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                                                   Fall Exhibition Schedule                            The Automatiste Revolution:
   Varley Art Gallery
                                                                                                       Montreal 1941-1960
   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
                                                                                                                              Young and
                                                                                Gallery presents
                                                                                                                              innovative,
   Phone: 905-477-9511                                                          Carnival: The
                                                                                                                              Montreal’s
   www.varleygallery.ca                                                         Spirit and the
                                                                                                                              Automatistes
                                                                                Soul , a multi-
                                                                                                                 R A Y
                                                                                                                              revolutionized
                                                                                                                         R O A L D   N A S G A A R D

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                                                                                media exhibition




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                                                                                theatrical
                                                                                                                              restrictive
                                                   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
                                                                                                       Exhibition-Related
                                                   session where they will learn methods of
                                                                                                       Programming
                                                   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
                                                                                                  Barcode: 163135
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.
                                                                                                  admission.

                                                  Children’s Programs
                                                  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
visit: www.varleygallery.ca


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