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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July 28, 2016 - 11:56 am

The MacLaren at Kempenfest

YMCA Children's Village
July 30 to August 1

Look for the plaid banner in the YMCA Children's Village, near the Tiffin Boat Launch, where the MacLaren Education Team will help you create a fun art activity based on the "Road Trip...

June 21, 2016 - 1:30 pm

Please join us as we celebrate our summer shows!

Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
 Remarks at 7:15 pm, exhibition tours at 7:30 pm


Gary Evans

June 6, 2016 - 12:05 pm

Longevity isn’t something you normally think about when purchasing a gift. Does it fit my budget? Will they like it? Will they use it? These are typical questions when shopping for someone else. But this spring and summer we’d like you to consider the longevity of the item you are buying – how well is the item made and what is its legacy.


June 1, 2016 - 10:10 am

We always look forward to the summer months and all the outdoor festivals that happen in the region! This Saturday, June 4, join the MacLaren Education Team at Centennial Park for Celebrate Barrie to enjoy a free art activity and learn about everything that's...

May 5, 2016 - 9:41 am

MacLaren Art Centre highlights Simcoe County student artists with Portfolio 2016 and The Sarjeant Company Design Project

Portfolio is now in its 25th year and features an annual juried exhibition of works by graduating Grade 12 students from Simcoe County high schools. Portfolio is an opportunity to...

April 15, 2016 - 10:29 am

In the middle of this month’s ice storm, with trees cracking and transformers blowing out power across the city, the downtown became very dark. But halfway up the hill on Mulcaster Street, lights glowed brightly from one of the few public places that remained open. It was the MacLaren Art Centre, where staff was determined to carry on with an...

March 30, 2016 - 10:07 am

The MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to announce that Orillia-based artist Tanya Cunnington has been awarded the 2015 John Hartman Award. The annual award, which includes a prize of $4,000, is granted to an emerging artist to support the production of new...

March 15, 2016 - 10:28 am

Please join us as we celebrate our spring shows!
Thursday, March 24, 2016
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Remarks at 7:15 pm
Exhibition tours at 7:30 pm


Alice Teichert
March 19 to June 19, 2016
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird

Canadian artist Alice Teichert is known for...

March 9, 2016 - 10:41 am

 The Seasonal Brochure gives you the inside story on everything new this spring, summer and fall 2016, from exhibitions to new programmes and special events. We've attached a pdf of the brochure below. Come visit! 

March 8, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Presented in partnership with the Elizabeth Fry Society
March 8 to 31, 2016
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to present Self-Reflections, an exhibition of...