Zacks Gallery exhibits Marta Franco’s work

Evolving, an exhibit of drawings and sculptures by Marta Franco, opens next week at the Samuel J.  Zacks Gallery in Stong College.

Curated by graphic designer Cristina Bregar, the exhibit is part of the Festival of Images and Words 2007: Latino-Canadian Footprints, a celebration of Latin-American culture in Toronto throughout October and November.

Right: The Seed in You (Close Up)

The opening reception for Evolving takes place Wednesday at Zacks Gallery, Room 109, Stong College, from 7 to 9pm. Franco’s work will be on display from Oct. 9 to 19.

Franco is a visual artist and sculptor born in Turkey. She began her artistic education in Lima, Peru, under the guidance of Adolfo Winternitz and Anna Maccagno at the Universidad Catolica and is currently studying at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

In her drawings and sculptures, Franco meditates on the interplay of the human condition and time. "For me, art is a healing source and it is a great inspiration for hope," says the artist. "What I like to depict in my work are the basic human momentos of stages and growth in order to understand them better. It is indeed a big challenge that keeps me going, keeps me alive."

Franco has exhibited her work in Canada and Peru. She is preparing to represent Canada at the 14th International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art in Chicago in November.

The Samuel J. Zacks Gallery is open Monday to Friday, 11:30am-4pm.