter exhibitions, warm-up by the fire and enjoy a hot chocolate from our Radio Café.

 

Snow Painting
Location
: The Massie Family Courtyard at the MacLaren
Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 1:30 to 3:00 pm
Admission: Free

Share a fun afternoon of snow painting with your family! Materials provided, just bring your imagination!
 

Family Workshop: Winter Charms
Location:...

$8 + HST/ Free for Friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free. Students with ID free.

Public Art by Carol-Ann Ryan
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, February 6, 12:15 to 1:00 pm
Admission: $8 + HST/free for Friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free. Students with ID free.

Join art writer and educator Carol-Ann Ryan for a discussion about public art and the role it plays in both urban centres and smaller communities. She will also share insights on specific public-art projects she has participated in, including Art Wheelers, bicycle-led tours of public art.

Carol-Ann Ryan received an Honours B.A. in Art & Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College and a Master’s in Art History from Western University. She works as a writer,...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Free, no registration required

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
5:30 to 6:15 pm

Join us Wednesday evenings for special screenings of season seven of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century! For over 6 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series!

Start off the new year with a look at contemporary artists Graciela Iturbide and Abraham Cruzvillegas, followed by a short discussion and tour of In Your Words:Nanna Debois-Buhl and Brendan Fernandes....

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Admission Free
Wednesday December 10
5:30 to 6:15pm
 
Join us on select Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.
 
 

The focus is on collaborative artists this month as we open exhibitions by Brendan Fernandes and Nanna Debois Buhl, and Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky.

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MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Trevor Mahovsky, Rhonda Weppler
Admission Free

Artist Talk by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky
Campus Gallery, Georgian College
Friday, December 5, 10:30 am
Admission free

Join us at Georgian College for an inspiring talk by exhibiting artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky. 

About Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky: 

Rhonda Weppler (MFA, University of British Columbia, 1998) and Trevor Mahovsky (MFA, University of British Columbia, 1998) have worked in collaboration since 2004. They have participated in solo exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, and in London, UK. Their work is held in significant public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada.

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Reception for 2014 Fall Exhibitions
Free

Please join us as we celebrate our fall shows!
Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

 

In Your Words
Nanna Debois Buhl and Brendan Fernandes
Gallery 3
In Your Words is a multifaceted installation inspired by the life and writing of Karen Blixen (pen name Isak Dinesen), acclaimed author of Out of Africa. First exhibited at the Karen Blixen Museet in Denmark, this project explores notions of identity, language and translation through the trajectories of Blixen and the artists. Artists Buhl and Fernandes enter a dialogue with Blixen’s oeuvre while reflecting on their own personal histories of travel, migration and belonging...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch, The Kerslakes
Admission $8/ Free for friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free.
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Thursday, December 4, noon to 1:00 pm 
Admission $8.00/Free for Friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free
 
Treat yourself to art for lunch! Bring or buy your lunch and learn about a variety of art-related topics from art conservation, presenting fine art photography and an inside look into the art practices of Roger and Heather Kerslake! Mark your calendar for events in October, November and December. No advance registration needed.
 
To view the Art for Lunch Programme Schedule, see the attached document below.
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Admission Free

Wednesday, November 19
5:30 to 6:15pm

Join us on select Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

Highlights from the MacLaren Permanent Collection:

Join Emily McKibbon, Assistant Curator, Photography/Collections Manager for a special look into selected artwork from the MacLaren...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Off the Hook Silent Art Auction 2014
Tickets: $50 available online and at the Gallery

Tickets on sale now!
Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction
Friday, November 14, 7:00 to 11:00 pm
Preview the works in the art auction during gallery hours: November 8 to 14
To purchase your tickets online, see the "Register Online" button below!

The MacLaren's Silent Art Auction, Off the Hook, returns for its 24th year, with more than 200 works of art by 183 regional artists and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home an original artwork. Tickets are $50 each and include hors d'oeuvres by some of Barrie's finest chefs. Cash bar. For more information, contact Sheila Delaney, Development  Associate,...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch, Emily McKibbon
Admission $8/ Free for friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free.
Art for Lunch: The Art of Photography with Curator Emily McKibbon
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Thursday, November 13, noon to 1:00 pm 
Admission $8.00/Free for Friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free
 
Treat yourself to art for lunch! Bring or buy your lunch and learn about a variety of art-related topics from art conservation, presenting fine art photography and an inside look into the art practices of Roger and Heather Kerslake! Mark your calendar for events in October, November and December. No advance registration needed.
 
To view the Art for Lunch Programme Schedule, see the attached document below.
Free, no registration required

Guided Tour of Art Auction Highlights
Wednesday, November 12, 6:00 to 7:00 pm

 

Join us for a guided tour this year's Art Auction highlights, with insights into specific works of note from gallery staff.

For more information, call 705-721-9696. To purchase tickets to Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction, click here.

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Off the Hook Silent Art Auction 2014
Free, no registration required

Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction Preview Week
Saturday, November 8 to Friday, November 14, during Gallery hours

During the week leading up to the MacLaren's Silent Art Auction, Off the Hook, Gallery staff  invites you to preview all of the artworks available for purchase in advance. Bring a friend, be inspired by accomplished local and national artists, and take note of all the artworks you can't leave the Off the Hook without.

This season the Art Auction returns with more than 200 works of art by 170 regional artists and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home an original artwork. 
 

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MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art for Lunch, Jayne Woods, Conservator

Art for Lunch
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Thursday, October 23, Noon to 1:00 pm
Admission $8.00/Free for Friends of the MacLaren, who may each bring a friend for free
 

There`s nothing more satisfying than having art for lunch! Bring or buy your lunch from the Gallery Café and join us on Thursday, October 23, at the Rotary Education Centre for a very special discussion on art conservation, led by Jayne Woods. A highly regarded conservator, Jayne`s talk will focus on the conservation of a Lucius O`Brien watercolour from the MacLaren Permanent Collection, as well as other projects of note. No advance registration needed. To view the Art for Lunch Programme Outline for fall, see the attachment below.

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Admission Free
Wednesday October 8
5:30 to 6:15 pm 
 
Join us on select Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.
 
Inspired the current exhibition of sculptural work by regional artists Lyn Carter and James Carl, take a closer look into the art of David Altmejd and Lynda Benglis, whose studio practice...
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Youth Advisory Council, Coffeehouse
Free

Call for Auditions: the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council's Halloween Coffeehouse
MacLaren Art Centre, Main Lobby
Thursday, October 9
4:00 to 6:00 pm
 

Share your musical and performance talents at the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council’s Halloween Coffeehouse! 

The Council is looking for Simcoe County youth who perform acoustically, in a band or poetry/spoken word performances to provide entertainment while family-oriented art activities take place.  With over 150 youth in attendance, it’s a great opportunity to be seen and heard!

Let the Council know you will audition by joining the AUDITION Facebook...

Admission Free

Poetry in Motion: Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
Sunday September 28, 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Admission free

 

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers presents a programme of contemporary dance works focusing on the rhythm and timbre of poetry including Dactyl by Sarah Lochhead, Marisa by Kerri-Ann Hutton featuring No 369 Collective from Orangeville Ontario, Pressure by Aliyah Gaines and more. After the show, stay to hear about an upcoming opportunity to perform with us as part of KRIMA, a production by Maxine Heppner, Across Oceans. We are looking for 100+ performers to be involved in this unique event.    

For a...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days, Family Workshop
$5 per child, Free for Friends of the MacLaren

Carnegie Days Family Workshop with regional artist Theresa Bott
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Admission $5 per child/ Free for Friends of the MacLaren

In celebration of Carnegie Days, join us for an artist-led family workshop exploring visual poetry. Have fun exploring text and image and get the chance to work collaboratively to create a unique work of art.

For a full listing of our Carnegie Days festivities, see the attached document below.

MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie, Ontario tour of the summer exhibits 2014
Free, no registration required

Exhibition Tours
MacLaren Art Centre
1:00 pm to1:30 pm
Admission free

Join MacLaren Education Officer Christina Mancuso for a tour of the current exhibitions at the MacLaren, including ETROG / MOORE, featuring works on paper from the MacLaren’s collection by internationally renowned artists Sorel Etrog and Henry Moore, beguile, with contemporary sculptures by James Carl and Lyn Carter, and Recliners , a new sculpture by Amy Brener in the Gallery’s outdoor courtyard, and two special Carnegie Days exhibitions, MOORE: Poetics and Poetry Imagined: Illustrations and Abstractions.

For a full listing of our Carnegie Days...

Free, no registration required

Culture Days Open House
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Admission: free

Just drop in! Join us for our Culture Days Open House and the reception for Schooled: The ART of Teaching Art , an exhibition featuring work by artists who teach in MacLaren programmes. Meet the artists and participate in an exhibition-based activity that is perfect for families.

For a full listing of our Carnegie Days festivities, see the attached document below.

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days, Poetry Reading, Bruce Meyer
Free

Poetry Readings by Bruce Meyer
MacLaren Art Centre
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Admission: free

Join Bruce Meyer, Barrie’s Poet Laureate, for poetry readings from his current books The Seasons and Testing the Elements. The Seasons is a gathering of 100 love poems, and Testing the Elements examines the human condition through the portals of the four elements and raises questions not only about our relationship to nature but about how nature tests us. Bruce Meyer is author of over forty books. He teaches at Georgian College and is Visiting Professor at Victoria College, University of Toronto.

Joining Dr. Meyer are Tim Inkster and Michael...

Girl listening to a book being read for Carnegie Days event at  Barrie Library
Free, no registration required

Story and Poetry Fun for Families
Barrie Public Library (Downtown and Painswick branches)
10:30 to 11:15 am
Admission free. No registration required

Join library staff for some poetry-inspired fun! We will enjoy stories, songs and rhymes and create some simple illustrated poems together. Fun for the whole family.  

For a full listing of our Carnegie Days festivities, see the attached document below.

$10.

Film Screening: Spring & Arnaud
Directed by Marcia Connolly and Katherine Knight
Documentary, Rated G, 70 minutes (CANADA/FRANCE)
The Barrie Film Festival
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie.
7:00 pm
Admission: $10.00 - Advance tickets available at Uptown Theater's box office and the MacLaren Art Centre during gallery hours. For more information please visit www.barriefilmfestival.ca
 

Director Katherine Knight will be in attendance for a Q & A following the screening. Art, love, and mortality are explored through the lives and work of artists Spring Hurlbut and Arnaud Maggs. The film immerses the viewer in a world...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days, Youth Workshop
Admission free

Carnegie Days Drop-In Youth Workshop
Rotary Education Centre at the MacLaren
Friday, September 26, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Admission free

Youth ages 14 to 24 are invited to drop-in for a special silkscreen workshop led by artist Sabrina Parrish and create their own unique T-shirt.

For a full listing of our Carnegie Days festivities, see the attached document below.

A boy shows his drawing from art camp, MacLaren Art Gallery, Barrie, ON
$65, or $58.50 for Friends of the MacLaren

PA Days at the MacLaren!
Build an Illustrated Storybook

The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ages 6 to 10 years
$65, or $58.50 for Friends of the MacLaren

In this morning workshop led by Annie Aspden, you will create an accordion-fold book, filled with your own illustrations and poetry inspired by the great artist Henry Moore. His work is on display at the gallery and you will get a chance to see it for yourself!

To register online, click here.

For more information, please call...

