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.​​​

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.  

LocationArtist and piece name 
Michael & Marion’s
89 Bayfield St. 
​​Garden Party by PRNT Collective
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
The North
49 Mary Street
North Winds by Amy Bagshaw​
North Country
10 Dunlop Street East
The Land Between Rama and Barrie I & II by The Birdbath Collaboration
Kenzington Burger Bar
40 Dunlop Street East
​It's a Dog's Life by Christina Luck
Groovy Tuesday's Bistro​ 
73 Collier Street
How it Rolls at the Pond by Rod Prouse

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. ​​