"My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport."

​~Steve McCurry~​​​

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Hamilton Arts Award Nominee in Media Arts, 2018

B.A. (McMaster), B.Ed. (Queen's)

~Artist Statement~

Franca Marazia lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Her passion for photography is fueled by her love of color. 

Raised by Italian immigrant parents, her surroundings included vegetable gardens, fruit trees and

beautiful flower beds. A total experience for the senses. Luscious hues, fragrance, texture and taste.

According to Franca, it is the emotional content in an image which is the most important element. Perhaps

the viewer will connect one of her images to a cherished memory.

As a self-taught photographer, Franca's lifelong interest in the visual and dramatic arts inspire her. Architecture, 

bicycles, candid shots, everyday objects, fall colors, secret gardens, street scenes and waterscapes are favorite

themes in her collection of works. Franca's experiences are shaped by the need to wander and observe, and her 

camera is her passport. 

Franca has been a part of the art community in the Hamilton area since 2016. Her works have been included in

such exhibitions as "Art in the Workplace" at McMaster Innovation Park; "Visions 2020: The 125th Women's Art 

Association of Hamilton" at the Art Gallery of Hamilton; LATOW Photography Guild at the Art Gallery of Burlington; and 

Dundas Valley School of Art Auctions. Other events include "Artcrawl" and "Supercrawl" at the Hamilton Store; 

"Doors Open" at Christ's Church Cathedral; and The Cactus Festival Parade as sponsor and photographer. Franca

is a member of Textures Craftworks, a collective of juried artists and artisans on Locke Street South. 

Currently, Franca has a solo exhibit at the Dutch inspired "Cafe Oranje" on King Street East in Hamilton's 

International Village. Several images in the collection were captured in Amsterdam in 2017.

 ~Past Exhibitions and Recognition~

Featured Artist at "Doors Open Hamilton"

and "Art Crawl"

Christ's Church Cathedral

252 James Street North, Hamilton

(May 2019)

Featured Artist at "Green Bar", 

236 James Street North, Hamilton 

(March 2018 to May 2018)

Featured artist in "The Hamilton Spectator"

 "The Joy of the Unexpected Photograph" 

by writer and art historian Regina Haggo

 (Arts and Entertainment, January 20th, 2018)

"Heart of the City: Hamilton Artists Celebrate the Gore" 

Exhibit at Redchurch Café and Galllery

68 King Street East, Hamilton 

(December 2017 to January 2018)

"Art in the Workplace" 

  McMaster Innovation Park,

 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton 

(December 2016 to March 2021)

Featured Artist at "The Hamilton Store"

 165 James Street North, Hamilton 

(Art Crawl: May 2017)

~Professional Affiliations~

Member of the Collective of Artists/Artisans

 at "Textures Craftworks"

236 Locke Street South, Hamilton

 "The Women's Art Association of Hamilton"

"LATOW Photography Guild", Art Gallery of Burlington

"The Art Gallery of Hamilton Volunteer Committee"

Volunteer Photographer/ Visitor and Member Services/ Docent/ Special Events/ Executive Committee

"The Dundas Cactus Festival Parade"

 Photographer/ Sponsor

"The Retired Teachers of Ontario"

Elementary panel, 30 years