Doug Gibson speaks at MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie ON at the 2014 Legacy Dinner
Tickets: $180 per person

Please note: This event is sold out. If you would like your name added to a waiting list, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

Legacy Dinner
Thursday, September 25, 6:00 to 10:30 pm
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren

Join us for an outstanding evening as we present the Pratt Family -- Don & Chris Pratt, Karen & Heljar Hansen, Brad & Lacey Pratt -- with the 2014 Legacy Award in honour of their leadership and commitment to making Barrie a great community. Special guest speaker Douglas Gibson, the acclaimed editor and publisher-turned-author, will share his entertaining insights into some of Canada’s sharpest minds and greatest storytellers. Proceeds from this fundraising event...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Carnegie Days, Art 21
Free

Access 100 Artists: Art 21 Screening
Rotary Education Centre at the Maclaren
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Admission: Free

In celebration of Carnegie Days, join us for a screening of Art 21 highlighting contemporary artists Ann Hamilton and Maya Lin. Ann Hamilton is as interested in verbal and written language as she is in the visual, and sees the two as related and interchangeable. Maya Lin is an artist whose sculptures, parks, monuments, and architectural projects are linked by her ideal of making a place for individuals within the landscape. Both artists explore the visually poetic to include narrative, history and place.

Over the past decade, ART21 has established itself...

Gordon MacNamara, Untitled, N.D., watercolour and ink on paper

Haikus are easy…
Five syllables then seven
And five once again.

In celebration of September’s Carnegie Days, an annual festival of art and language coinciding with Barrie’s Culture Days, the MacLaren Art Centre invites youth and adults to create a unique Haiku inspired by this year’s theme, poetry. Visit the Gallery from August 14 to October 26 to see these artworks in person and respond to three select artworks from our collection that suggest poetry and poetics.

How to Submit Your Haiku:

Submit your full name and a Haiku of up to 70 characters to Facebook or Twitter. When...

family working together on hands-on art projects at MacLaren Carnegie Days
Thursday, September 25 to Sunday, September 28
Carnegie Days offers visitors of all ages great events that explore the role language plays in contemporary art. Exhibitions, public art projects, performances, author readings, artist talks, film and video screenings, guided tours and hands-on workshops take place at the MacLaren and across the city of Barrie.
 
Carnegie Days draws on the origins of the MacLarenArtCentre`s building as a 1917 Carnegie public library in Barrie and celebrates the legacy of Scottish-born American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who built over 2,500 public libraries in the English speaking world. Carnegie Days coincides with Culture Days, which...
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century
Admission Free

Wednesday September 10
5:30 to 6:15 pm

Join us on select Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

This month's screening is all about traditional and contemporary sculpture. Join us for an eye-opening and entertaining look into the studio practices of art icons Jeff Koons and Louise Bourgeois.
...
Wind it Up: The Pinwheel Project at Kempenfest, August 2 to 4

Wind it Up: The Pinwheel Project
August 2 to 4

These monumental pinwheels will be on display as part of an art installation for Kempenfest, from August 2 to 4, 2014. During this three-day festival, participating youth will assist with workshops, where families can create their own unique pinwheels.

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario, Sorel Etrog, Henry Moore
Free with admission

Gallery tours may be booked for groups of all interests and sizes, including camp, school, special interest and families, and are available year round (except statutory holidays). To book a tour or for more information please contact us at 705-721-9696 or email maclaren@maclarenart.com.

Public tours of current exhibitions are also available Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on request: just ask our Gallery Attendants. You'll find them upstairs and happy to answer any questions you have!

Admission free

Please join us as we celebrate our summer shows!
Thursday, July 10, 2014
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm

ETROG / MOORE
Gallery 3
Henry Moore (British, 1898-1986) and Sorel Etrog (Romanian-Canadian, 1933-2014) are well-known nationally and internationally for their large-scale sculpture, particularly in bronze, informed by elements of the abstract, the surreal, the primitive, and the classical. This exhibition explores the remarkable affinities between these two artists’ treatment of both figurative and abstract subjects through their work in two dimensions. 

Beguile: James Carl and Lyn Carter
Janice Laking Gallery

Beguile brings together...

Barbara Kruger, "Untitled (I shop, therefore I am)," 1987

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
5:30 to 6:15 pm
Admission Free
Location: Rotary Education Centre

Join us on select Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

Join Emily McKibbon, Assistant Curator, Photography/Collections Manager for a special look into selected artwork from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection. This evening we will be...

Art for Lunch with Frances Thomas
$8/Free for Friends of the MacLaren

Art for Lunch: Art and Affect:  Wellness and the Environment
Thursday, June 5 , 2014
12 to 1:00 pm, Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre
Admission: $8 or free for Friends of the MacLaren and bring a friend for free!

How does the “affect” of an environment impact our health, both physically and emotionally?  It has long been known that art has healing benefits.  Hospitals and Health Centres with collections of fine art, including in-house galleries with changing exhibitions, have been on the rise over the last decade or more and the best examples evoke the notion of hospitals as the new museums.  As Part Time Curator and Coordinator of the Art@RVH program Frances oversees the acquisition, display and care of art at the...

Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
5:30 to 6:15 pm
Location: Rotary Education Centre

Join us on select Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

In David Craven and the Cinematic, the artist uses colour, scale, impasto technique and the figure to illicit emotional tension. In their own art practice, Murray and Ford use contrasting images...

Watercolour pic
First Annual Open House for Friends of the MacLaren
Wednesday, May 14
Drop in 5:30 pm to 7 pm
 
To thank you for your support of the MacLaren, we're throwing open the doors for behind the scenes tours, hands-on art activities and insider tips. This is an all-ages event. Light refreshments will be served.
 
Highlights:
  • Meet artist Tony Calzetta, whose work is on view this spring in the Joan Lehman Gallery
  • Try your hand at watercolour painting in a hands-on workshop led by artist Christina Luck (we will also offer art activities for children)
  • Get framing advice from Petra Hewson in Framing Services
  • Find out about works available to you through Art Rental and...
 Renee van der Avoird
$8/Free for Friends of the MacLaren

Art for Lunch: The Toronto Art Scene with Renée van der Avoird
Thursday, April 24, 2014                
12 to 1:00 pm, Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre
Admission: $8 or free for Friends of the MacLaren and bring a friend for free!

Join MacLaren Assistant Curator Renée van der Avoird for a special look into current highlights of the current Toronto art scene. The talk will focus on exhibitions including Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and Elevated: Contemporary Art in the AGO Tower at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Renée will also share insights on exhibitions at several of Toronto’s cutting-edge commercial galleries.

Renée holds a B...

Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
5:30 to 6:15 pm
Location: Rotary Education Centre

Join us on Wednesdays for special screenings of Art 21: Artists in the 21st Century.  For over 5 years, PBS’ Art 21 has provided an innovative and intimate look into the studio, inspiration and lives of contemporary artists.  The MacLaren is proud to be a part of Access 100 Artists, an international screening programme initiated by Art 21. Bring a friend, stop by the Café for a drink and enjoy highlights from this special series.

In Jump Cut, David Craven uses a personal visual language to represent the hustle of urban life and communication into sculptural paintings. Join us for a look into the studio practice of Ritchie and...

Thank you for your support! Tickets are all sold.

Black Tie Gala

Friday, April 11

The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
6:30 pm

An entertaining evening of music, dancing and fine food! Proceeds from this fundraising event support the MacLaren’s programmes for children and youth. Tickets $195 (includes donation receipt for $100). For information or to be added to the waiting list, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

Thank you to our sponsors for making this a successful evening!

 

Youth Advisory Council at the MacLaren Art Centre
$2.00 admission

Youth Advisory Council presents Cabana-Rama Coffeehouse
Friday, March 28, 2014
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Main level, MacLaren Art Centre

Take a break from the cold and join us for the fifth annual spring Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Council.  It’s all things tropical  with music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth-all with a great cup of coffee. Activities include our very popular button-maker, beach-inspired crafts and much more.  Even get ready for a limbo contest during intermission! This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome.  Prizes will be awarded for the best tropical-inspired costumes or accessories- so dust off your Hawaiian shirts and sun-dresses and...

Open to Benefactors and Junior Benefactors
2014 Benefactor Art Exchange Evening
Thursday, March 27, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
Preview: March 8 through 27
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
Benefactors...
Framing Your Art with Petra Hewson
$8/Free for Friends of the MacLaren
Art for Lunch: Framing Your Art With Petra Hewson
Thursday, March 20, 2014
12 to 1:00 pm, Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre 
Admission: $8 or free for Friends of the MacLaren and bring a friend for free! 
 
Treat yourself to art for lunch!  Bring or buy your lunch and get inspired this March by the creative talents of Petra Hewson whose runs the MacLaren Framing Shop.

An award winning framer with over three decades of experience framing pictures for numerous commercial galleries.  Petra Hewson has been managing the Framing Department for the MacLaren Art Centre since 2001.  Her primary training was obtained through the Professional Picture Framers Association where she was invited to...

Youth Advisory Council at the MacLaren Art Centre

Cabana-rama Coffeehouse Audition
Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Acoustic performers, bands, spoken-word artists, poets and other talent welcome!

Audition Guidelines:
Performance sign-up: 6:00pm to 6:30pm
• Musicians must bring their own equipment and be responsible for set-up.
• Performance times are scheduled on a first-come basis.
• Performers must be ready to perform one song/poem of a maximum duration of 5 minutes.
• As this is an all-ages event, please choose content that is audience friendly.
In keeping with the tropical theme, upbeat summer songs are strongly encouraged!

Let the Council know you will audition by joining this event page...

Family Day Workshops
$5 per child/ free for MacLaren Family Membership holders

Family Day at the MacLaren
12:00 to 4:00 pm
Family workshop at 1:30 pm

The Gallery will be open on Family Day from 12:00 to 4:00 pm for an afternoon of art-making fun. Join us at 1:30 pm for a special artist-led Family Workshop. Families can work together to create a "family portrait" in this fun, hands-on printmaking activity. Admission $5 per child/free for Friends of the MacLaren (Family category). Materials provided.

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

Enjoy Winterfest at the MacLaren Art Centre
Explore contemporary art with your family! Take a guided tour of the Gallery and our winter exhibitions, warm-up by the fire and enjoy a hot chocolate from our Radio Café. 

Sunday, February 2, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm: Parents and children are invited to join in Winterfest the MacLaren way, with a special artist-led Family Sunday workshop. Families can create a snowy silhouette artwork with drawing and collage celebrating all things winter! Admission is $5 per child or free for Friends of the MacLaren (Family holders). Materials provided.

Sunday, February 2, 2:30 pm: Enjoy an exclusive Winterfest-themed performance by the Simcoe Contemporary Dancers in...

Nadia Myre and Duane Linklater, Artist Talk, MacLaren Art Centre, Bar
Free

Nadia Myre and Duane Linklater will speak about their work at Georgian College Campus Gallery on December 6 at 10:30 am. 

Nadine Carr
$8.00

Tuesday, November 26, 2013                 
12:15 to 1:00 pm, Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre
Admission: $8 /Free for Friends of the MacLaren

Treat yourself to art for lunch!  Bring or buy your lunch and get inspired this holiday season by the creative talents of Nadine Carr, Ingi Gould and Catharine Wilson, whose works are featured at the MacLaren in the Gallery Shop.
 

Nadine Carr is a local ceramicist based in Midhurst, Ontario. In 1981, Nadine graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design with honours. In her fifth year at the College, she spent a year in Florence,...

Free

Please join us on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:00 pm for a free tour of the works in the Off the Hook Silent Art Auction. Artist Gary Evans, MacLaren Education Officer Christina Mancuso and MacLaren Development Associate Sheila Delaney will share insights and highlights!

