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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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. 

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.