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MacLaren’s Off The Hook a chance to celebrate art

By Carolyn Bell Farrell

Andre Beneteau, a preparator at the MacLaren Art Centre, adjusts and installs lights in the Janice Laking Gallery in preparation for the 22nd Off The Hook Silent Art Auction. More than 120 pieces of art will be up for grabs. The auction will take place Friday and the doors open at 7 p.m. For more details, visit www.maclarenart.com, or call 705-721 9696. 
MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Andre Beneteau, a preparator at the MacLaren Art Centre, adjusts and installs lights in the Janice Laking Gallery in preparation for the 22nd Off The Hook Silent Art Auction. More than 120 pieces of art will be up for grabs. The auction will take place Friday and the doors open at 7 p.m. For more details, visit www.maclarenart.com, or call 705-721 9696. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

The MacLaren Art Centre is committed to fostering the development of visual artists in this region. Artists are supported through studio visits, exhibitions and publications as well as intellectual, social and creative activities at the gallery.

Regional artists lead art classes at the gallery and in the schools, which offer training and employment.

Georgian College students complete course work with us in Gallery Studies and Professional Practices.

Our art leasing and Benefactor Member programs ensure that select artworks are placed in public and corporate situations, generating visibility for these artists and building a local patron base.

MacLaren Framing Services offers professional custom work that meets museum standards and the Gallery Shop showcases work by local artisans and Georgian College graduates.

In turn, the involvement of artists as MacLaren supporters, volunteers, board members and programme contributors shapes the gallery’s success in many ways. Each year, artists from across the region acknowledge the important role the MacLaren plays in the arts community by providing artworks for the gallery’s annual auction. On Nov. 16, more than 120 artworks by more than 100 artists will fill the galleries for the 22nd Off The Hook Silent Art Auction.

Some of the artists who have contributed this year include: Cathy Daley, Joseph Drapell, Gary Evans, Ted Fullerton, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, John Hartman, Robert Marchessault, Charles Meanwell, Marlene Hilton Moore, Juliana Pivato, Rod Prouse, Alice Teichert, Frances Thomas, Donald Stuart and Regina Williams, among others. The auction and its week-long preview, which runs until Friday, offer tremendous exposure for these artists, stimulating future sales while nurturing the interests of regional art collectors. This signature fundraising event also raises essential support for Gallery programmes, and proceeds from the sales are shared with the artists.

Drawing capacity crowds, the art auction is the highlight of the annual cultural calendar in Barrie and my favourite event at the MacLaren.

And, in addition to an enormous range of original works of art to bid on, guests can try their luck at winning dining certificates, gifts baskets, local services, jewellery and many other great finds generously donated by local retailers.

Add hors d’oeuvres by Cravings, Oscar’s and Michael & Marion’s and a Last Call Party with desserts from Cheeky Treats, Italian Bakery, Lemon Tree, Sugar City, Warwick & Hughes and Cakes By Design, this year’s auction promises to be another exceptional evening.

Auction committee chair Nadine Carr is working closely with development associate Sheila Delaney to ensure the success of this event, supported by volunteers and students from Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Arts.

We are deeply grateful to the volunteers, the artists, the local businesses and our 2012 event sponsors TD Waterhouse, Barriston Law, Downtown Barrie (BIA) and the Kempenfelt Group who have made this event possible.

Join me at the MacLaren on Friday for this wonderful evening. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and on sale at the gallery. Visit www.maclarenart.com for details.

Carolyn Bell Farrell is executive director of the MacLaren Art Centre.

 


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