About the Foundation

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation supports the Varley Art Gallery of Markham through its activities and investments.  The Foundation supports art acquisitions, conservation of the art collection, educational programs, exhibition research and an energetic volunteer program.

The primary sources of funds are the McKay endowment proceeds for education and art acquisitions and our two main annual fundraising events:  Vintages at the Varley in April and Rouge: Varley Gala in October.

Proceeds are applied to our volunteer program, art conservation, exhibition research, art acquisitions and educational program development.

By supporting the Foundation you can build on our successes of great exhibitions, art of the highest quality and innovative public programs.

Board of Directors

L to R: Craig McOuat (Vice-Chair), Terrence Pochmurski (Chair), Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong, Matthew Reilly, Amin Giga (Treasurer), Edie Yeomans, John Ingram, Sammy Lee, Howard Back (Past-Chair)

In 2019, the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham welcomed 4 new members to its board: Jim Schimdt, Lisa-Joy Facey, Carolyn LeQuere, and Ward 3 Councillor, Reid McAlpine. 

Our Support of the Varley Art Gallery

Our fundraising efforts allow us to support the mandate of the Varley Art Gallery in offering outstanding exhibitions, public events, workshops, art camps and curriculum-based educational learning for all ages and abilities, and assist the Gallery to acquire works of art to enhance their collection. We seek to promote the love of art and culture in our community.