Halloween Coffeehouse, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Youth Advisory Council presents Halloween Coffeehouse: Monster Mash
Friday, October 25, 2013
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
705-721-9696
Main level, MacLarenArtCentre

This is the fifth annual Halloween Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren’s Youth Advisory Council. Attend in your Halloween-costumed best and 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, Halloween-inspired crafts and much more. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome.  Prizes will be awarded for the best ghoul and gal!
Proceeds for the Halloween Coffeehouse will go towards an art class bursary.

Check out our...

$8.00/ Free to Friends of the MacLaren

Off the Hook: Featured works from the MacLaren’s 2013 Silent Art Auction
Guest Speaker: Carol-Ann Ryan
Thursday, October 24
12:15 to 1:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre
Admission: $8 /Free for Friends of the MacLaren

Treat yourself to art for lunch! Bring or buy your lunch and learn about the work of four artists who will be featured in the MacLaren’s 23rd annual Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction. Writer, arts educator and art historian Carol-Ann Ryan will introduce you to the work of Marlene Hilton Moore, Joseph Hartman, Regina Williams and Stu Oxley.

Carol-Ann Ryan received an Honours B.A. in Art & Art History from the University...

Mara Korkola

Benefactor Programme Artist Talk
Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Stephen Cruise is a nationally renowned Canadian artist who has exhibited over 30 solo shows and over 50 group exhibitions. His sculptures have been exhibited across North America, including three recent appearances in the Bienal Barro de Americo in Caracas, Venezuela.  Stephen has won several important commissions for public art in the Metropolitan Toronto area. The six pieces of his Spadina Avenue series Places in a Book reinforce his interest in ideas of localized history. His work has been recognized with grants and awards from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council. Stephen’s work is featured in the collections of the National Gallery,...

Halloween Coffeehouse Audition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Halloween Coffeehouse Audition
Monday, October 7, 2013
6:00 to 8:00 pm
MacLarenARTCentre
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie
705-721-9696

Acoustic performers, bands, spoken-word artists, poets and other talent welcome!

Performance sign-up: 6:00pm to 6:30pm

• Musicians must bring their own equipment and be responsible for set-up.
• Performance times are scheduled on a first-come basis.
• Performers must be ready to perform one song/poem of a maximum duration of 5 minutes.
• As this is an all-ages event, please choose content that is audience friendly

Those chosen by the Council to perform will be notified by email the next day.

Check out our...

Please join us as we celebrate our fall exhibitions!
Thursday, September 12, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

There will be official remarks at 7:15 pm with a tour of the exhibitions at 7:30 pm.

Michael Forster: Perpetual Emergence: Works from the MacLaren Permanent Collection (September 7 to October 27) Called "Canada's Pioneer Surrealist", Michael Forster (1907- 2002) is an intriguing yet enigmatic figure in Canadian art. Born in Calcutta and schooled in England, Forster relocated to Toronto in 1928. In 1997 and 1999, the MacLaren acquired a large number of works by Forster, including ten canvases and the only major collection of drawings and sketchbooks in public hands. These works on paper span the artist's career from the 1940s to...

Superblue and MacLaren Giant Knitting Nancy Project at Kempenfest in Barrie, O

August 3 and 4 at Kempenfest on the Lakeshore

In partnership with the MacLaren's Youth Advisory Council and TGIF, Superblue's The Giant Knitting Nancy community arts project will be recreated for Kempenfest 2013. Visitors of all ages are able to engage in a simple knitting technique and create art in an area of gathering and conversation for people to enjoy throughout the festival.

Participate in The Giant Knitting Nancy July Workshops for Youth

Location:   Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenARTCentre
Dates:       Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 2013
Time:         5:30pm to 7:30 pm
Cost:  ...

Oasis at Kempenfest
August 3 to 5
on the Barrie Waterfront

Take a refreshing break during Kempenfest at the MacLaren Oasis. Located on the waterfront near Victoria Street, the Oasis provides a welcome shady spot with cold beer, good cheer, Bubba's Butterfly Chips and musical entertainment! Join us!

Proceeds from this fundraising event directly support MacLaren's programmes for children and youth.

MacLaren Art Centre art for lunch art education Barrie Ontario
$8.00/ Free to Friends of the MacLaren

Treat yourself to Art for Lunch!
Thursday, June 20
12:15 to 1:00 pm

Rotary Education Centre
Register at the Greeter's Desk or call the Gallery at 705-721-9696

Bring or buy your lunch at the Gallery next Thursday and get the inside story from Assistant Curator Jennifer Withrow about Sorel Etrog, an internationally renowned artist represented in the MacLaren’s Collection whose work is the subject of a major retrospective exhibition currently on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Known for his large-scale outdoor sculptures in bronze, Sorel Etrog is currently the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. Etrog has worked in dozens of media throughout...

Free

Please join us as we celebrate our summer exhibitions! The artists will be in attendance and will introduce their exhibits in-gallery, beginning at 7:00 pm. The festivities will also include a live musical performance by exhibiting artists Harold Klunder and Matt Bahen.

Rosemary Sloot: Immigrant (June 1 to August 25).  Developed over eight years, these paintings and drawings by London Ontario artist Rosemary Sloot unfold as a profound personal narrative of her family, their Dutch origins and their immigration to Canada from the Netherlands in 1952. Originated and circulated by the Burlington Art Centre. Curator: George Wale.

Matt Bahen: Gravity's Faith (June 8 to September 1)....

Sarjeant Co. Design Project trucks parading their designs at  MacLaren, Barrie
Free

April 25 to May 19, reception May 2, 7 to 9

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

Portfolio 2013. Portfolio 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.

The Sarjeant Company Design Project.. In workshops led by regional artist Lois Green, local Simcoe County youth have created "monumental" designs. In addition to this exhibition of their artwork, several of their designs will be transferred to the drums of Sarjeant concrete...

Kristan Horton exhibition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 to 1:45 pm
Admission free

Join us for a free public exhibition tour of A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required.

Kristan Horton exhibition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Thursday, April 18, 12:30 to 1:15 pm
Admission free

Take a break during the work day and join us for an inspiring tour of our exhibition A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination led by MacLaren curator Ben Portis.

This exhibition, entitled A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination, includes selections from Horton’s major series, including Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove (reconstructed still frames after the classic 1961 Stanley Kubrick film), Orbits (overprinted images of litter on the artist’s studio floor), Drawing of the History of the First World War (graphic spirals that transpose the narration of war historian John...

MacLaren Black Tie Gala 2012, Barrie, Ontario
Tickets $195

Join us for an evening of music, dancing and fine food inspired by Moulin Rouge. Catering by Craving's, Painter's Hall and The North. Proceeds from this fundraising event support MacLaren’s programmes for children and youth. Tickets $195. To purchase, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

events for teens, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
$2 admission

Friday, April 5
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Main level, MacLarenArtCentre

It's Marcie's 16th birthday party and you're invited! Attend in your best party attire and celebrate by enjoying music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth, while enjoying a great cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Here's your chance to take a picture with Marcie and join in on creative party-inspired art activities, our very popular button-maker and much more. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. Proceeds from this event go towards MacLaren's ArtFuse Fund, an art class bursary programme.

To RSVP, visit the Spring Coffeehouse Facebook event page here...

Audition...

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, open rehearsal, MacLaren Art Centre
Free

Drop by the MacLaren anytime between 1:00 and 3:30 pm for this open dance rehearsal. It's a unique opportunity to watch the behind-the-scenes work that goes in to get these dancers performance-ready.

Benefactor Art Exchange, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Benefactor: $365 (annual); Junior Benefactor $265 (annual)

Thursday, March 21
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Preview: March 7 through 21

Join the Benefactor Programme, enjoy great art and support your community! For $1 a day, take home an original work of art on loan for one year, receive invitations to special events and discounts on framing and art classes at the Maclaren as well as purchases in the Gallery Shop and a tax receipt for the value of your donation! To become a Benefactor, please contact Sheila Delaney, Development Associate, at 705-720-1044 ext. 226 or sheila@maclarenart.com, or sign up here!

The Benefactor rack card is available for download below.

March 7 to March 31, reception March 21, 7 to 9 pm: First of Forms. First of Forms features new work by Susan Moore, Bernadette Wells and Toni Wright, all students in their third year of the Advanced Fine Art programme at Georgian College's School of Design and Visual Arts. Curator: Jennifer Withrow.

Kristan Horton exhibition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Georgian College, Campus Gallery
March 13, 10:30 am to 11:45 am
Admission free. All welcome

Join us at Georgian College for an inspiring talk by exhibiting artist Kristan Horton.

About Kristan Horton's Work

Working in sculpture, drawing, photography and video, Horton develops his projects through layered processes of graphic construction. Each project is further characterized by the artist’s use of serial motifs and episodic structures. Horton intensively researches and creates his subjects in the studio, ultimately realizing his art through inventive and experimental uses of digital technology. A consistent hallmark of his work is its relentless,...

Kristan Horton exhibition, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Sunday, March 10, 1:00 to 1:45 pm
Admission free

Join us for a free public exhibition tour of A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination. All are welcome to attend and no registration is required.

Reception, Kristan Horton, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

February 28 to May 26, reception February 28, 7 to 9 pm: Kristan Horton: A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination. From a career that spans twenty years, this exhibition is the first major survey show of Kristan Horton’s practice. This exhibition, entitled A Haptic Portrait of Groping Imagination, includes selections from Horton’s major series, including Dr. Strangelove Dr. Strangelove (reconstructed still frames after the classic 1961 Stanley Kubrick film), Orbits (overprinted images of litter on the artist’s studio floor), Drawing of the History of the First World War (graphic spirals that transpose the narration of war historian John Keegan’s audiobook), and Sligo Heads (grotesques created...

Battle of the Bands, tickets, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

Drawing on the impressive musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, the annual Battle of the Bands is one of the most celebrated musical events of the year, with live music, dancing and delicious food. Proceeds support the MacLaren Art Centre, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Kempenfelt Rotary Club. To date, the Battle of the Bands has raised over $225,000. Thank you to every one for your support!

Public Exhibition Tour, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Join Education Officer Christina Mancuso as she leads a free tour of the winter exhibitions. No registration is required.

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers at MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Winterfest performance presents a line-up of regional contemporary dance, including:
"Mare" by Collective HEAT (in partnership with SCD); "The Steady Assembly" by Cassandra Wiesner (with Regan McQuoid of SCD); "Winter Wonderland" by SCD apprentices Aliyah Gaines and Sheridan Martin; SCD's most recent work in progress by Sarah Lochhead, and more.

$5 per child/ free for MacLaren Family Membership holders

Special Winterfest-themed Family Sunday Workshop at the MacLaren!
Admission $5 per child/ free for MacLaren Family Membership holders
 

Public Exhibition Tour, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

Education Officer Christina Mancuso leads a free tour of the winter exhibitions.

Curatorial Tour, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

MacLaren curator Ben Portis leads tour of the exhibition Workingman's Dead: Lives of the Artists, which features selected photographs from the MacLaren's Sovfoto Archive.

2012 Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

December 6 to February 18, reception December 6, 7 to 9 pm: Leopold Plotek: Hue and Cry. This solo exhibition consists of fourteen canvases by Moscow-born, Montreal- based artist Leopold Plotek from the past ten years, a largely figurative phase of the artist’s career. Plotek, however, never relinquished early abstract sensibilities from which his practice originated in the shadow of the Quebecois Plasticien aesthetic. Plotek excavates a passion for intellect and ideas portrayed against the super-social forces of history. Curator: Ben Portis.

