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.
Proud supporters of the Varley Art Gallery’s Current Exhibitions:
Instants passing through the air I breathe (January 23, 2016 – May 8, 2016)
Sarah Cale combines aspects of painting and collage to create colourful and intricate artworks. On one hand, her paintings are the result of a meticulous process that exploits the physicalities of her medium, while on the other, they are poetic musings on the creative process itself.
Cale’s work stems from a desire to move beyond conventional forms of abstraction. For this reason, there is a large degree of experimentation and spontaneous creation in her process.
As an attempt to go deeper into her own artistic process, Cale has created a body of work that is an extension of herself, and integrated into her everyday life.
Sarah Cale, Into Shards, Crude Stars, 2015
On Your Mark (January 23, 2016 – May 8, 2016)
F.H. Varley, Kate Wilson, Claire Scherzinger
On Your Mark is the catalyst for a study of the products and processes of mark making, a thematic thread which is woven throughout our 2016 exhibition programming. From both a historic and contemporary perspective, our exhibitions explore how artists use marks as both a means to an end, and as ends in themselves. F.H. Varley studies are displayed alongside the works of Kate Wilson and Claire Scherzinger, two contemporary artists who explore specific trends in drawing today.
Kate Wilson, Botanicals in Motion, 2009
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.