Drawing Georgian Bay: Jo-Anne Parent and John Hartman in Conversation

Date: Sunday, January 14 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Explore the life and work of Andrew Trudeau through the memories of his daughter, Jo-Anne Parent, and friend, John Hartman. Together, the pair will discuss their personal relationships to Trudeau and his drawings, providing an intimate window into how Trudeau came to drawing later in his life and his unique style that aptly illustrates his unique perspective on the world.

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Speaker Biographies:

Jo-Anne Parent is the daughter of Andrew Trudeau. She was raised on an outer island, one of the amazing thirty thousand islands of Georgian Bay. She says, “It was not your everyday way of life, and so very different from that of a young person living in a town setting. Although living on an Island had it challenges, she would not change a thing.”

Jo-Anne has two wonderful sons, a stepdaughter, and eight amazing grandchildren. She lives in Tiny Township ON with her partner of 32 years, and she currently works for the Metis Nation of Ontario.

John Hartman was born in 1950 in Midland Ontario and studied Fine Art at McMaster University. After leaving art school in 1974, Hartman lived with Andrew and Pat Trudeau at Manitou Marina on an outer island of Georgian Bay. This was Hartman’s finishing school.

Establishing his reputation with the exhibition Painting the Bay at the McMichael Canadian Collection in 1993, Hartman continued to experiment with works that combined figurative, narrative and landscape. He received national exposure with Big North, an exhibition that toured Canada between 1999 and 2002.

Hartman’s path of painting the intimate and intertwined relationship between people and place, took a turn in 2003. He began to paint aerial views of cities as living organisms, a series that produced Cities, an international touring exhibition from 2007-2009. From 2014 to 2020 Hartman painted a series of portraits of Canadian authors in the landscapes or cityscapes that they love. The resulting exhibition began its national tour at the McMichael Canadian Collection in March 2020.