Regional artist John Hartman is slated to receive MacLaren Art Centre’s Legacy Award at a dinner event at Barrie. He is being honoured for his commitment to building up arts communities and his active support of the work of young artists.

In 2010, Hartman created and funded a bursary awarded annually to promising young artists at the beginning of their careers. In 2013, he co-created the Wally King Bursary for the Georgian Bay Land Trust and has funded one of the two annual awards from 2013 to present. The awards are given to two applicants in the creative or scientific fields who are doing original work centering on the shoreline of Georgian Bay.

Hartman first began exploring his home landscape, the Georgian Bay shoreline, after graduating from art school in 1974. He has traveled across Canada for repeated sketching trips. From 2003 until 2014, Hartman began painting aerial views, documenting cities from coast to coast.

During his 45-year career as a visual artist, Hartman has had 128 solo exhibitions and his work has been included in 115 group exhibitions at museums, art galleries and artist-run spaces across Canada and in New York, London, Copenhagen, Santa Fe, San Francisco and New Orleans. His work is widely collected and is in the permanent collections of more than 40 Canadian and international museums and public galleries.

He has also been an active volunteer in the cultural community, serving on the boards of various arts organizations in Simcoe County and beyond since the late 1980s. He is currently chair of the  Midland Cultural Centre.

The MacLaren Legacy Dinner heralds the beginning of Carnegie Days, a festival of art and language inspired by the gallery’s origins as Barrie’s public library. The evening also features award-winning author Amy Jones, who will speak about her work and read from her book, We’re All in This Together.

The event helps to raises funds in support of the gallery’s exhibitions and programs.  It takes place on Sept. 27 from 6-10:30 pm. Tickets are $180 (which includes a $100 donation receipt) and available by calling Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or by email [email protected].

Photo: John Hartman, pictured here in his studio, will be honoured with MacLaren Art Centre’s Legacy Award on Sept. 27.

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