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THE NEXT 7 DAYS:     EVENTS (17)     +     OPENINGS (7)     +     DEADLINES (5)     +     CLOSINGS (8)
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Join us on Sunday, October 2, 2 – 4 pm, for the opening of our fall exhibitions

View the exhibitions and join us for opening remarks and refreshments. All are welcome to attend. Catering generously sponsored by Whole Foods Market Unionville.

Jeff Nye, Sunset in the Potting Shed with Baby’s Tears, 2015–2016, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 76.2 cm, Courtesy of the artist.

Jeff Nye: Recovery Rooms
September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Jeff Nye’s paintings are physical explorations of loss and memory. His work reflects upon the ways in which time and emotion distort our relationship to the built environment. The artwork featured in Recovery Rooms depicts abstracted elements of both domestic and institutional spaces, settings of particular significance to the artist. Architectural details, such as walls, windows and floorboards seemingly appear and disappear from these canvases, caught somewhere between the physical present and the remembered past. Amidst these interiors, leaves and vines can be seen to weave on top of and within these settings, at times indistinguishable from the spaces in which they grow.

While Nye’s work is grounded within an abstracted painterly discourse, the artist uses the painting process to key into an emotional response – the grief experienced following the loss of his daughter. Through these works, the artist invites us to witness his private struggle, one that has affected both his professional and personal life. Like scars accumulated upon the surface of the canvas, Nye uses the colour and texture of the oil paint to bring up memories of a specific time and place.

About the artist

Jeff Nye is a Canadian artist, writer, teacher and curator based in Newmarket, ON. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Concordia University, Montreal (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Regina (2007). Nye’s paintings and multi-media installations have been exhibited in galleries across the country including the Art Gallery of Regina, 5th Parallel Gallery and the Aurora Cultural Centre. Nye has received several distinctions and awards for his work, including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His work is in the permanent collections of the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the University of Regina.

This project is part of right here | right now, an initiative that aims to foster the work of contemporary artists in York Region by providing them with exhibition opportunities and ongoing professional development.

Innovative Spirit: The Prints and Drawings of Pudlo Pudlat
September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Innovative Spirit gathers seventeen works on paper by Pudlo Pudlat (1916–1992) from the collection of Peter Milligan and Dorene MacAulay Milligan. These works, promised gifts to the Varley Art Gallery’s permanent collection, explore Pudlo’s rich and varied engagement with mark making.

Rock, Water, Tree: Group of Seven Works in the Jack MacQuarrie Collection
September 24, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Drawing on the Jack MacQuarrie Collection, and supplemented by works from the Varley Art Gallery’s permanent holdings, this exhibition explores the recurring compositional building blocks of rock, water, tree, among others. Combined in numerous ways to produce the iconic images of the Group of Seven, they offer a surprising range of mood and meaning.

Public Programs:

Doors Open Markham
Sat., September 24 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Free |
Join us for free exhibition and Visit of the Vault tours led by artists and Varley curators. Get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to our collections for today only!

12 p.m. | Tour of Rock, Water, Tree with Gallery Director Niamh O’Laoghaire
1 & 3 p.m. | Visit of the Vaults tour
2 p.m. | Tour of Recovery Rooms with Artist Jeff Nye
3:30 p.m. | Varley’s home & studio tour at the McKay Art Centre (197 Main Street Unionville)
4 p.m. | Tour of Innovative Spirit with Curator Anik Glaude

Artist Talk: Jeff Nye in conversation with Monica Tap
Sun., October 2 | 1 – 2 p.m. | Free |
Jeff Nye explores Recovery Rooms, followed by a conversation with Curator Anik Glaude and artist mentor Monica Tap. Nye’s works are featured in the exhibition Jeff Nye: Recovery Rooms, on view September 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017.

Gallery Gab: Curator talk with Niamh O’Laoghaire
Thurs., Oct 20 | 7 – 8 p.m. | Free |
Join Varley Art Gallery Director, Niamh O'Laoghaire and Educational Program Coordinator, Sandy Saad in a discussion about the various themes and concepts behind our fall exhibition Rock, Water, Tree.

Gallery Gab: Contemporary Indigenous Art Practices with Lisa Myers
Thurs., Nov 3 | 7 - 8 p.m. | Free |
In conjunction with Innovative Spirit, join Lisa Myers as we explore contemporary indigenous art and art practices.

Studio Coaching with Jeff Nye
Thurs., Nov 10 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Free
Tues., Nov 15 | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Free
Jeff Nye offers critical professional development for eight York Region artists through one-on-one art critiques. Visit our website for more information on the submission and selection process.

Sips & Stories
Fri., Nov 18 | 7 – 10 p.m. | $10 at the door |
Have a sip and engage with the various forms of storytelling offered through the Varley’s fall exhibitions Jeff Nye: Recovery Rooms, Innovative Spirit: The Prints and Drawings of Pudlo Pudlat and Rock, Water, Tree: Works by the Group of Seven in the Jack MacQuarrie Collection.

Guided Tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Admission is free, sponsored by IBM

Mon. | Closed
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thurs.| 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat.| 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Media Contact
Charlene Lo | 905-477-7000 ext. 3275 |

@VarleyGallery | |
216 Main Street Unionville, Markham L3R 2H1 | 905-477-7000 ext. 3261






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