Learn how to make a personalized book at Santa Paula Art Museum

Students will learn the “buttonhole binding” technique to create personalized books. Courtesy photo

Join Ojai paper specialist Gail Hercher at the Santa Paula Art Museum on May 11 from noon to 4 p.m. and indulge in the joy of personal bookmaking.

Hercher’s bookmaking class will focus on the “buttonhole binding” technique, with endless creative potential for personalized details and creative variations. Each student will leave with at least one unique buttonhole-bound book.

This class is for everyone 16 and over. All skill levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. The cost is $40 per person. Pre-registration is required, and online registration is preferred. To register, visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/creativity or call 805-525-5554.

Hercher is a printmaker, bookbinder and papermaker who lives in Ojai. She has taught drawing, design and color at Montserrat College of Art and Salem State College in Massachusetts, as well as in museums and art centers. For many years, she served as an artist-in-residence in schools through the Massachusetts Cultural Council. During her years in Hawaii, she taught weaving and mosaic work at the Honolulu Museum of Art and The Kamehameha School Creative Arts Program. Hercher is a frequent exhibitor at the Santa Paula Art Museum.

The Santa Paula Art Museum occupies two historic buildings at 117 N. 10th St. and 123 N. 10th St. in downtown Santa Paula. It features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, creative classes for children and adults, family-friendly events, live musical performances, a gift shop and more. Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Regular admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students and museum members.

For more information, contact the museum at 805-525-5554, or e-mail [email protected].

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