Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction 2019


Photo: André Beneteau

Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction

Friday, November 15, 7 to 11 pm

Public Preview: November 9 to 15, 2019
Free Public Tour of Auction Highlights: November 13, 6 to 7 pm

On November 15 at the MacLaren Art Centre in downtown Barrie, artworks by more than 100 artists from across Ontario will fill the galleries for the 29th annual Off the Hook: Silent Art Auction. Attendees can also bid on a selection of great prizes from local retailers. Beyond continuing to support arts education in the region and the livelihood of participating artists, this year’s silent auction asks everyone involved to reflect on the importance of water in our daily lives. The water theme will be brought to life through:

  • A Live Auction at 8:00 pm on November 15 featuring five prestigious artworks by Canadian artists who have continually dealt with the subject of water in their practice
  • An introduction to the artists involved in the Simcoe Watershed Art Project
  • Sponsorship from Ontario’s very own flow alkaline spring water
  • Inspired catering by Cravings, Michael & Marion’s, The Farmhouse and Holly’s Sweets & Eats
  • Donations from local businesses and individuals conscious of the vital importance of water

New this year is our BUY IT NOW programme! For those who don’t want to risk being outbid on an artwork, during the preview from November 9 to 15 visitors may purchase an auction artwork at full value and receive a complimentary $50 auction ticket with a bid number. Artworks sold during the preview may not be removed from the MacLaren until 10 pm on the night of the auction.

Join us for a free guided tour of the art auction highlights on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 7 pm led by MacLaren Curator Emily McKibbon, Kalaman+Demetriou Art Consultant and Collector Carol Ann Ryan and Artist/Curator Jill Price.

Artists to be featured in Live Auction include:
Frances Cockburn, Erika DeFreitas, Yam Lau, Sue Miller and Bewabon Shilling

Other artists who have generously contributed artworks to this year’s auction include: Robert Achtemichuk, Peter Adams, Matt Bahen, Therese Bolliger, Pauline Bradshaw, Jason Brown, Marlene Bulas, Stephen Cruise, Tanya Cunnington, Cathy Daley, Laura Dawe, Jason Dunda, Gary Evans, Michael Farnan, Nahúm Flores, Tori Foster, Midori Fullerton, James Gillespie, John Gould, Sadko Hadzihasanovic, April Hickox, Janet Jones, Gita Karklins, Ila Kellermann, Nancy Kembry, Joan LeBoeuf, Jeanette Luchese, Tim Laurin, Christina Luck, Virginia Mak, Robert Marchessault, Ilyana Martinez, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Charles Meanwell, Laura Moore, Marlene Hilton Moore, Stu Oxley, Rod Prouse, Mike Pszczonak, Milena Roglic, Cheryl Ruddock, Scott Sawtell, Ron Shuebrook, Ryan Sobkovich, Derek Sullivan, M.J. Steenberg, Amy Switzer, Frances Thomas, Alice Teichert, Julia Vandepolder, Regina Williams, Olexander Wlasenko and many more.

All of the artworks in the auction are on display in the free preview at the MacLaren from November 9 to 15, 2019. Auction tickets are $50 each and can be purchased online here or at the MacLaren front desk. For more information call 705-721-9696 or visit

The MacLaren gratefully acknowledges the Art Auction sponsors: TD Wealth Kempenfelt Asset Management Group, Barriston Law and the Downtown Barrie Business Association


About the MacLaren Art Centre
The MacLaren Art Centre is the regional public art gallery serving the residents of Barrie, the County of Simcoe and the surrounding area. The Gallery has a significant permanent collection of contemporary Canadian art and presents a year-round programme of innovative exhibitions, education activities and special events. Proceeds from this event are shared with the artists and support MacLaren visual arts education programmes in the region.

The MacLaren Art Centre is a registered charity and relies on public and private support for its operations and programmes. The MacLaren Art Centre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Artists, Members, Patrons, Donors, Sponsors, Partners, City of Barrie, Ontario Arts Council, Government of Ontario, 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 hand at the intersection of Collier Street and Mulcaster Street. Construction may affect local traffic flow. Please visit the for updated information.

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

Wheelchair accessible