Workingman’s Dead: Lives of the Artists. Selections from the Sovfoto Archive. The Sovfoto Archive at the MacLaren is comprised of 23,000 vintage photographs formerly...

MacLaren Silent Art Auction, November 16, Barrie, Ontario
$50.00

Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction
Time: 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

The MacLaren's annual Silent Art Auction, Off the Hook, returns for its 22nd year, with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists, and a wealth of Great Finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home an original artwork. Cash bar. Tickets are available at the MacLaren.

Bidders can also try their luck at winning dining certificates, jewellery and a selection of great prizes from local retailers. Cash bar. Add appetizers and desserts from three fine local restaurants, and it's a great evening that raises funds for the MacLaren's programming and supports the works of regional artists.

...

2012 Off the Hook Silent Art Auction, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

Artists who contributed to Off the Hook

Jeff Adams, Peter Adams, Tom Aikins, Travis Allen, Darla Anderson
John Anderson, Mary Lynne Atkinson, Brian Barrer, Susan Benoit
Marilyn Black, Veronica Black, Pauline Bradshaw, Sheila Bristow
Marlene Bulas, Jane Burns, Siobhan Byrne, Jennie Clark, Frances Cockburn
Evan Cooke, Stephen Cruise, Teresa Cullen, Kathryn Dain, Edith Dakovic
Cathy Daley, John Delves, Luci Dilkus, Andrew Dold, Niall Donaghy
Bonnie Dorgelo, Joseph Drapell, Gail Esau, Gary Evans, Nahum Flores
Jean Francis, Ted Fullerton, Nicolo Gallo, Victor Gauci, Thomas Giglione
Gwynne Giles, Ingi Gould, John Gould, Irina Gretchanaia, Sadko Hadzihasanovic
John Hartman, Katharine Harvey, Sarah Hawley, Roy...

Youth Advisory Council Halloween Coffeehouse, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Youth Advisory Council presents Halloween Coffeehouse
Friday, October 26, 2012
6:00 - 9:00 pm
MacLarenArtCentre, Main level

This is the fourth annual Halloween Coffeehouse organized by the MacLaren's Youth Advisory Council. Dress in your Halloween-themed costume and enjoy music and spoken-word performances by local Simcoe County youth, all the while enjoying a great cup of coffee! Art activities include button-making, mural-painting and much more. This is an all-ages event, parents are welcome. A prize will be awarded for the best costume! All proceeds go towards an art class bursary.

Please RSVP your attendance here: http://www.facebook.com/mancuso.art#!/...

Joseph Drapell, Benefactor Programme Artist Talk, MacLaren Art Centre
By Invitation

Benefactor Programme Artist Talk
with Artists Alice Teichert and Joseph Drapell
Thursday, October 11
7:00 to 9:00 pm

Benefactor Members are invited to join us for an engaging evening featuring artists Joseph Drapell and Alice Teichert. Both artists will share stories about their artwork and practices, careers and accomplishments. This event is one of many perks ofb ecoming a Benefactor Member. For more information about the Benefactor Programme, contact Sheila Delaney, Development Associate, at 705-720-1044 ext.226 or sheila@maclarenart.com
 

Culture Days & Carnegie Days 2012 at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie Ontario
Free

Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers
The Carnegie Room
2:30 to 3:30 pm

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers perform a series of dance works including one choreographed with members of the MacLaren's Youth Advisory Council in response to the visual art in the MacLaren's photography collection on view in the Carnegie Room.

SimcoeContemporaryDancers.blogspot.com

 

Carnegie Days 2012
$5 per child/free for MacLaren Family Membership holders

Rotary Education Centre
1:30 to 3:00 pm
Regional artist Theresa Bott leads this hands-on family workshop, which explores the idea of "translation".

$9.00

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The Barrie Film Festival
Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Tickets $9, available at the Uptown Theatre box office and the MacLarenArtCentre

This is the award-winning documentary story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

First-...

$9.00

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
The Barrie Film Festival
Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
Tickets $9, available at the Uptown Theatre box office and the MacLarenArtCentre

This is the award-winning documentary story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics. Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention.

First-...

Culture Days & Carnegie Days at the MacLaren Art Centre Barrie Ontario
Free

DIY Arts Collective
67 Toronto Street, Barrie
Exhibition Reception: 2:00 to 5:00 pm

You are invited to the opening of an exhibition of paintings by regional artists Gary Evans and Frances Thomas, abstract artists who consistently use a vast dictionary of shape, colour and form as language-like expressive systems.

Exhibition Dates: September 29 to October 13

Gallery Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 

2012 Carnegie Days and Culture Days, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

MacLarenArtCentre
37 Mulcaster Street

Visitors are invited to join MacLaren Education Officer Christina Mancuso as she lead a tour of the festival exhibitions Divided Horizon, Found in Translation and Shore Line Over View at the MacLarenArtCentre.

Carnegie Days 2012
Free

Rotary Education Centre
12:30 to 2:00 pm

Join us for our Culture Days Open House and the opening reception of Creating with Class, an exhibition featuring work by artists who teach in MacLaren education programmes. Meet the artists who teach our art classes and VanGo programmes. Participate in a hands-on activity for families!

2012 Carnegie Days and Culture Days, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Free

MacLarenArtCentre
37 Mulcaster Street

Visitors are invited to join MacLaren Education Officer Christina Mancuso as she leads a tour of the festival exhibitions Divided Horizon, Found in Translation and Shore Line Over View at the MacLarenArtCentre.

Carnegie Days 2012
Free

Story-Telling for Families and Children
Barrie Public Library
Painswick Branch
48 Dean Avenue, Barrie
10:30 am to 11:15 am
Admission Free

Story-Telling for Families and Children
Barrie Public Library
Downtown Branch
60 Worsley Street, Barrie
10:30 am to 11:15 am
Admission Free

Join library staff at the new Painswick Branch or at the Downtown Branch for storytelling filled with laughter and song for the whole family.

Carnegie Days, Rooke, Clarke, Madott, MacLaren Art Centre
Free

Barrie's Poet Laureate Bruce Meyer presents Leon Rooke, Darlene Madott, and James Clarke and Exile Editions at the MacLaren

Hear three of Canada's leading authors read from their work as Barrie's Poet Laureate Bruce Meyer presents an evening of Exile Edition authors.

About the authors:

Leon Rooke

Subversive, edgy, and wildly entertaining, Wide World In Celebration and Sorrow is a unique encounter with fiction in Leon Rooke’s characteristic style as he peels back the skin of social convention and embraces the chaos of life. The collection is wild with laughter, confronting pathos, rage and humour in ways that only Rooke’s writing could approach. 

Leon Rooke is one of Canada's most...

Carnegie Days 2012
Free

MacLarenArtCentre
Rotary Education Centre/The Carnegie Room
3:00 to 5:00 pm

Simcoe Contemporary Dancers leads a workshop for youth 14 to 24 exploring how visual art can translate into movement, the third in a series of three workshops September 14, 21 and 28.

Carnegie Days 2012
Free

Curator Jennifer Withrow leads a tour of the festival exhibitions Divided Horizon, Found in Translation and Shore Line Over View.

Carnegie Days 2012
Free

Curator Jennifer Withrow leads a tour of the festival exhibitions Divided Horizon, Found in Translation and Shore Line Over View.

Fall Exhibitions reception, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario

7:00 to 9:00 pm

Join us Thursday, September 13 for the reception for our fall shows, Found in Translation, Divided Horizon and Shore Line Over View. HIghlighting diverse yet thematically connected artworks from our Permanent Collection, this is an outstanding opportunity to view selected artworks from the MacLaren's holdings.

Knitting Nancy Project, Kempenfest 2012, Barrie, Ontario

The Giant Knitting Nancy Project
August 4 through 6, 2012

Originated by Superblue, a design firm in the U.K., the Giant Knitting Nancy Project is one of many projects that incorporate innovative design for the structured environment and local community. With permission from Superblue, this community arts project will be re-created by the MacLarenArtCentre. Members of the public will have the opportunity to engage in the knitting process during Kempenfest, August 4 to 6, 2012.

Join us for the Giant Knitting Nancy Youth Workshops in preparation for this project.

Workshop dates: Wednesdays, July 4, 11, 18, 25
Times: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Rotary Education Centre
Admission...

Giant Knitting Nancy. Photo courtesy of Superblue
Free

Superblue: The Giant Knitting Nancy Project
Kempenfest 2012
YMCA Children's Village
August 4 through 6
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Call for Volunteers!

Join the MacLarenArtCentre at Kempenfest to help out with The Giant Knitting Nancy Project! This is a great opportunity for high school students looking to fulfill their community service hours. The project will be located at the YMCA's Children Village at Kempenfest.

Choose between two volunteer times on August 4, 5 or 6:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm OR 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Additional Information:

Originated by U.K.-based design firm...

Photo: Andre Beneteau

National Volunteer week was celebrated during the week of April 16 - 20. It is a time for Canadians to acknowledge all the wonderful contributions that volunteers across the country do for so many organizations. The MacLaren is blessed with a core of more than 200 volunteers who contributed 4,423 hours in 2011. The annual volunteer Appreciation Event on Thursday, May 31, 2012 is our time to celebrate our volunteers, and thank them for the countless hours they give to make the MacLaren the cultural gem of Barrie. We would like to invite all volunteers and their significant others to our Ice Cream Social between 5:00 and 8:00 pm in the Carnegie Room. You will enjoy building your own sundae with ice cream provided by Kawartha Dairy, feast on pizza from At The Five restaurant, listen to...

photo credit: Bob Lehman

Joan Lehman will present a slideshow of the sculptures at Gibb's Farm, a private sculpture park in New Zealand at noon on Monday April 30 in the education studio. This is a unique opportunity to be exposed to a superb collection of artwork in an idyllic pastoral setting. This North Auckland property is dominated by the Kaipara Harbour, the largest harbour in the Southern hemisphere. It is so vast that it occupies the whole western horizion; it is very shallow, which exposes the shallows for several kilometres and the light shimmies and bounces off it across the land. The artworks on this property tend to be the largest that the artists have ever done, pushing themselves beyond what they had previously attempted or achieved in response to the demanding landscape.

Featured...

Barrie special events, RVH, MacLaren Art Centre, Regional fundraisers
Tickets: $195
Celebrate the eleventh annual Black Tie Gala at the MacLaren Art Centre

Join us at our annual Black Tie Gala for La Dolce Vita, a festive party of outstanding dining, dancing, irresistible live auctions and more. Proceeds from this fundraising event support MacLaren’s programmes for children and youth. Tickets $195. 

To reserve, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

events for teens, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie
$2
The Youth Advisory Council presents the annual spring coffeehouse...tacky prom edition!

Join us on March 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm join us in your tacky costumed best! Enjoy live bands, acoustic and spoken word performances by talented youth from across Simcoe County. The Council will host a variety of activities that include a Prom King and Queen costume contest, button-making, food and of course coffee!

$2 admission! All proceeds from this event will benefit the Seasons Centre for Grieving Children - http://www.grievingchildren.com/

Sign-up for auditions here -...

Art exchange, MacLaren Art Centre, Benefactor Evening
Annual Benefactor Membership $365
Now in its 14th year, the MacLaren’s Benefactor Member programme is unique. Here’s how it works: individuals who become Benefactor Members of the gallery through an annual fee of $365 receive a number of benefits. These include a Family Membership, a special Benefactor's evening in October, an invitation to the Benefactor Member Art Exchange in March to select an original artwork for a one-year loan, and a $300 tax receipt. Junior Benefactor Memberships (for those patrons forty) include all of the same benefits for $265 with a tax receipt for $200.
 
