The below Councillor-led community improvement art projects were completed in consultation with the Barrie Public Art Committee.
the east end (puzzled) at Eastview Arena by Andrew Maize, 2022, is a composite of 36 stitched photographs, creating what appears to be a seamless image of community members piecing together a puzzle of the east end of Barrie. Can you spot the inconsistencies? Can you see your house? What else can you find? The puzzle photographed in this mural is available for the public to use during regular open hours at the downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library.
Andrew Maize makes art and is curious about the possibilities inherent in the collective act of puzzling. He is a graduate of Eastview Secondary School.
About Time (Hourglass) and About Time (Lightening Bolt) at East Bayfield Park by Derek & Tracey Martin, 2022, are a pair of sculptures intended to increase awareness of pollinators, the significant loss of their habitats, and the impact of that loss on their populations and ecosystems. Barrie-based artists Derek and Tracey Martin created these original works of art in response to this timely issue for this specific setting in East Bayfield Park. The sculptures remind us that our ecosystems are under threat and time is running out.
The cut-out butterfly forms are modelled after monarchs and their shape serves as a lyrical and hopeful counterpoint to the sense of urgency signaled by the hourglass and raw power of nature suggested by the lightening bolts.
In his sculptural practice, Derek Martin works mainly in metal, creating large-scale welded steel objects of art. Tracey Martin moves easily between sculptural work and material arts. Together they created MAR-10house/TraceyAnneMartin studio where they have been making art objects full time for almost 40 years.
Native Species Illustrations at Wyman Jacques Arboretum Hope Garden (located in Sunnidale Park) by Mar Lewis, 2021, is seven panels featuring native species illustrations, each showcasing a bird, a butterfly, and a plant native to our region. The brightly coloured illustrations are labelled with the common and the Latin name for each species.
Mar Lewis is a local artist with a passion for collecting, photographing, painting, printmaking and digital drawing. She is most inspired when immersed in the natural world around her.
Lampman Lane Park Mural brings together the thoughts and ideas of Andrew Hunter Elementary School students in grades six through eight who wished to create a permanent addition to their neighborhood park (Lampman Lane Park). Mentored by local artist and parent, Cheryl Daniells, the students were engaged in all aspects of the design and production of the mural. The subjects addressed in the composition include nature, wildlife, physical activities, community concerns, and social justice.
Cheryl Daniells studied art at the University of Waterloo, the Toronto School of Art, and various workshops throughout Ontario. She currently resides in Barrie where she actively volunteers at the Barrie Art Club.