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Culture Days will return September 20 – October 13, 2024.

The Steel Spirit: Stories Behind the Art


Interdisciplinary Painting Visual arts
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Barrie Ontario

City of Barrie, ON



Offered in English.


The Steel Spirit hosts galleries of artwork created entirely by Military, First Responder & Hospital Practitioners. The galleries are a platform of recognition and thanks for the work that they do.

When most people hear 'art' they tend to only think of painting or drawing. We've had a much larger base of mediums involved with The Steel Spirit i.e. sculpture, photography, pottery, stained glass, leatherwork, woodburning, woodturning, metalwork, airbrushing etc. We even had a poetry submission in 2018 by a WWII vet. Fred submitted the poem he wrote over his 6 years fighting in Europe. He is 99 years old and still writes poetry today.

These stories are what create layers of depth to the artwork and makes The Steel Spirit galleries unique...these galleries are about people and the art is that window for the community.


City of Barrie

Building a Creative Future, the Barrie Arts & Culture Plan will evaluate the current condition of arts organizations, facilities and facility opportunities in Barrie and recommend a ten year direction.


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