Varley Art Gallery
Fall Exhibition Schedule The Automatiste Revolution:
Varley Art Gallery
of Markham Carnival: the Spirit and the Soul
October 23, 2009 - February 28, 2010
216 Main Street continues until October 11, 2009
Curated by Roald Nasgaard
Unionville, ON The Varley Art
Phone: 905-477-9511 Carnival: The
www.varleygallery.ca Spirit and the
Soul , a multi-
R A Y
R O A L D N A S G A A R D
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painting in the
R E V O L U T I O N
1940s. Living in the
M O N T R E A L , 1 9 4 1 – 1 9 6 0
narrative and the mask as an element of
Quebec of the Duplessis years, painters,
storytelling common to most cultures
dancers and writers – led by Paul-Emile
throughout the world. Curators Teodoro
Borduas and inspired by the Surrealists –
Take some time out for yourself this fall Dragonieri and Christopher Jackson have
found freedom of expression in abstraction
and experience one or two of the Varley collected over 100 works for the exhibit
pursued through automatism: an instinctive,
Gallery’s professionally taught art classes, including carnival and theatrical masks,
unpremeditated form of creating art.
or captivating lectures. Whether it is tradi- photography, and mixed media works. The
tional media such as watercolour, acrylics, exhibit demonstrates the evolution and On August 9, 1948, the Automatiste painters
or oil or new programs in sketching and art continued social relevance of the Carnival published Refus global, a call for the right
journaling, you will ﬁnd the ideal ﬁt for your tradition and its parallels with today’s artistic to live and make art spontaneously and
schedule and lifestyle. This year, we are practice. freely. The group would be acclaimed
thrilled to introduce our Try It! Art’s Not internationally – due largely to Jean-Paul
Exhibition-Related Riopelle. Sixty years later, the Automatiste
Scary program for participants who are
Programming legacy is alive in Jean-Paul Mousseau’s
too intimidated by our gallery programs
but want to have a creative outlet in a warm, Tea & Tour: Guided tour of Carnival: the murals, Marcelle Ferron’s stained glass
welcoming and engaging environment. Spirit and the Soul by curator & artist, works, Claude Gauvreau’s plays and
Choose from 6 one-day programs in a Teodoro Dragonieri Francoise Sullivan, Francoise Riopelle and
variety of mediums. Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009 Jeanne Renaud’s dances.
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Visit one of the region’s premier cultural This landmark exhibition of 60 works from
Cost: Free with exhibit admission
venues to see what’s on exhibit at the across Canada will be one of the most
Gallery and at the McKay Art Centre. extensive exhibitions of this iconic group
Workshop: Mask Building Workshop with of artists. For the ﬁrst time the Automatistes
And remember, Varley Art Gallery
artist and curator Teodoro Dragonieri. group of artists will then be presented at
members receive a 10% discount on
the pre-eminent gallery for post war art in
programs as well as a multitude of The use of masks in theatre, storytelling and
America, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in
other beneﬁts, so ﬁnd out more at personal transformation is a universal ex-
Buffalo, New York in March 2010.
www.varleygallery.ca or call to speak to perience. Join Teodoro Dragonieri, a multi-
one of our Visitor Services Representatives disciplinary artist, educator, mask-maker, A sumptuously illustrated catalogue by
at (905) 477-9511 ext. 221. artist and curator of Carnival: the Spirit and authors Roald Nasgaard and Ray Ellenwood
the Soul and create your own Carnival-in- will accompany the exhibition and will be
For our full list of Winter Break, children’s,
spired mask. Participants are also invited to released this fall. Join us for a book signing
pre-teen, teen and adult classes, please
join us on a guided visit of the exhibition at by the authors on Wednesday, October 21
check out pages 47 onwards.
12:30pm followed by refreshments and will at the gallery.
then have an opportunity for a hands-on
session where they will learn methods of
mask-construction, and explore the creative
and expressive use of materials, colour and A full range of programs including lectures,
imagination. Materials fee of $15 payable at art workshops, dance and musical perfor-
time of registration. mances throughout the run of the exhibition
will be presented at the Varley Gallery and
‘There are three masks. The one we think
venues around the GTA. Please visit
we are. The one we really are and the one
www.varleygallery.ca for details.
