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September 2020

MacLaren TV Bingo

MacLaren TV Bingo

September 15 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating indefinitely

MacLaren TV BingoTuesdays at 8:00 pm on RogersFees: $5.00 for a 5-pack 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…

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Virtual Art for Lunch with Sean George: Monuments Hide Memories of Missing Passages

Virtual Art for Lunch with Sean George: Monuments Hide Memories of Missing Passages

September 11 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for our first ever Zoom Art for Lunch with artist Sean George. Sean George is an artist, art educator, and cultural worker. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and has lived in Trinidad and Tobago, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Toronto. He is interested in the intersection between community,…

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August 2020

50/50 Raffle

50/50 Raffle

August 31
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One event on June 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

One event on July 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

One event on August 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

One event on September 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

One event on October 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

One event on November 30, 2020 at 12:00 am

One event on December 31, 2020 at 12:00 am

Support arts education in our community   This is the MacLaren Art Centre's newest lottery. Managed electronically, this monthly 50/50 draw offers up-to-date prizing. How does the 50/50 raffle work?   1. Buy a ticket Buy a ticket to enter a specific raffle.   2. See if you've won See if…

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July 2020

Canada Day Online Family Workshop

Canada Day Online Family Workshop

July 1 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Canada Day Online Family Workshop: Perfect PinwheelsWednesday, July 1, 2020Free of charge Celebrate Canada Day in a special Family Sunday Online workshop! Families will create festive pinwheels depicting Canadian animals. All Family Sundays Online workshops are free of charge and can be completed with materials that are commonly found at home. 

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June 2020

Father’s Day Online Family Workshop

Father’s Day Online Family Workshop

June 21 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Father's Day Online Workshop: Flying Kites Sunday, June 21, 2020 Free of charge You may not be able to take Dad out this year, but you can still spend quality time by learning and creating together at home! In a special Family Sunday Online workshop, celebrate dads, grandfathers and all…

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May 2020

CHANGE: Youth Social Media Project

CHANGE: Youth Social Media Project

May 27 - June 12

A MacLaren Youth Advisory Council InitiativeWednesday, May 27 to June 12, 2020 The MacLaren Youth Advisory Council is calling on students from Simcoe County high schools to participate in the creation of a virtual gallery. Interested youth ages 14 to 18 are invited to submit artwork pertaining to the theme…

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MuseumWeek Activity – Spread the Love! Cheerful Window Cutouts

MuseumWeek Activity – Spread the Love! Cheerful Window Cutouts

May 11 - May 17

In street-facing windows around the world, colourful drawings and artwork are appearing to bring a little joy to passersby. For the first day of MuseumWeek, we want you to add a little joy to your window by creating a cheerful window cutout! These hand-holding cutouts are a great way to…

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MuseumWeek – Curated List of NFB Short Films

MuseumWeek – Curated List of NFB Short Films

May 11 - May 17

On Wednesday, May 13, the MuseumWeek theme is #togetherMW - a tribute to collectivity, community and joint efforts. While we can't gather with all our friends as we normally would, we can still gather with those in our households and online via Zoom or Skype to watch these free movies together, which…

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Mother’s Day Online Family Workshop

Mother’s Day Online Family Workshop

May 10 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Mother's Day Online Workshop: Mom's Bouquet Sunday, May 10, 2020 Free of charge You may not be able to take Mom out this year, but you can still spend quality time by learning and creating together at home! In a special Family Sunday Online workshop, celebrate moms, grandmothers and all those who spread…

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April 2020

John Gould Film Screenings – Postponed

John Gould Film Screenings – Postponed

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

John Gould Film Screenings Postposed - (Please see our notice addressing COVID-19 here)

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Slow Art Day

Slow Art Day

April 4

Slow Art Day is a global event designed to help more people engage with and discover their love of art. Every year on April 4, people all over the world take time to visit galleries and museums to view artworks for ten minutes each, and then meet to talk about…

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March 2020

The Funny Pages Coffeehouse – Postponed

The Funny Pages Coffeehouse – Postponed

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Funny Pages Coffeehouse Postponed (Please see our notice addressing COVID-19 here)  Join us for the Youth Advisory Council’s annual Spring Coffeehouse! Enjoy live music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth—all with a great cup of coffee! Activities include our very popular button-maker, crafts and much more.…

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Reception for Spring 2020 Exhibitions – Postponed

Reception for Spring 2020 Exhibitions – Postponed

March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception for Spring 2020 Exhibitions Postponed (Please see our notice addressing COVID-19 here) The MacLaren Art Centre is thrilled to announce our spring season of exhibitions. Join us on Thursday, March 19 for the opening reception and exhibition walkthroughs with the curators and several of the exhibiting artists. Refreshments will…

