The HeART Connection

HeArt Connection- Artistic Dream Project

Do you have an art project on your bucket list that you need help bringing to fruition?

Heart to Heart with Art has just the program for you. Apply to our HeART Connection-Artistic Dream project.

It’s easy.  Send an e-mail or video to Tell us about your dream art project, why you haven’t been able to complete it, what this will mean to you when it’s done, and how you need help finishing it. Heart to Heart with Art then selects a number of project proposals based on our budget, the estimated time it will take to complete and artistic scope.

If your proposal is chosen, Heart to Heart with Art connects you with an artist to help coach you through the completion of your artistic dream and helps fund as much of the financial costs of the project as possible.

Examples of past HeART Connection-Artistic Dream projects:

Pictures books for Sally Dutra: Little Arvin and Andy the Snake making dreams come true

Brian and Sally with book2Brian and Sally Dutra are a husband and wife writing team with a combined background of improvisational comedy, illustration and screenwriting. Their love of children has inspired the birth of Andy the Snake Bakes a Cake and No! I Don’t Want a Baby Sister.

Both books help children cope with change. Little Arvin struggles with mixed emotions on the advent of a new baby sister. He experiences growth when he realizes his new baby sister looks at him like he is the most special person in the room.

Andy the Snake Bakes a Cake is a story of empowerment. Andy is a can-do snake who is willing to learn anything to achieve his goals. He defies all obstacles when it comes to learning. He’s a snake with a bright, optimistic attitude that won’t give up.

Unfortunately, health issues made it difficult for Sally to finalize her illustrations and turned to Heart to Heart with Art for help to complete her dream project.

We are thrilled that both of the Dutra’s heartwarming books are complete! Her books: “No, I Don’t Want a Baby Sister! My Story by Little Arvin” and “Andy the Snake Bakes a Cake by Andy Sidewinder” will be able for purchase on our website. Keep posted for updates.

Mary’s Angels

H2H_RedRockArtShow_2014_Lisa_Anne_Mary2Mary is a gifted social worker who didn’t consider herself to be an artist at the time we met. We believe everyone has creative juices flowing through their veins and some people just need a little encouragement to see and feel it.

When we met Mary, she was creating the coolest angel collages from magazine images. Some of her angels were themed around H2H_RedRockArtShow_2014_72body issues and different emotions, while others were made for aesthetic beauty. She had so many, but didn’t know what to do with them.

We wanted to help Mary share her creations with the world and show her that she is in fact a “real” artist. We helped frame her work and show it at one of our Heart to Heart with Art exhibitions in the Red Rocks Gallery.

Watching Mary’s face see her angels up in public for the first time brought on the waterworks for this precious moment.  Using art as a vehicle for heart to heart connection is what we as an organization are all about.

Cookbook: 90 FOR 90 Gwen Burns Shares Her Passion, Recipes, and Legacy in the Kitchen


Gwen shared her love for her friends and family through her many talents in the kitchen. It was her dream to have all of her recipes written down and her culinary prowess presented in a book to offer as a legacy for her family. At age 89, this cumbersome project was overwhelming for her, she didn’t know where to start, nor did she have the computer skills to achieve her goals. Heart to Heart with Art organized her recipes and family photos, took pictures of her baking, and created the book for her to give her family on her 90th birthday.

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Memory Book for Gwen: The House That Love Built: Remembering Richey Lane                            (Click the book to see the video of Gwen seeing the book for the first time)

Gram bookAs you can imagine after 65 years in her home, Gwen had difficulty letting go of her precious memories to enter an assisted living facility. Heart to Heart with Art helped Gwen encapsulate those stories and remembrances in book form. We photographed each of the rooms and captured the little knickknacks that held numerous precious memories for her, so that she had a little piece of home, at her touch, as she ventured into her new chapter of life.


HeART Connection-Celebration of Life

Memory Cards for Gwen Burns:

Gram memorial card

We know how difficult it is to loose a loved one. Heart to Heart with Art has and have a team of writers, designers and artists that can help assist you when it comes to writing the obituary, creating a photo slide show or to making memory cards for the funeral services.

With great sadness, we write about the final project we made for Gwen. When Gwen passed away this year, Heart to Heart with Art made special memory cards for her celebration of life ceremony to be provided to family and friends. We loved her and she will be greatly missed. “When someone we love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure.” Gwen was Lisa’s grandmother and her “Gram” will never be forgotten.

Memory Board and Bereavement Cards for the funeral service of Gigi Fitzgerald:


2013-01-05 18.46.10Also with a heavy heart, Huguette “Gigi” Fitzgerald passed away, and was wonderful mother to a dear friend to everyone on the Heart to Heart with Art Board. Gigi’s high spirited personality, endless love, and tight squeezes will be greatly missed.

Please contact with any questions.