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Off The Hook set to wow with art, food and silent auction

MacLaren Art Centre is set to host 27th annual fundraiser
2017-11-14 Off The Hook MacLaren Art Centre
Photo courtesy MacLaren Art Centre

Friday, Nov. 17 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres, desserts, cash bar
Tickets: $50. Call 705-721-9696 or visit

Auction Preview: Nov. 11 to 17
Public Tour of Auction Highlights: Nov. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m.

On Nov. 17 at the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie, over 175 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 gift certificates, jewellery, weekend getaways and a selection of other “Great Finds” generously donated by local retailers. Add appetizers and desserts from Barrie’s best restaurants, and altogether it's a great evening that raises funds for the MacLaren's programming and supports the work of regional artists.

Artists from this region who have generously contributed artworks for this year’s auction include: Peter Adams, Deborah Atkinson, Mary Lynne Atkinson, Brian Barrer, Marilyn Black, Rachel Bradbury, Pauline Bradshaw, Sandy Brand, Marlene Bulas, Sheila Butler, Jennie Clark, Allan Craig, Stephen Cruise, Teresa Cullen, Tanya Cunnington, Gary Evans, Michael Farnan, Midori Fullerton, Roy Hickling, Sean George, James Gillespie, Ingi Gould, Christyn Grampola, Lois Green, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, Sarah Hawley, Marlene Hilton Moore, Fred Hummel, Leonora Husveti-Frenette, Ruth Irvine, Gita Karklins, Joan LeBoeuf, John Lennard, Joanne Lomas, Jeanette Luchese, Christina Luck, Sharon MacKinnon, Robert Marchessault, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Vallery Mokrytzki, Jeff Nye, Stu Oxley, Robert Potvin, Jill Price, Janet Read, Hala Saab, Jonathan Sadowski, Scott Sawtell, Bewabon Shilling, Amy Switzer, Frances Thomas, Bernadette Wells, Regina Williams, and many others.

All of the works in the auction are available for public preview this week during Gallery hours. Auction tickets are $50 each and available online at .  A free tour of the art auction highlights will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6 to 7 p.m., led by artist Gary Evans, MacLaren Associate Curator Emily McKibbon and MacLaren Development Associate Sheila Delaney. All are welcome to attend.

The 2017 Art Auction is generously sponsored by TD Wealth – Rod Burns, Barriston Law, Downtown Barrie Business Association, Cober and Barrie Volkswagen.

For more information or to order tickets please visit or call 705-721-9696.

About the MacLaren:  The MacLaren is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, Simcoe County and the surrounding area. Located in downtown Barrie, the MacLaren is housed in an award-winning building that combines a renovated 1917 Carnegie library and a contemporary addition by Siamak Hariri. The complex includes multiple galleries, visible storage, an education centre, a sculpture courtyard, café, gift shop and framing service. The Gallery has a permanent collection of 27,408 works of art held in trust for the public and presents a year-round programme of exhibitions, education activities and special events.

Gallery Location The MacLaren Art Centre is located at 37 Mulcaster Street in Barrie, 90 km north of Toronto. From highway 400 north, exit at Dunlop Street East, continue on Dunlop Street through to Mulcaster Street, and turn left. We are one block north, on the south-east corner of Collier and Mulcaster.

Gallery Hours The MacLaren is open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday until 7 p.m. Suggested admission is $5.

Contact Information For details on exhibitions, programmes and events call 705-721-9696 or visit

Acknowledgements The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the support of its members, benefactors, volunteers, partners and donors, as well as the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council and theCanada Council for the Arts.