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MACLARENARTCENTRE, BARRIE
RECEPTION FOR WINTER EXHIBITIONS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 7 TO 9 PM

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Landon Mackenzie
Parallel Journey: Works on Paper (1975-2015)
December 7, 2017 to March 18, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery and Gallery 3
Curator: Liz Wylie
Organized and Circulated by the Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna
Reception: Thursday, December 7, 7 to 9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 am, Georgian College Campus Gallery. Admission free
Art for Lunch: Gallery Tour with Landon Mackenzie, Friday, December 8, 12:15 to 1 pm. Admission free
Master Class with Landon Mackenzie: Saturday, December 9, 10 am to 3 pm, Rotary Education Centre

Landon Mackenzie is a nationally known, Vancouver-based artist, admired for her large-scale works with paint on canvas. Less known are her works on paper, which she produces voluminously as a tandem practice to her big paintings, often while travelling. These function at times as glimpses into this intelligent artist’s psyche or soul.

Born in the USA and raised in Toronto, Landon Mackenzie studied printmaking as an undergraduate at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. After completing her MFA at Concordia University she turned to painting and her Lost River Series, which she began in 1981, was an overnight sensation. Mackenzie moved to teach at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver in 1986, using the city as a base for her extensive travels. Whenever the artist is on the road as a speaker or visiting artist she tends to work only on paper, but most of these works have rarely been exhibited. This exhibition provides the opportunity for audiences to delve deeply into this aspect of Mackenzie’s practice. Landon Mackenzie is a recipient of the 2017 Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts.

Parallel Journey is accompanied by a multi-authoured, full-length book published by Black Dog Publishing in the UK, with special support from the Audain Foundation. This exhibition has been presented at Kelowna Art Gallery, October 24, 2015 to January 17, 2016; Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, May 28 to September 25, 2016; and Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, January 10 to April 23, 2017.


Margaret Priest
The Construction Series: The Monument to Construction Workers
December 7, 2017 to March 11, 2018
Joan Lehman Gallery and www.maclarenart.com
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 7, 7 to 9 pm

Margaret Priest’s The Construction Series: The Monument to Construction Workers is a suite of twenty-seven etchings that honour the courage and perseverance of tradespeople, whose work, although essential in city building, usually goes unnoticed. Eight of the prints are on view in the Joan Lehman Gallery; the remaining nineteen are featured online. The suite, which explores the veiled textures, shapes and patterns of urban building methods and materials, complements Priest’s Monument to Construction Workers (1994), a distinctive public artwork in Toronto’s financial district. For the monument, Priest collaborated with twenty-seven Ontario trade unions, each fabricating a panel representative of their materials and technical expertise. Priest’s hand-drawn designs were used as blueprints for the panels during the fabrication process, and were the direct inspiration for the etchings featured in this exhibition.

Margaret Priest was born and raised in London, England, where she completed a MFA at the Royal College of Art. Her practice is largely influenced by conceptualism with a specific interest in architectural forms and spaces. In her drawings, sculptures and prints, Priest explores the spatial and material qualities of modernity with an aim of articulating urban and suburban structures. In 1976, she moved to Toronto and has resided there since. She is a Professor Emerita at the School of Fine Art and Music, University of Guelph, and has also taught at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. Priest is represented in Toronto by Georgia Scherman Projects.


Ernest Conyers Barker
Watercolours
December 2, 2017 to March 4, 2018
The Carnegie Room
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, December 7, 7 to 9 pm

Distinguished watercolourist and longtime Barrie resident Ernest Conyers Barker was known for his progressive career that spanned seventy years. Barker was inspired by a variety of sources ranging from the Group of Seven to surrealism to modernist abstraction. Though best known for his stylized landscapes, he also painted contemplative portraits and robust abstractions. This exhibition features watercolours and sketches from the MacLaren’s Collection that showcase the remarkable breadth of Barker’s artistic output. Intuitive yet carefully executed, these works offer a glimpse of the artist’s adventurous personality and deep respect for nature.

Born in Toronto in 1909, Barker attended Central Technical School and the Ontario College of Art. He has exhibited across Canada, the United States, England, Australia and New Zealand. His work appears in many major public collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the City of Toronto Archives and the MacLaren Art Centre. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Society of Canadian Artists. Barker lived in Barrie from 1959 until his death in 2003.


Image captions: Landon Mackenzie, Paris Looking North, 2009, watercolour on paper, 19.6 x 26.6 cm. Photo: Yuri Akuney, Digital Perfections (left); Margaret Priest, The Construction Series: The Monument to Construction Workers – No. 5 Terrazzo, 1994, etching on paper, P.P. ed. of 7, 49.5 x 49.5 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of Stu Oxley, 2000. Photo: André Beneteau (centre); Ernest Conyers Barker, Barbados #2, 1977, watercolour on paper, 30 x 40 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the artist, 1999. Photo: André Beneteau (right).


GENERAL INFORMATION

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.

Acknowledgements
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 Barriston Law.

Gallery Location
37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario, L4M 3M2, 705-721-9696 www.maclarenart.com
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 December 25 and 26, January 1. Open Family Day, February 19, 12 to 4 pm

Wheelchair accessible

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