• Varley-McKay Art Foundation Gala Celebrating 20 Years of the Varley Art Gallery

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  • Recruiting: Studio Monitors, Gallery Attendants and Special Events Volunteers

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    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

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Welcome to the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham (Charitable Registration Number 891618373RR0001) raises funds to support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, with a focus on art acquisitions, conservation of the art collection, educational programs and exhibition research. The Foundation also operates an active volunteer program to further support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.
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2017 Fundraising Schedule

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham are proud to announce their fundraising event schedule for 2017! This is a very important year as it is a celebration of the Varley Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary and Canada 150. As patrons, donors and sponsors of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation, your contribution ensures that we are able to continue supporting the Varley Art Gallery’s art acquisitions, exhibition research and educational programs.

Vintages at the Varley: Wines from France
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main Street Unionville, Markham, L3R 2H1
$75 | 19+ ID Required
Tickets: http://www.vintagesatthevarley.eventbrite.ca
Walk-around wine tasting featuring Chablis, Bordeaux, Châteauneauf-du-Pape and more!
Rouge: Varley Gala
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Cocktail reception 6:00 p.m. | Dinner | Live and Silent Auctions | Special musical guest (a big announcement is coming soon!)
Crystal Fountain Event Venue, 60 McDowell Gate, Markham, L6G 1B5
$150 individual | $2000 Corporate Table
Tickets: www.rougevarleygala.eventbrite.ca
Join us as we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Varley Art Gallery, Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of Tom Thomson’s death.


Proud supporters of the Varley Art Gallery’s Current Exhibitions:

Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder (January 21 – April 23, 2017)

A solo exhibition by Markham-based painter Paul Fournier. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Fournier’s creative production has evolved through a careful balance of spontaneity and intuition.Through expansive abstracted compositions, the artist uses painterly strokes and gestures as a means of expressing his personal observations of the natural world. These dramatic and colourful works reveal lush tropical greenery, underwater geological formations and distant celestial phenomena. Ultimately, they are a testament to Fournier’s decade-long experimentation of his medium and his ongoing quest to depict the poetic and spiritual dimensions of nature.

Present | Perfect | Continuous (January 21 – April 23, 2017)

Celebrating the Varley Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of the most popular works by F.H. Varley will be on view in the Collections Gallery. Both the exhibition and accompanying publication will highlight 20 years of acquisitions, acknowledge the role of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation in the development of the collection, and many donors who have contributed to its growth.

Grammatically, the Present Perfect Continuous is used with actions that began in the past but that are still continuing in the present. Symbolically, it implies the passing of time, something that is not fixed but always evolving. In this view, selected interventions by contemporary artists will bring new insights to the study of F.H. Varley’s work from the Varley Art Gallery’s collection.

Susana Reisman: Standarizing Nature (January 21 – April 23, 2017)

Paired with F.H. Varley’s Second Growth, Lynn Peak (c. 1932–1936), Susana Reisman’s photographic series Standardizing Nature explores the transformation of trees into building materials used in the construction industry. With this work, Reisman encourages us to question and understand the reasoning and decision-making behind the ‘shape’ of things. Specifically, she is concerned for the natural resources we harness from the earth and the form, function, and role they play in our everyday lives.

The Varley Art Gallery acknowledges the ongoing support of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham in the development, exhibition and conservation of our permanent collection.
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