Family and art make summer special for BEST Gratitude Specialist and artist Diane Rasch. What makes summer special for you?
Well, we can help with that feeling at Our BEST Space located in University Place, Washington!
Join us for arts and crafts at the Space. No experience necessary and all are welcome to participate.
Join artist and BEST gratitude specialist, Diane Rasch, for an exploration of your creative talents. Each month is a new craft idea. From Birthday cards to Valentine gifts, magnificent magnets to surprising superhero items, we do it all. All materials are included and there is no charge to attend.
Coming up: On Wednesday, June 13th from 2-4 pm, the project we will be creating are beaded sun-catchers! (Click here for an example of a beaded sun-catcher).
Two BEST artists, Diane Rasch and Sue Peterson, will have their artwork featured in the 10th Annual Brain Injury Art Show being held at The Mercer Gallery at Mercer Island Community and Event Center in Mercer Island, Washington. The show will run from June 4 through June 20, 2018. The gallery is open to the public during gallery hours and offers free admission.
In addition, there will be a special opening reception on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm to celebrate the artists, their work and the exhibit. While there is no cost to attend, an RSVP is required.
To learn more about the art show and the opening reception by click here.
Meet the Artists
Artist: Diane Rasch
Art piece: Mixed Media Collage
Title: “Keys to Happiness”
For paper and mixed media artist Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, her art show submission came to her in a sudden thought. That thought bloomed into a step by step process that worked well for the artist.
“A thought came to me all of sudden. Keys to happiness came to mind. So, I began to think about what exactly the keys to happiness are,” shares Rasch. “Maybe it was certain people, words, descriptions, or different events.”
Rasch decided to use actual keys of all kinds; key images printed on paper, stickers and metal as symbols.
The other important elements that were symbolized were the thoughts of other people. Rasch reached out online to family and friends, asking them what their keys to happiness were.
The response was immediate and fulfilling.
Once Rasch collected her ideas, she brought her materials into Our BEST Space to begin her work.
“I repurposed another painting, selected my paint colors and used different sponges and brushes to add texture.
I incorporated the different things that people told me. That’s why this is such a special piece; it’s not just me in this piece, but it’s them, too.”
Rasch continues, “Because of traumatic brain injury, happiness can be hard. This piece is an encouragement piece. There’s something that can make you happy, even if it’s one little thing.”
Rasch wants viewers to think about happiness and what it means to them when they view her art. In fact, there is a key on the artwork that has a question mark. The placement of this special key was purposeful by the artist.
“I want viewers to ask themselves, what is my key to happiness?” says Rasch. “I want them to find something that speaks to them and touches their heart. It goes with my slogan—what comes from the heart goes to the heart. This slogan is about everything I do.”
To see Rasch’s past featured art show works click here.
Artist: Sue Peterson
Art piece: Original Photography
Sue Peterson is a photographer and artist who is passionate about expressing herself through her art.
“I like to use my camera to help express myself,” says Peterson. “I know my camera can’t hurt my feelings or say bad things to me.”
For Peterson, photography as an art form was new.
“I never took photos other than people before my accident,” says Peterson. “My doctor suggested photography to me to help me get out of the house. I had to take a picture and figure out how to print it. Next, I had to bring the pictures back to my next doctor’s appointment to talk about them. Doing these tasks helped me to re-learn a lot of things and it helped build my confidence.”
Over time, Peterson’s photography skills and creativity grew, which blossomed into a new passion. Peterson’s photographs were well-received, and she continues to build a solid and supportive fan base.
One of Peterson’s biggest supporters is a co-worker with a computer background in the University Place School District has been a big inspiration to her and has been offering technical and creative feedback and ideas on Peterson’s work.
For Peterson’s 2018 art show submission, she photographed a tree at Point Defiance Park in the winter. By artistically manipulating the photo’s color background, the image is representative of the human brain under duress.
While photography is Peterson’s primary focus, she also loves to try other forms of art as well. For the 2017 art show, she created an intricate mixed media collage using colored rice to create the human brain. The process was meticulous and took a careful approach to lay out the materials. For Peterson, it was an exciting new way to express herself artistically.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) wishes to congratulate both Rasch and Peterson for their powerful and inspirational art. We thank them for sharing their time and talents with BEST.
For one of our BEST superheroes, paper artist and BEST Gratitude Specialist, Diane Rasch, showing the superhero love is something that she does each and every day.
Diane is the founder of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, a custom designed card company. Her mission? To touch the lives of others, especially those who share Diane’s challenges as a result of a brain injury. Her goal is to raise awareness of the abilities and needs of the brain injury community.
