Brushes with Life Arts Program

Supporting Recovery Challenging Stigma


With treatment, what was once a disordered place has become a place of calm. With art, what was closed off gives the promise of hope.

Brushes with Life is a creative arts program for people in treatment at OASIS and STEP; members of Club Nova, a local clubhouse for persons with mental illness; and other select community programs in the Chapel Hill area.

Through the creation of visual art, poetry, film, and music, participants find healing and move toward recovery. By connecting with the larger community around their work, they promote a broader understanding of the human side of mental illness.

Artists select a wide range of media to convey their ideas and feelings. They further their talents by participating in program-sponsored art classes. They have opportunities to share their work in the Brushes with Life gallery and in traveling exhibitions.

Gallery organizers include hospital staff, patient artists, family members, community volunteers, and mental health professionals.

Brushes with Life offers a recovery arts group at the Carr Mill clinic on Tuesdays and one at Wake STEP on Wednesdays. The group offers art classes, which are led by Grayson Bowen. Contact:

For information contact:  Edward Binanay at




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