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Benefactor Art Exchange Preview

Benefactor Art Exchange Preview

March 14 - June 12

Benefactor Art Exchange Preview, March 14 to June 12, 2020 Visit the virtual Benefactor Art Exchange Preview the see the great selection of artwork featured in the 2020 Benefactor Programme. With over 134 pieces on display, you're sure to discover that perfect addition to your home or office. Benefactors practicing social distancing may complete and submit…

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Spring Coffeehouse Youth Auditions

Spring Coffeehouse Youth Auditions

March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Spring Coffeehouse Youth Auditions Wednesday, March 11, 5 to 7 pm MacLaren Art Centre, main lobby 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…

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Art Party: One of a Kind Monotypes with Kim Brett

Art Party: One of a Kind Monotypes with Kim Brett

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join regional artist Kim Brett for a hands-on art party, exploring colourful and unique monotype processes. Participants will begin with a lively lesson on how to apply resists, textures, subtractive processes and more to their Plexiglas plates. The remainder of the session will be filled with creative fun: laying down…

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February 2020

Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Friday, February 21, 2020 Doors open at 6:30 pm. Live music begins at 7:15 pm The Ranch Tickets $60 available at the MacLaren front desk and online 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…

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Art for Lunch with Anna Hudson

Art for Lunch with Anna Hudson

February 21 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Anna Hudson February 21, 2020, 12:15 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us on February 21 at 12:15 for a talk by Anna Hudson, Principal Investigator on the Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage project. The goal of Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage is to conduct collaborative research…

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Celebrate Family Day at the MacLaren!

Celebrate Family Day at the MacLaren!

February 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Family Day at the MacLaren! Monday, February 17, 2020 Open 12 pm to 4 pm Keep your family active and entertained this Family Day at the MacLaren! We have a full afternoon of exciting and affordable activities planned including free tours of our current exhibitions and a special family…

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Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

February 16 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month Sunday, February 16, 2020 1:30 to 3 pm, Rotary Education Centre $5.00 per child/Admission free for MacLaren Members (Family Category) Registration required Under the guidance of regional artist Sean George, families will be led through an engaging workshop exploring the history, function, vibrant colours and patterns…

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Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Dinner

Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Dinner

February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our upcoming Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Dinner is the perfect romantic date night! The event will feature an elegant cocktail hour followed by an exquisite dinner in the Carnegie Room catered by our partners Cravings Fine Food. Enjoy beautiful décor and an amazing photo opportunity with floral backdrop designed by Art…

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Winterfest – Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

Winterfest – Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

February 2 @ 2:30 pm

Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Sunday, February 2, 2020 2:30 to 3:30 pm, Carnegie Room Admission free. No registration required. Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and guests for a dance performance event! This event will include a performance inspired by the exhibition Bertram Brooker: This Tremendous Arc, a new work by Simcoe…

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Winterfest Family Workshop

Winterfest Family Workshop

February 2 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Winterfest Family Workshop Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Rotary Education Centre $5 per child/Admission free for MacLaren Members (Family Category); Materials provided. Sign up in person between 12:30 to 1 pm at the MacLaren reception desk. Join us for a creative Winterfest! Led by a regional artist,…

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Winterfest – Special NFB Screenings

Winterfest – Special NFB Screenings

February 2 @ 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Special NFB Screenings Sunday, February 2, 2020 1:10 to 1:30 pm, Rotary Education Centre Admission free. Registration required. Join us for two animated films for families based on popular books for children. In I Want a Dog, a short film by Sheldon Cohen, young May wants a dog more than…

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Winterfest – Storytelling with Indigenous artist Will Morin

Winterfest – Storytelling with Indigenous artist Will Morin

February 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Storytelling with Indigenous artist Will Morin Sunday, February 2, 2020 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Carnegie Room Admission free. No registration required Join us for story time with Indigenous artist and performer Will Morin. Using props and asking for audience participation to enhance storytelling, Morin will relay traditional Anishinaabek Kinoomaagewin/Ojibway…

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Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren

February 2 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren! Sunday, February 2, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm Join us Sunday, February 2 for Winterfest 2020! The MacLaren Art Centre is excited to host a variety of winter-inspired events and workshops for all ages, including NFB short animation screenings, an interactive storytime with Indigenous…

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January 2020

Art Party with Katie Green

Art Party with Katie Green

January 29 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

January 29, 2020 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, 1 workshop $25.00 or $22.50 Gallery Members; Materials provided Rotary Education Centre, main level On the last Wednesday of the month, bring your friends to the MacLaren to enjoy a hearty art party! In this new series of workshops for adults, a different…

