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Summer Sketches
Lucius O'Brien and Garett Walker
July 6 to October 29, 2017
Gallery 3
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, July 6, 7 to 9 pm
The Journals of Mary O’Brien: Readings by Joy Thompson, September 30, 1 pm. Admission free

Summer Sketches brings together watercolours by Lucius O’Brien (b. Shanty Bay, 1832-1899) and contemporary photographs by Barrie-based artist Garett Walker. O’Brien’s and Walker’s works differ in many respects, but both artists are keenly attuned to the landscapes in which they find themselves.

O’Brien often painted outdoors, and consequently his watercolours are summer sketches: intuitive works completed in a day, imbued with the warmth of a season and the chance encounter of a beautiful scene. Summer Sketches refers to this mode of working, but also this representational style: optimistic, reflective of an approach to nation-building rooted in that historical moment. In contrast, Garett Walker’s photographs of this region capture the landscapes that accrue over sites of historical significance. With his ongoing series Town and Country, Walker examines the lingering impact of what Northrop Frye called the “garrison mentality” of Canadian settlement.

Summer Sketches is complemented by an essay by Barrie-born, Toronto-based writer Andrea Curtis, reflecting on the concept of creative landscape through the lens of her own experiences.

Sarah Ciurysek, Michael Farnan, Meryl McMaster, Emma Nishimura, Krista Belle Stewart, Elinor Whidden
July 6 to October 29, 2017
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 6, 7 to 9 pm
Film Screening: Krista Belle Stewart: Seraphine, Seraphine, Friday, September 29, 7 pm. Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie. Admission free. Presented in partnership with the Barrie Film Festival

Re-enact explores how six Canadian artists interpret, commemorate and renegotiate moments of the past. Collectively, their works open up spaces for empowerment through imagination, sharpening our awareness of historical bias. Challenging the authority of historical narratives, their projects pose questions about representation—and reconciliation—in the future.

Krista Belle Stewart (Vancouver) and Emma Nishimura (Toronto) highlight the profound divergences between history as it is recorded and reality as it is lived. By recontextualizing found narratives they reveal the complexities of interpretation, mediation and storytelling, opening up complicated truths about their family pasts and Canadian histories. Embracing the performative potential of re-enactment, Sarah Ciurysek (Winnipeg) and Meryl McMaster (Ottawa) present stages for re-imagining histories through bodily movement and photography, examining how identities are constructed through lineage and history. Elements of performance carry through in the practice of Michael Farnan (Victoria Harbour, ON), whose video work wrestles with the social and historical narratives of institutionalized Canadian racism from a regional, settler perspective. Elinor Whidden’s (Toronto) sculptural installation conjures bone yards of mass bison slaughters as well as piles of scrapped cars in auto wrecking yards, calling our attention to harrowing past events as well as the ominous political and ecological situations we find ourselves in today.

Jaime Angelopoulos
Act Naturally
June 30 to October 22, 2017, The Carnegie Room
June 30 to October 1, 2017, The Massie Family Sculpture Courtyard
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, July 6, 7 to 9 pm

Act Naturally is a survey exhibition of drawings produced over the past six years paired with a major outdoor sculpture by Toronto artist Jaime Angelopoulos. Foregrounding the evolution of her linear style and the affective power of her work, these abstractions are diverse yet linked by spirited colour, buoyant line and hard-won compositional balance. Rise Up, an eight-foot plaster sculpture in the courtyard, relates to the drawings formally and conceptually: it hints at transmutation while reverberating with a sense of humanity. In the sculpture and the drawings, allusions to bodies, behaviours and states of consciousness are slowly revealed, while striking combinations of line and colour illustrate a profound empathy that is the very core of the artist’s work.

Jaime Angelopoulos received her MFA from York University (2010) and BFA from NSCAD (2005); she also studied at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas (2006-07). She was awarded the Hazelton Sculpture Prize in 2013 and has participated in artist residencies at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre, Finland, and the Banff Centre, Alberta. Her works are held in numerous corporate, institutional and private collections throughout Canada and the United States.

Collecting Canada: Selections from John Hartman’s Photography Collection
July 6 to October 22, 2017
Molson Community Gallery
Curator: Emily McKibbon
Reception: Thursday, July 6, 7 to 9 pm
Art for Lunch: Collecting Photography with John Hartman: September 29, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free
Art for Lunch: Frances Rooney on the Wandering Life of Edith Watson: October 20, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free

Collecting Canada presents historic photographs from the collection of senior regional artist John Hartman. Hartman’s collection comprises over 500 vintage prints documenting the landscape of Canada during a period of rapid westward expansion in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Important collectors of photography have often worked from published accounts of photography’s origins to build a cohesive collection. However, a comprehensive history of Canadian photography has yet to be written. As a result, there isn’t an agreed-upon set of photographs to collect for those interested in this subject. There are giants of Canadian photography: William Notman (Canadian, b. Scotland, 1826-1891) and Alexander Henderson (Canadian, b. Scotland, 1831-1913) are two that are featured in this exhibition. However, Collecting Canada includes other less well-known photographers of the Canadian landscape, such as Edith Watson (American, 1861-1943), Charles Macmunn (Canadian, active ca. 1883-1900) and Jules Ernest Livernois (Canadian, 1851-1933). This intimate presentation demonstrates the vitality of the Canadian photographic scene in the years immediately following Confederation and highlights the important work yet to be done in capturing this history.

Image captions:Lucius O’Brien, Reservoir Creek in Don Valley, 1898, watercolour on paper, 33 x 44.3 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Helen and Arch Brown, 1995. Digital reproduction © Canadian Conservation Institute. All rights reserved (left); Garett Walker, IBM Data Centre Barrie, 2015, inkjet print. Image courtesy of the artist (centre); Krista Belle Stewart, Her Story, 2014, video. Commissioned by the Public Art Program and produced as part of the City of Vancouver’s Year of Reconciliation. Courtesy of the artist (right).


About the MacLaren Art Centre
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 world-class exhibitions, education activities and special events.

The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of its Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Ontario and the Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage and exhibition sponsor Stewart Esten. Special appreciation is extended to the Canadian Conservation Institute.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
From Toronto: From highway 400 north, 90 km north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street.

Gallery Admission
Suggested admission $5

Gallery Hours
Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am to 7:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed July 1, August 7, September 4 and October 9

Wheelchair accessible






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