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.

If you have any questions please contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or through our Contact Form

September 11, 2013 - 4:21 pm

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

September 4, 2013 - 6:06 pm
Please join us on Thursday, September 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm for a celebration of our fall exhibitions: Michael Forster: Perpetual Emergence and Urban Jewels: Denyse Thomasos' Big Canvases, 1993-1999


All are very welcome! For complete details, see the invitation here

August 7, 2013 - 12:07 pm

The Giant Knitting Nancy project was a big part of the Children's Village at Kempenfest this weekend and Christina Mancuso, our Education Officer, was interviewed about it for CBC Radio One's Fresh Air programme. The interview is available as a MacLaren podcast here

July 30, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Today we posted a podcast interview with Harold Klunder, whose work is featured in the exhibition Cache, on display in the Joan Lehman Gallery until November 3. It's available in two formats (standard and enhanced) here. Enjoy!

July 8, 2013 - 3:25 pm

Today we posted the Artwork of the Month for July, one of a series of works highlighting the holdings in the MacLaren's Permanent Collection. This large canvas entitled Hudson's Bay by leading Canadian artist Joseph Drapell invites the viewer to consider how it was made. The central element, a single circular sweep of colour, evokes the iris and pupil of an eye;...

June 10, 2013 - 3:28 pm

15 Reasons to Make The MacLaren Your Summer Place!

The summer months provide plenty of reasons to come to the MacLaren: three new exhibitions to savour, a shady spot on the best courtyard patio in the city, and a slate of creative art camps to entertain and engage adults as well as children! Come see for yourself why the MacLaren is a favourite destination for local...

April 4, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Read the April eNewsletter here...

March 6, 2013 - 11:19 am

Message from Carolyn:

At the close of each year, we gather statistics to share, tallying numbers for our “Fast Facts”. This process prompts us to reflect on how we measure success, and the differences between “outputs” and “outcomes”. Common yardsticks for art galleries are based on foot traffic and related admissions, measures that...

February 12, 2013 - 1:22 pm

MacLaren Matters

February 1, 2013

Last month, we officially launched MacLarenArt-Online, a searchable database featuring hundreds of artworks from our permanent collection.

This new online resource enables access to artworks in our holdings at any time by students, educators, scholars, curators and members of the public locally, nationally and...

December 5, 2012 - 2:23 pm

The MacLaren is much more than an art gallery: it is the cultural hub of downtown Barrie.

A dynamic visual arts centre, it offers creative, social and intellectual activities for every age, interest and ability. And this season is no exception.

Tour our new exhibitions that highlight our permanent collection.

Fifty portraits of artists from our...