The highlight of the Benefactor Member programme is the Art Exchange Evening, (March 22 at 7:00 pm) which features over 150 artworks works generously loaned by practicing artists from across the province....
art tours, gallery tours, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission Free

Curator Ben Portis will lead tours of the current exhibitions on the dates listed below.

Hourglass Continent Thursday, March 22 at 12:30 pm
Good Intentions Thursday, April 12 at 12:30 pm

A free public tour is offered on Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 pm.

Art Openings, MacLaren Art Centre,
Admission Free

Please join us on Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 pm for a free public reception to celebrate the opening of our spring exhibitions Good Intentions: Jon Sasaki, Hourglass Continent: Z'otz* Collective, Here + Unknown: Manet Dykes, Siobhan Bryne and Cultural Stories. The Carnegie Room will feature over 125 works of art from the Benefactor Member Art Exchange program.

Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. The event will end at approximately 9:00 pm, we hope to see you!

Battle of the Bands, MacLaren Art Centre, Battle of the Bay Street Bands, local
Admission $50

Drawing on the considerable musical talents of members of Barrie’s financial services and medical professions, the annual Battle of the Bands at the MacLaren Art Centre has become one of the most celebrated musical events of the year!  The night features live music, dancing and delicious cuisine.

Proceeds from the event support the MacLaren Art Centre, the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and the Kempenfelt Rotary Club.

This year’s event features the musical stylings of  The Bailouts, The Coalition, Code Blue, Tres Kool, Bunker, Vital Organs and Threebird.

 

Kelly Wallace, Terminal, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission Free

Please join us for a guided tour of  Kelly Wallace: Terminal  with the MacLaren Art Centre's curator Ben Portis on January 19 at 12:30 pm.

Joanna McEwen, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission Free

Please join us for a guided tour of Interiors of Place with the exhibiting artist Joanna McEwen on Sunday, January 15 at 1:00 pm.

openings, MacLaren Art Centre, Joanna McEwen, Kelly Wallace
Admission Free

Please join us on December 8 at 7:00 pm for a free public reception to celebrate the opening of our exciting winter exhibitions. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. The event will end at approximately 9:00 pm, we hope to see you there!

art auction, MacLaren Art Centre, spcial event Barrie, Barrie, Art Gallery
Tickets $50
Auction Preview: November 5 through 11
A perennial favourite, the Off the Hook Art Auction, returns with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists, and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. This annual fundraiser—celebrating its 21st year—offers everyone the opportunity to bid on and take home an original artwork. Evening includes hors d’oeuvres by some of Barrie’s finest chefs and cash bar. Doors open at 7:00 pm.

Artists who have generously contributed artworks for this year's auction include: Sheila Butler, Frances Cockburn, Stephen Cruise, Gary Evans, Ted Fullerton, Will Gorlitz, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Siamak Hariri, John Hartman, Robert Hengeveld, April...

Halloween party for youth, Barrie youth events, Halloween party
$2

The Youth Advisory Council presents the Halloween Coffeehouse in support of Youth Haven Barrie. Learn more about Youth Haven at www.youthhavenbarrie.com. Join us in your costumed best! Enjoy live bands, acoustic and spoken word performances by talented youth from across Simcoe County. The Council will host a variety of activities to include a Halloween costume contest, youth art exhibition, button-making, face-painting, food and of course coffee! A prize will be awarded for the best costume. To rsvp or learn about how to audition visit the maclarenARTcentre page on Facebook and see our events section. https://www.facebook.com/pages/...

Admission free

Join us for this talk by artist Robert Hengeveld at 10:30 am, whose project Wile Wild remains on view through October 30 in the MacLaren Art Centre’s Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard. Robert Hengeveld has built his reputation on archly witty installations that readjust the public spaces for which they are designed. For the MacLaren Art Centre’s sculpture courtyard, he conceived a tatty, natural history-type display from synthetic elements including artificial Christmas trees, fake rocks and plastic deer. This simulated scenic view, perched upon stilt-like scaffolding, offers variously odd and unnatural outlooks from ground level or the upper-storey windows. Hengeveld has a MFA from the University of Victoria and diplomas from the Ontario College of Art...

Carnegie Days, MacLaren Art Centre

Downtown Barrie restaurants celebrate Carnegie Days with themed menus inspired by literary classics. Visit www.maclarenart.com for participating restaurants and contact information to make your reservation for Saturday evening.

Participating Restaurants

At the Five Resto + Lounge, 10 Dunlop Street East, 705-725-9608, http://www.atthefive.com/
Groovy Tuesdays Bistro, 73 Collier Street, 705-721-0302, http://www.groovytuesdaysbistro.com/
Il Buco Ristorante, 31 Dunlop Street East, 705-735-9595...

Carnegie Days, Family Sunday Workshop, Read Between the Lines
Admission $5 per child/ free to Family Members

Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre, 1:30 to 3:00 pm. Materials provided

Family Workshop Led by Artist Megan Thorpe
Regional artist Megan Thorpe demonstrates and leads this hands-on workshop during which family members work together on a creative project exploring language, traces, narrative and memory.

 

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie special events
Admission free

The Carnegie Room, MacLarenArtCentre, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Storytelling by Susan Charters for Families and Children
Join storyteller Susan Charters and find out what is really true. Did a beaver really save her Grandfather? Can painted cats really come to life? Can a lie really tell the truth? Stories from around the world will let you decide...if you can! Susan Charters is a storyteller, writer, teacher and musician from Orillia, Ontario. She is deeply committed to the power of oral storytelling, as an art and an entertainment. Convinced that stories heal and bring people together, and that stories gain meaning when they are told aloud and shared, she performs both in her local community and across Ontario.  

 

The Donelly Primer, MacLaren Art Centre, Carnegie Days Festival
Admission Free/Recommended for Ages 12+

Simply Tea and Chocolate, 151 Dunlop Street East, 11:00 am to noon.

Story and Song by Susan Charters and paul court for Adults and Youth
Join story-teller Susan Charters and singer/songwriter paul court for The Donnelly Primer; a rendering in song and story of the history of the Black Donnelly family of Lucan, Ontario. Storyteller, writer, teacher, musician and member of Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada, Susan Charters has told stories to adults and children in a variety of settings, including Lakehead University, Orillia, and at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Ottawa Storytelling Festival, and the Orillia Arts for Peace Festival. paul court is a singer/ songwriter and educator living in Orillia. He is a founding member of the...

Carnegie Days, Andrew Carnegie,
Admission Free

The Carnegie Room, MacLarenArtCentre, 10:30 am and noon.

Video Screening (Directed by Austin Hoyt, 50 minutes, 1997)
Andrew Carnegie: Prince of Steel explores the life and legacy of the immigrant who rose to become one of the world's richest men, a legendary philanthropist and the confidante of presidents. From his childhood in Scotland to the continuing charitable work of the foundations he established, this documentary tells the story of a man who lived the American dream, told through expert commentary, archival footage and interviews with family members, including his only surviving grandchild.

 

Carnegie Days, Tim Laurin, Broadsheet
Registration: $90 (includes materials)

Octopus Studio Press, 6588 Yonge Street, RR 1, Lefroy, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Workshop for Adults Led by Artist Tim Laurin

In this hands-on workshop led by regional artist Tim Laurin, participants create an edition of prints by combining vintage lead type and graphic blocks. Tim Laurin graduated from Sheridan College School of Design, Mississauga in 1985 and furthered his studies at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. He has exhibited throughout North America and internationally. His award-winning work is included in the collections of the Royal Ontario Museum and the Corning Museum of Glass, New York.

Tim Laurin graduated from Sheridan College School of Design, Mississauga in 1985. He...

spoken word, poetry readings, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission free

Casa Cappuccino, 91 Dunlop Street East, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
Presented by The Society of the Spoken Word and organized by Jonathan Eskedjian, Lend Me Your Ear includes readings by published authors and an open mic opportunity for emerging writers. Eskedjian is the founder and organizer of Barrie Ontario's only open-mic poetry/prose group, The Society of the Spoken Word, which holds monthly events at various downtown Barrie locations.

Marwencol, Mark Hogancamp, Imperial Cinema, MacLaren Art Centre
Tickets $9

Imperial Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, 7:00 pm.
Tickets $9, available through Imperial Theatre’s box office or at the MacLarenArtCentre

Film Screening (Directed by Jeff Malmberg, 83 minutes, 2010).

Presented by the Barrie Film Festival.

Marwencol is the award-winning documentary about the fantasy world of Mark Hogancamp. After being beaten into a brain-damaging coma by five men outside a bar, Mark builds a 1/6th scale World War II-era town in his backyard. Mark populates the town he dubs "Marwencol" with dolls representing his friends and family and creates life-like photographs detailing the town's many relationships and dramas. Playing in the town and photographing the action helps Mark to...

Admission free

Bohemia, 125 Dunlop Street East. Reception 5:30 to 8:30 pm. Artist talk at 6:00 pm.
This exhibition of new drawings by Oshawa artist Olexander Wlasenko is curated by Colin Wiginton and presented by Frances Thomas Art Projects.

Story telling, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie Public Library
Admission Free

Barrie Public Library, 60 Worsley Street, 2:00 to 2:45 pm.
Join library staff for traditional storytelling filled with laughter and song for the whole family.

emerging authors, readings, MacLaren Art Centre, Carnegie Days
Free Drop-In Event
Grey and Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum, 36 Mulcaster Street,
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Talented, emerging Barrie authors read from their latest and greatest in a programme hosted by Barrie Poet Laureate Bruce Meyer. Just drop-in!

Bruce Meyer is author of 31 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, pedagogy and literary journalism including the national bestseller, The Golden Thread. With Barry Callaghan, he co-edited We Wasn’t Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War. His broadcasts, The Great Books, A Novel Idea, and Great Poetry for CBC Radio One are the network’s bestselling...

Doors Open, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission Free
MacLarenArtCentre, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In 2003 Hariri Pontarini Architects won the Ontario Architects Association Award of Excellence and the National Post Design Exchange Award of Merit for the MacLaren Art Centre. Join us for tours of our current exhibitions and this award-winning building that combines a 1917 Carnegie public library and a contemporary addition designed by architect Siamak Hariri.
character design workshop, MacLaren Art Centre, Imperial 6
Registration $20. Materials provided
Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
In this hands-on youth workshop with Imperial 6 exhibiting artists Chris Stone and Steve Wilson work with youth ages 9 to 13 to learn about the elements and production process involved in character design.

Admission Free
Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre, 7:00 to 9:00 pm.
This panel discussion with The Imperial 6 artists, a team of Toronto cartoonists and illustrators originally from Barrie, addresses the current state of comic art, wherein underground artists have gained greater access to and are in effect embedded within mainstream commerce and communications.
H. Masud Taj,Bruce Meyer, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, MacLaren Art Centre
Admission Free
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, 105 Dunlop Street East, 4:30 to 6:00 pm.
Barrie Poet Laureate Dr. Bruce Meyer and Ottawa oral poet H. Masud Taj launch Alphabestiary: An Emblem Book (Exile Editions) with Taj’s poems about animals and Meyer’s short prose pieces with readings and a celebration of the animals we love.  H. Masud Taj is an oral poet, calligrapher and architect whose poems have been featured in anthologies of Indian poets (Penguin Books India 2002; Wespennest Austria 2006; Bloodaxe UK 2008; TLR USA 2009) as well as Canadian poets (Atlas 2007; Rogue Stimulus 2010). He is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Carleton...
Admission Free. Materials provided
Rotary Education Centre, MacLarenArtCentre, 3:00 to 5:00 pm.

