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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

  • Art in Bloom-Drop in Art Activity for Families
  • Regional artist Monica Loney

Art in Bloom


Craft Kids Museum Nature & outdoors Visual arts
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Meridian Place

30 Simcoe Street

Barrie, ON



Offered in English and French.

Wheelchair accessible.


During Open Air Dunlop, stop by Meridian Place for the grand reveal of the Nature Play Trailer with designs created by youth under the guidance of regional artist Monica Loney. Create your own version of a local pollinator flower in a fun drop-in art activity!

Monica Loney is a visual artist and recent recipient of the 2022 Emerging Artist Award for the City of Barrie. She is a public art activist, leading art walks and instructing around the topic. Her commissioned works can be seen throughout Simcoe County. Two of her more notable pieces are the strawberry mural on Maple Ave (where she assisted Toronto artist Bareket Kezwer) and the latest Brightening Barriers installation outside of P_zaa in downtown Barrie. Monica believes in art's ability to empower individuals and unite communities



MacLaren Art Centre

The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, Simcoe County and surrounding area. Our mission is to engage and enrich the immediate and larger community by providing innovative and relevant contemporary visual arts programming. We believe in the transformative power of the arts and their capacity to enrich understanding, empathy and creativity. As an art museum, the MacLaren is engaged with the collection, conservation, presentation, documentation, promotion and appreciation of contemporary Canadian visual art for the benefit, enrichment and enjoyment of public audiences. The Gallery has a Permanent Collection of artworks held in trust for the public and presents a year-round program of innovative exhibitions, unique experiential art education activities and special events. Education provides the unifying link that activates our collections and exhibitions, and fosters an understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.

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MacLaren Art Centre Barrie, ON

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