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Art for Lunch: Gallery Tour with Exhibiting Artist Bewabon Shilling

Art for Lunch: Gallery Tour with Exhibiting Artist Bewabon Shilling

January 17 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch: Gallery Tour with Exhibiting Artist Bewabon Shilling January 17, 2020, 12:15 pm. Rotary Education Centre. Admission free. Between the Forest and the Sky is a major solo exhibition of recent paintings by Bewabon Shilling depicting the forests and skies around the artist’s home at Rama Mnjikaning First…

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BarrieLicious at The Gallery Café

BarrieLicious at The Gallery Café

January 17 - February 2

BarrieLicious Winter 2020 Friday, January 17 to Sunday, February 2 During BarrieLicious, enjoy lunch for two at The Gallery Café for just $20 plus tax! Dine beside our cozy fireplace or take your favourite menu items to go! Our Gallery Café offers a variety of salads, soups, quiches and more, made fresh…

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December 2019

Reception for Winter Exhibitions

Reception for Winter Exhibitions

December 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception for Winter Exhibitions Thursday, December 5, 7 to 9 pm. Remarks at 7:15 pm. Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm Admission free The MacLaren Art Centre is thrilled to announce our winter season of exhibitions. Join us on Thursday, December 5 for the opening reception and exhibition walkthroughs with several…

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November 2019

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction 2019

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction 2019

November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Off The Hook MacLaren Silent Art Auction Friday, November 15, 7 to 11 pm Auction Preview: November 9 to 15 Tour of Auction Highlights: November 13, 6 to 7 pm Off the Hook returns with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists and a wealth of…

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Off the Hook: Public Tour of Auction Highlights

Off the Hook: Public Tour of Auction Highlights

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Off the Hook: Public Tour of Auction Highlights Wednesday, November 13, 6 to 7 pm Admission free Join us on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 7 pm for a free sneak-peek of the fabulous artwork available in our 29th annual Silent Art Auction. Generate your watchlist and get an insider's guide…

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Art for Lunch: CARFAC Information Session for Practicing Artists

Art for Lunch: CARFAC Information Session for Practicing Artists

November 8, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch: CARFAC Information Session for Practicing Artists Friday, November 8, 12:15 to 1 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free As an advocacy organization, CARFAC has sought to establish a fee schedule for artists. This information session will share the history, structure and ongoing work of CARFAC National and…

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October 2019

Youth Halloween Coffeehouse 2019

Youth Halloween Coffeehouse 2019

October 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Youth Halloween Coffeehouse Friday, October 25, 6 to 9 pm Admission: $2 Join us on Friday, October 25 from 6 to 9 pm for our annual Halloween Coffeehouse, organized by the MacLaren Youth Advisory Council. Enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth—all with a great cup…

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Art for Lunch with Yam Lau

Art for Lunch with Yam Lau

October 25, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Yam Lau Friday, October 25, 12:15 to 1 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us for a talk by exhibiting Toronto artist and writer Yam Lau, who will speak on the syllabic “women’s script”. Yam Lau received his MFA from the University of Alberta and…

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The MacLaren Speakeasy 2019

The MacLaren Speakeasy 2019

October 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The MacLaren Speakeasy Thursday, October 17, 6 to 10 pm The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren What can you expect at our Prohibition-era 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…

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Auditions for Halloween Coffeehouse

Auditions for Halloween Coffeehouse

October 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Halloween Coffeehouse Auditions Wednesday, October 16, 5 to 7 pm Main Lobby at the MacLaren Admission free 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 looking for a chance to perform? Then the…

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September 2019

Stories We Share: Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

Stories We Share: Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

September 29, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Stories We Share: Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers Sunday, September 29, 2:30 to 3:30 pm MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room Admission free Simcoe Contemporary Dancers presents a programme of choreography exploring and sharing collective experiences through the physical exploration of narrative. Join us as we present an afternoon…

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Carnegie Days Family Workshop

Carnegie Days Family Workshop

September 29, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Carnegie Days Family Workshop Sunday, September 29, 1:30 to 2:30 pm MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre Admission free In celebration of Carnegie Days, join regional artist Heather Riley in a workshop that celebrates reading and sharing books with loved ones! Families will use drawing and stamping techniques to…

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NFB Film Screenings

NFB Film Screenings

September 29, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

NFB Film Screenings Sunday, September 29, 1:00 to 1:30 pm MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre Admission free The Girl Who Hated Books by Jo Meuris, 2006, 7:22 min. This animated short about literacy introduces us to Meena, a young girl who hates books even though her parents love…

