artists' studios, art enterprises

New studio at the Cotton Factory

  As of September 1, I am sharing a studio at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton; a beautiful, refurbished factory with fantastic  facilities, friendly faces and an amazing ambiance. I feel very fortunate to have found such a wonderful place to work with opportunities for collaboration, and space to grow.  Now its time to work!

Hair Stories

Who doesn’t love going to the hair stylist to be refreshed and revitalized?  It is a great treat to come out of a salon feeling reinvigorated and restored to your beautiful self. Liz, a hair stylist, not only makes you beautiful, she tells amazing stories while she cuts and styles your hair.  Her hands are so expressive, it is a pleasure to watch her work and to listen to her stories. Here are a few: My one and only best Christmas present. the Christmas I got my car- the one and only best Christmas present in 39 years of marriage  …

The Ladies: Isabella

Please join artist Susan Barton-Tait and curator Maeve Hanna for the opening of a new show – The Ladies: Isabella – at Storefront Studio, 1144 4th Ave on Thursday august 25 starting at 4.30pm. Light refreshments will be served. Help support local artists – come, take a look and say hello! The Ladies illuminates Barton-Tait’s ancestry,   FRANK PEEBLES / PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN  AUGUST 23, 2016 07:44 “The legacy of Isabella McKenzie is built of pulp and human spirit. The story is almost wordless. Barton-Tait is a professional artist and she introduces her 19th century ancestor to the world in the frame of…

marks from pens as they move on the mechanical apparatus arm

Pattern Drafting

  Susan Barton-Tait and Barbara Scholz have collaborated to produce an installation, Pattern Drafting, which includes paper dress patterns, audio stories relating to the patterns and a mechanical apparatus which creates circles of colour on paper directly relating to drawing, travelling, and life.   Barbara is divesting herself of her life in Canada and returning to Europe, not Austria where she was born and grew up, but to Portugal, to lead a new life in a completely new environment. As an artist she had to adapt her art practise to the Canadian reality. She began a dressmaking business that flourished in the…

urban performance: cleaning roses in my studio window

thorns, petals and stems: an urban window performance

From 2008-2012, I took a hiatus from the art world and became a florist.  To cleanse myself of this past life, my studio window became the site for an urban performance and installation on Mother’s Day. A transformation took place during May from a large-scale display of red roses to handmade paper sheets and vessels embedded with dried leaves and petals from the withered roses. I performed the ritual of cleaning 250 long stemmed red roses in the studio window as people walked by, looked in, stopped to watch, or continued walking. Then I set each rose into grid frames hanging in the studio until an installation appeared.