|Impeerium Peer Specialist
Terri Sartoris (left) chats with the other participants in the Creative
Expressions Group at ROTA Gallery.|
© 2014 Luke T. Bush
PLATTSBURGH CITY, NY – 5/15/14
A sunny Thursday afternoon.
Folding tables and chairs are hauled out from the ROTA Gallery storage
room and then are set up in the center of the main floor. As participants sit down group coordinator Terri
Sartoris wheels out a large black cabinet -- the Art-A-Tron 5000 -- its shelves
filled with creative materials and tools.
Today’s project is taking a blank sheet, taping down areas
on the paper with tape to form sections.
Then paint is applied, wet brushes giving each section its own color,
The participants chat.
Calm creativity. Pizza slices
are distributed in honor of one person’s birthday.
Every week the Impeerium Creative Expressions Group meets to
let people share, artistically and personally. Impeerium Peer Network is a local group
dedicated to eliminating the stigma still associated with mental illness. Program Coordinator Amy Belair explains: “We
have the desire to be seen as an organization that has fun events for everyone
and just happens to also work with people with mental illness.”
For more information on the Creative Expressions Group you can contact Peer Specialist Terri Sartoris at email@example.com
or 518-324-6250 ext:12. General info about Impeerium: Amy Belair, firstname.lastname@example.org
or (518) 324-6250. Office address: 14 Healey Ave, Suite E, Plattsburgh, NY.