Art and Design is my life.
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 interior designers, architects, and artist-blacksmiths designing and creating sculpture, including: a decorative railing at the Grand Canyon, residential and commercial lighting, and interior furnishings.
Ostenak is the recipient of the Halstead Jewelry Design and Business Development Grant, was presented with the Centurion Emerging Designer Award: one of six from an international field, and was interviewed by National Geographic for their online Education series. She has presented her sculptural jewelry on the runways of Phoenix Fashion Week and LA Style Fashion Week. Her work is represented in galleries nationally and internationally. She exhibited with the Maria Elena Kravetz Gallery from Argentina at SOFA Chicago in 2013 & 2016 and has been invited for four consecutive years to be an exhibitor at the Artistar Jewels art jewelry exhibition, in Milan, Italy. In 2017 & 2018 Artists Jewels will take place during Milan Fashion Week in February!
Ostenak’s work has been published in numerous books, magazines, and blogs. Selected titles include: Secret Life of Jewelry; 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, 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, and lecturer/demonstrator at the Halstead jewelry school for employees.
In the middle of all of this there were 22 glorious years of motorcycle riding, travel to Europe and Hawaii numerous times, living on both coasts and sometimes in the middle of this beautiful country, and fluffy wonderful cats. And the Best of All, the light of my life, my son Patrick Bremser.