A One Year . . .

A One Year is about new beginnings, new ideas, completion of the last nine years of action and activities. We are now in the middle of the One Year, transitions are in full swing and with this full moon, the energy is wild! Just wait until the eclipse . . . so exciting!

One of the changes I’ve made is to my website . . . it’s now a blog/website. In the Designer Jewelry section I’ll try to keep you updated with my latest pieces. Archival jewelry will be accessible through the silver neckpiece on the home page. Click on it and it’ll take you to a page of some of my favorites. I’ll be making changes to the Painting section too as I get them photographed. Lot of photography to do . . .

I wanted to have it be easier to share thoughts, ideas, info, and tips on art, life, mindfulness, marketing, and design. I’d love to hear back from you too! Please leave comments . . . I think this will be much more fun!

Enjoy!

Winner of Saul Bell Award

Recently, Valerie traveled to New Mexico, where she was a finalist for the 2017 Saul Bell Award for her original design, “Old World Vines” neckpiece.

 

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At a well-attended celebration dinner held on May 21, during the Santa Fe Symposium in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Grande, Valerie was announced as a finalist.

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One of the jewelry industry’s foremost design events, this competition is judged by jewelers and industry leaders who are masters of their craft. They look for originality of design, successful incorporation of materials, wearability (except in the Hollowware category) and quality of workmanship as they examine each finalist piece both by hand and on a model.

Please join me in congratulating Valerie for her impressive accomplishment!

To view more of Valerie’s elegant designs, please visit VOSTENAKstudios

 

Stunning Piece for Robert Manwell Auction

Have a look at this elegant neckpiece designed and created by VOSTENAKstudios for the Robert Manwell Auction.

In its 8th year, the auction raises funds for a 2019 scholarship to benefit the classmates of young Robert, an Idaho boy who was beaten to death in 2009 by his mother and her boyfriend when he was just 8-years-old.

Thank you, Valerie, for your generosity and support of this young boy and helping to keep his memory alive. Valerie Ostenak-Robert Manwill Auction

The auction will be held at the Payette County Fairgrounds. 310 East Blvd., New Plymouth, Idaho

Floor Jewelry

Last week, we delved into some of Valerie’s wall sculptures, her penchant for water and it’s undulating ebbs and flows.

This week brings you to my favorite of her floor pieces: Making of a Tidepool, 32” x 36” x 18”, forged steel with a crystal center vase suitable for large votive candle or floating flowers.

To me, this resembles an avant-garde water ballerina moving to music not yet composed – unrestrained, free-flowing and feminine.
Simply enchanting.

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What do you see in this sculpture?

For more information on purchasing this one-of-a-kind piece, please contact Valerie

Sculptural Art Jewelry for Your Home

We’ve typically discussed the feminine resilience portrayed through the soft curves of Valerie’s sculptural art jewelry, but for the next couple of posts, allow us a brief diversion into another realm of her sculptural art–jewelry for your home.  Each piece represents the freely flowing water found in waterfalls, rivers, streams and oceans.

From the adornment of your private home to the enhancement of a corporate setting, Valerie’s sculptures cause the eye to linger just a little longer. This lingering can be good for business and emotional health. It can offer a respite from the ordinary or pressures of the day.

Most homes and offices have walls adorned with art, but owners often forget that availing a blank wall as a canvas for exquisite sculptures can lend a new dimension to their home or business.

Currently, VOSTENAKstudios is represented with several pieces at the lovely Titus Contemporary Gallery in Carmel. (San Carlos Between 5th & 6th, Carmel, CA 93921)

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Breaking Wave, 48” x 72” x 7”, forged steel, apophyllite crystal

                           
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Surfer’s Dream, 68” x 41” x 7”, forged steel, flourite cluster
In this series, Valerie describes:
“I seek to capture the power and the energy in the movement of ocean waves. The way it roars toward the shore and breaks into a wild display on rocky cliffs, laps at a sandy beach, or tangles the sea grasses below the surface.

Viewing the flowing steel as one views a mandala or walks a labyrinth, it becomes a point of meditation, perhaps a reference in the discovery of Self.”

If you are interested in either of these, please feel free to email, Mary Titus:
Titus Contemporary Gallery or call at 831-402-1955 for purchasing info.
Contact Valerie for info on the specifics of the pieces.