Youth Workshop Led by Artists Steve Manale and Mike Comeau
In this hands-on workshop led by Imperial 6 exhibiting artists Steve Manale and Mike Comeau, youth ages 14 to 24 learn the elements and production process involved in making their own zine. Just drop-in!
 

memoirs, creative writing workshops, MacLaren Art Centre, Carnegie Days Festival
Free to participate

Downtown Barrie storefront windows, A Public Art Project by Barrie YouthInspired by SMITH Magazine's "Six-Word Memoirs" project and bestselling book series, this community exhibition for Carnegie Days 2011 consists of short, six word memoirs created by local youth on themes of identity and perception, displayed in downtown store-front windows.

Visit our Facebook page maclareARTcentre for more information and submission guidelines.
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150828161672655
 

Sanam Samanian , Carnegie Days
Admission Free

Campus Gallery, SDVA, D Building, Georgian College, 10:30 am to noon.
Sanam Samanian, guest curator of Hariri Pontarini Architects: 18 Years, 18 Projects, speaks on her process of curating this exhibition and how to communicate architecture to a public audience. Samanian (B.Arch), a graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, is the Communications Director at Hariri Pontarini Architects. She has actively participated in architectural research projects worldwide and has contributed critical articles on art, architecture and culture to numerous publications.
 

 

 

Free

Inspired by SMITH Magazine's “Six-Word Memoirs” project and bestselling book series, this community exhibition has been adapted especially for Carnegie Days 2011. The MacLaren Art Centre is collecting six-word memoirs created by Simcoe County youth on themes of identity and perception. We invite you to write your own creative memoir and submit it to us as part of a county- wide competition this fall.

Twelve winning submissions will be selected for public display in various downtown store-front windows during the MacLaren Art Centre’s Carnegie Days Festival, September 29 through October 2, 2011.

This poetic form is so close to texting you may become addicted.

Congratulations to our competition...

Festival Launch, Carnegie Days
Admission Free
MacLarenArtCentre, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Exhibition tours at 8:00 pm.
Join in the celebrations as we kick off Carnegie Days, Art Ce Soir, Barrie's Culture Days and Doors Open Barrie! Join us at the festival launch and meet our partners, artists and other contributors. Barrie Poet Laureate Dr. Bruce Meyer will read from his new book and musican paul court will perform.  
Admission Free

Please join us on September 15 at 7:00 pm for a free public reception to celebrate the opening of our exciting fall exhibitions. Dress is casual and light refreshments will be served. The event will end at approximately 9:00 pm, we hope to see you there!

$5 | members and students free

Join us Thursday, September 8 for a talk by Ted Fullerton on the work of regional artist Frederick Hagan. Ted Fullerton is a practicing artist who is also the coordinator of the Fine Art Program and Director/Curator of the Campus Gallery at Georgian College. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections. Fullerton, who recognizes Hagan as a mentor and a good friend, will present insight into the artist's art practice and teaching methodology based on his experience as a student of Hagan’s at the Ontario College of Art in the mid-seventies and his thirty-year friendship with Hagan.
 
Frederick Hagan (1918–2003), born and raised in Toronto, was a descendent of nineteenth-century...

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$5 or free for members and students
Join artist Michael Coughlin and author Borys Kowalsky for a Café Culture event featuring a gallery tour of Figure out of Place and Frederick Hagan: Figure in Place as well as a discussion of the artworks in the context of humanism and philosophy in the 21st century

Celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions, Figure in Place, Figure Out of Place and Wile Wild.


Join artist Michael Coughlin and author Borys Kowalsky for a Café Culture event comprising a gallery tour and discussion of the artworks in the context of humanism and philosophy in the 21st century.

Free
Join the Conversation!
Panel Discussion with Art Therapists Corene Jonat, Claudia Mandler McKnight and Jon Oelrichs
 
On Thursday May 5, in honour of Canadian Mental Health Awareness Week, the MacLarenArtCentre will host a panel discussion featuring three experienced art therapists: Corene Jonat, Expressive Art Therapist and Sensory Exploration Arts Coordinator, DeafBlind Ontario; Claudia Mandler McKnight, Art Therapist, Candelighter’s Simcoe; and Jon Oelrichs, Expressive Art Therapist. Each will share his/her unique insights into building community engagement in good mental health practices and building paths to healing and self-discovery for all ages. Also on May 5, the MacLaren will...

Opening receptions for exhibiting artists Gordon Monahan and Juliana Pivato.

Essays by exhibition curator Stuart Reid and Nell Tenhaaf with an interview by Georgiana Uhlyarik. Published by the Tom Thomson Art Gallery, MacLarenArtCentre, Art Gallery of Northumberland and McIntosh Gallery, The University of Western Ontario.

Family Day, MacLaren Art Centre, family day activities
Workshop: $5/free for family membership holders

The MacLaren Art Centre will be open from noon to 4:00 pm on Family Day.
Drop-in for some hot chocolate and a tasty treat in the Radio Cafe and stay for a family art-making workshop where you can design and create a family tree mobile (1:30 to 3:00 pm).

Saturday, Feb. 5

10:00am to 4:00pm- Visit the MacLaren and watch artist Denis Bolohan, and the Teen Advisory Council,  create Inside-Outside (Black Walnut),  a massive snow sculpture located in the Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard.

Sunday, Feb. 6

1:30pm to 3:00pm- Parents and their children are invited to participate in a family drop-in where they can create their own Snow globes celebrating Winterfest. Admission: $5 per child/free for Family Membership holders


2:00pm to 3:30pm
- Open reception for the official unveiling of Denis Bolohan’s Inside-Outside (Black Walnut) snow sculpture, Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard....

$5 | free to members and students
Café Culture presents Steven Loft

Bringing Down the House: Aboriginal Art History and the Institution

Thursday, February 3, 7 to 9 pm

$5 | Free for members and students
 
Acclaimed curator and writer Steven Loft delivers a new lecture on how penetrating critical reassessments of the past by contemporary Aboriginal artists and scholars redefined the field of art history in universities and museums and became the major story in contemporary art in Canada in the first decade of the 21st century.

Steven Loft’s lecture is presented in conjunction with past now, a double solo exhibition by Toronto artist Meryl McMaster and...
Free
Grandmothers and Granddaughters Group: Stephen Lewis Foundation
Videos available for viewing in Harris Hall (front lobby), 10 am to 4pm
Easing the pain of HIV/AIDS in Africa (16 minutes)
Women: the Face of AIDS (29 minutes)
Generation of Orphans (29 minutes)
Grandmothers the Unsung Heroes of Africa (29 minutes)
Artists Chiko Chazunguza of Zimbabwe http://chikochazunguza.com and Hamid Ayoub of Sudan http://www.hamidayoub.com/hamidayoub.html will be...
Free
Join exhibiting artists Meryl McMaster and Luke Parnell, and guest curators Suzanne Morrissette and Lisa Myers in a panel moderated by MacLaren Curator Ben Portis.
Free

Guest Curators: Suzanne Morrissette and Lisa Myers
Public reception and panel discussion:
Remarks 7:00 pm

This thematic double-solo exhibition features photography by Meryl McMaster (Toronto) and painted wood carvings by Luke Parnell (Vancouver). These rising Aboriginal artists address the distances to historical representations of and by indigenous people, embodying past artistic motifs in living contemporary forms.

MacLaren Silent Art Auction November 12. Photo by Andre Beneteaut
$50 per ticket

Auction Preview November 6 to 12
Off the Hook: November 12 at 7:00 pm
This annual silent auction and MacLaren fundraiser, now in its 20th year, features over 140 works of art by more than 100 established and emerging artists from across the region, and a wealth of great finds generously donated by local retailers. A preview of the artwork in the auction takes place at the MacLaren from November 6 through November 12. Tickets are $50 each and include hors’ d’oeuvres and desserts. Cash bar. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available at the MacLaren. Avoid the line-up! Buy your auction tickets in advance.

For more information, contact Sheila Delaney, Development Officer, at 705-720-1044 ext. 226 or...

Over 350 people attended the MacLaren’s 2010 Silent Art Auction on Friday, November 12. One hundred and forty-four artists generously contributed 193 works of art, dozens of “Great Finds” and “Lucky Finds” were donated by local businesses, and students from Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Arts designed one-of-a-kind wine wear for the auction. The event raised over $58,000 for MacLaren programming.
 
Contributing Artists
We are deeply grateful to the following artists for contributing their work: Anthony Agnelli, John David Anderson, Mary Lynne Atkinson, Chantal Barber, Brian Barrer, Andr
é Beneteau, Marilyn Black, Blue...
Suggested admission $2
The MacLaren Teen Advisory Council is hosting the 3rd Annual Halloween Coffeehouse in the Rotary Education Centre.

6:00 to 9:00 pm at the MacLaren on Friday, October 29. Check out more on our facebook page.

Come out and support your friends!  Performing are: 
Skybound
Shane de Leon
Emily Cornish
Christine Moreau
Chad Peitsch
Tanner Greatrix
Flockapethick
Lynn Therien
Richard Morgan
Tara Wink
Yogurt + The Bissmembers
Emily Sullivan
Underplaid

The amazing volunteers who make up the Teen Advisory Council are...

The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs. Photo: Spring Hurlbut
$5/ Free to Members

Join internationally acclaimed photographer Arnaud Maggs for a talk about his career as a visual artist, one that began at the age of 47, 30-plus years ago.

Andrew Hunter: The Burden of Proof, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Join artist, writer and curator Andrew Hunter, to create stories and illustrated books that will be published online and in printed form as part of Hunter’s community project The Burden of Proof, organized in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, which is on display at the MacLaren until October 31.

Donald A. Stuart, Joan Chalmers, 2010. Photo: Andre Beneteau

Benefactor Members are invited to join us for an engaging evening featuring artists Donald A. Stuart and Gordon Peteran as they shares stories about their art,  practices, careers and accomplishments to date. This artists' talk is one of the many perks of becoming a Benefactor Member. For more information about the Benefactors Programme, contact Sheila Delaney, Development Officer, at 705-720-1044 ext. 226 or sheila@maclarenart.com
 
 

Welcome to Culture Days, a nation-wide collaborative movement designed to encourage awareness, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. This Canadian celebration represents the largest-ever collective public participation campaign undertaken in this country. Cutlure Days features free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate in the "behind the scenes" world of artists, creators, historians, curators and designers in their community.

The City of Barrie is very excited to be participating in this inaugural event and is hoping that members of our community will get out and enjoy the festivities. There are Culture Days events at 21 locations throughout the City, including the MacLaren,...

Carnegie Days Family Workshop
$5 per child

1:30 to 3:00 pm

Regional artist Megan Thorpe will lead this family workshop, focusing on easy-to-make pop-up books that depict and communicate a narrative in each family’s life.
 
Meghan Thorpe is a graduate of Thompson Rivers University with a Fine Arts Degree. She has instructed children's art classes with the Maclaren and the VanGo Program as well as a visual arts program at a Montessori School for children aged five to eight.  Currently Thorpe is pursuing her Bachelor of Education and working as a visual artist.  Visit www.canvasgallery.ca to view Thorpe’s work.  
 
noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Free
 
Susan Charters is a storyteller, writer, teacher and musician from Orillia, whose welcoming and powerful style draws her audience to the tales she tells. For Carnegie Days, Charters honours the late Alice Kane, a storyteller and librarian, who played a major role in developing the Toronto Public Library's world-renowned children's library services, and was an inspiration to Canada's storytelling community. Selections will suit adults and children and will include “The Woman of the Sea,” “The Blue Faience Hippopotamus,” and “Charlie Rowland” (all found in Ms. Kane’s book The Dreamer Awakes), as well as a mix of Irish and multi-cultural tales that Ms. Kane...

