NEW: Check out the new holiday items from Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity! These items are specially featured at the Superhero Shoppe!
There are superheroes out in the world 🌍 and we’ve spotted them!
In fact, we know where they shop: right here at the Superhero Shoppe, located inside Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington!
Be a real-life superhero and shop at the Superhero Shoppe, too! Perfect for fun holiday goodies and gifts that benefit a great cause.
Here are the details:
Who: All Superheroes and their friends!
What: A shoppe that offers fun and unique superhero gifts, accessories and more. Proceeds from the Superhero Shoppe support the superheroes of the brain injury community and the superhero programs, services and resources offered at Our BEST Space. The Superhero Shoppe also proudly features the work of paper artist, Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity.
When: Superhero Shoppe hours are Wednesdays from 12 pm to 6 pm and Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm.
Where: 2607 Bridgeport Way W. Suite #1H, University Place, Washington. Click here for driving directions.
Why: To share superhero support and fun to the entire community (and to the world!).
More Superhero Shoppe info: Watch this space for our new online Superhero Shoppe coming soon on the BEST website! With our new and upcoming online shoppe, you can shop 24 X 7 from the convenience of home!
BEST will be adding new items regularly to the shoppe. Please visit the BEST blog for the latest inventory announcements and updates.
To note: As a volunteer organization, hours may vary. For more information, please contact us at 877-719-2378 or email@example.com. The Superhero Shoppe accepts cash, credit card or personal check (with valid ID and from a local bank only). We do not accept bills $50 and higher.
Here’s a little virtual tour. Enjoy!
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.
Happy Hearts: Please join BEST, HeadStrong and Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity for our Valentine Gratitude Party, beginning at 1 p.m. on February 11, 2018 at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington. Party details are noted below. All are welcome!
Please RSVP by February 9, 2018 on our Facebook event page or email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you are coming. Thank you!