BEST’s own Diane Rasch shares her slogan and approach to creativity, one piece of art at a time.
Save the date: Next Thursday, November 14, 2019, BEST Artists Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, Robin Spicuzza, and Erin Thompson, along with BEST Communications Manager, Kim Thompson, will be at the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) from 5 pm to 8 pm in the Cheney room on the third floor, the home of the Superhero show, our community art installation!
Diane will be sharing a superhero make and take art project with the public during this time. We’d love to have you stop by, see the art, make some art,and answer any questions you have about BEST.
Even better: during those very hours, the ENTIRE museum is FREE to the general public, so come explore all that TAM has to offer!
Hope to see you there! P.S. Can’t make it November 14th? No worries! BEST will be back on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Cards are like special paper hugs sent through the mail, especially beautiful handmade cards made with love and care.
Diane Rasch is happily (and quite busily) providing those gentle and wonderful hugs to the community through her creative work with her business, Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity. The business, started in 2013, began with cards sold locally. Today, Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity has expanded to include sweet hand-crafted gifts as well as cards.
Now that’s a LOT of hugs being shared.
Even better? New shops are coming into the fold on a steady basis.
Her personal and business theme and message are straightforward.
“Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity was founded on art that speaks from the heart, and about loving and honoring each other,” says Rasch.
It is that very message that captures the spirit and imagination of the community; along with Rasch’s warm smile, kindness, determination and deep passion for her work that naturally draws businesses and customers alike.
Her workshop, located in at Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington, is always abuzz with excitement, positive energy and activity. Rasch is busy fulfilling orders, sharing her passion with BEST Space patrons and local brain injury support group members, and leading creative activities at the Space every Wednesday. She has also participated in multiple local community art shows over the years with her multi-media collage artwork.
Currently, Rasch’s art will be appearing in the upcoming Superhero show, a BEST community art installation at the Tacoma Art Museum this fall. Her work is also featured on the museum website advertising the show.
When she is not creating, she’s checking in with shop owners and scouting new locations for her work.
And of course, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband John, beloved children and grandchildren and dear friends.
Despite all the excitement with her art and making her dreams reality, Rasch is mindful. She is a brain injury survivor. She works just as hard at taking care of herself and supporting fellow survivors. It’s important to her to practice self-care, along with caring for others and spreading the message of brain injury awareness through her personal story and journey forward.
And that journey began right at the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), as one of Rasch’s early card making projects launched. Rasch decided to send BEST support group members special hand-crafted birthday cards. People were touched by the gesture, but there was one person who reached back out to Rasch that touched her heart profoundly.
“I received a thank you card back for the birthday card I sent,” shares Rasch. “There was a handwritten note that said how much that card meant to that person. They told me it was the only birthday card they got.”
“I felt so moved by this response, I just cried. This really touched me; therefore, I just love getting into making cards.”
Her Birthday Card Project continues to this day, brightening the birthdays of BESTies.
Rasch has further expanded her role at BEST serving as the BEST Creative Consultant for Arts and Education and the BEST Gratitude Specialist.
Everything Rasch does is part of her plan to continue to send a positive message and touch the lives of others.
She is passionate about with her quest to encouragement, kindness and special hugs of love through her personal life and work across communities, near and far.
“Encouragement can change someone’s day or life. And kindness. Kindness is huge!”
Have a question for the artist? Interested in learning more about her work? You are cordially invited to Our BEST Space. Take part in Rasch’s Creative Time activities held each Wednesday from 11 am to 3 pm and create alongside the artist. This is a free activity (donations are warmly welcomed and appreciated). No experience is necessary.
You are also welcomed to browse through our Superhero Shoppe, that proudly features Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity items during your visit. Cards for all occasions and special gifts are on display and available for purchase. As an added bonus, proceeds from the Superhero Shopppe benefit the brain injury community and their families.
To learn more about Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, click here.
Work will be displayed in Tacoma Art Museum’s TAM Local: Community Art Space for the Superhero show from October 16, 2019 to December 26, 2019.
We will have an opening reception Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the TAM Community Art Space.
In celebration of this upcoming event, we will be featuring a BEST Artist Spotlight monthly series on the BEST website blog to share just a few of our BEST artists.
The articles will be featured until our opening reception event.
In this series, we’ll share the thoughts and inspirations of BEST artists who have embraced art on their life’s journey.
Here is our first spotlight and interview.
Diane’s Connection to BEST: Diane serves as the BEST Creative Consultant for Arts and Education and the BEST Gratitude Specialist.
Diane’s Connections to Art: Local paper and multimedia artist who is the creator and owner of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, a handcrafted greeting card and gift business.
Diane’s Favorite Art to Create: “I love multimedia pieces—that’s what I really like. I love to work with beads, shells, sea glass and paint. I also like to add different things, like charms or words, and intermingle them all together.”
Theme of Diane’s Art: “Gratitude and encouragement, for sure. Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity was founded on art that speaks from the heart.”
Why Art is Special to Diane: “I’ve always been just drawn to artists. It’s so exciting to put my full heart onto a canvas or a piece of art.”
Diane’s Favorite Superhero Characteristics: “A superhero lives a life of gratitude. Whatever they are doing, they are thankful. They have courage that encompasses so many things. Superheroes are also encouraging of others. Encouragement can change someone’s day or life. And kindness. Kindness is huge!”
To learn more about the community art installation program, the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM), and how you can participate as a local BEST artist, please click here.
Cancelled: The Valentine Gratitude Party event slated for Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 1-4 pm at Our BEST Space in University Place, WA and hosted by HeadStrong, BEST and Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity, has been cancelled due to inclement weather conditions.
Thank you for your understanding.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!