Video Screenings at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Andrew Carnegie: Prince of Steel, directed by Austin Hoyt, explores the life and legacy of the immigrant who rose to become one of the world's richest men, a legendary philanthropist and the confidante of presidents. From his childhood in Scotland to the continuing charitable work of the foundations he established, this documentary tells the story of a man who lived the American dream, told through expert commentary, archival footage and interviews with family members, including his only surviving grandchild. (50 minutes, 1997)
$5 per child
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Join artist, writer and curator Andrew Hunter in this workshop to create stories and illustrated books that will be published online and in simple folding formats as part of Hunter’s community project The Burden of Proof. The workshop will employ the online publishing tool Bookleteer (www.bookleteer.com) developed by the UK artist collective Proboscis (www.proboscis.org.uk), a long-time collaborator of Hunter's. (See the exhibition description for more about this project.)

Tours of the building and the exhibitions, all day 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Visitors are invited to join informative building and exhibition tours held throughout the day and led by MacLaren Gallery Guides, staff and exhibiting artists.

Free
10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
 
The Barrie artist collective Ear to the Ground has transformed a shuttle bus with language and visual art, which will tour visitors to select Doors Open Barrie sites, the Tourism Barrie Office at the Southshore Community Centre and festival hotel partners. On board the bus, visitors will discover a “library on wheels” or “book mobile”. Throughout the day, Barrie authors Dr. Bruce Meyer, Damian Lopes and Trudee Romanek will board the bus to share readings from selected works.
 
Ear to the Ground is a cultural group who use the language of arts and culture as a catalyst for environmental...
Darrell Dennis as Simon in Tales of An Urban Indian. Photo: Susan Benoit
Tickets: $30, available at TIFT box office 705-792-1949
Written by Darrell Dennis, Directed by Herbie Barnes
 

Performance Bus Departs from the MacLarenArtCentre at 8:00 pm and returns at 9:30 pm

 
When initially staged on the moving bus in the spring of 2009, Tales of an Urban Indian became a smash hit and ran for seventy performances. Now, this production is back for one performance only before its repeat engagement in May 2011. Tales of an Urban Indian is the story of Simon Douglas, a contemporary First Nations male born on a reserve in British Columbia in the 1970s and raised both on the reserve and in the city of Vancouver. The story is a semi-autobiographical tale about a kid growing up. Told entirely from a personal...
Christopher Plummer in The Last Station. Carnegie Days Festival, Barrie
Tickets: $9, available at the Imperial Theatre or at the MacLaren

Fact and fiction converge in this talent-driven drama based on Jay Parini’s novel about Leo Tolstoy. The Last Station focuses on the marriage between Tolstoy (Christopher Plummer) and his devoted wife Sofya (Helen Mirren) in its final years. After almost fifty years of marriage the Countess Sofya suddenly finds her entire world turned upside down. In the name of his newly created religion, the great Russian novelist has renounced his noble title and his property in favour of poverty, vegetarianism and even celibacy. What’s more, Tolstoy may have been persuaded by his disciple, Chertkov (Paul Giamatti), to leave the rights to his iconic novels to the Russian people rather than his own family. Sofya uses every strategy at her disposal to fiercely fight against...
Free admission
Casa Cappuccino hosts an evening of open mic poetry and readings by published authors and local novice writers and poets. Under the guidance of the Society of the Spoken Word, the MacLarenArtCentre’s Teen Advisory Council has organized the event with and for their peers. This is a great opportunity to see and hear Barrie’s young poets and writers demonstrate their talents.
 
Society of the Spoken Word is a Laurentian@Georgian English Faculty based-group focused on bringing all writers—young and old, amateur and professional, casual and serious—together to share their poetry and prose.
Merchant of Venison anyone? Experience the bold creativity of Barrie’s finest culinary artists. Select Barrie restaurateurs celebrate Carnegie Days with themed menu items inspired by literary classics. Please call the restaurants to make your dinner reservations and ask about the Carnegie Days menu.
 
At the Five, 10 Dunlop Street East, (705) 725-9608
Groovy Tuesdays Bistro, 73 Collier Street, (705) 721-0302
Michael and Marion’s, 89 Bayfield Street, (705) 721-1188
The North...
Screening of French animated film Princes Et Princesses
Free admission
Angus Ross Room, Barrie Public Library, 2:30 to 4:00 pm
 
The MacLarenArtCentre’s Teen Advisory Council and the Barrie Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board are pleased to present Princes et Princesses (2000) a French silhouette animation written and directed by Michel Ocelot. This unusual feature film is a children's movie for adults that includes six short, beautifully animated, traditional fairy tales. Each story is different, but crafted in the same spirit; it’s like nothing you've ever seen before. (70 minutes, French with English subtitles.)
Ear to the Ground Collective

1:00 to 2:00 pm
 
In collaboration with the Barrie Public Library, the Barrie artist collective Ear to the Ground create an interactive reading, taking the collective library experience to a whole new level.
 
Ear to the Ground is a cultural group who use the language of arts and culture as a catalyst for environmental awareness and social action. The collective consists of local artists Jenn Guerin, Jacqui Swanek and Whitney O’Brien, recent graduates of the School of Design and Visual Arts, Georgian College.  
 
Registration: $25

This hands-on workshop for young people ages 14 to 24, explores the art of making and writing comics, from creating characters to inking pencil drawings. Each participant will design and contribute a one-page, six panel comic strip to a bound collective comic-zine.

 

Raised in Barrie, Ontario, Steve Manale is a cartoonist and illustrator who has worked for clients like Nickelodeon, YTV, and The Toronto Star. Steve is a monthly contributor to ChickaDee magazine. In addition to writing and drawing comic strips, Steve has worked as a singer in a band, costume designer, art director,...

A mythical lake monster begins to take shape during Art Quest at the MacLaren

11:00 am to noon
Come to the Barrie Farmer's Market for a children's parade!

In July, artist Andrew Hunter worked with children from the Barrie area during Art Quest, a MacLaren summer arts camp, to create lake-monster costumes based on Hunter's research for his project The Burden of Proof. Hunter will lead the group in this public parade.

About the exhibition, The Burden of Proof
This narrative project by Waterloo artist, writer and curator Andrew T. Hunter focuses on a fictional character, Andrew Herbert Hunter, who acts as a bridge between himself and historical Barrie figure Andew Frederick Hunter (1863-1940). A.F. Hunter was a leading Simcoe County historian, archaeologist and publisher whose serious academic...

Ed Pien: Inking Up workshop at MacLaren for Carnegie Days

Join us for a special TGIF Workshop: Inking Up with Artist Ed Pien
Friday September 17, 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Rotary Education Centre. Free
For ages 14 to 24
A featured event of Carnegie Days 2010

 

Participants in this hands-on workshop will be shown various ways of painting with ink and brush by exhibiting artist Ed Pien. After practicing ink painting techniques, they will collaborate on paper-based three dimensional objects from their drawings.

Ed Pien received his MFA from York University and teaches in the Visual Studies Department of the University of Toronto. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

 

 

WayUpWayDown exhibition, Titles 6
Admission is free

4:00 to 5:30 pm
Curators Sunny Kerr and Yam Lau of the WayUpWayDown Collective will speak about Titles 7 at Page & Turners Book  Store (123 Dunlop Street E, downtown Barrie) and then tour visitors through a selection of artist books installed at Kerry's Book Store (25 Dunlop Street W, downtown Barrie).

Yam Lau is an artist and educator living in Toronto. He is on the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University and represented by Leo Kamen Gallery, Toronto. Sunny Kerr is an artist, curator and educator living in Toronto. He manages student and educational programmes at the University of Toronto Art Centre. Tania Ursomarzo is an artist and architect based in Toronto. She is an architectural designer at Stantec Architecture and curator of the Stantec Window Gallery...

The Many Faces of Arnaud Maggs. MacLarenArtCentre, Barrie. Photo: Spring Hurlbut
Admission is free

Internationally acclaimed Toronto photographer Arnaud Maggs is one of Canada’s most esteemed living artists. In the film, produced by Toronto filmmaker Annette Mangaard, Maggs discusses his decision to become a visual artist at the age of 47 and abandon his early career success as a graphic designer and fashion photographer. He also touches on the motivation of his own mortality, an inevitability that keeps him working both to consolidate his massive body of work and to continue the search for fresh ideas. Meticulous and courageous in his approach, Maggs creates art that speaks of the universality of the human experience. (50 minutes, 2002)

 

 

... bump in the night, Barrie. Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak 2010
Free admission

Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have profoundly influenced the developments in video and media art in Canada, and received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2005 for lifetime achievement. Since 1983, they have collaborated on videotapes, performances, and photo/text works that explore and document social realities from subjective viewpoints. They are professors at the University of Toronto's Visual Studies Programme and co-founders of Vtape.

Arnaud Maggs, Scrapbook 4, 2009, at the MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie

Please join us on Wednesday, September 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm  to celebrate Carnegie Days 2010 and the opening of the festival exhibitions at the MacLaren:
Arnaud Maggs: Lost and Found 
Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak: ...bump in the night, Barrie
Andrew Hunter: The Burden of Proof

Titles 7
Ed Pien: Enchantment

Artist Performance: The Burden of Proof: Andrew Hunter on Andrew Hunter and Andrew Hunter

The Carnegie Room, MacLarenArtCentre, 8:00 pm. Free
Artist, writer and curator Andrew T. Hunter weaves together story-telling and physical objects to create semi-historical narratives. In this...

Downtown Barrie Mural Project Summer 2010

On Wednesday evenings this summer, a group of young people have been working with artist Sean William Dawson to create a wall mural on the back wall of the Collier Street Parkade in downtown Barrie – an ideal location that is visible from Dunlop Street and the Barrie Waterfront. The project is a result of a partnership between the MacLarenArtCentre, the City of Barrie, and the Downtown BIA. The mural project is an outreach programme of the MacLaren, and supports the City of Barrie’s and the Downtown BIA’s commitment to building community pride and appeal. The mural is also a feature of the 2010 Lawnchair Luminata Waterfront Series, and visitors have been able to watch the mural come to life throughout July and August.
...
Celebrate Canada Day at the MacLaren

We are open for Canada Day!

Come celebrate with a special “Maple Leaf Forever” Family Workshop. Create your own personal flag or banner in honour of Canada's birthday.

1:30 to 3:00 pm
$5 per child/ free to Family Membership holders

Donald Stuart: Homage at the MacLaren Art Centre. Diana Krall necklace

Please join us for a special opening reception to celebrate our summer exhibitions
Thursday, June 17, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

David Merritt: shimmy
Curator: Melanie Townsend
Organized and circulated by Museum London
June 12 to August 29, 2010

Donald Stuart: Homage
Curator: Susan Benson
June 17 to September 5, 2010

 
MacLaren Art Centre Creative Cartooning student artwork

Kids Scoop Gallery: Bob Kain and Friends
Sunday June 13 at 1:00 to 4:00pm
Renowned illustrator Bob Kain is hosting a workshop and exhibition at Bulldog Interactive Fitness
The exhibition features work by participants in Bob's Creative Cartooning class at the MacLaren. All are welcome!

Bulldog Interactive Fitness is located at 11 King Street, Barrie.

