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Meet the generous Artists Day 2

Welcome to day 2 "Meet the generous artists".  We're leading up to our online art auction.  We're trying to raise money for the American Cancer Society. 

Please meet Diana Rast and Cassandra Cushman

#3 Diana Rast

I have always been into the “Artsy Fartsy” stuff as my husband calls it, and began my career in Jewelry in 1986 at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. After four “interesting” years I received my BFA in metalsmithing in 1990. Soon after graduation, I found job with a Jeweler in Philly, but wanting to see the world, I left the trade to travel.

After several years in non-artistic jobs, the opportunity to explore my creative side presented itself again; in which I found beads and it just steamrolled from there.

Initially I started buying lamp work beads for my creations on eBay, I just loved the look and feel of them but hated the price.  The thought went through my head that if others could make these beautiful things, why not me?  So the adventure into bead making started in the summer of 2006.  After having set up my initial studio (in the basement), I had the fortune to work with and learn from various talented bead artists such as Melanie Moertel , Teresa Laliberte,  from Germany, and Donna Mehnert.   I recently took an amazing class with Claudia Trimbur-Pagel.   If  you ever get a chance to take a class, I recommend all of the above artist highly!

The possibilities working with glass seem endless, and I plan on exploring this medium to its fullest.  So many shapes, colors, and combinations, but so little time!
I am still creating beads.  I am now selling my creations through Beads of Courage (link below).  I am also creating Mixed Media paintings and Art Journaling.  If you are interested in purchasing beads please contact me for information.  I do custom work all the time.

                                                      #4 Cassandra Cushman

I love the Lord. I'm married to an awesome man who is supportive, understanding and helps keep me grounded. We have two sons who are twenty and fifteen. I have two dogs, Brock who is a nine year old Golden Retriever and Luke who is a seven year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
I have loved to doodle and draw since I was a little girl. That love went dormant for to many years. I started altering hang tags in 2006 that had an encouraging word on them and would send them to Enchanted Makeovers and they would be shared with ladies who are on a new journey in their life. My love for mixed media began not long after when I watched my first workshop online and fell in love with it. I've not looked back. I love to use scripture and other encouraging words on my art as they truly do heal and lift your head up. 

With my art, I want it to bring encouragement, a smile and for everyone to know how special and loved they are. 



Don't miss out on day 3!!  Have more amazing-talented artists coming your way!
***all donations will be made directly to my Relay For Life site.
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