Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction Thank You!


Thank You!

On November 17, more than 350 people attended the MacLaren Art Centre’s 27th annual Off the Hook silent art auction, which raises essential support for Gallery programs. One-hundred and fifty-one artists generously donated over 190 works of art. Local businesses supported the event as sponsors, advertisers and by donating dozens of Great Finds, hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Thank you to all who contributed and attended: you made the evening a very successful one!

Above all, we gratefully acknowledge and thank the contributing artists, without whom this event would not be possible: Robert Achtemichuk, Peter Adams, Darla Anderson, Ella Anderson, Mary Lynne Atkinson, Angela Aujla, Matt Bahen, Suzanne Barnes, Brian Barrer, Susan Belcher, André Beneteau, Marilyn Black, Rachel Bradbury, Pauline Bradshaw, Sandy Brand, Sheila Bristow, Jason Brown, Marlene Bulas, Jane Burns, Rod Burns, Sheila Butler, Siobhan Byrne, David Campbell, Sarah Cardoni, Nadine Carr, Margaret Childs, Jennifer (Moore) Churchill, P. Annie Churchill, Michael Ciesielski, Sarah Ciurysek, Jennie Clark, Frances Cockburn, Evan Cooke, Hayden Cowie, Allan M. Craig, Justin Cruickshank, Stephen Cruise, Teresa Cullen, Tanya Cunnington, John Delves, Paulette Dennis, Karl Denny, Bonnie Dorgelo, Dave Duguay, Liz Eakins, Beth Evans, Gary Evans, Michael Farnan, Beth Fellowes, Harper Forbes, Glen Forsyth, Luc Fortin, Midori Fullerton, Sean George, James Gillespie, Janet Goldblatt Holmes, Ingi Gould, Christyn Grampola, Lois Green, Sadko Hadzihasanović, Sarah Hawley, Jessica Hein, Roy Hickling, Marlene Hilton Moore, Anna Hoff, Denis Hopkins, Sherryl Hopper, Jon Houghton, Fred Hummel, Leonora Husveti-Frenette, Ruth Irvine, Neil Jefferson, Marley Johnson, Deborah Jolly, Janet Jones, Nancy Jones, Jelica Jovin, Gita Karklins, Ila Ann Kellerman, Nancy Kembry, Mara Korkola, M.F. Kousal, Joan LeBoeuf, Karen Lediard, Chantal Sicard de Carufel-Leduc, Norma Lee, Lee-Ann LeMesurier, John Lennard, Kai Liis, Joanne Lomas, Beryl Loney, Valerie Losell, Jeanette Luchese, Christina Luck, Sharon MacKinnon, Lorraine Maher, Virginia Mak, Robert Marchessault, Sarah Martin, Ilyana Martinez, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Jack McAdam, Scott McLaughlin, Charles Meanwell, Samantha Mellick, Kathy Millette, Vallery Mokrytzki, Jane Monteith, Laura Moore, Norval Morriseau, Elaine Morton, Libby Mourant, Par Nair, Brody Nielsen, Jan Novak, Jeff Nye, Benjamin Oakley, Stu Oxley, Margaret Ann Paradis, Bob Paterson, Meaghan Paterson, Beverly Pearl, Joel Perron, Gordon Peters, Julie Pickard, Angela Plesa, Robert Potvin, Jill Price, Rod Prouse, Janet Read, Milena Roglic, Maria Denise Ruby, Cheryl Ruddock, Hala Saab, Jonathan Sadowski, Scott Sawtell, Tamara Scearce, Shannon Schroeter, Nicole Schwarz, Joanne Shank, Bewabon Shilling, Ron Shuebrook, Jordan Sook, M.J. Steenburg, Dorothy Stewart, Eileen Sweeney, Amy Switzer, Alice Teichert, Stephanie Templeton, Frances Thomas, Melissa Wakefield, Anna Watson, Bernadette Wells, Janine Wheeler, Elinor Whidden, Karen Wild, Ceilidh Williams, Regina Williams, Kate Wilson, and Olexander Wlasenko.

