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.
Looking for the Varley Art Gallery? Please visit their official website www.varleygallery.ca
Proud supporters of the Varley Art Gallery’s Current Exhibitions:
Jeff Nye: Recovery Rooms (September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017)
Jeff Nye’s paintings are physical explorations of loss and memory: his work reflecting upon the ways in which time and emotion distorts our relationships to the built environment. Each work featured in Recovery Rooms depicts abstracted elements of both domestic and institutional spaces, settings of particular significance to the artist, including homes, workspaces and hospital rooms. Architectural details, such as walls, windows and floorboards seemingly appear and disappear from these canvases, caught somewhere between the remembered past and the physical present.
Rock, Water, Tree: Group of Seven Works in the Jack MacQuarrie Collection (September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017)
Drawing on the Jack MacQuarrie Collection, and supplemented by works from the Varley Art Gallery’s permanent holdings, this exhibition explores the recurring compositional blocks of rock, water, tree, among others. Combined in numerous ways to produce the iconic images of the Group of Seven, they offer a surprising range of mood and meaning.
Innovative Spirit: The Prints and Drawings of Pudlo Pudlat (September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017)
A showcase of works on paper by Inuit artist Pudlo Pudlat (1916-1992) exploring his rich and varied engagement with mark making. As an important figure in the development of drawing in Cape Dorset, Pudlat combined both traditional and modern imagery to depict the changing world around him.
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.