Here are the more popular York Region public galleries* (not including museums):
Arts & Galeries Latcham Gallery, The
6240 Main St., Stouffville, L4A 7Z4
905-640-8954 Fax: 905-640-6246
This public art gallery features monthly exhibitions of original art including painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, and photography. Enjoy the outdoor sculpture walk along Duffin’s Creek. Workshops, lectures and special activities throughout the year. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.
Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery
149 High St., Sutton West, L0E 1R0
905-722-9587 Fax: 905-722-9589
The Arts Centre gallery presents at least 12 different artists every year, and features its private Smith/Chiarandini collection. Bruce Smith, a highly respected artist, was a student of Albert Chiarandini’s who painted with the Group of Seven. Art classes and workshops are offered for all ages and levels. The gift shop sells unique gifts and local art.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, L0J 1C0
905-893-1121 Fax: 905-893-2588 Toll Free: (888) 213-1121
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection features a magnificent collection by Group of Seven, First Nations, Inuit and contemporary Canadian artists. The gallery is nestled in 100 acres of stunning woodland with nature trails, picnic areas and outdoor sculptures. The Gallery Shop featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted items completes the authentic Canadian experience. Open year-round seven days a week, 10 am to 4 pm in winter and 10 am-5 pm in summer.
The Varley Art Gallery of Markham
216 Main Street, Unionville, L3R 2H1
905-477-9511 ext 211 (info) ext. 228. (tours) Fax: 905-477-6629
The Frederick Horsman Varley Art Gallery of Markham in Unionville includes the historic 1840 Kathleen McKay house (now the McKay Art Centre) that was the home of Frederick Horsman Varley for the last 12 years of his life, before he died in 1969. Gifted by Kathleen to the Town of Markham, the Town added a 15,000 sq ft gallery a few doors away on a 25 acre site. Exhibitions from the permanent collection as well as contemporary exhibitions from local, national and international artists. The centre has dynamic hands-on art-related activities, including group tours, school programs, studio courses and workshops, courses and lectures, and family activities. Guided and self-guided tours are available to groups of 10 or more people, Wednesday through Sunday during public gallery hours (1 – 1 1/2 hours in length). Open winters Tue-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays noon to 4 pm; Spring & Fall open till 5 pm; Summer hours daily 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays noon to 5 pm. Admission $.
* Galleries that are private, and established for the business of SELLING art, are welcome to add themselves to our directory