Our grateful thanks is extended to event sponsors TD Wealth – Rod Burns, Barriston Law, Downtown Barrie Business Improvement Association, Cober, and Barrie Volkswagen – Bjorn Surmann, as well as The Barrie Examiner, Steam Whistle Brewing, Sawdust City Brewing Company and Andrew Peller Limited. Thank you also to our Great Finds contributors: Shanty Bay Golf Club, Barriston Law, Cityline, Kimberly Peacock Esthetics, Talk is Free Theatre, Global Pet Foods, Above Ground Art Supplies, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, Everleigh Garden, Barrie Fire Department, Ann Green Yoga, The Candy Shoppe, Michael & Marion’s, Arbonne – Sheri Montgomery, Lawyer Cesia Green, Settlers’ Ghost Golf Club, Heartland Kennels, Scandinave Spa, Cravings, AvocoBar, Grilled Cheese Eatery, Groovy Tuesday’s, Homestead Bakery, Steam Whistle Brewing, J’Adore Fine Cheese and Chocolate, ZuZu Fashion Boutique, The Farmhouse Restaurant, Diana Whyte Photography, Gravenhurst Opera House, Holland Marsh Wineries, Superior Tire and Auto, Art in Bloem, Moksha Yoga, Breathe Salon and Esthetics, Bravo Fine Lingerie, Our House, Blue Mountain Inn and Ski, Heritage Estate Craft Cider, Bernard Schimmel, Extreme Imaging, Kristin’s Creations, By the Bay Studio, Bravado Show Choir, Bikram Yoga, Hardwood Ski & Bike, and Santa Sacks Canada.

Our particular thanks to Bill LeBoeuf Jewellers for generously donating exquisite diamond earrings for a draw. We also sincerely appreciate the support of our advertisers: Alpine Equestrian Centre, Ex Juris ADR Centres, Salnek’s Custom Window Treatments, Turner Lorriman Wealth Management, May Court Homes for the Holidays, Jay Woods Ltd, Michael Smiley Fine Jewellery, Cugelman and Eisen, Georgian Copy & Printers, Jeff’s Junk, Jeff White Group, The Peggy Hill Team, Mason Miller Accounting & Taxation, Digital Giants, Ehlers Legal Professional Corporation, Museumpros Art Services, Pacific Art Services, Plumtech Plumbing, Royal LePage – Krista Alkerton, Royal LePage – John Lawler, Simcoe Audio Visual and McBride Robillard Financial Services/Sun Life Financial. Thank you to cupCAKE, Sugar City, the Sweet Oven, The Italian Bakery and The Pack for generously providing desserts for “The Last Call”. Thank you to our piper, Charles Meanwell. Special thanks to Stephen Farrell. We are indebted to many volunteers and especially to our exceptional Art Auction Committee: Ruth Anderson (Chair), Nancy Bailey, Nadine Carr, Chris Charlebois, Beth Evans, Patti Gwin, Di Leuty, Hannah McLaughlin, Sue Sgambati, Katherine Ward, Barb Weir, Barb White, April Lognan, Katrina Mason, Danielle Pittman, Courtney Provan, Tom Rose, Associate Curator Renée van der Avoird and Development Associate Sheila Delaney.

Photo by Andre Beneteau.

The MacLaren Art Centre is the major public art gallery in central Ontario serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a permanent collection of over 27,400 works of art and presents a year-round programme of innovative exhibitions, art education activities and special events. This architectural landmark in downtown Barrie combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary 2001 addition by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The MacLaren is a central meeting place and cultural hub of activities for residents in the city, a tourist destination for visitors from across the province, and an economic driver and catalyst for downtown revitalization.

The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council through the Government of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2. The building is fully accessible.

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