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Readings from The Owl Pen

Readings from The Owl Pen

September 29, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Readings from The Owl Pen Sunday, September 29, 12:30 to 1:00 pm MacLaren Art Centre | Main Lobby Admission free Join us for a special reading of The Owl Pen (1947), a heartfelt memoir written by Kenneth Wells and illustrated by artist Lucille Oille chronicling their life on a rustic…

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Culture Days Open House

Culture Days Open House

September 28, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Culture Days Open House Saturday, September 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us for our Culture Days Open House and a reception for the exhibition Ex Libris featuring work by artists who teach art classes at the MacLaren, in the community and…

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Poetry Reading by Leonarda Carranza

Poetry Reading by Leonarda Carranza

September 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Poetry Reading by Leonarda Carranza Saturday, September 28, 1:00 to 2:00 pm MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room Admission free Join us for a reading by Brampton-based writer Leonarda Carranza. Carranza currently resides in the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Her writing has been published…

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Carnegie Days Storytime

Carnegie Days Storytime

September 28, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Carnegie Days Storytime Saturday, September 28, 10:00 to 10:45 am Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch 60 Worsley Street, Barrie Admission free During this special storytime session at the Barrie Public Library, families can gather to hear a variety of tales presented by the Barrie Latin Resource Centre. No registration required.…

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Art for Lunch with Derek Sullivan

Art for Lunch with Derek Sullivan

September 27, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Derek Sullivan Friday, September 27, 12:15 to 1:00 pm MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us for a talk by exhibiting Toronto-based artist Derek Sullivan. Sullivan employs drawing, sculpture, bookworks and installation to engage with the legacies of modernist art and design.…

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Legacy Dinner 2019

Legacy Dinner 2019

September 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

2019 MacLaren Legacy Dinner Thursday, September 26, 6 to 10:30 pm The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren Tickets $180 (includes $100 donation receipt); Tables of 10, $1800 Please note that tickets will not be sold after Monday, September 23 at 4:00 pm. The MacLaren Legacy Dinner provides a special opportunity to pay tribute…

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Carnegie Days 2019

Carnegie Days 2019

September 26, 2019 - September 29, 2019

Carnegie Days 2019 September 26 to 29 Organized by the MacLaren Art Centre. In partnership with Simcoe Contemporary Dancers and the Barrie Public Library. Presented in conjunction with Culture Days. Carnegie Days draws on the origins of the MacLaren Art Centre’s building as a 1917 Carnegie public library in Barrie and…

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Doors Open Simcoe County

Doors Open Simcoe County

September 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Doors Open Simcoe County Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10 am to 4 pm Admission free The Maclaren is pleased to participate in Doors Open Simcoe County 2019. Come discover our award-winning building which combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library with a contemporary addition designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini…

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July 2019

Book Club: #SummerReads Social Media Project

Book Club: #SummerReads Social Media Project

July 24, 2019 - August 31, 2019

Book Club: #SummerReads Social Media Project MacLaren Art Centre | www.maclarenart.com Join our online #BookClub and share your #SummerReads with us! In celebration of Carnegie Days, the MacLaren Art Centre invites youth, adults and families to share a favourite quote from a current book or one from their personal collection.…

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BarrieLicious at The Gallery Café

BarrieLicious at The Gallery Café

July 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

BarrieLicious Summer 2019 Friday, July 5 to Sunday, July 21 During BarrieLicious, two can dine for just $20 at the MacLaren Art Centre! Enjoy a meal in the Gallery Café, dine al fresco on our courtyard patio or take your favourite menu items to go! Select one entrée, one drink and one dessert…

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Reception for Summer 2019 Exhibitions

Reception for Summer 2019 Exhibitions

July 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception for Summer 2019 Exhibitions Thursday, July 4, 7 to 9 pm. Remarks at 7:15 pm. Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm Admission free The MacLaren Art Centre is thrilled to announce our summer season of exhibitions. Join us on Thursday, July 4 for the opening reception and exhibition walkthroughs with…

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June 2019

Father’s Day Family Workshop

Father’s Day Family Workshop

June 16, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Father's Day Workshop: Fabulous Father’s Day Memento Sunday, June 16, 1:30 to 3 pm $5.00 per child/ Free for MacLaren Members (Family Category); Materials provided Give a gift of a moment frozen in time. Families will learn the art of mould-making and use clay to cast their hands in plaster.…

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Art for Lunch with Max Lupo

Art for Lunch with Max Lupo

June 14, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Max Lupo Friday, June 14, 12:15 to 1 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us for an engaging talk with regional artist Max Lupo. In his artistic practice, Lupo employs information technologies to transform outmoded objects into new and unexpected devices. As the artist comments,…

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MacLaren at Community Festivals

