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Markham & Unionville
216 Main Street (in historic Unionville), Markham ON L3R 2H1
Summer hours (Jul 1-Sep 7): Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun 11-4; Thur 11-8; Sat 10-5. Regular hours: Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun 11-4; Thur 11-8; Sat 10-5. Closed Dec 25, 26, Jan 1 and Good Friday.
admission: FREE admission.
T: 905 477 7000 x3261
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varley@markham.ca
www.varleygallery.ca
Summer exhibitions ... more
Summer exhibitions
May 13-Sep 4, 2017 | Summer exhibitions opening reception Sat 13 May, 6-8pm:
Mother Tongue: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Raafia Jessa, Jihee Min, Yvonne Singer, Shellie Zhang, Alize Zorlutuna. Language is a universal and abstract system of sounds and symbols. Yet, the social, political and cultural contexts in which a language is spoken greatly affect its development and usages. In ever increasingly globalized societies, our sociolinguistic identity is not often singular.  The language we speak at home, or learned as a child – our mother tongue – may not be the same one used in our everyday lives. Mother Tongue invites us to consider the complex relationships that exist between language and identity; how it defines who we are and how it can inform visual artistic practice.

Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day. As part of Present | Perfect | Continuous, a year-long exhibition celebrating the Varley Art Gallery's 20th anniversary, Jon Sasaki was invited to create new work in response to our archival holdings. An unused panel from F. H. Varley's studio left in stormy weather is a meditation on the depictions of atmospheric elements in Varley's paintings and on the physical environment in which they are stored and displayed. Varley's junk drawer of 1969 made useful in the present is an attempt to imbue a collection of random "bits and pieces" with a new purpose.

Present | Perfect | Continuous. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F. H. Varley are on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists bring new insights to the study of F. H. Varley's work from our collection ... more
Mother Tongue: Chun Hua Catherine Dong, Raafia Jessa, Jihee Min, Yvonne Singer, Shellie Zhang, Alize Zorlutuna. Language is a universal and abstract system of sounds and symbols. Yet, the social, political and cultural contexts in which a language is spoken greatly affect its development and usages. In ever increasingly globalized societies, our sociolinguistic identity is not often singular.  The language we speak at home, or learned as a child – our mother tongue – may not be the same one used in our everyday lives. Mother Tongue invites us to consider the complex relationships that exist between language and identity; how it defines who we are and how it can inform visual artistic practice.

Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day. As part of Present | Perfect | Continuous, a year-long exhibition celebrating the Varley Art Gallery's 20th anniversary, Jon Sasaki was invited to create new work in response to our archival holdings. An unused panel from F. H. Varley's studio left in stormy weather is a meditation on the depictions of atmospheric elements in Varley's paintings and on the physical environment in which they are stored and displayed. Varley's junk drawer of 1969 made useful in the present is an attempt to imbue a collection of random "bits and pieces" with a new purpose.

Present | Perfect | Continuous. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F. H. Varley are on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists bring new insights to the study of F. H. Varley's work from our collection.
Upcoming Fall exhibitions ... more
Upcoming Fall exhibitions
Sep 23, 2017 -- Jan 7, 2018 | Fall exhibitions opening reception Sun 24 Sep, 2-4pm:
Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods. Markham-based Xiaojing Yan is known for her intricate sculptural installations that explore the intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. Her work is at once simple and complex, concrete and abstract; personal and universal. The material qualities of her work, significant on both aesthetic and conceptual levels, are at the core of her practice. She transforms lingzhi mushrooms, star anise, freshwater pearls and cicadae, among others, to explore traditional Chinese mythology and folklore. Ultimately, Yan revisits her own identity as a first generation Canadian, while offering contemporary perspectives on issues of mortality, belonging and contemplation.

Present | Perfect | Continuous. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F. H. Varley is on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists bring new insights to the study of F. H. Varley's work from our collection. This fall, Zev Farber presents Machine Fantasies / Human Events, a project that examines the intersection of art, technology and family memory. Comprised of sound, drawing and sculptural elements, this new site-specific work explores ideas of emission / transmission / reception as a way of collapsing varied moments and narratives from the last half-century ... more
Xiaojing Yan: Out from among the tranquil woods. Markham-based Xiaojing Yan is known for her intricate sculptural installations that explore the intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. Her work is at once simple and complex, concrete and abstract; personal and universal. The material qualities of her work, significant on both aesthetic and conceptual levels, are at the core of her practice. She transforms lingzhi mushrooms, star anise, freshwater pearls and cicadae, among others, to explore traditional Chinese mythology and folklore. Ultimately, Yan revisits her own identity as a first generation Canadian, while offering contemporary perspectives on issues of mortality, belonging and contemplation.

