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First responders showcase work in 2019 Steel Spirit art collective

October 28, 2019  By Staff

Photo: Barbara Brown

The Steel Spirit art gallery, comprised of  artwork submissions by military personnel and first responders, returned to Barrie, Ont. earlier this month to continue connecting people with the stories behind the art. This year also marks the first time the gallery will be traveling to Nova Scotia.

Steel Spirit, which held its first reception in 2017, is unique, according to founder and organizer Barbara Brown, in that biographies accompany all of the works on display.

“These galleries are about people and their artwork is that window for the community,” Brown said. “The Steel Spirit aims to give recognition and thanks to all of those in the services.”

This fall a collection of 68 pieces of art were on display at Barrie City Hall from 30 artists. Submissions were from officers and personnel of all backgrounds, ranks and ages, serving or retired, and from all levels of art experience. It also celebrates many different mediums.


The Steel Spirit 2019 reception in Barrie took place on Oct. 17, drawing more than 140 people.

“It was a beautiful display of art, but more so, it was also an inspiring event about the many stories of service,” Brown said.

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