MacLaren at Community Festivals

June 1, 2019 - September 21, 2019

MacLaren at Community Festivals The MacLaren is excited to take artmaking outdoors this summer at community festivals across our region. In anticipation of our upcoming Carnegie Days festival for Culture Days 2019, the MacLaren is excited to host Ex Libris, a free art activity where festival-goers will have the opportunity to…

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May 2019

Mother’s Day Family Workshop

Mother’s Day Family Workshop

May 12, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Mother's Day Workshop: Marvelous Mother’s Day Cards Sunday, May 12, 1:30 to 3 pm $5.00 per child/ Free for MacLaren Members (Family Category); Materials provided Join us for Mother’s Day and create a unique card for that special Mom, Grandmother or caregiver! Using collograph printmaking, families will print an image on…

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Art for Lunch with Victoria Butler, Barrie Poet Laureate

Art for Lunch with Victoria Butler, Barrie Poet Laureate

May 10, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Victoria Butler, Barrie Poet Laureate Friday, May 10, 12:15 to 1 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us for an engaging talk with Victoria Butler, Barrie’s recently crowned Poet Laureate and a celebrated creative force. Victoria is a writer, editor and artist from Barrie whose…

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Reception for Youth 2019 Exhibitions

Reception for Youth 2019 Exhibitions

May 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception for Youth 2019 Exhibitions Thursday, May 2, 7 to 9 pm Admission free The MacLaren is proud to shine a spotlight on the creative talents of high school students from Simcoe County in two exhibitions: The Sarjeant Company Design Project and Portfolio 2019. Join us in celebrating their artistic achievements at the…

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April 2019

Glam Rockin’ Spring Coffeehouse

Glam Rockin’ Spring Coffeehouse

April 26, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Glam Rockin’ Spring Coffeehouse Friday, April 26, 2019, 6 to 9 pm MacLaren Art Centre, main lobby and Education Centre Admission $2 towards MacLaren Youth Advisory Council endeavors Join us for the Youth Advisory Council’s annual Spring Coffee House! This year's event is inspired by all things Glam and classic 70’s…

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Special Easter Monday Family Workshop

Special Easter Monday Family Workshop

April 22, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Easter Monday: Springtime Landscapes Monday, April 22, 1:30 to 3 pm $5.00 per child/ Free for MacLaren Members (Family Category); Materials provided This special family workshop is inspired by the expressive art of Nova Scotian artist Maud Lewis! Families will work together to create a painting emulating her folk art…

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2019 MacLaren Black Tie Gala

2019 MacLaren Black Tie Gala

April 12, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

2019 MacLaren Black Tie Gala Friday, April 12, 6:30 pm to 1 am The Carnegie Room at The MacLaren Come out for a really fun, entertaining and high energy evening! Amazing food, great music, enticing live and silent auction prizes. Proceeds from this fundraising event directly support the MacLaren’s programmes…

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Art for Lunch with Michael Vickers from Akin

Art for Lunch with Michael Vickers from Akin

April 5, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Michael Vickers from Akin Friday, April 5, 12:15 to 1 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us for a discussion with artist Michael Vickers, Co-Director of Akin, which provides affordable studio space to practicing artists and a range of public programs in Toronto through its…

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Spring Coffeehouse Youth Auditions

Spring Coffeehouse Youth Auditions

April 3, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Spring Coffeehouse Youth Auditions Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 5 to 7 pmMacLaren Art Centre 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…

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March 2019

Benefactor Art Exchange: Public Tour of Auction Highlights

Benefactor Art Exchange: Public Tour of Auction Highlights

March 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Benefactor Art Exchange: Public Tour of Auction Highlights Wednesday, March 27, 6 to 7 pm The Carnegie Room Join us for a free public tour of the exceptional artwork available to current members of the Benefactor Programme. Determine your favourites and get an insider's guide to this year's highlights from MacLaren Development…

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Art for Lunch with Exhibiting Artist Tammi Campbell

Art for Lunch with Exhibiting Artist Tammi Campbell

March 22, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art (Tour) for Lunch with Exhibiting Artist Tammi Campbell Friday, March 22, 12:15 to 1 pm. PLEASE NOTE the location change to Janice Laking Gallery * Admission free Join Saskatoon-based exhibiting artist Tammi Campbell for a walk-through of her solo exhibition, Double Remove, on view in Janice Laking Gallery from…

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February 2019

Black History Month – Family Sunday: Kente Cloth Designs

Black History Month – Family Sunday: Kente Cloth Designs

February 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Family Sunday Workshop: Kente Cloth Designs1:30 to 3:00 pm, Rotary Education Centre$5.00 per child/Admission free for MacLaren Members (Family Category)Registration required Join regional artist Sean George for an engaging workshop exploring the history, function, vibrant colours and patterns of Kente cloth from Ghana. Families will work together using colourful paper strips, sharpies and yarn…

