The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham and the Varley Art Gallery hope you and your loved ones are staying safe during these uncertain times.
The Varley Art Gallery is closed until further direction from the government and most of the staff are working remotely, but they are far from idle. Apart from care and conservation of the art collections, planning the fall exhibitions and programs, Varley staff are deeply involved in ways to serve our communities. They are presenting highlights of the art collection through social media, continuing their Lunch and Learn program online, collaborating with the Varley-McKay Art Foundation to promote and jury applications to the Wallace Joyce Scholarship, and they are core partners of Markham Creates, a city-wide community art challenge. One of the Gallery’s key initiatives for supporting the community at this difficult time is to offer free Isolation Creation collage kits for ages 6 to senior citizen, available for pick-up each week in the Varley Courtyard. They continue full steam ahead.
However, due to the cancellation of camps and classes, the Varley is facing a significant shortfall in revenue in 2020. This will greatly impact its ability to offer its usual high standard of programs and services to schools, seniors, indeed community members of all ages. When the Gallery’s public programming does return, it will be accompanied by the increased costs of newly mandated safety protocols. Your support is needed now more than ever to help the Varley maintain the outstanding quality of its community programming and to assist the Gallery in its education and conservation efforts.
The Foundation will be running its gala fundraiser in support of the Gallery in the fall of 2020 and you can expect to receive further details about that in the coming weeks as the future becomes less uncertain.
For those who want to provide financial assistance now, the Foundation is pleased to present you with several fun and inspiring opportunities to support the Varley-McKay Art Foundation while meeting your gift-buying needs. All proceeds raised from this initiative will be used by the Foundation in support of the Gallery.
Thank you very much for your consideration. Stay safe.
Niamh O’Laoghaire, Ph.D. | Director, Varley Art Gallery of Markham