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Off The Hook: Silent Art Auction

Friday, November 17, 7 to 11 pm
Preview: November 11 to 17
Public Tour: November 15, 6 to 7 pm

On November 17, 2017 at the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie, over 150 artworks by more than 100 artists from across Ontario will fill the galleries for the 27th annual Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction. Bidders can also try their luck at winning a selection of great prizes from local retailers. Add appetizers and desserts from Barrie’s best restaurants and you have all the ingredients for a great evening. The funds raised from this special event support the work of regional artists and the MacLaren's programming. Join us for a free tour of the art auction highlights on Wednesday, November 15 from 6 to 7 pm led by artist Gary Evans, MacLaren Associate Curator Emily McKibbon and MacLaren Development Associate Sheila Delaney.

Artists who have generously contributed artworks to this year’s auction include: Robert Achtemichuk, Peter Adams, Walter Bachinski, Matt Bahen, Rachel Bradbury, Pauline Bradshaw, Jason Brown, Marlene Bulas, Jane Burns, Sheila Butler, Nadine Carr, Frances Cockburn, Stephen Cruise, Teresa Cullen, Tanya Cunnington, John Delves, Michael Farnan, Midori Fullerton, Sean George, James Gillespie, John Gould, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Sarah Hawley, Denis Hopkins, Fred Hummel, Leonora Husveti-Frenette, Ruth Irvine, Janet Jones, Gita Karklins, Nancy Kembry, Joan LeBoeuf, John Lennard, Jeanette Luchese, Sharon MacKinnon, Virginia Mak, Robert Marchessault, Ilyana Martinez, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Charles Meanwell, Vallery Mokrytzki, Laura Moore, Marlene Hilton Moore, Stu Oxley, Robert Potvin, Jill Price, Janet Read, Milena Roglic, Cheryl Ruddock, Hala Saab, Jonathan Sadowski, Bewabon Shilling, Ron Shuebrook, M.J. Steenberg, Frances Thomas, Alice Tiechert, Regina Williams, Kate Wilson, Olexander Wlasenko and many more.

All of the works in the auction are on display at the MacLaren from November 11 to 17. Auction tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online here. For more information call 705-721-9696 or visit

The MacLaren gratefully acknowledges the Art Auction sponsors: TD Wealth – Rod Burns, Barriston Law, Downtown Barrie Business Association, Cober and Barrie Volkswagen.

Photo: Andre Beneteau


About the MacLarenArtCentre
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, art education activities and special events. The MacLaren is housed in a 24,000 square-foot award-winning building. This architectural landmark in downtown Barrie combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects. The complex includes multiple galleries, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing department. As the cornerstone of culture for Barrie, the MacLaren is a central meeting place and a cultural hub of activities for residents in the city, a tourist destination for visitors from across the province, and an economic driver for downtown revitalization.

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

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696
Directions: From highway 400 north, 90K north of Toronto, take the Dunlop Street East exit to Mulcaster Street and turn left. The MacLaren is one block north on the right 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 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Closed on statutory holidays

Wheelchair accessible






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