Check out Diane’s beautiful Mother’s Day card collection in the photos above. These cards, along with many others and other special gifts created by the artist, can be found at Our BEST Space in the BEST Superhero Shoppe in University Place, Washington. Click here for location and hours and click here for driving directions.
To learn more about Diane and Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, visit her Facebook page by clicking here.
February is well know for being associated with hearts. It seems fitting that our BEST Superhero of the Month for the month of February, has one of the biggest and most loving hearts around.
BEST wishes and hearty congratulations to Diane Rasch, who has been named our BEST Superhero of the Month for February 2018.
Diane has touched many lives with her love, support and care within the brain injury community and the community at large. Diane shares her time and artistic talents with BEST as the organization’s Gratitude Specialist. She leads arts and crafts activities at Our BEST Space, various BEST and HeadStrong special events and makes appearances at other community events throughout the region.
Diane has also channeled her art into a successful small business. Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, which showcases her paper and craft artistry. The artist enjoys an enthusiastic following in the Pacific Northwest and the Midwest. Through her business, Diane shares her experiences as a brain injury survivor, offering brain injury awareness, understanding, support and hope for others.
Here’s what Diane’s nominator had to say about her:
Diane is a kind soul who, although on her own journey, takes the time and energy to make others around her feel valued. Her Birthday Card Project is her way of making sure that people know someone is thinking about them on their special day. She is supportive, giving and her positive outlook lights up a room.
Diane is also an inspiration. We all have things that challenge us and it is inspiring to see Diane’s excitement as she conquers each challenge and then looks for the next one.
Way to go, Diane! We think you are the BEST!
Have a superhero in your life that you’d like to tell the world about? Share your superhero today with BEST by clicking here.
Old and new friends joined together at Our BEST Space yesterday for an afternoon of conversation, crafting, snacking and fun.
Party goers had the opportunity to craft two styles of valentine cards, decorate delicious cookies and enjoy light refreshments.
Special thanks and extra special gratitude and appreciation to Diane Rasch, BEST Gratitude Specialist, paper artist and owner of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity for leading our crafting activities and fun.
Thanks also to Desiree Douglass and the team at HeadStrong for all of their love and support!
To view an online album of our favorite photos from the day, please visiting the BEST Facebook page by clicking here.
The BEST Superhero Gift Giveaway will take place on the BEST Facebook page, beginning on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 beginning at 10 a.m. PST.
A holiday treasure trove of gifts have been provided by our very own talented BEST Superheroes! These empowered real-life superheroes have taken the journey forward after brain injury by exploring their passions, talents and dreams through empowerment skills and peer support.
Here’s what’s in this special superhero-sized gift package:
- A framed original nature photograph from Susan Peterson of Peterson Photography.
- A selection of handcrafted greeting cards from paper artist Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity.
- Handcrafted holiday decor and ornaments from Sue Lorenz.
- A selection of foods and beverage cups from Robin Spicuzza, Thrivelife Consultant from Thrivelife foods.
- Holiday ornaments from Karen Sheppard.
Entering to win these gifts is easy.
When you see our special Facebook post about the giveaway on the BEST Facebook page on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. PST, simply like that post and you are entered into the drawing for gifts shown above. The winner will be selected by random drawing on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:55 p.m. PST and the announcement will be posted shortly thereafter (4:05 p.m. PST) on the BEST Facebook page. Good luck!
Added bonus: Want to like our Facebook page while you are stopping by to enter? We’d love it! By liking our Facebook page, you’ll be joining other BEST superheroes and their families in conversation, sharing news and links you can use and much more all year round.
Please read: following are some important giveaway terms, conditions and eligibility requirements.
- The BEST Superhero Gift Giveaway will be found exclusively on the BEST Facebook page.
- These giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
- Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the promotion will be directed to Sponsor (Brain Energy Support Team), not Facebook.
- The giveaway is open to all adults over the age of 18 and who reside in the continental United States.
- Those who wish to participate will be asked to LIKE the post to be entered during the entry period of December 13, 2017, 10 a.m. PST to December 14, 2017 3:55 p.m. PST. Winner will be selected by random drawing and will be announced on the BEST Facebook page on December 14, 2017 by 4:05 p.m. PST.
- Winner will be asked to supply mailing address to the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) via private message (contact instructions will be noted on the winner’s announcement post). Winner’s contact information will remain private and will not be shared or used for any other purpose than to arrange for the shipping of the gift package.
- Gift package will be mailed within three business days upon receipt of the winner’s mailing address. Gift package will be shipped by standard mail through the United States Postal Service.