The Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham raises funds to support the Varley Art Gallery as a vital cultural hub in York Region.

Their mandate is to support the gallery through a variety of activities and investments in a strong visual arts program. These include art acquisitions, the conservation of the art collection, educational programming, exhibition research, and overseeing the volunteer program to support the gallery’s programs and events.

This year’s gala takes place October 18 at the Toronto Marriott Markham and is ideal for York Region residents who are passionate about arts and culture and believe that an investment in culture strengthens and contributes to a vibrant and healthy community.

This is such a fun and engaging event that brings together people who are committed to making the arts and culture scene in York Region a beautiful and dynamic one.

As you may be aware, the arts don’t always get the funding that they need, and so this is one outlet to help ensure that this scene gets the money and attention it deserves and provides a great outlet for those already involved in the arts and those aspiring to do so.

Many community-minded residents support the gallery. “This past summer, 110 volunteers dedicated a combined total of 2463 hours to the Varley Art Gallery’s programs and events,” said Francesca Dauphinais, development officer of Varley Gallery Foundation. Their dedication and care allowed the Varley Art Gallery program instructors and counsellors to focus on delivering successful summer camp and outreach activities, knowing that the volunteers were on hand to assist their every need. Inside the gallery, the gallery’s animateur staff engaged with over 5000 visitors to the Varley Art Gallery through July and August, providing short exhibition tours and information about the gallery’s summer exhibitions.

“We are grateful to the patrons of Rouge: Varley Gala for supporting the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham as we work in turn to support the Varley Art Gallery,” added Dauphinais.

Be sure to check out the Varley Art Gallery as the works of art are nothing short of beautiful and stunning and the layout is simply regal.

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