Local Artist Highlights Historic Barrie

//Local Artist Highlights Historic Barrie
  • A black and white print sits on a shelf.

Local graphic artist and entrepreneur, Tyler Gooding is making history – quite literally – with typographic Barrie-centric art.

Having long appreciated the graphic art depicting the names of streets and locations in other famous towns, Gooding asked: “Why not Barrie?”

The result: Stunning typographic art posters paying homage to some of Barrie’s most historic streets.

Gooding’s new business, 67 & North – with a name inspired by Canada’s year of Confederation – launched a month ago with a commitment to rolling out unique art that highlights local communities. As a resident of Barrie, it was natural for Gooding to start with his hometown. Gooding’s intends to live up to his company’s slogan, “National Pride, Local Love”.

“In today’s society we often reflect on how ‘cool’ other countries may be and their iconic cities,” Gooding said. “Spreading awareness about local communities and their significance in Canada through typographic art is at the heart of this business.”

Gooding’s work has quickly caught the attention of some important leaders in the community.

“The minute I saw the collage of downtown Barrie street names, I was quick to put my order in,” said Councillor Sergio Morales. Morales recently commissioned Gooding to design a piece featuring street names in Ward 9, the area he represents.

Most recently, Gooding graciously presented two pieces to the Barrie Historical Archive to give away through its Facebook page.  If you are a resident of Barrie, make sure you visit the Facebook page and like and share the post featuring 67 & North to win one of these historical art pieces. The contest runs from Tuesday, February 7 to  Friday, February 10. A winner will be randomly selected and announced the following week.

To order a print for yourself or for more information about Tyler, his art and “67 & North” please visit his Facebook page or contact him directly at [email protected].

Downtown typographic prints (as pictured) sell for $50, and custom prints are also available.

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About the Author:

Billy Courtice is the Chair of the Barrie Historical Archive. Otherwise, he is a writer, reader and rampant ice cream eater who makes a living in strategic communications.
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