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February 28-March 10, 2024
The painting "Raven at my Window" from CONTACT07 bob65 exhibit, was part of Gallery 1313's group exhibit of portraits in the Process Gallery.


Mar 1-12, 2023: EMBODIED LINE | Soliloquy
This was a solo exhibit in the Cell Gallery of Gallery 1313. exploring the simple solitary line of human observation in life study, using pencil on paper and stylus on tablet. Does commercial software suppress or express the inner thoughts of the artist when in search of a single intuitive line?


February 2-27, 2022 The painting "Beijing Blue" was part of the in-person portion of the 25th Anniversary Members' Exhibit at Gallery 1313 and is reviewed here:

January 19 and throughout 2022
Gallery 1313's online 25th Anniversary Members' Exhibit features "Rock, Deception Island" and "Beijing Blue".


May 1-31, 2021 Camera Solo
In this solo exhibit, part of the virtual 25th edition of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the artist contemplated human impermanence and the machine's promise of stopping time "for keeps" over the course of 25 photographs chosen over decades.

March 3 - 31, 2021: Lockdown Exhibit
Members of the artist-run Gallery 1313 shared perspectives on living as an artist in pandemic Toronto. The artist's 'no face' motif intended as an inclusive expression of humanity, takes on new meaning in a masked world. Included in the online exhibit were "Tokyo Visitor" (Asia Series) and "Arles Twins Dine" (Arles Series).

February 3 - 14, 2021: Hi Libido - The Sex Show
A hybrid online/in gallery exhibit curated by Gallery 1313, included Libido LLC, the artist's commentary on financial and sexual XY power assumptions and liability avoidance.


August 19 to September 13, 2020: Eco Art 2020
A hybrid online/in gallery exhibit curated by Gallery 1313, included two photographs viewable here, chosen to visualize the reality of climate change and global pandemics. "When water rises, even ducks stake out high ground" challenges the assumption that humans have their environment under control. "The levers might not be in your hands" represents the Covid 19 lockdown and fear of the unknown in familiar surroundings.


August 28 to September 8, 2019: What is T.RUTH?
This was a solo exhibit in the Cell Gallery of Gallery 1313, in which the artist explored both her life as 't.ruth' and the meaning of 'truth' in her practice of art and law through drawings, paintings and photographs.

In 2019, when art is a brand and commodified, when lives are polled, trolled, monitored and mined for profit or political power, and algorithms can corrupt any search, both t.ruth and truth are in question.


November 7 to 18, 2018: Shorthand gone Rogue
In this solo exhibit in the Cell Gallery of Gallery 1313 Hartman combined the Pitman language she acquired as a teen with her photographs and paintings to create images designed for oblique reflection or posters to ponder. Together with an installation of 20th c office artifacts, and with a nod to steganography, the artist untethered the utilitarian line of Pitman Shorthand from its gendered subservient context to explore its potential for social or political commentary in 2018.

November 6-25, 2018:
E.R. 1856 a pen and ink drawing from the Genealogy Series was part of Artists Network Gallery's group exhibit AOG/AOM


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 photo, was part of City of Art, a 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, 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.

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.

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.


In October 2006, three paintings, Tokyo Visitor, Canal View and Geisha were part of Freestyle 2-3-d, an online exhibit of > local and international artists selected by Toronto's 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 L. Helwig was launched at the Gladstone Hotel. Toronto. The cover image, Gut's Soul, Tokyo was created from a photo taken by the artist in Tokyo in 2005.

In April, 2006 Magnolia/Resignation, Riverdancer and Arrangements were exhibited at the Women's Art Association gallery in Toronto in 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.


The artist's work was exhibited and auctioned as part an International Art Benefit in Oregon, USA.

A solo exhibit called "China Redux" was held in the Faculty Club Pub at the University of Toronto.


The artist was invited by the director of Art-Cubic Gallery to be part of an international group show in El Born, Barcelona in April. Several paintings from her series work at the time were exhibited and the artist attended.

"The Ed Thread" was a solo interactive exhibit at Hartman Studio Gallery, reflecting on the intertwining of Ed Mirvish's presence and the artist's life in Toronto.


A solo exhibit of "Asia paintings" was part of the Junction International Arts Festival, Toronto.


From September 23-25, as part of Artsweek, the artist held a solo interactive exhibit at Hartman Studio Gallery titled "The Wall: China to Quebec City, 2001". The exhibit's original focus of 'breaking through' walls was radically altered after the events of September 11. A Japanese inspired 'wishing wall' was created using rice paper messages of hope and human kindness written by visitors to the exhibit.


A solo exhibit "Dancing Through Solitudes" was held at Hartman Studio Gallery and another solo exhibit was held in the foyer of Rainbow Cinemas, Toronto.

The artist contributed a work related to the 1989 Montreal Massacre for This Decade of Days group exhibit, Burlington Art Centre.


"Common Sense Kills" was exhibited at BCE Place in Toronto as part of an AGO curated exhibit.

A chair redesigned as "1812 Fort York", with the artist's Barn Dance figures, was exhibited at Sheridan Mall, and later auctioned in support of The Chair Project at Enoch Turner School House.


"Nuance and Continuance", a solo exhibit of works from the artist's Arctic and Genealogy Series was held throughout December at the McGill Club, Toronto.

pre 1997

Prior to commencing her series work in the 90s, the artist's drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs were featured in several solo and group exhibits. She also created images for non-gallery settings, such as video, brochures, logos, and ephemeral broadsides.

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