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Markham & Unionville
216 Main Street (in historic Unionville), Markham ON L3R 2H1
Regular hours: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun 11-4; Thur 11-8; Sat 10-5. Guided tours at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Summer hours (Jul 1-Sep 7): Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun 11-4; Thur 11-8; Sat 10-5.
admission: FREE admission sponsored by IBM.
T: 905 477 7000 x3261
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www.varleygallery.ca
Winter 2017 exhibitions ... more
Winter 2017 exhibitions
Jan 21-Apr 23, 2017 | Winter exhibitions opening reception Sun 22 Jan, 2-4pm; preceded by artist talk & tour 1-2pm:
Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder. Launching the Varley Art Gallery's 2017 season is a solo exhibition by Markham-based painter Paul Fournier. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Fournier's creative production has evolved through a careful balance of spontaneity and intuition. Through expansive abstracted compositions, the artist uses painterly strokes and gestures as a means of expressing his personal observations of the natural world. These dramatic and colourful works reveal lush tropical greenery, underwater geological formations and distant celestial phenomena. Ultimately, they are a testament to Fournier's decade-long experimentation of his medium and his ongoing quest to depict the poetic and spiritual dimensions of nature.
Present | Perfect | Continuous. To celebrate the Varley Art Gallery's 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F. H. Varley is on view in the Collections Gallery. Both the exhibition and accompanying publication 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 our collection.
Susana Reisman: Standardizing Nature. Paired with F. H. Varley's "Second Growth, Lynn Peak" (c. 1932-1936), Susana Reisman's photographic series Standardizing Nature explores the transformation of trees into building materials used in the construction industry. With this work, Reisman encourages us to question and understand the reasoning and decision-making behind the "shape" of things. Specifically, she is concerned for the natural resources we harness from the earth and the form, function, and role they play in our everyday lives ... more
Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder. Launching the Varley Art Gallery's 2017 season is a solo exhibition by Markham-based painter Paul Fournier. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Fournier's creative production has evolved through a careful balance of spontaneity and intuition. Through expansive abstracted compositions, the artist uses painterly strokes and gestures as a means of expressing his personal observations of the natural world. These dramatic and colourful works reveal lush tropical greenery, underwater geological formations and distant celestial phenomena. Ultimately, they are a testament to Fournier's decade-long experimentation of his medium and his ongoing quest to depict the poetic and spiritual dimensions of nature.

Present | Perfect | Continuous. To celebrate the Varley Art Gallery's 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F. H. Varley is on view in the Collections Gallery. Both the exhibition and accompanying publication 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 bring new insights to the study of F. H. Varley's work from our collection.

Susana Reisman: Standardizing Nature. Paired with F. H. Varley's "Second Growth, Lynn Peak" (c. 1932-1936), Susana Reisman's photographic series Standardizing Nature explores the transformation of trees into building materials used in the construction industry. With this work, Reisman encourages us to question and understand the reasoning and decision-making behind the "shape" of things. Specifically, she is concerned for the natural resources we harness from the earth and the form, function, and role they play in our everyday lives.
Upcoming Summer exhibitions ... more
Upcoming Summer exhibitions
May 13-Sep 4, 2017 | Summer exhibitions opening reception Sat 13 May, 6-8pm:
Mother Tongue.
Present | Perfect | Continuous.
Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day ... more
Mother Tongue.

Present | Perfect | Continuous.

Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day.
Public programs ... more
Public programs
Fri 31 Mar, 7-10pm:
Art Social. $5. http://bit.ly/2iHHjmV. The party starts after the gallery closes. Art Social is a new way to experience our exhibitions – galleries and studios are filled with music, interactive art experiences, and mingling. Come out and join the party! ... more
Art Social. $5. http://bit.ly/2iHHjmV. The party starts after the gallery closes. Art Social is a new way to experience our exhibitions – galleries and studios are filled with music, interactive art experiences, and mingling. Come out and join the party!
Sat 13 May, 6-8pm:
Summer exhibitions opening reception. FREE. http://varleysummeropening.eventbrite.ca. Join us to celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions with a performance from Chun Hua Catherine Dong starting at 4pm, followed by the opening remarks and refreshments at 6pm. Opening reception sponsored by Oak Ridges Retirement Community. On view May 13-Sep 4, 2017: Mother Tongue. // Present | Perfect | Continuous. // Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day ... more
Summer exhibitions opening reception. FREE. http://varleysummeropening.eventbrite.ca. Join us to celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions with a performance from Chun Hua Catherine Dong starting at 4pm, followed by the opening remarks and refreshments at 6pm. Opening reception sponsored by Oak Ridges Retirement Community. On view May 13-Sep 4, 2017: Mother Tongue. // Present | Perfect | Continuous. // Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day.
Fri 26 May, 7-10pm:
Art Social. $5. http://varleyartsocial.eventbrite.ca. The party starts after the gallery closes. Art Social is a new way to experience our exhibitions – galleries and studios are filled with music, interactive art experiences, and mingling. Come out and join the party! ... more
Art Social. $5. http://varleyartsocial.eventbrite.ca. The party starts after the gallery closes. Art Social is a new way to experience our exhibitions – galleries and studios are filled with music, interactive art experiences, and mingling. Come out and join the party!
Sat & Sun 12noon-4pm, Jun 3 & 4:
Unionville Festival Family Activities. Enjoy FREE family-friendly activities facilitated by the Varley Art Gallery's program team all weekend long! The Varley has partnered with the Bowling League Arts Collective to host and support a day of arts programming on Sat 3 Jun for the #PlacesforAll150Project. The project is an inclusive, interactive and open forum that invites the public to reflect and consider what it means to be Canadian ... more
Unionville Festival Family Activities. Enjoy FREE family-friendly activities facilitated by the Varley Art Gallery's program team all weekend long! The Varley has partnered with the Bowling League Arts Collective to host and support a day of arts programming on Sat 3 Jun for the #PlacesforAll150Project. The project is an inclusive, interactive and open forum that invites the public to reflect and consider what it means to be Canadian.
Fri 9 Jun, 7:30pm:
PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 15. Pay-what-you-want. Connect with Markham's creative communities! Presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Tickets available starting May 1: http://pkmarkham.eventbrite.com ... more
PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 15. Pay-what-you-want. Connect with Markham's creative communities! Presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Tickets available starting May 1: http://pkmarkham.eventbrite.com.
Wed 14 Jun, 6:30-9pm:
Vintages at the Varley. $75 / ticket. http://vintagesatthevarley.eventbrite.ca. Enjoy an evening of fine wines, culinary delights, and a live jazz performance ... more
Vintages at the Varley. $75 / ticket. http://vintagesatthevarley.eventbrite.ca. Enjoy an evening of fine wines, culinary delights, and a live jazz performance.
Jul 1-3, 11am-4pm:
Canada Day Celebrations. FREE. Join us to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at the Varley! We have a full weekend of events, including an Artists' Stamp Collection launch, a performance by Jon Sasaki, and hands-on art activities ... more
Canada Day Celebrations. FREE. Join us to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday at the Varley! We have a full weekend of events, including an Artists' Stamp Collection launch, a performance by Jon Sasaki, and hands-on art activities.
Thursday 7-9:30pm, Apr 6-May 25:
Life Drawing Drop-in. Join us this winter and spring! Artists have the opportunity to work from both nude and costumed models (on alternating weeks) and build a social and artistic network by meeting and working amongst their peers. Visit our website for more information. https://goo.gl/giIKZg ... more
Life Drawing Drop-in. Join us every Thursday Apr 6-May 25, 7-9:30pm! Artists have the opportunity to work from both nude and costumed models (on alternating weeks) and build a social and artistic network by meeting and working amongst their peers. Visit our website for more information. https://goo.gl/giIKZg.
Summer Camps. This summer, campers will have the opportunity to engage with Canadian art through art camps inspired by our current exhibitions. Over the course of the nine-week summer camp season, we look forward to welcoming over 1,100 children in over 50 different camps to learn and explore through art. In addition to guided tours, discussions and hands-on studio activities, each camper will also participate in a Camp-wide project that celebrates Canada 150. Specific camps have been developed to focus on Canadian art including: Made in Canada, I Love Canadian Art, and O Canada. Visit www.varleygallery.ca for more information ... more
Summer Camps. This summer, campers will have the opportunity to engage with Canadian art through art camps inspired by our current exhibitions. Over the course of the nine-week summer camp season, we look forward to welcoming over 1,100 children in over 50 different camps to learn and explore through art. In addition to guided tours, discussions and hands-on studio activities, each camper will also participate in a Camp-wide project that celebrates Canada 150. Specific camps have been developed to focus on Canadian art including: Made in Canada, I Love Canadian Art, and O Canada. Visit www.varleygallery.ca for more information.
Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm:
Public tours. We offer FREE public tours. Led by our talented and highly trained docents, you can learn more about our current exhibitions, Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder. Susana Reisman: Standardizing Nature. Present | Perfect | Continuous (Jan 21-Apr 23, 2017). There is no need to register – simply join us in the Gallery lobby ... more
Public tours. We offer FREE public tours. Led by our talented and highly trained docents, you can learn more about our current exhibitions, Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder. Susana Reisman: Standardizing Nature. Present | Perfect | Continuous (Jan 21-Apr 23, 2017). There is no need to register – simply join us in the Gallery lobby.
McKay Art Centre
On view at McKay Art Centre – 197 Main Street, Unionville. FREE.
Once the home of F. H. Varley, this historic site features art exhibitions by community artists. Visit our website for more information: www.varleygallery.ca ... more
On view at McKay Art Centre – 197 Main Street, Unionville. FREE.
Once the home of F. H. Varley, this historic site features art exhibitions by community artists. Visit our website for more information: www.varleygallery.ca.
(See also Community Courses – click here) ... more
(See also Community Courses – click here).