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Black History Month – NFB Screenings

Black History Month – NFB Screenings

February 24, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

NFB Screenings1:00 to 1:30 pm, Rotary Education CentreAdmission freeRegistrations opens at 11:30 am. Sign up in person at the Front Desk. Joe – by Jill Haras 2002 / 8 min.This animated short tells the story of Seraphim "Joe" Fortes, one of Vancouver's most beloved citizens. Born in the West Indies, Joe Fortes swam…

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Celebrate Black History Month at the MacLaren!

Celebrate Black History Month at the MacLaren!

February 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Black History Month at the MacLaren! Sunday, February 24, 2019 Open 10 am to 4 pm Suggested admission $5 Explore contemporary art with your family and enjoy our current exhibitions. Registration for the special Family Sunday workshop and NFB film screenings opens at 11:30 am on the day of…

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Songs of Hope: Suubi Fusion Troupe Performance

Songs of Hope: Suubi Fusion Troupe Performance

February 24, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Songs of Hope: Suubi Fusion Troupe Performance 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, The Carnegie Room Admission free. No registration required Join us for an engaging performance of singing, drumming, and traditional East African instrumentation by Uganda’s Suubi Fusion Troupe, who will proudly share their talent and culture. Marvel at their…

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Battle of the Bands 2019

Battle of the Bands 2019

February 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

The 15th Annual Battle of the Bands Friday, February 22, 2019 The Ranch, 56 Bayfield St, Barrie, ON Doors open at 7 pm. Live music begins at 7:15 pm Tickets $60, available at the MacLaren beginning February 4 at 10 am. Now in its 15th year, the annual Battle of the…

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Art for Lunch with Frances Thomas from the Barrie PRNT Collective

Art for Lunch with Frances Thomas from the Barrie PRNT Collective

February 22, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Frances Thomas from the Barrie PRNT Collective Friday, February 22, 12:15 to 1:00 pm. Rotary Education Centre Admission free Join us February 22 for Art for Lunch with Frances Thomas, a regional artist and one of the founding members of the PRNT Collective, an artist collective…

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Celebrate Family Day at the MacLaren!

Celebrate Family Day at the MacLaren!

February 18, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Family Day at the MacLaren! Monday, February 18, 2019 Open 12 pm to 4 pm Suggested admission $5 Keep your family active and entertained this Family Day at the MacLaren! We have a full afternoon of exciting and affordable activities planned including free tours of our current exhibitions and a…

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Winterfest – Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

Winterfest – Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

February 3, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Performance by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers 2:30 to 3:30 pm, The Carnegie Room Admission free. No registration required. Join Simcoe Contemporary Dancers for an amazing performance, a structured improvisation inspired by the Two Legacies exhibition currently on view in the MacLaren’s Carnegie Room. At the same time, local artists are invited…

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Special Winterfest Family Workshop

Special Winterfest Family Workshop

February 3, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Special Winterfest Family Workshop 1:30 to 2:30 pm, Rotary Education Centre Admission free. Sign up in person between 12:30 to 1 pm at the MacLaren reception desk. Join us for a creative Winterfest! Led by regional artist Sean George, families will have fun working collaboratively to create a series of…

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Winterfest – Special NFB Screenings

Winterfest – Special NFB Screenings

February 3, 2019 @ 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Special NFB Screenings 1:10 to 1:30 pm, Rotary Education Centre Admission free. Registration required. Meltdown (1 minute) In this short animation by Carrie Mombourquette, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into…

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Winterfest – Storytime by the Fire

Winterfest – Storytime by the Fire

February 3, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Storytime by the Fire  12:30 to 1:00 pm, MacLaren lobby, main level Admission free. No registration required. Volunteer and artisan Ingi Gould returns to host a cozy fireside story time exploring tales of wondrous wintery adventures! Fun for the whole family.

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Winterfest – Storytelling with Indigenous Artist Scott Debassige

Winterfest – Storytelling with Indigenous Artist Scott Debassige

February 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Storytelling with Indigenous Artist Scott Debassige11:00 am to 12:00 pm, The Carnegie RoomAdmission free. No registration required Join us for a story time with Ojibwe/Odawa artist and performer Scott Debassige, Sitting Bear of the Bear clan from M'chigeeng Reserve on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. Incorporating singing, drumming and storytelling,…

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Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren!

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren!

