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For Immediate Release

The MacLaren Art Centre in collaborative partnership with The Bayclub, are excited to announce Vivid Spaces, a vibrant mural project created by regional youth.

[Barrie, ON] – Guided by regional artist Leandra Almeida, ten youth ages 14 to 18, worked collaboratively in a series of six workshops at the MacLaren to create eleven vibrant panels. Inspired by the theme of Canadian flora and fauna, each youth chose a particular flower or animal that is symbolic of Ontario, painted in their individual styles.

Created with the residents of the Bayclub in mind, the intention for this project was to bring vibrant colour and brightness into their communal living space for all to enjoy— from the pool deck to the party room, or when taking a wander through the hallway where the mural is displayed.

The exhibiting artists are Emily Amos; Kaitlyn Hewett; Katharine Keeping; Maeve Mannion; Meghan McKay; Markus McKie; Courtney Metcalfe; Mya Thompson; Atlas Wagner and Elyse Zoltan.

An opening reception will take place at The Bayclub on Saturday, May 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Remarks are at 1:30 pm. All are welcome.

About The Bayclub
The Bayclub was developed in 1981. This 14-storey condo sits in Barrie’s North Shore neighbourhood. The Bayclub has 119 units, located at 181 Collier Street. The condo offers its residents various amenities, within the heart of Barrie.

About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe, and the surrounding area. The Gallery presents a year-round program of innovative exhibitions, education activities and special events.

We acknowledge the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg people, which include the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Pottawatomi Nations collectively known as the Three Fires Confederacy. The local bands consist of the Chippewa Tri-Council, who are made up of Beausoleil First Nation, Georgina Island First Nation, and Rama First Nation. We also acknowledge the Wendat Nation (Huron) who occupied these lands prior to the middle of the 17th century. We are dedicated to honour Indigenous history and culture and recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land. We are committed to moving forward in the spirit of reconciliation and respect with all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit People.

As a registered charity, the MacLaren Art Centre relies on public and private support for its operations and programs. The MacLaren gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street
Barrie, Ontario L4M 3M2

Public Hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Hours are subject to change – please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Admission is FREE. Donations are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.


Marlisha Lewis
Community Art Coordinator
MacLaren Art Centre 181 Collier Street
(705) 720-1044 ext. 235

David Hendriks
The Bayclub
181 Collier Street
Barrie, ON, L4M 5L6
(705) 737-2200