Present | Perfect | Continuous. To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F. H. Varley is on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists bring new insights to the study of F. H. Varley's work from our collection. This fall, Zev Farber presents Machine Fantasies / Human Events, a project that examines the intersection of art, technology and family memory. Comprised of sound, drawing and sculptural elements, this new site-specific work explores ideas of emission / transmission / reception as a way of collapsing varied moments and narratives from the last half-century.
Public programs ... more
Public programs
Mon 7 Aug 2017, 11am-4pm:
Simcoe Day at the Varley. Celebrate Simcoe with us at the Varley! We have family-friendly art activities in the Gallery courtyard. FREE ... more
Simcoe Day at the Varley. Celebrate Simcoe with us at the Varley! We have family-friendly art activities in the Gallery courtyard. FREE.
Saturdays 1pm, Aug 12 & 26, 2017:
Cantonese Gallery tour. Join us for a gallery tour of our current exhibitions in Cantonese! FREE ... more
Cantonese Gallery tour. Join us for a gallery tour of our current exhibitions in Cantonese! FREE.
Sun 27 Aug 2017, 11am-6pm:
Markham-Milliken Children's Festival. FREE. At Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham). Swing by the Varley booth at the Festival to participate in family-friendly art activities inspired by our upcoming Fall exhibitions ... more
Markham-Milliken Children's Festival. FREE. At Markham Civic Centre (101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham). Swing by the Varley booth at the Festival to participate in family-friendly art activities inspired by our upcoming Fall exhibitions.
Mon 4 Sep 2017, 11am-4pm:
Labour Day at the Varley. Last day to see our Summer exhibitions! Enjoy FREE family-friendly art activities in the Gallery courtyard ... more
Labour Day at the Varley. Last day to see our Summer exhibitions! Enjoy FREE family-friendly art activities in the Gallery courtyard.
Sun 24 Sep 2017
To celebrate the opening of our Fall exhibitions, join Markham-based artist Xiaojing Yan for a FREE artist talk to hear more about the works featured in Out from among the tranquil woods at 1 pm, followed by opening remarks and refreshments at 2 pm. http://varleyfallopening.eventbrite.ca. Opening reception sponsored by Oak Ridges Retirement Community ... more
To celebrate the opening of our Fall exhibitions, join Markham-based artist Xiaojing Yan for a FREE artist talk to hear more about the works featured in Out from among the tranquil woods at 1 pm, followed by opening remarks and refreshments at 2 pm. http://varleyfallopening.eventbrite.ca. Opening reception sponsored by Oak Ridges Retirement Community.
Fri 29 Sep 2017, 7:30pm:
PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 16. Pay-what-you-want. In Markham Village Library (6031 Highway 7, Markham). Connect with Markham's creative communities! Presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Tickets available starting Sep 1: http://pkmarkham.eventbrite.com ... more
PechaKucha Night Markham Vol. 16. Pay-what-you-want. In Markham Village Library (6031 Highway 7, Markham). Connect with Markham's creative communities! Presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each. Tickets available starting Sep 1: http://pkmarkham.eventbrite.com.
Sat 30 Sep 2017 --
Doors Open Markham. FREE. Exhibition tours 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm, and Visit of the Vault Tours 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, with our education and curatorial team. Get behind-the-scenes information and access to our collections ... more
Doors Open Markham. FREE. Exhibition tours 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3:30pm, and Visit of the Vault Tours 1pm, 2pm & 3pm, with our education and curatorial team. Get behind-the-scenes information and access to our collections.
Thur 12 Oct 2017, 6pm:
Rouge: Varley Gala. At Crystal Fountain Event Venue (60 McDowell Gate, Markham). $150 / ticket. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham at a gala featuring a cocktail reception, three-course meal, special live performance by Jim Cuddy, live and silent auctions, raffles, and more! Tickets are available at http://rougevarleygala.eventbrite.ca... more
Rouge: Varley Gala. At Crystal Fountain Event Venue (60 McDowell Gate, Markham). $150 / ticket. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham at a gala featuring a cocktail reception, three-course meal, special live performance by Jim Cuddy, live and silent auctions, raffles, and more! Tickets are available at http://rougevarleygala.eventbrite.ca.
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, Mother Tongue. // Present | Perfect | Continuous. // Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day (May 13-Sep 4, 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, Mother Tongue. // Present | Perfect | Continuous. // Jon Sasaki: Things Saved for a Rainy Day (May 13-Sep 4, 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).