Art & Design are my passions and my life . . . the breath that I take.
Valerie Ostenak studied painting, jewelry and metalsmithing at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ, and continued at California State University Long Beach, CA. She has worked with private clients, interior designers, and architects designing and creating paintings, art jewelry, and sculpture including a decorative railing at the Grand Canyon.
In May 2018 Valerie was vetted and invited by St. James’s House, a world-leading creative media group working with Rolls-Royce, to co-brand with the North American Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club for their annual gathering at Lake Tahoe. Her participation in this bespoke opportunity included an exhibition of her jewelry at the event and featured placement in the official Rolls-Royce commemorative book. Internationally awarded, Ostenak is the recipient of the 2017 Saul Bell Jewelry Design Award in Alternative Materials, the 2009 Halstead Jewelry Design and Business Development Grant, and the 2011 Centurion Emerging Designer Award: one of six from an international field. National Geographic interviewed her for their online Education series and was twice selected for their annual American Artist Appreciation Month. Valerie has presented her sculptural jewelry on the fashion runways in Phoenix AZ and Los Angeles CA. The Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery presented her jewelry at SOFA Chicago in 2013 & 2016 and she has been invited for four consecutive years to be an exhibitor at the internationally acclaimed Artistar Jewels Art Jewelry Exhibition, in Milan, Italy.
Ostenak’s work has been published in numerous books, magazines, and blogs. Selected titles include: Strive for Perfection, official 2018 commemorative book of the North American Rolls-Royce Owners’ & Collectors’ Club; Artistar Jewels Exhibition Catalog 2015-2017; Wearable Expressions 7th International Wearable Art Exhibition Catalog 2017; Art Jewelry Today; Art Jewelry Today 2; Trend and Colours CIJ International; Watch & Jewelry Review; Showcase 500 art necklaces; ArtBusinessNews.com; Secret Life of Jewelry; British Vogue; British Harper’s Bazaar; and Contemporary Art of the Southwest.
Ostenak has conducted her own workshops on forging silver, as well as being an invited lecturer at the Art Institute of Phoenix, demonstrator and lecturer at the Northern Arizona Arizona University and the Arizona State University metals departments.
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In the middle of all of this there were 22 glorious years of motorcycle riding, traveling to Europe and Hawaii numerous times, living on both coasts and sometimes in the middle of this beautiful country, and wonderful fluffy cats. And the best of all, the light of my life, my son Patrick Bremser—an accomplished classically-trained chef and professional photographer.