February 3, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm

Celebrate Winterfest at the MacLaren! Sunday, February 3, 2019 Open 10 am to 4 pm Suggested admission $5 Explore contemporary art with your family and enjoy our current exhibitions. Registration for the Winterfest Family Workshop opens at 12:30 on the day of the event. Sign-up at the MacLaren front desk.…

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January 2019

BarrieLicious at The Gallery Café

BarrieLicious at The Gallery Café

January 18, 2019 @ 8:00 am - February 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

BarrieLicious Winter 2019 Friday, January 18 to Sunday, February 3 During BarrieLicious, enjoy lunch for two at The Gallery Café for just $20 plus tax! Dine beside our cozy fireplace or take your favourite menu items to go! Our Gallery Café offers a variety of salads, soups, quiches and more, made fresh…

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Art for Lunch with Exhibiting Artist Jill Price

Art for Lunch with Exhibiting Artist Jill Price

January 11, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Exhibiting Artist Jill Price Friday, January 11, 12:15 to 1 pm Rotary Education Centre. Admission free. Join us for an engaging discussion with exhibiting artist Jill Price, whose work is on view in The Carnegie Room until February 24 in Two Legacies with Tanya Cunnington. Jill…

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December 2018

Reception for 2018 Winter Exhibitions

Reception for 2018 Winter Exhibitions

December 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Reception for 2018 Winter Exhibitions Thursday, December 6, 7 to 9 pm. Remarks at 7:15 pm. Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm Admission free The MacLaren Art Centre is thrilled to announce our winter season of exhibitions. Join us on Thursday, December 6 for the opening reception and exhibition walkthroughs with…

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November 2018

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction 2018

Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction 2018

November 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Off The Hook MacLaren Silent Art Auction Friday, November 16, 7 to 11 pm Auction Preview: November 10 to 16 Tour of Auction Highlights: November 14, 6 to 7 pm Off the Hook returns with more than 150 works of art by over 100 regional artists and a wealth of great…

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2018 Off The Hook: Public Tour of Auction Highlights

2018 Off The Hook: Public Tour of Auction Highlights

November 14, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Off The Hook: Public Tour of Auction Highlights Wednesday, November 14, 6 to 7 pm Admission free Join us on Wednesday, November 14 from 6 to 7 pm for a free sneak-peek of the fabulous artwork available in our 28th annual Silent Art Auction. Generate your watchlist and get an insider's guide to…

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October 2018

Youth Halloween Coffeehouse 2018

Youth Halloween Coffeehouse 2018

October 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Youth Halloween CoffeehouseFriday, October 26, 6 to 9 pmAdmission: $2 Join us on Friday, October 26 from 6 to 9 pm for our annual Halloween Coffeehouse, organized by our Youth Advisory Council. Enjoy music and spoken word performances by local Simcoe County youth—all with a great cup of coffee! Activities…

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Art for Lunch with Paul Petro: Collecting Contemporary Canadian Art

Art for Lunch with Paul Petro: Collecting Contemporary Canadian Art

October 19, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch with Paul Petro: Collecting Contemporary Canadian Art Friday, October 19, 12:15 to 1:00 pm Rotary Education Centre Admission free Paul Petro is a curator and gallery owner who has operated his Toronto-based gallery Paul Petro Contemporary Art since 1993, programming works by contemporary Canadian and international artists…

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The MacLaren Speakeasy 2018

The MacLaren Speakeasy 2018

October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The MacLaren Speakeasy Thursday, October 11, 6 to 10 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. Fedoras, boas, inspired cocktails―care…

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September 2018

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers

September 30, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Performances by Simcoe Contemporary Dancers The Carnegie Room Sunday, September 30, 2:30 to 3:30 pm Admission free Simcoe Contemporary Dancers present a programme of choreography exploring the memories and stories of place. Join us as we delve into our personal experiences of place, the physical exploration of place, how we…

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Carnegie Days Family Workshop

Carnegie Days Family Workshop

September 30, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Carnegie Days Family Workshop Rotary Education Centre Sunday, September 30, 1:30 to 2:30 pm Admission free In celebration of Carnegie Days, join regional artist Sean George in a workshop that explores summer experiences in the region—from the literal to the abstract. Guided by this regional artist, families will make two…

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NFB Film Screenings: Stories of Place

NFB Film Screenings: Stories of Place

September 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

NFB Film Screenings: Stories of Place The Carnegie Room Sunday, September 30, 2018, noon to 12:45 pm Admission free Jean Giguère: The Measure of a Place by Deco Dawson, 2014, 6 mins. This short film profiles Jean Giguère, a lifelong volunteer and champion for the arts. Giguère expresses the transformative…

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Culture Days 2018 Open House

