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September 10, 2010 - 8:47 am

by Leigh Blenkhorn
Barrie -- Carnegie Days reflects the MacLaren building's beginnings as a 1917 Carnegie public library and celebrates the legacy of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Launched last year, the festival features exhibits and events that explore the role of language in art.

"Everything is different this year, but it all has the same theme, and they all...

September 10, 2010 - 8:41 am
Fall 2010 Exhibitions
Reception: Wednesday, September 15, 7 to 9 pm
Fall exhibitions include the work of internationally acclaimed artists Arnaud Maggs and Andrew Hunter, a public art project in city bus shelters by award-winning artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak, bookworks by seventy...
September 10, 2010 - 8:36 am
A festival of art and language
September 16 to 19, 2010
Launch: Wednesday, September 15, 7 to 9 pm
Organized by the MacLarenArtCentre, Barrie
From September 16 through September 19,...
July 15, 2010 - 7:58 am

by Susan Doolan, The Barrie Examiner
Thursday, July 15

If there is anyone who can marry art and craft, it is Donald (Don) Stuart. Normally the two don't meet, but then Stuart is a crafty kind of guy.

Well-known as one of Canada's leading gold/silversmiths, the local artist draws on his multi-displine past to create a show of necklaces inspired by Canadian women....

July 9, 2010 - 3:57 pm

by Yvonne Lammerich
Canadian Art online, June 24, 2010

We make space, and in the making of it we hover at the edge of safety and terror. There are few more poignant states of the human condition that can become the subject of art, and of painting in particular.  For painting, this edge lies between the certainty of its own objecthood and its paradoxical receptiveness...

July 9, 2010 - 3:51 pm

by Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance
Thursday, June 24

Artist David Merritt has put a little Shimmy in the MacLaren Art Centre.

In his drawing-based exhibit, Shimmy, Merritt uses song titles from chart-toppers within his pieces. He crisscrosses categories and genres within the pieces. "He incorporates music into his drawings, and gives a physical...

July 9, 2010 - 3:28 pm

by Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Donald Stuart is used to creating unique pieces for specific clients, but this time it was a little different.

The local jewellery maker and artist set out to create an entire line of necklaces for inspirational Canadian women, both historic and contemporary. The end result...

April 8, 2010 - 1:46 pm


"Carnegie Days has become an annual focal point for the MacLaren Art Centre; the generous support of Celebrate Ontario 2010 will allow us to present high calibre cultural activities this September by leading Canadian artists and authors, attracting tourists from across the province to our festival, to Doors Open Barrie and to our city." – Carolyn Bell...

March 12, 2010 - 10:09 am

Janet Jones: DaDa Delirium
From the Streets to the Canvas

by Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance

Whether capturing dark alleys, cement underground walkways, cold office buildings, or the bright lights of Las Vegas, painter Janet Jones showcases the often-overlooked nooks and crannies of a city.   “I like capturing those...

January 15, 2010 - 4:09 pm

Frances Thomas: Natural Abstraction

by Terrence Heath, Canadian Art online


Seldom does a viewer see what a painter sees. Writers about art often turn to other artists and schools to categorize the art they are looking at,or second-guess what they perceive to be emotional or psychological messages...