Here are recent articles and press releases about MacLaren Art Centre exhibitions and releases. Click on "Read more" for the complete release, as well as a PDF version available for download.

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January 11, 2010 - 10:20 am

Art should evoke a feeling, and Frances Thomas aims to do just that with her new exhibit but wait, on now at the MacLaren Art Centre. “I think it’s key that people understand that art is a felt responseand that it’s important that people try to open themselves up to the actual experience of looking at the work,” she said. “You...

December 17, 2009 - 5:02 pm


Sandra Fraser, Curator
Carolyn Bell Farrell, Executive Director MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLarenArtCentre in Barrie is Simcoe County’s public art gallery and draws 40,000 visitors annually — including 16,000 children and youth — for its exhibitions, classes, lectures, tours and special events. Located in downtown...

December 10, 2009 - 12:17 pm
Wednesday December 2, 2009 - The Barrie Examiner

Grandmothers lead charge against AIDS



September 18, 2009 - 10:05 am
Barrie Advance
September 17, 2009

The MacLaren Art Centre is combining its past with its present for a new festival.

The Carnegie Days Festival focuses on the MacLaren building’s origins as a Carnegie Public Library, and explores the role of language in contemporary art.

“We are very excited about this,” said Carolyn Bell Farrell, executive director of the MacLaren...

September 18, 2009 - 9:29 am
The Barrie Examiner
Thursday, September 17, 2009

A new event brings together art, books, video, history and architecture in a celebration of family fun that could only happen in Barrie.

Carnegie Days, hosted by the MacLaren Art Centre, is named for the Mulcaster Street building that was the city's public library long before it became a gallery. The new annual art...

September 18, 2009 - 9:08 am
The Barrie Examiner

Wednesday September 9, 2009

Sean-William Dawson has made art his life's work.

But he's never made art out of his life -- until now.

The Beeton resident recently created first-person pieces for an inaugural event he hopes will stir up more excitement about art in Barrie.

"I like anything that puts art out into the public so it becomes...

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April 16, 2009 - 11:21 am

The MacLarenArtCentre announced today a vibrant 20th anniversary communications campaign that reflects its history while reaching toward the future. The new campaign honours Maurice MacLaren, the gallery’s namesake and legendary community figure who bequeathed his home and his art collection in 1989 to create a public art gallery for Barrie. His impact on the quality of life in this...