we have in common.’ (Jacques Lecoq)
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $25 (Members $15)
plus $15 for materials
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Gallery Special Events Adult Programs Crafty Christmas Camp
Varley Art Instructors Annual Art Try It! Art’s Not Scary Program
Date: Saturday, December 12
Exhibition and Sale for Adults
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wed. Sep 9 – Sun. Sep. 13 at the
Come and sample a program at the gallery Cost: $15
McKay Art Centre, 197 Main St Unionville this fall for FREE (plus a nominal $5 fee for
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily; Treat the kids to a day ﬁlled with creativity,
materials). Leave your fears and inhibitions
Thurs open till 8:00 p.m. fun and Holiday Cheer! ‘Tis the season to
at the door and arrive with an open mind.
create your own Christmas tree ornaments,
Among the most talented artists in the Even if you haven’t ever picked up a pencil
or a paintbrush before, you will ﬁnd the and Snowman Sculpture. All materials
area, our ﬁne art instructors strut their stuff
gallery’s warm and encouraging environ- included. For kids ages 5-10.
in the 4th Annual Art Instructors Art Show
and Sale. Pick out the perfect artpiece for ment welcoming. Taught by our profession- For information on our Children’s, Pre-
al art instructors, the 6 workshops offered teen, Teen and Winter Break programs,
a treasured corner of your home and ﬁnd
will give you a taste of what is offered in please visit pages 47.
out more about our wide range of inspiring
our 8-session programs. Participants who
and life-enriching art classes for adults,
register for one of these 6 programs will be
teens and children. You’ll see why our art
offered a 10% discount for our Winter 2010 Olde Tyme Christmas Arts and Crafts!
programs are some of the best you’ll ﬁnd
session. For a full list of programs, visit Fri. Dec. 4 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
out there! the Adult Programs section on page 79.
In Support of: After the parade, come inside to the warmth
Note: The Try It! Art’s Not Scary programs and enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment
are not intended for previous Varley Gallery
and joy! Join our vibrant art programs offer-
program participants. A $5 materials fee is
ing a variety of Christmas arts and crafts for
payable at time of registration. A maximum
ages 4 to 10. Free activities and gallery
of 2 Try It! programs per person.
In the same vein as our popular March
Break, Winter Break and Summer Camps, Children’s Artsy Birthday Parties
Twilight Tour the Varley Gallery offers pre-registered at the Gallery!
Friday, November 20 workshops for kids.
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The Gallery offers creative, memorable
PA Day Extravaganza
$55/Ticket and highly entertaining Children’s Birthday
Fri. Sep. 25 Barcode: 163046
Parties! Specially designed parties for
Daytime Tour Fri. Nov. 13 Barcode: 163046
kids aged 4 to 12. The art gallery comes
Saturday, November 21 Fri. Dec. 4 Barcode: 163046
alive through carefully chosen hands-on
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. art activities, art games and lots of fun! We
$35/Ticket Cost: $45 per day require a minimum of 10 children and 2
The 8th Annual Homes for the Holidays Let your kids creative juices ﬂow in our accompanying adult chaperones. Rates are
House Tour is a unique designer show- full day mixed media art workshop for $20 including tax per child and the birthday
case featuring eight beautiful homes from kids ages 6-12 taught by our professional child is free. The party includes 2 fantastic
Markham and Unionville, decorated inside instructors. Each PA Day will be a different activities and a funky and artsy loot bag for
and out by teams of local designers. The art adventure with painting, drawing, and each child to take home along with their
house tour is a two day event, including two sculpture creation in the morning and artful creations!
receptions hosted at the Town of Markham specially designed project in the afternoon
For more information and booking,
Civic Centre. The exclusive Twilight Tour to stimulate and challenge your creative
call Cheryl Rego at 905-477 -9511 ext. 228.
includes gourmet fare, entertainment and geniuses.
wine tasting. Saturday offers refreshments Haunted Hallowe’en at the Varley
and holiday decorating inspirations. Both Barcode: 163134
receptions include holiday boutique shop- Date: Sunday, October 25
ping with draws and giveaways helping to Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
create a festive ambience. Cost: $15
Proceeds from the tour are shared equally Young creative minds will delight in
between the Varley-McKay Art Foundation creating ghostly decorations that will spook
which supports the Varley Art Gallery of the neighbours! Make their very own
Markham and York Region Breast Cancer reusable, eco-friendly candy loot bag and
Friends. Last year’s event raised almost fun, funky or creepy masks. All materials
$100,000.00 for the charities we support. included. For kids ages 5-10.
For more details and ticket information
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