Mental Health Awareness and Creative Arts Gallery INC

“Create a Book” class with Jesse Sanchez and Brian Karas

Create a Book – Jesse Sanchez and Brian Karas
Mental Health Awareness and Creative Arts Gallery – 717 Columbia St., Hudson, NY 12534

“Recovery does not happen in a straight line. I have experienced multiple episodes, sometimes decades apart in my life. Recording experiences in a book making class such as this, might serve as a reminder that seasons do change, and in nature, like life with mental illness, storms don’t last forever. A book can be read and reread and written again. Like any good story, the final chapter can be a happy ending, if we choose to make it so.” -Jesse Sanchez (

In this class we will allow the participant to put in book form some moment or moments in their lives when they realized transformation was necessary for their recovery. Using various forms of artistic expression such as drawing, painting, photography, collage, and calligraphy, students will create and assemble their work into a book. Professional book artist, Brian Karas,

will show examples of ways to integrate the visual art with the written text and will demonstrate three simple ways to make a book; folded, accordion and sewn. All art supplies will be provided but artists are welcome to bring their own.

Class dates:
Monday, June 6,
Monday, June 13, and
Monday, June 20, 2022
Class Hours: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (30-minute break)
Reception and Reading: Monday, June 27, 2022, 3- 4:30 pm


For registration information, click on the weblink below….

By Brian Belt

Executive Director of Mental Health Awareness and Creative Arts Gallery INC

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