In partnership with Empower Simcoe

Art Explorers:
Online Group Exhibition

The MacLaren Art Centre is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting artwork created in the fall session of Art Explorers.

Art Explorers is a studio-based art programme for adults with exceptionalities from Empower Simcoe. Through a series of twelve workshops, adult participants created art online—in a fun and exploratory environment—fostering creativity, problem-solving, risk-taking and self-confidence. Led by regional artist and Art Therapist Lisa Nackan, participants tried their hand at a variety of materials, techniques and studio approaches—with surprising results!

Returning in person this fall, Lisa Nackan led participants through workshops exploring collage, painting, drawing, and sculpture, with a focus on making art together while reflecting on returning to one another and navigating the world around us. These vibrant artworks represent each participant’s creative responses and reflect our need to be together and create.

About

Artist Bios

Anthony

My name is Anthony but my nickname is Anth.  My favourite hobbies are playing with my X-box, nice days, and going to see Santa.  Getting my dog Buckly was one of my most special memories.  If I had a dream vacation, I would go to Hollywood.  I love elephants because of their big ears, but I’m afraid of thunderstorms.  People don’t know that I once dressed like a chicken!  My advice to the world would be to spend time with family.

Brett

My name is Brett, but my nickname is Big Bad Brett.  I love swimming, art, hockey, and TV.  My most special memory is of winning.  If I could go anywhere, I’d love to travel to Toronto.  I love dogs because they are so cute, but I’m afraid of thunderstorms.  Going out makes me really happy and most people don’t know that I’m a great swimmer.  My advice to the world would be to be happy.

Courtney

My name is Courtney, but people call me Court for short.  My hobbies are YouTube, music, and cleaning my room.  I love ice-cream, my family and watching my favourite shows.  My most special memory is having roast beef dinner with grandma and I love rabbits because they are so cute when they jump.  I find it fun doing Art Explorers, being with my mom, my boyfriend, and Shake’s World.  If I had a dream vacation, I’d love to go to Disney World.  My message to the world would be to be positive and look on the bright side.

 

Jason

My name is Jason, but my nickname is Jakester.  My favourite things are music and going to the library.  Something I find funny is watching people do stupid things they’re not supposed to do on TV.  My most special memory is my 50th birthday party because all my friends came from the library, and it was very emotional, and I had tears running down my face because it was so overwhelming.  My friends make me happy.  If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d like to go to Newfoundland because that’s where my dad was born, and I haven’t seen my family there for 30 years.  My favourite animal is a dog because they are friendly and love you and I fell over once, and my dog came over to help.  I’m afraid of operations.  My advice to the world would be to accept me for who I am and to stop being stupid by fighting, killing, and hurting other people.

Jeff

My name is Jeff and my nickname is CB Rambo!  My hobbies are CB Radio – ham radio, amateur radio public service club and I am afraid of being blocked on CB radio. My favourite animal is a tiger, because they are so wild and playing with Bart the dog is one of my most special memories.  I find it funny when my dog is running around the dog park.  If I had a dream vacation I would go to Buffalo, New York.  One of the things that makes me really happy is seeing my garbage man in the morning.  Something about me that people don’t know is that I have special needs and I am autistic.  If I could give the world a message, it would be to clean up the environment.

John

My name is John, and my nickname is Haircut.  I love cars, bowling, and swimming.  My favourite thing to do is watch the Barrie Colts.  My favourite animal is a horse and something that makes me really happy is Santa!  My message to the world is that God will come.

Sean

My name Sean and I love cars.  Birds are my favourite animal because they are funny, cool and awesome.  My most special memory is my mom.  I also love being in the sun and if I could go anywhere in the world I’d love to go to Mexico.  The sun makes me really happy.  I’m afraid of dogs but my advice to the world would be that animals are good.

 

Steven

My name is Steven and my favourite things to do are bowling and just chilling out.  I like jokes and my favourite animal is a cat because they are soft, cuddly, and cute.  My most special memory is my trip to Halifax and if I could go anywhere in the world I’d like to go to Disneyland.  I’m not afraid of anything (except maybe heights)!  Spending time with my family and friends makes me happy and most people don’t know that my favourite colour is pink.  My advice to the world would be to be nice!

Tyler

My name is Tyler, although my nickname is King Tyler.  My favourite things to do are to watch movies, like Power Rangers and look at BIG books.  I love jokes and going to my grandma’s makes me really happy.  The most special memory I have is cooking pizza with my mom and if I could go anywhere in the world I’d love to go to Hawaii.  Dogs are my favourite animals and I love Copper and Jethro because  they are my boys.  Something people don’t know about me is that I watch Barney Stuff, and I’m afraid of bats.  My advice to the world would be to help pick up garbage!