Talks, Tours and Film Screenings

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...

September 29, 2017 - 7:00 pm
Admission free

Film Screening: Seraphine, Seraphine
By Krista Belle Stewart
Two-Channel Video Work, 39 Minutes, 2014
In Partnership with the Barrie Film Festival
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie
Friday, September 29, 2017, 7:00 pm
Admission: Free

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In Seraphine, Seraphine, Vancouver-based artist Krista Belle Stewart layers archival footage with current footage of her subject, her mother Seraphine Stewart, the first Indigenous Public Health nurse in British Columbia. In this two-channel video work, Stewart sheds light on the complexities of the historical representation of Indigenous peoples.  Seraphine,...

September 30, 2017 - 1:00 pm

The Journals of Mary O’Brien: Readings by Joy Thompson
MacLaren Art Centre | Gallery 3
1:00 to 2:00 pm | Admission free

Join us for entertaining and insightful readings by Barrie actor Joy Thompson from the journals of Mary O’Brien, the mother of Shanty-Bay artist Lucius O’Brien (1832-1899). Lucius O’Brien was a painter of the Canadian landscape, a passionate, early advocate of the Canadian arts scene and a significant figure in the region. Joy Thompson has graced the stages on Broadway, the “Old Vic” in England, The Kennedy Centre, Sony Centre and major theatres across Canada. She performed in three productions at the Royal Alexandra, two seasons at Stratford and The Charlottetown Festivals, two...

October 1, 2017 - 12:30 pm

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

From Far Away by Shira Avni & Serene El-haj Daoud (Animation, 2000, 6 minutes)

This short animation tells the story of Saoussan, a young girl struggling to adjust to life in Canada after being uprooted from her war torn homeland. She has come to seek a quieter and safer life, although memories of war and death linger, memories that are awakened when the children at her new school prepare for a scary Halloween. From Far Away speaks to the power within us all to adapt like Saoussan and to welcome a newcomer.

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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 Megan Stevenato introduces artists behind some of MacLaren’s best-selling collections. Learn about their approaches and get a first look at new pieces of work.