Artist Director, Anita Gilray B.A.Hon.,B.F.A


Student Testimonials

Farmhouse Art School, Founder and Director Anita Gilray 

since 1986 in Collingwood, Blue Mountain and now to The Bruce Peninsula 

… and growing strong enriching Students, Associates and Alumnae as they discover the freedom of their unique artistic expression. Congratulations to our Graduates, Scholarship and Community Award recipients !


meet Director, Anita Gilray B.A. Hons. B.F.A. … scroll down 

Queen’s University, Kingston Canada, Ruskin School of Oxford University, England, Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA, Leo Marchutz School, American Institute University, Aix en Provence, France. Exhibitions and International Collections: Paintings, Drawings, Etchings and Lithographs; Printmaker Crown Point Press, San Francisco, New York 1985.

 Anita Gilray B.A.Hon.,B.F.A.  

 Business, Community, and Education

 2000-20018 Gallery Canada      Director Founder

International corporation web based art gallery, global export and import. Web developer, sales and marketing, shipping, purchasing, data base. Canada’s foremost renowned Baffin Island Inuit soapstone sculpture artists.

1986-2018 Farmhouse Art School, Director Founder, in Blue Mountains and The Bruce Penninsula    

Studio and Outdoors Fine Arts Education: design, facilitate, sales, marketing, events, fundraising, media, 3900 graduates, as well as Programming for Simcoe/Grey/Bruce County District Schools, Ontario Colleges.

2000-2018 Farmhouse Art School, Art Therapy, Collingwood, ON    Director, Program Facilitator

Client centered delivery, Meaford Community Living, March of Dimes, Errinrung Retirement & Nursing Residence Thornbury, Meaford Retirement and Nursing Home, Collingwood Nursing Home, Bay Haven Retirement and Nursing Residence, Pine Villa, and Sunset Manor Collingwood. Including AHD, ADD, autism, dual diagnosis, behavior disorders, schizophrenia, Down’s, brain injury, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia.

2000-2002  Collingwood Chamber Commerce Web Manager, Events, Membership

Web Manager and Events Coordinator: AGM Awards, Silent Auction, Database

1994-1997 Bruce County Museum and Cultural Center Juror of Exhibitions County Bruce

1994-1995 Director, Southampton Art School, Corporation Town of  Southampton, ON

Artschool Director and Program Developer of Municipality Art School, 25 workshops, 500 registrants, 3200 members in Community Arts. Multi media marketing, program design, brochure graphics, print, radio, and T.V. Retail sales and wholesale supply, employee contracts, events coordinator. Federal / provincial grants and loan submission successes, 1,200 employee/volunteers. Sales and membership increases of 140% recognition factor, 300% province wide

Business in Community, Program Development and Education

2001-2002 Enterprise Tech Center, Collingwood, ON Technology in Business

Web Authoring Design: Photoshop, Go Live, Illustrator, Flash, Cakewalk

1995-1997 Enterprise Business Ctr. Collingwood ON

 Cash- flow, income projection, market research 

1988-2009 The Ontario Real Estate Association License

 University Education

Anita Gilray B.A.Hons. B.F.A.

 Two University Degrees and Graduate School Study:

1982-1988 Academy of Art University, San Francisco B.F.A., Masters Study: Painting, Printmaking

1981-1982 The Ruskin School, Oxford University, England Fine Arts Grad Study

1980-1981 Institute American Université, Aix en Prov, France Cert.d’Étude, Leo Marchutz  

1975-1979 Queen’s University, Kingston, ON  B.A. Hon. Phil. 4 year Honors

 Professional Profile in Community

2007- 2008 Clarksburg Community Living ON Art Therapy Day Program Director, Special Needs Adults

2007-2008   Meaford   Community   Living  ON Art Therapy Day Program Director,  Special Needs Adults

1995-1996 Georgian College, Collingwood, ON Studio, Art History Instructor 

1991-1998 Simcoe County School Board, ON Studio Art Instructor

Collingwood Collegiate, Connaught Public School, Mountainview Public School, Admiral Public School

1990-1993 Georgian Bay Dance, National Ballet of Canada Director of Studio Arts

Affiliate Jane Wooding-Pugh, National Ballet of Canada Collingwood, ON

1985-1987 Crown Point Press, San Francisco, New York Printmaker Intaglio Etching

Intaglio Etching: print maker, production, Archives and Exhibitions

1982-1985 City of El Cerrito- San Francisco CA Community Arts Outreach Supervisor

Daycare Director State of California U.C.Berkeley CA Program Design

1980-1982 Ashmoleum Museum of Art, Oxford England Exhibitions Associate

1977-1979 Kingston Public Library Kingston ON Arts Program Founder Director

Civic Appointments and Integrated Community Membership

1994- 2012 Ontario Acquired Brain Injury A.B.I. Advocacy and Support

1994- 2008 Ontario March of Dimes Art Therapy, Facilitator

1994-1997 Bruce County Museum and Cultural Center Juror of Exhibitions County Bruce

1990-1997 Collingwood Public Library Corporation Blue Mountain Foundation, Arts Council Advisor

1990-1997 Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Manager Web Coordinating

1988-1994 Toronto Sunnybrook Cancer Clinic Patient Family Outreach Forum

1977-1979 Dept. Philosophy, Queen’s University President, Student Council