Croquet, anyone? Master Mallets at the MacLaren, Barrie

Thursday June 10
4:00 to 9:00 pm
Tickets: $75 per player; $300 for a team

Sunnidale Park is the place to be for this second annual event. You can register as a foursome and pick your own team name, or you can register individually and be assigned to a team! Croquet Canada provides the equipment and gives a quick lesson on the rules of the game and how to play. Includes a light buffet catered by Cravings Fine Foods and features live music, a silent auction and door prizes. The winning team will be awarded the Master Mallets trophy to keep for a year. Opens at 4:00 with a 5:30 start to the tournament. To register, contact Lynn Strachan, Director of Development at 705-720-1044 ext. 237 or email ...

MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie. Volunteer Appreciation Evening
It's a celebration!

It's our turn to celebrate the contribution of our Volunteers!

If you have volunteered at the MacLaren in the past year, watch for your invitation this lovely evening of music, entertainment and great food.
 

MacLaren Art Centre, celebration of student artists, barrie art gallery

Portfolio 2010
May 13 to June 13, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, May 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

The 19th annual juried exhibition celebrating works created by graduating Grade 12 students from secondary schools throughout Simcoe County.

An event presented in celebration of  the exhibition Gifts in Shadow IV
Film
: Extraordinary People by Laura Sky
Exhibiting Artists Talk by Colin Randell, Dwayne Todd and Craig Stephenson

 Craig Stephenson is a Barrie artist who celebrates political and humanitarian figures that he feels have more relevance than ever in the post-911 world where war is legitimized and material values cloud our way to elevated progress.  This is all done in the medium of sketch.
Stephenson feels privileged to be a part of a global movement where common people throughout the world are stepping forward and leading lives of fulfillment, taking back the Earth from those who would destroy it, defining their own...

Gifts in Shadow IV
April 22 through May 9
Rotary Education Centre
Reception and Drumming Circle by guest musician Deb Nicholson: Friday, April 23, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Film Screening of Laura Sky's Extraordinary People and Exhibiting Artists' Talk: Friday, April 30, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

The MacLaren is pleased to host Gifts in Shadow IV, an annual art exhibition by Simcoe County artists exploring mental health and addiction. Organized by Expressive Arts Therapists Jon Olerichs and presented in collaboration with the Canadian Mental Health Association, it highlights Mental Health Awareness Week. In conjunction with the exhibition, an expressive arts workshop will be led by Jon Olerichs for youth fighting mental health and addiction issues.

MacLaren Art Centre Black Tie Gala MacLaren Royale

MacLaren Royale Gala
Carnegie Room

Cocktails 6:30pm
Dinner 7:30pm
Attire: Black Tie

An evening of outstanding dining and entertainment with top chefs and culinary delights, Vegas-style gaming, irresistible auction items and a great band for dancing. Live Auction • Games of Chance • Dancing • Live Music featuring Arden and the Tourists.
Tickets: $185 per person. Please contact Lynn Strachan at 705-720-1044 ext. 237

Win the Big Fun  MacLaren Royale Trip! The top gamer of the evening will win a trip for two to Las Vegas. Prize includes flight, three-night stay at the luxurious Mandalay Bay Resort. (value: $1500). Thank...

DaDa Flow #3, 2006, oil and acrylic on canvas, 239 cm x 137 cm

Spring Exhibitions Celebration
Thursday, April 8
7:00 to 9:00 pm

A celebration of the exhibitions on display at the MacLaren Art Centre, including Janet Jones's DaDa Delirium and Tony Romano's Notary Moon, as well as an exhibition of works from the High School Photography Contest and the Photo/Journal exhibition organized by the David Busby Street Centre.

MacLaren Art Centre Teen Advisory Council Spring Coffeehouse
Suggested admission: $2

TAC Spring Coffeehouse
Thursday April 1
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Showcase your artistic and musical talents! The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) is hosting a Spring Coffeehouse at the MacLaren. The event includes multimedia displays, live music, readings and visual art. TAC assists the MacLarenArtCentre in the development of creative youth projects, events and exhibitions. 

Here are the bands who are performing:

6:15: Cameron Stow
6:30:  Zach Irving
6:45: Lynn Therien & Mark Hodgins
7:00: Erin Shewfelt
7:15: Kristen Binnie and Ben Borg  
7:30: Underplaid (Brett Dorion...

Tickets are $55

 

The Ceilidh at the MacLaren has been postponed. A new date will be announced.
Join members of the South Simcoe Scotch Society and friends for an evening of Irish fare and fun: featuring music, dancing demonstrations, delicious food and Irish Whiskey tasting. Tickets are $55 and include appetizers, a tasting of three Irish Whiskeys, and glorious dessert. It's a perfect way to see out the 'greenest' month of the year. Call 705-721-9696 for your tickets.

Sláinte! (Cheers!)
MacLaren Art Centre Benefactor Member Programme

The Carnegie Room
7:00 to 9:00 pm

The Benefactor Member Programme: an appealing project that combines great art, good fun and an opportunity to support the MacLarenArtCentre


On Thursday, March 11 at the MacLarenArtCentre, over 140 original works of art will be at the heart of a lively, highly anticipated event: The Benefactor Member Art Exchange.

 
Now in its 12th year, the MacLaren’s Benefactor Member programme is unique. Here’s how it works: individuals who become Benefactor Members of the gallery through an annual fee of $365 receive a number of benefits. These include a Family Membership, a special Benefactors Evening in September, an invitation to the Benefactor Member...
Battle of the Bands at the MacLaren Art Centre March 5

 

The Carnegie Room
6:30 pm to close
Drawing on musical talent from both the financial services and medical professions, the featured bands for the sixth annual Battle of the Bay Street Bands at the MacLaren include: The Bailouts, Code Blue, The Coalition, Fistful of Blues, Hired Organs and Hello Cleveland. It's one of the most celebrated live musical events of the year!
In its first five years, The Battle of the Bay Street Bands raised $140,000 to directly benefit the the MacLaren and Royal Victoria Hospital. Proceeds from the 2010 event, to be held March 5 at the MacLaren, will...
Janet Jones, Solo #1, 2006, oil on canvas, 38 cm x 38 cm
$5; Free to Members
Café Culture Artist Talk
Thursday, March 4
7:00 to 9:00 pm
 

Please join us on Thursday, March 4 at 7 pm in the Janice Laking Gallery for a talk and tour of DaDa Delirium by Toronto artist Janet Jones. In this series of recent paintings, Jones probes our fascination with the future. Her process begins with taking black and white photographs of sterile public spaces, such as the lobbies of multinational corporations and underground passages. Each image is observed, recorded, transmitted, digitalized, and frozen as if projected onto a screen. The absence of brushstrokes contributes to the apparent flatness of these paintings. As psychological impressions of the urban environment, Jones’ imagery represents...

Family Sundays Christmas Party, 2007
$5 per child/ Family Membership holders free

Family Sundays Workshop with Meghan Thorpe

1:30 to 3:00 pm

 

Come join us for a fun-filled Holiday-themed activity and create your own Marble glass ball ornaments.  Perfect decoration for a window or  tree!
 

Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

Karilee Fuglem, The Bear, in Smoke, 2009, nylon and polyester monofilament.
No Fees. Suggested Admission $5

December 3, 7 to 9 pm
All Galleries

Join us for the opening reception of our Winter Exhibitions, Frances Thomas: but wait, Karilee Fuglem: Wild History and Rick Nixon: Life Through Aliens

Oblique Sensation, 2009, acrylic on wood panel, 61 x 61 cm. Photo: Joseph Hartma
$5/Members Free

Lectures by artists Frances Thomas and Karilee Fuglem
Rotary Education Centre, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Frances Thomas was born in Parry Sound, Ontario in 1949. In 1992, she enrolled in the Fine Art programme at York University, Toronto, completing a BFA in 1998. Subsequently, she participated in residencies at Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Triangle Arts in Brooklyn, New York. Thomas currently lives and works in Barrie, Ontario, and is represented by Peter Robertson Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta. Frances Thomas has exhibited in Edmonton, Barrie, Toronto and New York. but wait comprises a body of recent paintings by the artist in her first solo exhibition in a public art gallery.

Originally from British Columbia, Karilee Fuglem has lived in Montreal since...

(left to right) Necklaces by Mary Profitt, Liz Kain, and Sandra and Andrew Goss
$20

7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Carnegie Room

Just in time for the season of giving, the MacLaren’s annual Jewellery/Fashion Show features work by many of the best jewellery artists and fashion designers in the region. On the evening of November 26, from 7 to 9 pm, meet some of the artists whose works are featured in the MacLaren Gallery Shop, talk with them about their art practices, and discuss current and future trends in jewellery fashions. Guests will be able to select their favourite pieces to try on from models wearing a variety of necklaces, pendants, bracelets and bangles.

Featured artists include: goldsmith Mary Profitt (Barrie) whose works sell through art jewellery galleries across Canada; Liz Kain (Toronto) whose sterling silver jewellery is...

Michael Smiley, sapphire diamond ring
Free/Suggested Admission $5

MacLaren Rotary Education Centre, 12:30 to 1:00 pm

Please bring your lunch and join us on Monday, November 23, in the Rotary Education Centre at 12:30 for a lunch-time talk by Jewellery Artist Michael Smiley.

Michael Smiley has been a resident of Barrie since childhood. He has spent more than 20 years in the jewellery field. Always trying to view things from a less conventional perspective, design has become a very important part of Michael's life. His experimentation in different artistic endeavors, which include figure drawing, painting, and sculpture have helped him to broaden his design in the jewellery he creates. Whatever the project at hand, the quality of design and the attention to details are always of the highest priority.

Michael...

Teen Advisory Council Halloween Coffeehouse
Free, suggested admission $2

The MacLarenArtCentre, and its Teen Advisory Council, are hosting the second annual Halloween-themed Coffeehouse in the Rotary Education Centre from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The event includes multimedia displays, live music, readings and visual arts displays as well as a costume contest and door prizes. Last year’s Coffeehouse was highly successful, drawing in over 100 youth attendees. The Teen Advisory Council assists the MacLarenArtCentre in the development of creative youth projects, events and exhibitions. This youth driven event hosted by the MacLaren brings together young artists and musicians giving them a venue to showcase their talents. This year's line-up is as follows (click the link to be directed to band's MySpace page): 6:15: Christopher Wilson (acoustic) 6:30...

Halloween Family Sunday, 2007.
$5 per child

1:30 to 3 pm Be ready for Halloween with your own silk-screened treat bags! Print with a variety of Halloween colours and glow-in-the-dark paint. Face-painting will be available. Hot chocolate will be served.

Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination
$5/Members free

Illustrated lecture by Sascha Hastings, Curator of Logotopia
Rotary Education Centre, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Sascha Hastings is the curator of "Logotopia: The Library in Architecture, Art and the Imagination". She currently works as a regular contributing producer on CBC Radio's "Writers & Company" and "The Next Chapter". Sascha has degrees from the University of Toronto and Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany, where she spent lots of time in libraries. Her illustrated lecture will be a trip through a wide range of libraries - Canadian and international, real and imaginary.

Tickets are $175. Tables are $1750 (which seat 10)

MacLaren Legacy Dinner, Friday, September 18, 2009, 6:30 to 10:30 pm

On September 18, the MacLarenArtCentre is holding a special fund raising event, the MacLaren Legacy Dinner, which promises to be an evening of outstanding dining and discussion on creative cities, the design of cultural centres and their role in the revitalization of city centres. The evening begins with a champagne reception and scotch tasting at 6:30 pm, followed by a presentation by guest speaker Professor Eric Haldenby, Director of the University of the Waterloo School of Architecture, dinner catered by the talented chefs from Oscar’s, Cravings and The North Restaurant, and a live auction. This VIP event also includes a special tribute to our founder and namesake, Maurice...