Special Events

March 21, 2018 - 10:00 am
2018 Benefactor Art Exchange Preview
March 17 to April 5, 2018
Admission free
The Carnegie Room
Visit the MacLaren between March 17 and April 5 to preview the great selection of artwork featured in the 2018 Benefactor Programme. With over 150 pieces on display, you are sure to discover that perfect addition to your home or office. 
For $1 a day, enjoy great art and enrich your community! Join the Benefactor Programme and take home an original work of art on loan for a year....
March 21, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Admission free

2018 Benefactor Art Exchange Preview Tour
Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 pm 
Admission free
The Carnegie Room

Join us on Wednesday, March 21 from 6 to 7 pm 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 Associate Sheila Delaney and MacLaren Curator Emily McKibbon. All welcome!
March 23, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Admission free
Art for Lunch with Joanna McEwen
The Churches of Oro-Medonte—From Space to Place 
Friday, March 23, 12:15 to 1:00 pm. Admission free

Join Oro artist Joanna McEwen presents her research on regional churches and the transition of space to place. Most physical spaces can be altered—local forests became deserts; cornfields become subdivisions; a local church becomes a judo instructional space; most rural schools now function as homes. What might an artist make of these transitions?

Joanna McEwen was born Joanna Aegidius Andersen in Parry Sound, Ontario. McEwen’s work is a record of select historical phenomena marking place, particularly the...

March 28, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Spring Coffeehouse Auditions
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
5:00 to 7:00 pm
MacLaren Art Centre
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie

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 Council is looking for you to share your talent at the Grease-themed Spring Coffeehouse!  With over 150 in attendance, this is a great opportunity to be seen and heard!

The MacLaren Youth Council encourages interested performers to audition on Wednesday, March 28. Audition performance sign-up starts at 4:45 pm. Auditions are from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Gallery, main level. Acoustic performers, bands, spoken-word...

April 5, 2018 - 7:00 pm
2018 Benefactor Art Exchange Evening
Thursday, April 5, 7 to 9 pm
By invitation for Benefactors only 
Preview: March 17 to April 5
Preview Tour: Wednesday, March 21, 6 to 7 pm 
The Carnegie Room at the MacLaren
For $1 a day, enjoy great art and enrich your community! Join the Benefactor Programme and take home an original work of art on loan for a year. The annual Benefactor Art Exchange Evening offers Benefactors an opportunity to select an original work of art to hang in their home or office for one year. Artists from across the province generously loan artwork in a range of media, from painting to sculpture, in support of this programme. ...
April 13, 2018 - 6:30 pm
$225 (includes donation receipt for $125)

2018 MacLaren Black Tie Gala
Friday, April 13
The Carnegie Room at The MacLaren
Tickets: $225 (includes donation receipt for $125)
Attire: Black Tie optional (bring your dancing shoes)

Come out for a really fun, entertainng 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 for children and youth! For tables, tickets and sponsorship information, contact Sue-Ellen Boyes at the MacLaren, sue.ellen@maclarenart.com or 705-720-1044 ext. 236



April 20, 2018 - 12:15 pm
Admission free

Art for Lunch with Robert Hengeveld
Friday, April 20, 12:15 to 1:00 pm. Admission free

Join regional artist Robert Hengeveld for a look into his current studio practice. Hengeveld is an installation and media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction, and where we find ourselves within that relationship. This has often taken shape through the manipulation of familiar environments or common experiences: a rotating tree, a floating shopping cart, or a street lamp that occasionally breaks out into a flickering morse code, only to return to its normal occupation of habitual illuminating.

Robert Hengeveld currently lives between Toronto and Corner Brook, Newfoundland where he teaches at Memorial University. His work...

April 20, 2018 - 6:00 pm

Grease-Themed Spring Coffeehouse
Friday, April 20, 2018
6 to 9 pm
MacLaren Art Centre, main lobby and Education Centre
Admission $2 towards MacLaren Youth Advisory Council endeavors

This is an all-ages event! Join us for the Youth Advisory Council’s annual Spring Coffee House! This year's event is inspired by Grease and everything retro 50's! Dress as your favourite Grease character and enjoy music and spoken-word performances by Simcoe County high school students!  Have fun making crafts and buttons with our outta-sight button-maker and pose in our retro photobooth! The Coffeehouse is fun for all! Prizes will also be awarded to the best-costumed guy and gal! Join our event on ...