The Barrie Spring Art Tour celebrates 11 years with new locations and more artists.

“We have a large group location at Victoria Village,” said Bonnie Ryerson, one of several tour coordinators this year. “There will be 12 artists in that one location as well as the studios and Barrie Art Club. We have over 30 artists this year.”

The tour encompasses a wide variety of art from painting to jewellery, wire sculpture to pottery and clay, wood, and more.

The tour also features a number of returning artists including Paul Shilling, who is back for this second year at the new location, Victoria Village, 146 Toronto St. Shilling comes from a family of artists that includes his grandfather Richard, a sister, and his famous brother Arthur Shilling, who encouraged him to become an artist. While his interest in art began as a child, he considers 1980 as his real beginning as an artist.

Born in Rama, he attended art studies at Georgian College in the early ’90s but is primarily self-taught. His work is informed through his life experience.

“For me, painting is a medium for healing, for celebrating the spirit, and it is a gift. It is an opportunity to explore and understand myself, and my place and relationship within the circle of creation,” he said.

The Barrie Spring Art Tour runs May 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is self-guided. See for tour map and more details.


photo: Paul Shilling’s painting Raven Vision

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