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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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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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They Discovered Their Inner Light!

Last weekend I had the pleasure of facilitating a “Sacred Contract of the Mandala” retreat. It always feels like home when I journey to the amazing, beautiful and place of spiritual connection Womanspace in Rockford, Illinois.   http://www.womanspace-rockford.org/ The sacred day of retreat included the history of mandalas, my mandala  and archetype story, and opening, creating and […]

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Sacred Contract of Mandalas – January 16, 2016

Womanspace – Rockford, Illinois Saturday, January 16, 2016, 9am-4pm An amazing retreat.  You will be emersed in the sacred mandala experience. No artistic background is necessary. Bring an open mind and your curious soul, plus an item with personal significance to place on an “altar.” Supplemental materials for mandala making will be available for purchase. […]

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Beginners Mosaic Workshop-April 16, 2016

Womanspace – Rockford, Illinois Saturday 9am-3pm Art Explorations – Susan Burton Instructor In this workshop you will: learn to use glass tiles, gems & mirror use and learn about substrates discover correct adhesives to use experience grouting Participants will create a Heart, Bird, Flower or Butterfly in one day! WARNING MOSAICS MAY BE ADDICTIVE! http://www.womanspace-rockford.org/pages/programs/art/art.htm#mandalas

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Check out the Beginner Mosaics from class last week!

  Real creative souls doing amazing mosaics.  The mosaics were flowing, glass was being nipped and shaped into beautiful patterns.  Spirals were the popular substrate and then one beautiful lonely little bluebird.

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America In Bloom – Symposium

My passion for Botanical Art has fed in a profound way.  Our communities bloom, not only in flowers but visionary leaps!  When a flower is held in a hand big magic happens.  Between the incredible presentations of top professionals to tours of local cities and gardens this event was spectacular!  One of the best run […]

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Avant Garden-Mosaic Mandala Class-November 21, 2015

Saturday, November 21,2015 The theraputic art of the “Healing Mandala”!   Art Explorations – Susan Burton This class covers the powerful healing properties of the mandala and its role in your life.  Use incredible materials found no where else to create an ancient mosaic symbol of your inner self.  Rudimentary mosaic techniques, methods and applications […]

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Avant Garden-House Number Mosaic Class-10/24/15

Saturday, October 24, 2015 – 9am-3pm Art Explorations – Susan Burton Instructor In this workshop you will: learn to use glass tiles, gems & mirror use and learn about substrates discover correct adhesives to use experience grouting Participants will create a Mosaic House Number in one day! WARNING MOSAICS MAY BE ADDICTIVE! Class Location: Avant Garden, 800 […]

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