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The club is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, as well as Monday mornings in the colder months. We are very fortunate to have an our own studio/gallery to meet at.  We are entirely run by volunteers, so our activities rely on volunteer commitment and availability.   Members, please refer to the online calendar for schedule details.

Programs

DROP-INS (free/$, members' walk-in)

Spend time with a circle of peers doing art
2 hours in the morning or 3.5 hours in the afternoon

Open Studio Drop-ins (free)

  • Free to members
  • Unstructured studio time: Bring your supplies, ideas and or works in progress to create in the medium of your choice.
  • Learn from each other, seek out a friendly critique, receive and offer encouragement, exchange ideas...

themed DROP-INS (FREE/occasional shared cost)

  • Topics vary. Themed Drop-Ins are driven by the interest of our members who step forward to host them.   
  • Each group chooses how often they meet:  once a month, twice a month, once a week.
  • No need to sign up in advance, just join in.
  • Typically free, but a group sometimes chooses to share in the cost of supplies or a resource like a life model.
  • Abstracts, Still Life, Art Journaling and Mixed Media, Portraiture, Life Drawing, Watercolours, Painting...

PLEIN AIR MEET-UP/drop-in (FREE)

  • Join our Plein Air Meet-up group -- a special flavour of Drop-In that takes place away from the club -- "in the open air".
  •  Rendezvous with the group at various spots, or carpool to get there, then draw and paint outside to capture animals, buildings, boats, or the beauty of nature.
  • Meet at the club during the winter months to work from your reference photos, or finish in the studio what you started outside.

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WORKSHOPS ($, registration required)

  • Professional artist-instructors teach workshops for beginners to experienced artists.  
  • As a volunteer-organized non-profit effort, workshop fees for are kept as low as possible for our members.
  •  One-day "Weekend Workshops ($WEW): typically one Saturday per month. Members enjoy a discount.  
  •  "Weekday Workshops" ($WDW): a series of 4 weekly classes that usually run Thursday mornings or evenings.  Workshop fees are incredibly low.

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ART TALKS (free,  members' walk-in)

  • Enjoy a free evening demo / presentation once a month. 
  • The featured guest inspires, demonstrates an art form, technique, shares product info...
  • A variety of topics of interest to artists
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THEMES TO INSPIRE & challenge (free)

  • Rise to the challenge, and be encouraged to create a painting, drawing, collage, etc on a different theme each month. Size of your exhibit is to be no larger than 20" by 24" with the proper hooks and wiring for hanging.
  • Then be part of the themed exhibit on the Members’ Gallery Wall 
  • Vote for your favourites for the Peoples Choice Award.
  • Winners of the Peoples Choice Award (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Place) then have the opportunity to have their painting, drawing hang for one month in public places in Barrie.

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Community

WEBSITE

  • Never miss an club happening! Check the At a Glance page for a summary, or view the calendar for details
  • Keep track of upcoming themes for our monthly members show.
  • Pay for your membership and workshop registrations online via Paypal.
  • A directory of fellow members. (You control whether your name is listed, and what information you share, including a photo gallery.) 
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Social Events

  • Spend time with others who value art at our show openings
  • Enjoy the company of fellow members at our annual Christmas social
  • Paint and socialize, and enjoy a treat at our monthly "Painters' Cafe"

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The HURONia Festival of arts and crafts at Kempenfest

The Huronia Festival of Arts and Crafts (HVAC) is jointly run by the Barrie Art Club and the Kiwanis Club of Barrie.  This festival constitutes arts and fine crafts component of  Kempenfest.  The vision of HVAC is to create an opportunity for juried artists and artisans to to sell their quality creations.  

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Supporting The Arts Localy

Part of the Barrie Art Club's vision is to support art in the community beyond just our members.  This activity has included:

  • Supporting local artists by hiring them to teach in our workshops program, and by offering a 'Working Artist' directory for artists to advertise their services to members and the public
  • Supporting the wider artist community, and bringing art to the community by supporting the Barrie Spring Art Tour (and sale), and by running the Huronia Festival of Arts and Crafts at Kempenfest each year
  • Participating in community art events like the mural project, and the twin city project
  • Providing grants to students attending Georgian College's Fine Arts Program
  • Financially supporting community art programs including The Van Go Program at the MacLaren Art Centre which brings professional artists into the school to deliver visual art experiences to elementary students
  • Donating/loaning member art the enhance public spaces like the Royal Victoria Hospital, and the Barrie City Hall municipal offices

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Volunteering

Express your love of art by supporting the Barrie Art Club with your time.  We are a non-profit, volunteer organization and are run entirely by our volunteer members. Members work together towards the ongoing success of The Barrie Art Club.  Volunteers give their time as they are able, a few hours a week, bi-weekly, monthly, or at occasional or annual events.

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Resources

ARTISTS NETWORK

Among fellow members, people have found:  

  • help with a troublesome art technique
  • a recommendation for a workshop
  • a connection for a teaching engagement
  • art supplies free/cheap from fellow members
  • a studio partner, a friend, an art show buddy
  • an honest critique, ideas for the direction of a piece, the encouragement to take artistic risks
  • support in returning to art-making after years away ... 

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OPPORTUNITIES TO EXHIBIT (most free)

BAC Monthly Featured Artists (free, sign-up)
  • Be one of two members each month who show a collection of their works.  Items may be priced for sale.
BAC Members Show (free, one piece / member)
  • Each month, join member artists of all levels of experience, share your work on a theme in our collective Members' Show.  Items may be priced for sale.  
The Members' Choice Awards:  The Edge Gallery and the Royal Bank (free, by members' vote)
  • Winning the monthly art challenge's Peoples' Choice, provides an opportunity to exhibit at the Club on the honour wall, then at the Royal Bank and the Edge Gallery. (No fee) The 1st choice artist may submit a collection of their work to be exhibited at The Edge Gallery in downtown Barrie.
The Simcoe County Museum (free, sign-up)
  • Our members' art graces the walls of The Simcoe County Museum.  The themed exhibit changes quarterly with all items for sale. 
The Barrie City Hall Rotunda (free, sign-up, one piece / member)
  • Hang your art in the Rotunda Show.  Once a year members to register and exhibit their work in the Rotunda at City Hall for a one month period. (No fee)
THE BARRIE spring art tour ($, application)
  • BAC participates in the Spring Art Tour each year. Members apply to be a part of the annual exhibition. There is a fee for registration in this tour.
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Our Lending Library

The Barrie Art Club has an excellent library of materials that references a medley of art mediums, artists, and art genres.  Many books are donated by members, and the club refreshes the collection with book and DVD purchases, and magazine subscriptions.

personal ONLINE GALLERY

Create a gallery of your own works of art on our website. Include a brief bio or artist's statement to share your inspiration and process.  Publish your gallery to other members, or keep it for private showing/viewing.  This online show of art can be used to impress friends, help you track your own progress, to show samples of work to potential clients...

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coming soon: artists-for-Hire Directory

Do you accept commissions, teach private or group art lessons? Advertise to the public. Upgrade your membership and be a part of a searchable public directory (by name, by service offered, by medium). Link to your website, share your gallery, advertise your upcoming workshops.

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Perks

Discounts

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Studio Rental

Our members rent the club facility for evening / weekend art meetings or workshops at minimal cost. 

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