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Culture Days at the Varley Art Gallery


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Varley Art Gallery of Markham

216 Main Street Unionville

Markham, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


Visit the Varley Art Gallery for FREE hands-on art activities inspired by our current exhibitions; Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 5 PM from September 22 to October 15.

Families are also encouraged to create outdoors with our ArtBox. The handy, portable box includes watercolours, a brush, pencils, eraser, gouache, water jar, several sheets of paper - everything needed to complete a drawing or painting, along with useful hints for how to get started. Once open, the box converts to a mini easel. Artists can explore Main St. Unionville, or Toogood Pond Park to sketch what they see, just as Fred Varley did. Artboxes are available to rent at the Gallery front desk during public hours. Deposit required.



Varley Art Gallery of Markham

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is a vital cultural hub for artists and diverse communities. A municipal gallery, we create critical conversations about Canadian art and society. We inspire local and national audiences to engage with art through outstanding exhibitions and rich public and educational programs relevant to the communities we serve. We support artists from York region and seek to broaden access to the arts for diverse artists and cultural groups. We also share and celebrate the life and work of F.H. Varley, a founding member of the Group of Seven.

The Varley Art Gallery acknowledges the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples and their commitment to stewardship of the land. We acknowledge the communities in circle. The North, West, South and Eastern directions, and Haudenosaunee, Huron- Wendat, Anishnabeg, Seneca, Chippewa, and the Mississaugas of the Credit peoples. We share the responsibility with the caretakers of this land to ensure the dish is never empty and to restore relationships that are based on peace, friendship, and trust. We are committed to reconciliation, partnership and enhanced understanding.

Varley Art Gallery Programs include:

Rotating art exhibitions

Public events: lectures, talks, tours, workshops, complementing Varley exhibitions.

Art Camps in summer, winter and March Break

Art Classes for students from the age of four to senior citizen

Educational programs: field trips, activities and tours tied to the Ontario curriculum

Professional Development for Teachers

Publications that accompany Varley exhibitions

Organization and circulation of touring exhibitions

Private and corporate event rentals at the Varley Art Gallery; studio and exhibition rentals at the McKay Art Centre

A Volunteer Program operated by the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham

Other Events from this Organizer


Behind the Scene Vault Tour

Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Markham, ON

Oct 1

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


When We All Get Together - Exhibition Opening Reception

Varley Art Gallery of Markham

Markham, ON

Sep 29

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM