My deepest gratitude for those who supported me in myriad ways in my business development fundraising campaign.
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!
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)
Breaking Wave, 48” x 72” x 7”, forged steel, apophyllite crystal
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.”
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?
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.
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.
Curiosity piqued? Stay tuned–we have great news to tell you very soon!