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Shorthand gone Rogue is a solo exhibit in the Cell Gallery of Gallery 1313 Nov 7-18, 2018. Hartman combines the Pitman language she acquired as a teen with her photographs and paintings to create images designed for oblique reflection. With a nod to steganography, she takes the utilitarian line out of it gendered subservient format to explore its potential for social or political commentary in 2018.

E.R. 1856 a pen and ink drawing from the Genealogy Series will be part of Artists Network Gallery's group exhibit AOG/AOM Nov 6-25, 2018, 638 Queen Street East, Toronto.


Unity, from the Polar Series, was part of Collective 20 a juried exhibit at Gallery 1313 from Dec 6 - 17, 2017 celebrating 20 years as a member-run gallery.

Tokyo Visitor, from the Asia Series, was part of Artists Network Gallery's group exhibit AOG/AOM Nov 14 - Dec 3, 2017, 638 Queen Street East, Toronto.

Geranium/Joy, from the Genealogy Series, was part of Gallery 1313's juried exhibit Where Home Is August 2-13, 2017.

Pioneers of Queen's Bush at Gallery 1313, June 21 - July 2, 2017 was a solo interactive exhibit honouring the artist's ancestors with works from her Genealogy series (Confederates, Magnolia, Sisters, Homestead, and Harvester) and Barn Dance series (Nenagh, Upper Canada c1900, and Sunrise/Sunset).

Water, from the Asia Series, was part of Gallery 1313's 20th anniversary members' exhibit, January 18-29, 2017.


A three-bar non-objective painting inspired by Africa was part of Collective 19, a Gallery 1313 members' exhibit at 1313 Queen Street West, Toronto, June 23 to July 3, 2016.

Young Leopard, a coloured pencil drawing inspired by his photograph, was part of Artists of the Gallery, a group exhibit at Art Square Cafe, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto, June 27 to July 10, 2016.

UNCAGED HEARTS was a solo exhibit/installation in the Process Gallery at Gallery 1313 from May 11 to May 22, 2016. With photos, video and thoughts resulting from some time spent animal to animal in South Africa, it explored what is lost when we cage ourselves for others' consumption through technology.


Glance was part of AOTG 9 a group exhibit at Art Square Cafe, 334 Dundas Street West, Toronto, December 14-20,2015.

Beauty was part of Can't Pin Me Down | Re-imagining the Pin-Up a curated group exhibit at Ratio , 283 College Street, 2nd fl.,Toronto, November 15-29, 2015.

Sheltered, a Toronto alley vignette, was part of City of Arta curated group exhibit at Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto, November 11-22, 2015.

Glance and Doubt, paintings from the 2014 REEL Solo Exhibit, were part of The Artful Games group exhibit at Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto, June 24 to July 5, 2015.


Catching Up, a framed photograph from the L.E.N.S. 2010 Contact exhibit, was sold at the December 6, 2014 Arts Auction to raise funds for Girls Art League of Toronto.

REEL Solo, was an exhibit in the Cell at Gallery 1313 from October 29 to November 9th, 2014, consisting of new paintings by the artist on the theme of identity, hers and others, in life and the digital age.

From October 1-5, 2014, three versions of Tokyo morning from my Asia Series were part of Insomnia Salon Soir¸e, a nuit blanche exhibit at the Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto.

From August 20-31, 2014, Waiting...in Arles from my Window on Arles series was part of Days of Summer, a members' exhibit at Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto.

From January 8-19, 2014, The Game was part of Eco Art 2014 at Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto. Three photos taken in Greenland and Iceland in 2013 reference tic-tac-toe and an ecological boast made by the Chinese in 2000 when bidding for the 2008 Olympics.


From August 4 to 19, 2012, the painting Ice + Man + Time was part of the AWOL Square Foot Show at Twist Gallery, Queen Street West, Toronto.

The artist's photos, symbolizing the sacrifice of 5000 workers from China who helped build the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880's, will be exhibited in Canada and taken to China for burial as part of the Rocky Railway High art project.

From January 25 to February 5, 2012, Silent Sods photo montage was part of a group exhibit, Eco Art 2012, at Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto. Taken during Toronto's G20 summit in 2010, they reflect the oppression of that billion dollar weekend as well the ongoing suppression of environmental discourse by unprecedented legislative and executive actions of 'oily' government.


From August 6 to 21, 2011, the painting your beauty is our business was part of AWOL Gallery's Square Foot Show at Twist Gallery, Queen Street West, Toronto.

From March 16 to March 27, 2011, a painting from Polar Series Drake Passage was featured in Eco Art, a group exhibit in honour of Earth Hour at Gallery 1313, Queen Street West, Toronto.


From August 21 to September 5, 2010, two photographs, broken hearted and the point/period, were on exhibit at AWOL Gallery's annual Square Foot Show.

From May 1-29, 2010, under the title LENS - Looking Everywhere, No Secret the artist's candid travel photographs of people going about their daily lives in Canada, Europe and Asia were exhibited under themes of couples, bathing, royalty, surveillance and street life at Hartman Studio Gallery in Mirvish Village. The interactive exhibit explored the age of surveillance cameras and McLuhan's view of The Pervasive Influence, the theme for CONTACT 2010, Toronto's annual photography festival.

From May 14-16, 2010, Hartman Studio Gallery had a open house, featuring the LENS exhibit, as part of the revival of a long-standing community art event now called Bathurst Annex Art Tour. As always, it was fun, interactive and well-attended - see Snap Downtown Toronto.

From January 6-17, 2010, as part of "Salon 4" three paintings from the Arles Series - Waiting in Arles, Arles Cell 1 and 2 were exhibited at Propeller Centre for Visual Arts, Queen Street West, Toronto.

From December 2009 to April 2011, a street banner version of the painting destinations in motion was displayed across from the Toronto Public Library, on Bloor at Gladstone as part of Bloorcourt Street Gallery .


From August 15 to September 6, 2009, two paintings Ma-ternity and Sunflower 7 were part of AWOL Gallery's annual "Square Foot Show" on Ossington at Queen, Toronto.

From August 15 to August 28, 2009, a painting from the Asia Series, Beijing Blue , was part of "Energeia 12-13" an international group exhibit at Energy Gallery on Spadina at Queen, Toronto.

From March 31 to April 29, 2009, an exhibit of Six Paintings - Rock, Water, Dulcinea, Rubberball, ArlesTwins, Tokyo Visitor - were on view in the lobby of Rainbow Cinemas Market Square in Toronto.


From May 1 - 29, 2007 photographs, paintings and drawings were on view at Hartman Studio Gallery in Mirvish Village every Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. as part of CONTACT, Toronto's annual festival of photography. bob65 explored The Constructed Image, the 2007 festival theme, with photographs of Dylan in concert at age 65 (and 24) in the context of portraiture, aging and the life of the artist. See also bob65.

From March 29th - April 8th, 2007, two paintings Dulcinea and Yangtze River Home were part of "Spring Salon.07" an exhibition of work by over 60 international artists at Lennox Contemporary Gallery on Ossington at Queen, Toronto.


Three paintings, Tokyo Visitor, Canal View and Geisha were part of an online exhibit, Freestyle 2-3-d, in October 2006, with local and international artists selected by Energy Gallery .

On September 30/October 1, 2006, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., over 400,000 people came out to celebrate nuit blanche, Toronto's first "free all night contemporary art thing". Four paintings, Ceremony of the Full Moon, Bali, Tokyo Morning, Geisha and Riverdancer, were exhibited at 118 Cumberland Street as part of the Yorkville Zone.

On September 27, 2006 Pink Purse Girl, a book of poetry by Susan Helwig was launched at the Gladstone Hotel. Toronto. The cover image is Gut's Soul, Tokyo a photo taken by the artist in Tokyo in 2005, reworked to highlight a pink purse and heels. Part of the original image can be seen in the Photoarchive for 2006.

In April, 2006 Magnolia/Resignation, Riverdancer and Arrangements were exhibited at the Women's Art Association gallery in Toronto as part of the Beecroft Fine Art Spring Show.


In December, 2005 Beijing Blue, Shanghai Alley and Tokyo Visitor were exhibited in Florence, Italy as part of Biennale Internazionale dell'Arte Contemporanea 2005.

Over 760 artists from around the world came together for 10 days to meet, exhibit and and discuss contemporary art. In one of many lectures given for those attending, Christo and Jeanne Claude gave a spirited defence of art for art's sake, or art which "serves absolutely no purpose".

Biennale Artistic Director, Dr. John Spike, in a critique of the artist's paintings on exhibit, analyzed the composition, use of colour and 'cool blue tonality' in Beijing Blue, concluding it was a 'a perfect picture' in that it captured the feeling of isolation in all its elements. He noted that the colour and composition of Shanghai Alley similarly conveyed the contrasting feeling of joy within community.

In September 2005 recent work was exhibited at Hartman Studio Gallery as part of Toronto's Artsweek.

Also in September 2005 NoLady was auctioned at Carrie's Dream Fund Gala Dinner and Auction to raise funds for a project in memory of Carrie Dimitry at Toronto Sick Kids Hospital.

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