• 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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  • Vintages at the Varley 2017

    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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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-McK

ay 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 Current Exhibitions:

Mother Tongue (May 13 – September 4, 2017)

Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Raafia Jessa, Jihee Min, Yvonne Singer, Shellie Zhang, Alize  Zorlutuna

Language is a universal and abstract system of sounds and symbols. Yet, the social, political and cultural contexts in which a language is spoken greatly affects its development and usages. In ever increasingly globalized societies, our sociolinguistic identity is not often singular.  The language we speak at home, or learned as a child – our mother tongue – may not be the same one used in our everyday lives. Mother Tongue invites us to consider the complex relationships that exist between language and identity; how it defines who we are and how it can inform visual artistic practice.

Present | Perfect | Continuous (May 13 – September 4, 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.

Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day (May 13 – September 4, 2017)

As part of Present | Perfect | Continuous, a yearlong exhibition celebrating the Varley Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary, Jon Sasaki was invited to create new work in response to our archival holdings. An unused panel from Varley’s studio left in stormy weather is a meditation on the depictions of atmospheric elements in Varley’s paintings and on the physical environment they are stored and displayed in. Varley’s junk drawer of 1969 made useful in the present is an attempt to imbue a collection of random ‘bits and pieces’ with a new purpose.


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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