Culture Days 2018 Open House

September 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Culture Days Open House Saturday, September 29 from 2 to 4 pm Admission free Join us for our annual Culture Days Open House on September 29 from 2 to 4 pm and meet the artists who teach our programmes. Participate in a hands-on activity for families in the Rotary Education Centre. Culture Days highlights…

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A Shift in the Landscape: Film Screening

A Shift in the Landscape: Film Screening

September 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A Shift in the Landscape: Film Screening MacLaren Art Centre | The Carnegie Room Saturday, September 29, 1:00 to 2:00 pm Admission free A Shift in the Landscape (2014) looks at the ongoing fight to preserve Shift (1970), one of the earliest site-specific artworks by Richard Serra. This documentary includes interviews with art…

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Carnegie Days Storytime: Canada 1, 2, 3

Carnegie Days Storytime: Canada 1, 2, 3

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am

Carnegie Days Storytime: Canada 1, 2, 3 Barrie Public Library, Downtown Branch, 60 Worsley Street, Barrie Saturday, September 29, 10 to 10:45 am Admission free Learn and celebrate what makes our region special! In this story time for families, children will enjoy the book Canada 1, 2, 3 by author Kim Bellefontaine…

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Doors Open Ontario

Doors Open Ontario

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Doors Open Ontario Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm Admission free The Maclaren is pleased to participate in Doors Open Ontario 2018. Come discover our award-winning building which combines a renovated Carnegie library with a contemporary addition designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. This architectural…

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Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

September 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat Presented by the Barrie Film Festival Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie Friday, September 28, 2018, 7:00 pm Adults $10, Seniors/Students $8 Never-before-seen works, writings and photographs offer insight into the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat as a teenager in…

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Art for Lunch: Artists’ Books and Resistance in the Age of the Internet with Maxine Proctor

Art for Lunch: Artists’ Books and Resistance in the Age of the Internet with Maxine Proctor

September 28, 2018 @ 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Art for Lunch: Artists’ Books and Resistance in the Age of the Internet with Maxine Proctor MacLaren Art Centre | Rotary Education Centre Friday, September 28, 12:15 to 1:00 pm Admission free In conjunction with the exhibition A Kind of Library, Toronto Art Book Fair Director and Co-Founder Maxine Proctor discusses…

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Legacy Dinner 2018

Legacy Dinner 2018

September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

2018 MacLaren Legacy Dinner Thursday, September 27, 6:00 to 10:00 pm The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren In honour of artist and community leader John Hartman, for his exceptional generosity and commitment to building strong arts communities and supporting the work of rising young artists. This evening of celebration heralds the…

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Artist talk with Mary Anne Barkhouse

Artist talk with Mary Anne Barkhouse

September 27, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Presented as part of Carnegie Days 2018 Artist talk with Mary Anne Barkhouse Thursday, September 27, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm Georgian College Campus Gallery Admission free Join us for an informative talk by Minden-based artist Mary Anne Barkhouse, whose exhibition The Interlopers is on view at the MacLaren Art Centre. This…

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Curatorial Talk and Tour with Andrea Fatona

Curatorial Talk and Tour with Andrea Fatona

September 19, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Curatorial Talk and Tour with Guest Curator Andrea Fatona Wednesday, September 19, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm The Carnegie Room and Gallery 3, MacLaren Art Centre. Admission free Join us for a curatorial talk and tour of Settling in Place: Aylan Couchie, Martha Griffith and Charmaine Lurch. This group show…

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The Story of Place Workshops

The Story of Place Workshops

September 12, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Story of Place Workshops Rotary Education Centre, MacLaren Art Centre Wednesdays, September 12, 19 and 26, 2018 5:30 to 7:00 pm Admission free; Materials provided The MacLaren Art Centre is excited to host three free workshops at the Gallery for children, youth and families. At these workshops, participants will…

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#simcoesummer: Social Media Project

#simcoesummer: Social Media Project

September 2, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Share your #simcoesummer experience with us! In celebration of Carnegie Days 2018, the MacLaren Art Centre invites youth, adults and families to share photos of their Simcoe summer highlights through Instagram following this year's theme: The Story of Place. Consider photos of outdoor summer fun with friends and family, or a beautiful…

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July 2018

MacLaren at Community Festivals

MacLaren at Community Festivals

July 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am - September 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

MacLaren at Community Festivals This summer, find the MacLaren Art Centre at the many community festivals within Simcoe County! The MacLaren will be hosting engaging art activities at Celebrate Barrie, Barrie Pow-Wow, Take A Kid Fishing, Kempenfest, Rama Pow-Wow, Dragon Boat Festival, the Barrie Fair, Culture Days, Comic-Con, and more.…

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