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Brightening Barriers

A temporary public art project that brings original works by local and regional artists to patios throughout the downtown. 

With patio fencing serving as a canvas, Brightening Barriers offers an opportunity to turn the “barrier" of imposed separation into a collective artistic experience. This project supports visual artists by highlighting regional artists and original works of art. This project is organized by the Barrie Public Art Committee.​​

Guided walking tours: Saturday, July 9 

Guided walking tours ​of the 2022 Brightening Barriers public art exhibition will be offered Saturday, ​July 9 at 11 am and 1 pm. Learn what arts and cultural events are happening in your city! Meet at Meridian Place at the Invest Barrie tent. 

2022 Exhibition 

​​Nine restaurant patios in Barrie's downtown now have temporary art installations displayed on their patio fencing, and residents and visitors can explore downtown Barrie and support local businesses while appreciating the original works. The exhibition is on display until September 30, 2022.  

Artist and piece name 
Michael & Marion’s
89 Bayfield St. 

​​Garden Party by PRNT CollectivePRNT_Michaeland Marions.jpg
37 Dunlop Street West
Sweet Moves by Katie Green
​​McReilly’s Pub
82 Dunlop Street East ​
Peace by Neda Mazhab Jafari
Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery​ 
107 Dunlop Street East
Compliment Clouds by Petra Victoria

125 Dunlop Street East
Why We Knit by Tracey Anne Martin
why we knit.PNG

The North
49 Mary Street

North Winds by Amy Bagshaw​
Bagshaw_The North.jpg

North Country
10 Dunlop Street East

The Land Between Rama and Barrie I & II by The Birdbath CollaborationBirdbath Collaboration all panels north country.jpg

Kenzington Burger Bar
40 Dunlop Street East

​It's a Dog's Life by Christina Luck
Christina Luck kenzington 2.JPG

Groovy Tuesday's Bistro​ 
73 Collier Street

How it Rolls at the Pond by Rod Prouse
Prouse_FINAL install_Groovys.jpg

Artists were compensated for their work. The project was made possible by several sponsors: B + C Real Estate, Baytowne Hyundai, Carroll Heyd Chown LLP, the Downtown Barrie BIA, Flying Monkeys, Jackson’s Toyota, Joan and Bob Gilroy, Liz and Barry Peacock, Podhradsky Medicine Professional Corporation, and Royal Homes. ​​


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