Rouge: Varley Gala

Get in on the fun and join the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham at our annual fundraising gala!

About the Event

Friday, October 16, 2020
7:00 PM

Musical Entertainment | Live and Silent Auctions | Wine Pull and more!

This annual fundraising event is hosted by the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham, in support of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s exhibitions, collection and education programs.
For the first time ever, we are going VIRTUAL! Dress code: as fancy as you want to be! 

Message from Terrence Pochmurski, Chair, Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham is pleased to announce its fourth annual Gala fundraiser is taking place on Friday, October 16, 2020. Our goal this year is raise significant funds to support the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s exhibitions, public and educational programs.

In 2019, the Varley Art Gallery received a Best Exhibition of the Year award (in the Exhibition under $10,000.00 category) at the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) gala for Moving through darkness into the clearing. The exhibition featured historical works from the gallery’s permanent collection shown alongside contemporary photographic works by Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), both complemented and challenged the work by members of the Group of Seven that were on display. The Gallery was also shortlisted for Exhibition of the Year: Budget under $20,000—Thematic for Refuge, an exhibition which dwelled upon issues of boundaries, permanence, interconnectivity and exchange.

The OAAG Awards recognize excellence within Ontario’s public galleries, and the Varley Art Gallery is among the leaders.

In order to reach our goal, we need your help. As part of our local business community, we kindly invite you to consider sponsoring the event or donating an item or service. Your contribution will make a huge difference in helping us accomplish our fundraising goals. With your help, we can do it!
On behalf of the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham Board, thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to collaborating with your business.

Vibrant communities support a variety of activities within and outside their neighbourhoods. Children who actively participate in arts and cultural activities grow to become adults who keep their communities alive and well…great places to live, work, play and enjoy life.

The Gala raises funds each year to support programs for children and adults who wish to develop and enhance their skills, foster life-long interests and appreciate the arts. All are important elements to developing a well-rounded person.

We need your help to keep the love of painting, the arts and our heritage alive.  Donate an item or gift certificate to our gala silent auction! This is a great opportunity to contribute to the community’s artistic development and growth. You will receive a charitable donation receipt for the fair market value of your donation, issued in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency regulations. Gift cards/certificates that are donated and issued by the business are not eligible to receive a donation receipt.

View the 2019 event photos courtesy of  Louis Li Photography here

Are you looking for your red carpet photos courtesy of Adam Tonon? Find those here!

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