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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Upcoming Fundraising Events

The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham are proud to announce their fundraising events for 2019! As patrons, donors and sponsors of the Varley-McKay 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

Friday, October 18, 2019 | Toronto Marriott Markham

Cocktail reception 6:00 p.m. | Dinner | Live and Silent Auctions | Live Musical Performances

Proud supporters of the Varley Art Gallery’s Summer 2019 Exhibitions:

Our Children: Reflections of Childhood in Historical Canadian Art (April 13 – June 23, 2019)

From staged commissioned portraits to lighthearted scenes of leisure, this exhibition explores the portrayal of children by Canadian artists in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Collectively, these works offer insight into the changing conceptions of childhood within Canadian settler societies, including family dynamics, gender roles and class structures. Featuring many prominent artists from this broad period including Paul Kane, Cornelius Krieghoff, Robert Harris and Charlotte Schreiber, the works also speak to the development of a Canadian artistic milieu.

Nava Waxman: Choreographed Marks

Through a series of photographic works, Markham-based artist Nava Waxman explores the performative aspects of painting — incorporating elements of dance and visual arts. Waxman is interested in ideas of movement, temporality and space in the creation of mark making gestures, and uses variation, repetition and sequence to establish a visual rhythm in her practice.
This exhibition is part of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

Sara Niroobakhsh: Zaghareet
A zaghroutah (plural zaghareet) is a piercing cry. In Niroobakhsh’s interactive, multi-channel video installation, looping and overlapping videos of women performing zaghareet respond to the movement of the visitor. For Niroobakhsh, the exposure of a Western audience to a cry, which communicates many meanings and purposes, is part of her ongoing exploration of femininity as expressed through Middle Eastern cultural practices.
Free Admission to the Varley Art Gallery sponsored by:

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.