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Zombies, Trivia and Art at the MacLaren

Zombies, Trivia and Art at the MacLaren

Zombies, Trivia and Art at the MacLaren

Do you have what it takes to survive a Zombie apocalypse?

Join the MacLaren along with the Barrie Public Library, Shak’s World and the Barrie Native Friendship Centre for an evening of art, as you plan your path to survival! Play trivia and collect some brains.

The scary fun happens Thursday, April 15th 5:30-7pm. Volunteer hours available for those that attend through the BNFC and MacLaren Art Centre.

This is an online FREE youth event, although registration is required. What you’ll need: paper, colouring pencils or markers. Hit up the MacLaren’s website to register!

What did you think of Zombies, Trivia and Art at the MacLaren? Let us know if you are attending and be sure to hashtag #barrieuncovered when you do!

Wintertide:Return of Light MacLaren Art Centre

A first again!  Wintertide: Return of Light is the first annual art projection project by the MacLaren Art Centre..

In collaboration with the City of Barrie and our incredible local arts community they will use windows to show projected art.

Very First Show!

This first show points us to our bi-annual time change as well as the growing optimism afforded by mass vaccinations and an end to this Pandemic!

Now that weather is warming, get ready for an evening walk along Collier and Mulcaster Streets with your family.

Once dusk has moved in viewing will be in the windows of the MacLaren Art Centre and the vacant storefront beside Jimmy Chews. 

Included in the Projection will be an endearing candlelight vigil for Roberta Place; photographs provided by Simcoe County Archives and Canadian Forces Base Borden, as well as art from the following artists:

And the Artists Are:

Angela Aujla of Barrie is a Professor of Sociology, an emerging artist specializing in mixed media, drawing and visual collage.

Using ink, oil pastels, paint and computer Angela creates a very special effect loved by children and adults alike.

Krystal Ball is a regional artist known as a globally based citizen living in both Toronto or Jamaica.

Her work is a very definite style of bold, rich and striking use of color.  There is such an appreciation of her cultural background found within her art.  Simply stunning!

David Andrec, formally of Hamilton has now made Barrie his home for work and play.  David has travelled extensively for his love of photographic art.  His showings represent expansive insights into different cultures through his lens!

Tarun Lak of Los Angeles is a very special artist within the art projection project.  Tarun is a filmmaker nominated for a Golden Globe and works in animation at Pixar Animation Studios.

Check Them Out!

Many of you will recognize his work; take a moment to find out more about Tarun before visiting the project.  Just reading a bit about him will start your creative thoughts in motion.

Many Thanks -

Wintertide has been made possible through the generous support of the Founding Partners; Thanks to the City of Barrie, Georgian BMW/MINI Georgian, the Sargeant Company, Canadian Forces Base Borden and Simcoe County Archives.

So gather the family, put your walking shoes on and head towards this unique collaboration downtown Barrie!

Written By: Jane Laker

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3 Things You Might Not Know About The MacLaren Art Centre

3 Things You Might Not Know About The MacLaren

3 Things You Might Not Know About The MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren art centre is a fixture of the Barrie arts scene. The gallery presents dozens of unique exhibitions and art works and regularly hosts events adding to the cultural fabric of the city. Moreover, it’s a fantastic venue for weddings and fundraisers, and boasts one of the city’s best cafes.

Moreover, as they have had to close their doors to help fight the spread of Covid, it’s a good time to look back on the centre’s history and uncover a few things you might not have known…

It Used To Be Barrie’s Main Library

The MacLaren is actually comprised of two buildings. Combining the contemporary facility on Mulcaster street and the older structure on Collier street. Known as the Carneige room, it was the city’s library for over 75 years. The establishment got it’s moniker thanks to a $15,000 grant provided to the city in 1915 by Andrew Carneige, the American steel magnate. He was offering grants to communities across North America at the time, to build new libraries.  

Eventually, in 2001, the MacLaren moved from their Toronto St location into the old library building.

