My interview with Voyage Chicago . . .

I was contacted for an interview by Voyage Chicago, a media company who highlights the best of Chicago, for their Thought-Provokers series celebrating artists and creatives! So exciting!! Though I don’t live in Chicago, I have shown and exhibited my work there quite a few times, and have friends and collectors in the area. I like visiting a lot . . . I love that city!

Here’s the link to my interview: Check Out Valerie Ostenak’s Artwork . They have pix of me and lots of my art. It was fun answering the questions . . . I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I liked participating!

 

Invited to Exhibit: 2018 RROC

The following is the official Press Release for the 2018 RROC in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. It’s quite an honor to have been invited to participate! Only 10 days to go!

PRESS RELEASE
Issued: July 2018
For immediate release
Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club launches new publication at The Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe

August 18, 2018—The Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club is gearing up for its Annual Meet at The Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe. A week of luxury has been planned for the members, who will also come together to celebrate the launch of the club’s new publication, Strive for Perfection, produced in partnership with publisher St James’s House. The hardback, coffee–table book will be of the highest quality, and explores the living legacy of the world’s most famous luxury motorcar, Rolls-Royce. Profiling models old and new, the book celebrates the company’s unceasing pursuit of excellence—an ethos that earned Rolls- Royce the status of “best car in the world”.

The annual publication also serves as a carefully curated guide to some of the most must-have products and experiences in the world, ranging from jewelry to travel, gastronomy to architecture. This year’s book features the finest collection yet, and many of these exclusive names and brands will be exhibiting at the event on August 18.

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Speaking ahead of the launch, Richard Freed, the CEO and owner of St James’s House, said, “The annual Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club meet is one of the highlights of the year, and this year’s is going to be one of the most luxurious events yet. We are extremely proud of the publication and honoured to be working alongside such exceptional companies and
organizations on the project.”

The presentation of the book will take place during the Gala Dinner on the Saturday afternoon after the judging and prize-giving section of the rally. More than a thousand guests and VIPs are expected to attend over the course of the meet.

Ends

Notes to editors
For more information about this book and its launch, please contact
Ben Duffy, Communications Director, on +44 (0)20 8371 4043
(ben.duffy@stjamess.org).

Much love . . .

My deepest gratitude for those who supported me in myriad ways in my business development fundraising campaign.
xoxoVO

I am designing two new neckpieces to be revealed at the Rolls-Royce event in Lake Tahoe this August. A display is also being designed specifically for the event, one that will make the visual connection between industrial and natural organic flow . . . just as my sculptural jewelry does. I’m very excited for all the possibilities!

My website is also undergoing design changes and will be revealed within the next few weeks!

Individual portfolio galleries of the jewelry collections and the painting series’ will show the latest works. I’ve had a lot of requests for available artworks for purchase so direct connections for available pieces are also in the planning. As always, I welcome your queries and conversations about my art . . . As an artist who works alone in her studios, I relish the personal connections made with people all over the world! Keep it coming!

Here are a couple images from a jewelry photoshoot in the forest in Flagstaff AZ . . . wonderful women who were sooooo much fun to work with! Enjoy!

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Great News . . . The contract has been signed!!

 * * * * ONLY 6 MORE DAYS TO GO * * * *

I received a substantial pledge outside of my Indiegogo campaign which has made it possible to sign the contract with the publishing/PR firm with Rolls-Royce!! It is happening!!

This is my Giant Leap of Faith.

I want to knock the socks off everyone in attendance at the event. It is one of the biggest things I’ve done to build my business. I believe in where it can take me and my art. I believe in my art . . . I believe in me.

I ask that you believe in me too.

At this time, additional funding is still needed to purchase the materials for the pieces to be exhibited at the event and travel & lodging for the event. I would greatly appreciate your sharing out my campaign to your networks.

The direct link is igg.me/at/valerie-ostenak

The Pink Sunrise and Ocean Spray earrings and necklaces will not be available after this campaign is over. With only 6 more days for everyone to get these goodies and perks, now is the time to get them!

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Thank you for your belief in me and my art . . .

love, Valerie

The Value of Art

Art enhances, enriches, and visually stimulates our senses. It awakens us to emotional response with the curve of a smile or the rush of our breath. It makes statements on the value we place in ourselves and the spaces in which we live. Art is the luxurious tangible object in our lives that feeds our hearts and souls, reminding us that we are in the presence of grace.

I have had women who wear my one of a kind neckpieces state that they feel a transformation happen, that they become More. Each one has a different definition of what More is to her, but in each case, they are extremely happy, content, and vibrant. It makes me smile to hear their joy!

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I have had people viewing my paintings who tell me my work brings them to a heightened sense of awareness, of connection. They feel a calm come over them, a feeling of knowing that all is possible. Some of my paintings are vast in their cosmic feeling, some are intimate in their atmospheric coloring, but all are accessible to that part of us that longs for reassuring quiet and love. I’ve been told my paintings are healing agents. And that makes me smile too.

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To make a positive difference in the world, to create joy and healing in each person who wears and views it . . . this is what I want for my art.

It is the gift I was given to work with.