Featured Artist

Interested in being a Featured Artist or in suggesting someone who should be? Let us know! A Featured Artist can be a person or an organization involved in any creative activity that's making waves in our communty. Contact artsandculture@collingwood.ca

Current Featured Artist: Ann Clifford, sculptor

“A labour of love” is how artist and youth advocate Ann Clifford describes the Art Project Gallery in Collingwood, a new fine art gallery located on Hurontario Street. The gallery features 8 Canadian sculptors, painters and photographers who first met at the Creemore Artist Centre in 2004 and have been showing together ever since. “Collectors will be inspired,” says Ann. “There is something for everyone, from new home owners, designers and builders to art enthusiasts. We also take site specific commissions.”

Standard Bred detail by Ann CliffordAn accomplished sculptor, Ann works in bronze and clay, as well as large-scale woven metal sculptures which are one of her specialities. “It is a very satisfying dynamic, physical process for me to engage in as an artist. It brings my skills as a draftswoman together with my natural tendency to work in three dimension. I really enjoy making these pieces for interior and exterior environments, the larger the better!  Ann’s work is in art collections internationally.

The Mask Project by Ann Clifford







Ann is also a leading figure in experiential art therapy for youth struggling with addictive behaviour and mental health challenges. Ann currently runs an open studio program at Pine River Institute called “The Mask Project” where her sessions provide relationship building and empowerment through visual art making experiences for individuals and groups. Collaborative projects and workshops are offered to young people, parents, teachers, and front line workers in the health and human services sector. The Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts has established a “Young Artists” exhibition space where you can see some of the pieces created by Ann’s Pine River students.

The Art Project Gallery is located at 33 Hurontario Street and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. You can find out more about Ann at acliffordsculpture.com