Opening Reception Friday Evening, February 3, 2017, 5-8 pm
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona is here to help you find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your true love – or your true self. The works of three extraordinary jewelers are showcased: Michael Grant, Victor Yurivilca and Valerie Ostenak. (read more below)
Michael Grant hand-cuts top-of-the-line domestic turquoise and other stones, meticulously cutting, turning and polishing them then creating the unique combinations that exemplify his extraordinary design and craftsmanship; Victor Yurivilca, an award-winning artist originally from a small town in the Andes of Peru has an engineering background, and a great deal of world travels in his experience, that have led him to build fascinating pieces out of sterling silver with a variety of stones; and, international award-winning jeweler Valerie Ostenak, who cold-forges sterling silver and heat-forges steel, sometimes adding natural pearls, creates sensuous curves in strong, singular pieces.
“It is futile to hurry jewels along on their journey of emergence from the raw stone,” Michael Grant notes. “They refuse to move swiftly, forcing the jeweler to still his anxiousness.” Alone in his workshop Grant has learned to follow the stones rather than lead them; this stillness and respect has allowed him to become a master at his craft, creating works recognized across the country. “I sincerely hope that the finished jewels which I create can offer the wearer this helpful sort of harmony, a balancing counterweight of timelessness to human life in the 21st century.”
Valerie Ostenak, who will attend the opening reception, considers the steel she works with to be a very feminine material. “When heated to a yellow orange heat, it becomes sensuous and graceful ... workable with ease, yet retaining its strength. Working with the hot steel allows me to express my core connection to the sensuous grace in Nature. I can create the flowing forms of vines, the movement of gently blowing breezes and smooth running streams. And when the steel cools, it is a lasting record of those graceful forms and flow. My intention to transform and connect the wearer of my jewelry with the gracefulness of Nature has been fulfilled, forever.” Silver, unlike steel, is worked cold so the curves are forged into place. “Each mark is a carefully set hammer blow,” Valerie Ostenak explains. “By leaving the marks of the hammers, the creative force, the energy that it takes to achieve those flowing lines and soft curves is seen — juxtaposing strength with grace. With a final polish, the metal becomes a mirror, reflecting the energy of transformation and the beauty of the material.”
Victor Yurivilca reaches deep into his heart and soul to create truly original works that allow him to connect with others. “It is a good expression of myself,” he explains, “putting together what I think and transmitting those ideas to my hands.” He also waits for the right time to create: “the moment when I’m filled with good moods and full of energy. It is with this energy, the reason I feel a connection to every piece. The work truly comes from inside me.”
Stop in to the opening of “For the Love of Jewelry,” meet Valerie Ostenak, and find the perfect gift for your Valentine or for yourself. This exhibition runs through February 12th.