Talks, Tours and Film Screenings

April 28, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

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

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

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

May 12, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

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

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

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

June 16, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

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

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

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

September 29, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

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

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

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

October 20, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

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

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

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

November 24, 2017 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

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

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