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Author Archives: sburton

Mosaic House Numbers – March 4, 2017

Womanspace – Rockford, Illinois Saturday 10am-4pm Art Explorations – Susan Burton Instructor Choose from a variety of custom-shaped ‘canvas’ to create your house number masterpiece! Susan will teach you to design, shape, adhere and grout your way to a work of art that add an extra touch of beauty and creativity to the exterior of […]

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They Created a One of a Kind Sculpture!

They created the sculpture of their dreams! This fun 3 day weekend retreat was held in Marseilles Illinois at the Art Farm. Students learned to carve polystyrene foam is (literally) at the core of many of Susan’s art creations. Polymer fortified concrete combined with alkali resistant fiberglass mesh were applied over the foam, creating a […]

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Wine and Mosaic Sculpture Make a Beautiful Match

From a giant wine bottle  to five foot high cones these mosaic sculpture compliment local events.  These unique mobile sculptures stimulate more interest at community events.  The glittering cones create a one of a kind gateway that truly makes a community event feel more magical.  A beautiful custom wine bottle expresses how specialty wine events […]

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Community Mosaic for Cancer Awareness

The Illinois Valley Breast Cancer Connection- Pink Ribbon Club unveils this large community mosaic.  The soulful piece of art was collaborative creation done by the participants at the Angel of Hopefest at the Utica Community Center last October.  Everyone who experienced mosaic that day understood the process of…taking something broken and making it beautiful!  The style of mosaic is […]

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Cow goes to Chicago Flower & Garden Show!

How do you crate a cow & get it to Navy Pier in Chicago?  The City of Ottawa, Ottawa Visitors Center and Heritage Harbor shared booth space at the 2016 Chicago Flower & Garden Show.  Art Explorations was asked to represent part of the creative economic development happening in the city.  Cleaning, crating and transporting […]

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New Totem Pole – Ottawa, IL!

At the corners of LaSalle and Madison streets exhibits one of two recently updated Totem Poles.  The fish is a one of a kind created for a new look that is truly unique! Enjoy the photos that show its creation!

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Mosaic Jewelry Workshop – November 12, 2016

Womanspace – Rockford, Illinos Saturday 10am-2pm Create Mosaic Art to Wear! Create something beautiful for yourself or someone special! Art Explorations – Susan Burton Mosaic jewelry is all the rage in fashion magazines and boutiques.  In this one-day workshop you can make something unique that will express your personal, one-of-a-kind sense of fashion. Students will […]

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Concrete Retreat – Sculptural Forms & Substrates – September 23-25, 2016

Art Explorations – Marseilles, Illinois Friday 3-7pm, Saturday All Day, Sunday 9am-12pm Retreat Cost: $235.00 (Womanspace Members $225.00) Create a one of a kind scupture for your garden! This fun 3 day weekend retreat will be in Marseilles Illinois at Susan Burton’s Art Farm. Students will learn two very different techniques for utilizing concrete to create […]

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Hypertufa-Create Your Own Garden Art! April 23, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016, Time: 10am-3pm What is Hypertufa? Art Explorations – Susan Burton Mushrooms, Leaves, Moon, Star, Garden Spirit Mask or More…Choose Your Three Projects! Learn about the history & origins of Hypertura along with its applications in present day.  There will be at least three hands on projects.  You will experience molding techniques, mixing […]

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“Growing Together” – Learn to Sandcasting a Hypertufa March 12, 2016

“Gardeners and Naturalist – “Growing Together”  What is Hypertufa? Join Susan at Illinois Valley Community College for a hands on learning session! Use a real leaf to create a one of a kind hypertufa sculpture for your garden.  You will experience molding techniques, mix the ingredients, and create your own leaf to take home.  There will […]

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