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Join us on Sunday, January 22, 2 – 4 pm, to celebrate the Varley Art Gallery’s 20th anniversary and the opening of our winter exhibitions!

View the exhibitions and join us for opening remarks and refreshments. All are welcome to attend.

Paul Fournier, Domain of Wonders, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 121.92 x 243.84 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder
January 21 – April 23, 2017

The Varley Art Gallery launches its 20th anniversary with a solo exhibition by senior Canadian artist Paul Fournier. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Fournier’s creative production has evolved through a careful balance of spontaneity and intuition. Worlds of Wonder showcases the artist’s process-driven practice and highlights his diverse painting styles and techniques.

Through expansive abstracted compositions, Paul Fournier uses painterly strokes and gestures as a means of communicating his impressions of the natural world. His dramatic and colourful works reveal lush tropical greenery, underwater geological formations and distant celestial phenomena. He explores both micro and macro environments, finding beauty within the smallest of organisms and the most distant star. Yet, his paintings focus on the essence and not on the physical realities of the environments they depict. Nature becomes a trigger through which the artist can explore the mysteries and wonders of life itself.

Ultimately, these works are a testament to Fournier’s decade-long experimentation with his medium and his ongoing quest to depict the poetic and spiritual dimensions of nature.

About the artist
Paul Fournier was born in Simcoe, Ontario in 1939 and now lives in Markham, ON. He studied etching at McMaster University in 1967 and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1996 from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, where he was a resident artist in 1969-1970. Active on the Canadian art scene since the 1960s, Fournier has had major solo exhibitions in Toronto, Guelph, Hamilton, Edmonton, Houston and Washington, D.C. His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and in many public, University, corporate, and private collections in North America and Europe. Previously associated with the Westdale Gallery, the Pollock Gallery, the David Mirvish Gallery and the Klonaridis Gallery, Fournier is now represented by Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto; Han Art, Montreal; Oeno Gallery, Prince Edward County; Rumi Galleries, Oakville; and Thielsen Gallery, London, ON.

Present | Perfect | Continuous
January 21, 2017 – January 2018

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, a year-long rotation of our most popular works by F.H. Varley will be on view in the Collections Gallery. In addition, selected interventions by contemporary artists will bring new insights to the study of F.H. Varley’s work from our collection.

Susana Reisman, Clear Cut, 2014, archival pigment print, 40.64 x 60.96 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Susana Reisman: Standardizing Nature
January 21 – April 23, 2017

Susana Reisman’s photographic and sculptural practice investigates the reasoning and decision making behind the ‘shape’ of things. She is interested in the natural environment and how it adapts (or is adapted) to the urban landscape. The two bodies of work on view, Standardizing Nature and On Technology continue the artist’s exploration of wood as both subject and object. The enduring individuality and uniqueness of this material is highlighted, despite the various natural and technological modifications it experiences. Paired here with F.H. Varley’s Second Growth, Lynn Peak (c. 1932–1936), these works speak to Reisman’s concern for the natural resources we harness from the earth and the role they play in our everyday lives.

About the artist
Susana Reisman was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1977. She received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College (Boston, 1999) and an MFA in photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, 2005). After teaching photography for a number of years, Susana now dedicates her time to making art and running Circuit Gallery. She lives and works in Toronto.

Public Programs:

Winter Exhibitions Opening Reception & Artist Talk
Sunday, January 22 | Free |
1 – 2PM | Artist Talk with Paul Fournier
2 – 4PM | Winter exhibitions launch
To celebrate the opening of our winter exhibitions, join Markham-based artist Paul Fournier for a gallery tour of Paul Fournier: Worlds of Wonder as he discusses his ongoing quest to depict the poetic and spiritual dimensions of nature followed by our Opening Reception at 2PM.

Feb. 20 | Family Day Canvas Challenge | Register on EzReg
Registration required | $35/family of 4 | $5 for each additional person
Session 1 | 11AM – 1PM | Barcode: 292585 & Session 2 | 2 – 4PM | Barcode: 292586
Guided by an art educator, families will team up to experiment with a variety of materials to create their own mixed media canvases. Materials are generously sponsored by Above Ground Art Supplies.

Art Social
Friday, March 31 | 7 – 10 p.m. | Pay $5 at the Door |
The party starts after the gallery closes. Art Social is a new way to experience our exhibitions - galleries and studios are filled with music, interactive art experiences, and mingling. Come out and join the party!

Call for Submissions:

Studio Coaching with Susana Reisman
Submission Deadline: February 13, 2017
One-on-One Mentorship Session | March 23: 5 – 8PM OR March 26: 1 – 4PM
Group Mentorship Session | April 8: 1 – 3PM
Susana Reisman offers critical professional development for six regional photographers through individual and group mentorship sessions. Portfolio submission required. Visit for more information. Supported by the recently established Audra Noble Commemorative Fund.

Guided Tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 2PM

Mon. | Closed
Tue., Wed., Fri., Sun. | 11AM – 4PM
Thurs.| 11AM – 8PM
Sat.| 10AM – 5PM

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

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