Art & Design are my passions and my life . . . the breath that I take.
In May 2018, Valerie was invited to co-brand with the North American Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club for their annual event. Vetted by St. James’s House, a world-leading creative media group working with Rolls-Royce, her participation included an exhibition of her jewelry and featured placement in the official 2018 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 she was twice selected for their annual American Artist Appreciation Month. Valerie’s sculptural jewelry appeared on 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 in Milan, Italy at the Artistar Jewels Art Jewelry Exhibition.
Along with creating art for galleries, Valerie Ostenak also accepts commissions from private clients designing and creating personal sculptural art jewelry and paintings.
Ostenak has conducted workshops on forging silver, and been an invited lecturer at the Art Institute of Phoenix, and demonstrator/lecturer at the Northern Arizona Arizona University and Arizona State University metals departments.
For a full CV & bibliography, click to view and/or download PDF: Valerie Ostenak-CV & Bio
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, professional photographer, and woodworker.