It’s Named After a Local Businessman

In light of the history of the building, you might think the museum has been around for a long time. In fact, the MacLaren got it’s start as the Barrie Gallery Project, in 1986. By the same token, they opened a storefront gallery on Mulcaster street just a few doors down from the current location.

In 1989, a local businessman Maurice MacLaren left his collection and home at 147 Toronto Street to the City of Barrie and the Barrie Gallery Project, giving the Gallery a permanent home. In honour of his bequest, the Gallery was named the MacLaren Art Centre in 1990.

The Spirit Catcher Is One Of It’s Exhibits

Synonymous with the city and the waterfront, the Spirit Catcher is the first permanent exhibit of the MacLaren. Although artist Ron Baird created the sculpture for Vancouver’s Expo ’86, it found it’s way to Barrie in 1987. Following Expo, the sculpture was purchased by the Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation and donated to the Barrie Gallery Project. It then entered the gallery’s permanent collection. Furthermore, the MacLaren maintains the Spirit Catcher and undertakes annual inspections to ensure it’s preservation.

What Did You Think 3 Things You Might Not Know About The MacLaren Art Centre? Check out their website and Instagram for more on how you can stay connected with them!

3 Things to Do This Weekend


Hard to believe we are actually about to welcome August. Although given the way 2020 has developed, maybe we should be happy to see it coming to a close.

On the positive side, reopenings around the province continue! And that, along with some good weather makes for plenty of fun this Civic long weekend.

3 Things to Do This Weekend


Although the full on festival is on hold until 2021, it’s still the 50th anniversary of Kempenfest this year. And to celebrate, the annual festival is turning over their social media channels to boatloads of local artists, artisans and performers.  Take a half an hour this weekend to check it out!


The MacLaren is back, with social distancing in effect. And just in time for summer themed exhibits and new art pieces. Check their website for more!


Although night clubs haven’t been cleared to reopen yet, the night life experience is coming back this weekend from one of Barrie’s best clubs.

The Alley morphs into Taco Alley on Friday night. The clus is taking over a downtown parking lot to serve shots and food through the long weekend, with service until 2am!

What did you think of 3 Things to Do This Weekend? Did we miss any events? Let us know in the comments! If you are business open during Covid in Barrie, reach out today! We will get you uncovered.

MacLaren’s Virtual Gallery Looking For Submissions

Teenagers with an artistic bent could have their work (virtually) featured at the MacLaren this summer.

The MacLaren Art Centre Youth Advisory Council is looking for artwork submissions to be included in  a virtual gallery to be posted on the MacLaren’s Instagram.

Styles and genres range from photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art to short videos.

The work is geared towards representing the theme “Change”.

The gallery is open to interested youth ages 14 to 18. All submission due by June 12, 2020.

Find more info. and submission details at:

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Our May #ArtoftheMonth is The Land (1976) by Takao Tanabe. The Land is an assured painting of the prairie landscape, executed during Tanabe’s tenure as Head of the Art Department and Artist in Residence programme at the Banff Centre between 1973 and 1980. This work distils an already sparse prairie landscape into a transcendent meeting between plain and sky. Stripped of all non-human elements and rendered in a flat, but careful application of paint, the work reflects Tanabe’s training in abstract expressionism with Hans Hofmann at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, as well as studies in Japanese ink painting (sumi-e) with Ikuo Hirayama and Yanagida Taiun at the Tokyo University of Arts. Tanabe, who took the landscape as his primary focus in the latter half of his over sixty-year career, often paints scenes that reflect the unity of nature. Tanabe writes: "What I want is this completely unoccupied, pristine land, as though I’m the first person to see it. It’s lonely, it’s mysterious, it has wonderful appeal to me. I feel great kinship with it." Click the link in our bio to read the full article. #takaotanable #landscapepainting #japanesecanadian #britishcolumbiaartist #winnipegschoolofart #orderofcanada #governorgeneralsaward #banffcentre #asianheritagemonth #contemporaryart #painting #landscape #prairies

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