Strive for Perfection . . .

In August I shared my sculptural jewelry with hundreds of Rolls-Royce owners and collectors at their annual meet in Lake Tahoe. I had been invited by St. James’s House, the London publisher of the Rolls-Royce commemorative book, to be featured in the book and exhibit at the event. It was fantastic!! Gorgeous automobiles, some 100 years old, were paraded out and parked on the greens at The Resort at Squaw Creek for all to see and wander among. For those of us who love cars, it was breathtaking! I have discovered a new favorite: the Bentley Continental GT. Red.

The annual commemorative publication is given to RROC members and Rolls-Royce dealerships worldwide. It’s not sold in bookstores, tough to see one unless you know a Rolls-Royce owner who has one. They are special.

However, St. James’s House has made an eBook available that we as partners with Rolls-Royce for the book and the event can share with others. Lavishly filled with Rolls-Royce past-to-present history in photos and prose, and presentations about this year’s event partners, it is a beautiful book indeed!

Here’s the link for you to enjoy it as well! Rolls-Royce 2018 Strive for Perfection

I’m on page 47!

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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. 

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

VOSTENAKstudios Featured in Sedona Art Prize

Two of Valerie’s paintings are featured in the prestigious Sedona Art Prize Competition and eligible for several monetary awards. Both pieces are also for sale on the Sedona Art Prize website. VOSTENAKstudios entry. Check out her artist page and see her beautiful Corn Maiden in Winter with iridescent and metallic paints over a blending of pastel color within the wintery sky. Available also is Silver Lining in the Storm from her Stillness Within Series.

One part of the competition is to gather views and hearts. If you like her work, please go to the site and click the heart at the top of each painting to save as a favorite. It is easy and free to register to do this on the site . Every heart counts!

The Sedona Art Prize is an international online painting contest open to all painters anywhere in the world who are over 18 years of age using traditional painting media: oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pencil, or mixed media. Produced through a partnership between The Sedona Arts Center and GatewayToSedona.com, its mission is the support of artists and art education projects as well as our Peace Through Art initiative, “Make Art Not War.”

Tools of her Trade

These well-worn gloves that daily bend hardened steel rods into angles, twists and circles, protect the delicate ivory skin within and meld with the heartbeat of the artisan. What dreams and longings do they hold beneath their etched and blackened exterior?

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With the fluid ease that stems from years of practice, the artist uses metal tongs to pull a glowing hot rod of steel out of her makeshift forge and places it carefully on her anvil.

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Then Valerie, selects her hammer and begins to strike the steel, her blows ring throughout her workshop, softening what was once impenetrable. Her short, milky hair tousles in the air as blow after blow forms the steel into the lacy flowing designs of her imagination. Whether she creates loosely woven earrings or the twists and turns of a neckpiece cupping a precious gem, each is uniquely feminine, resilient, yet elegant. This is the realization of unspoken dreams.