Library Gallery to feature drawings and painting from Hispanic artist Esperanza Gama

Artwork tells the story of ancient Mexico in exhibit Sept. 4-Oct. 9

By Jennifer Rupp

GOSHEN, Ind. ­ Enter a world of Latin culture-inspired “magic realism” that symbolically represents significant people, events and emotions interpreted by artist Esperanza Gama. Gama will use her drawings and paintings to tell the story of ancient Mexico in “Faces of Ancient Latin America,” the first exhibit of the 2005-06 Library Gallery Series at Goshen College, on display Sept. 4 through Oct. 9.

This exhibit is part of the college’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month ­ Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The opening reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4, in the gallery.

A professional, independent graphic artist with her studio in Chicago, Gama incorporates different techniques into her work, emphasizing the uniqueness of time, history, the medieval age and Latin culture through varying styles.

Gama earned a bachelor of fine arts at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and studied in Paris for two years.

Her work has been displayed in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, as well as in Mexico, France, Japan and the Dominican Republic. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum in Chicago, the nation’s largest Latino arts institution. Her work has been featured on book covers, in art magazines and as illustrations for poetry.

The Library Gallery, located on the lower level of the Wilma and Harold Good Library on the campus of Goshen College, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.