Board of Directors
Without the leadership of a committed volunteer Board, the MacLaren Art Centre would not be what it is today. Members of the Board meet seven times a year to review budgets, policies and programmes and to receive operation updates from the Executive Director, Lisa Daniels.
Amy Bagshaw – Vice-President
Amy Bagshaw earned her BFA from Queen’s University and MFA from Stony Brook University (New York) with a focus on installation and intermedia. She has exhibited her artwork throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, most notably at Vancouver’s Drawing Festival, the international World of Threads Festival (Oakville), The University of Belgrade’s Exchange (Serbia) and at Strut Gallery (New York) for a solo exhibition. Her latest show, Reminders, at Georgian College’s Campus Gallery explored the ephemeral nature of time and memory with decades of collected list and large-scale abstract landscape drawings. A Graduate Scholar in Women’s Studies, Amy’s practice extends to Gender Studies and Visual Theory. She has received an Ontario Arts Council grant, completed a Residency at The Banff Centre (Alberta) and featured her work on the cover of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Dietrich and Hesford, 2008) as well as Brava Kilo’s album Hang On, You Demons (2018). With a B.Ed. from the University of Toronto, Amy has taught at Georgian College, Centennial College (Toronto), Stony Brook University and Thompson Rivers University (British Columbia). She is a currently a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Interior Design at Yorkville University. Amy joined the MacLaren Board in 2019. She is currently serving as Vice-President and is the Chair of the MacLaren Programme Committee.
Hilary is a season ticket holder to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where she enjoys tickets that her grandfather enjoyed for over 50 years. Her favourite work of art is David Teniers’ The Archduke Leopold William in Brussels found in the Museo del Prado. In her spare time, Hilary enjoys playing ball hockey and softball for the Barriston Badgers, skiing, cycling and travelling. Hilary has been on the MacLaren’s Black Tie Committee for four years, serving as Chair for the last three. She joined the MacLaren Board in 2017, and is a member of the Marketing and Development Committee.
Jim Harris – City Councilor
Jessie Larche is the Managing Director of Larche Digital Media, a creative agency with a state-of-the-art visual studio in south Barrie. Larche’s clients include CMAH, the Town of Innisfil, Suzuki Canada, Salter Pilon Architects and Napoleon Home Comfort, among others. As Jessie has stated, “Our goal is to provide local businesses with the direction, confidence and ability to reach their brand’s full potential and value in this ever-changing digital world”. In 2018, they purchased TygerShark’s SME division. In 2020, NetGain SEO, a digital marketing agency from Barrie, acquired Larche Hosting Services, benefiting both companies. Larche created an emotional case video in 2019 on the MacLaren that showed Gallery patrons the many ways their contributions bring art to life. Jessie subsequently joined the MacLaren’s Marketing and Development Committee, sharing with us her expertise in digital communications.
Michael MacMillan – Chair/President
Claudia Mandler McKnight
Claudia Mandler McKnight is a regional artist, educator and art therapist. She studied Fine Arts at the Ontario College of Art, and has exhibited in public and private galleries since 1984. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and Literature from Queen’s University in Kingston and a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and she is a graduate of the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. She is a registered member of the Canadian Art Therapy Association and the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapists. For over twenty years, she has facilitated the art therapy and expressive art programme Candlelighters Simcoe, a support group for families of children with cancer.
Claudia has been a Visual Arts teacher and Curriculum Consultant for grades 1 to OAC, and taught courses at numerous post-secondary institutions. The Ontario Arts Council has awarded her several grants from her work as an educator. She now facilitates the Art Therapy, Spirituality, Grief and Loss course for the Toronto Art Therapy Institute, conducts clinical supervision for postgraduate students of art therapy and is completing her MFA at OCADU. Claudia paints from her home studio in Barrie and on location at several cottages in the Georgian Bay area. She joined the MacLaren Board in 2019, and is a member of the Programme Committee.