• Humans of the Varley: Xiaojing Yan

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

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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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Looking for the Varley Art Gallery? Please visit their official website www.varleygallery.ca

Upcoming Fundraising Events

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham are proud to announce their fundraising events 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.

Rouge: Varley Gala
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Cocktail reception 6:00 p.m. | Dinner | Live and Silent Auctions | Live Performance by Jim Cuddy
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 Upcoming Exhibitions:


Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods (September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018)

Markham-based Xiaojing Yan is known for her intricate sculptural installations that explore the intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. Her work is at once simple and complex; concrete and abstract; personal and universal. By exploring traditional Chinese mythology and folklore, Yan revisits her own identity as a first generation Canadian and offers contemporary perspectives on issues of mortality, belonging and contemplation.

Present | Perfect | Continuous (September 23, 2017 – January 7, 2018)
Featuring works by Zeb Farber 


To celebrate the Varley Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of their most popular works by F.H. Varley will be on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists will bring new insights to the study of F.H. Varley’s work from their collection. This fall, Zev Farber presents Machine Fantasies/Human Events, a project that examines the intersection of art, technology and family memory.

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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