the star of the show is human courage, bravery

"speak truth to power"

how do you feel about art...

what about me...


 The main theme of Oppenheim's work is primarily to render personal responses to the female form. The plurality of her work focuses on range: bronze figurative nude sculptures, drawings, encaustics, paintings, ceramics, print and mixed media and photography.

Oppenheim's studio is in Maine. She studies occasionally at The Art Students League in Manhattan as well. Her formal education began at Bowdoin College where she has exhibited. Oppenheim has studied at The Art School at Old Church in Demarest, New Jersey with sculptor Janice Mauro and the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York. Sculptures are bronzed at local foundries, including New Foundry New York, Inc., Stewart Sculpture Casting and Polich Tallix, a full service foundry that caters to sculptors such as Tom Otterness and Frank Stella.

Oppenheim is an Artist Member of the Edward Hopper House Art Center, and a former Associate member of The National Sculpture Society and The Art School of Old Church. She previously served on the Development Committee at The Edward Hopper House Art Center. Oppenheim is also a member of Fine Arts, Fine Art Professionals and Collectors, The Art Students League of New York, and participates at the Modern Museum of Art,  The Whitney Museum, and the Portland Museum of Art programming.


Oppenheim has shown work at The Edward Hopper House, The Art School of Old Church, The Clay Art Center in Port Chester, The Gene Reed Gallery, Maria Luisa of Nyack, Bowdoin College, Rockland Center for the Arts, The All Souls Church in Suffern, and Johnnycakes of Nyack. Her work is on permanent exhibition at 8 North Broadway and Johnnycakes on Main Street in Nyack, New York.

Mother Theresa said, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family."

You have to share happiness to enjoy it.

push away to protect yourself

face subtraction

end what you once loved

what you gave up to make

that dream real

wished it to be true

should be true

but is not

context shades 


and subtleties of expression

may elude 

there is no sophisticated  


to fix 


what has been seen

cruelty. resentment. violence.

place your cursor on disappointment

backspace it

delete it

it is you who had to go away

replace it with

comfort. peace. contentment.

there is no pressure

to sing at first

it passes

best attempts can fail

the different set of chairs

around the table

none empty anymore

receive love as you, all of it

what if it needed to end

for me to fulfill

my true potential

the person I ultimately end up with

is going to benefit from

all the work

I've had to do

climbing those mountains


sit with me...


It is crucial to understand, we live in a world right now that overvalues all the wrong things: money, fame, popularity, how many followers one has on instagram--all these things that we think are the barometers for how attractive someone is are superficial and unimportant. The truth is, when it really comes down to it, a person of character, of kindness, of integrity--an individual who day to day and over a lifetime exhibits these qualities...with the best people, with the most mature, humble and intelligent people, this is where the game is being played.

my interest in

and talent in art

was a secret for a very long time

for I was known 

creatively as a pianist

secrets...I published poetry

under a pseudonym for years

my family still has no idea about that

my heart began to sing

long before I knew

what it really meant

to be so lucky

to hone my vision

with my hands

a story without words

steeped in my ability to open

one day

as my children were blossoming

I had the courage

to share 

what I was making

as life is unpredictable

I lost my first studio and art community

in the messy end of my marriage

vaulted off the disaster

towards something else

something I hadn't planned for


much art was broken and

somehow became even 

more beautiful that way

that was no way to live

I feel safe now 

and loved

heart, soul, hands rebuild

to put down roots again

plant some apple trees


and move with art utensils 

tap on ivory keys

roast   pickle   preserve

a place where family and friends

feel at home

to honor the private story

with your heart and hands

is freedom and dignity

" Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth.

What you held in your hand, 

what you counted and carefully saved,

all this must go so you know

how desolate the landscape can be

between the regions of kindness.

How you ride and ride

thinking the bus will never stop,

the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness, you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road.

You must see how this could be you,

how he too was someone who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside 

you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.

You must wake up with sorrow.

You must speak to it till your voice

catches the thread of all sorrows

and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,

only kindness that ties your shoes

and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,

only kindness that raises its head

from the crowd of the world to say

It is I you have been looking for,

and then goes with you everywhere

like a shadow or a friend." 

Naomi Shihab Nye

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." 

Theodore Roosevelt 

treat yourself like someone you loved

this is a sure thing

all my love from Maine

so let me ask you this...


Oppenheim is a Mainer whose upbringing fostered a respect for the ocean, the mountains, the woodlands and lakes, the value of a home cooked meal with family, and all the glorious people she has met during her adventures along the way.  You cannot make old friends when you are old. As her children tenderly say to her, "It wasn't nature, mom, it was nurture. It was you." These are the sweetest words that she has ever heard.

There is no safety net for a full life. People perform better without one. The view is much better from the top. You see yourself at the highest level of play. You attribute it to what matters to you: it is irresistible. Vulnerability is not a weakness. That myth is incredibly damaging. It is courage. Courage is our most accurate measurement--not reaching the peak of a mountaintop. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. 

Oppenheim has summited Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft.), the highest peak in Africa; the Salkantay route (20,574 ft.), the highest peak in the Vilcabamba mountain range and part of the Peruvian Andes ending in Machu Picchu; Mt. Katahdin (5,287 ft.), the highest mountain in Maine; San Gabriel Mountains, Henninger Flats in the Angeles National Forest (2,600 ft.) and climbed on but did not summit Mt. Everest, the Earth's highest mountain dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven," a path many a great adventurer has journeyed along one of the world's most beautiful and challenging routes while sick with high-altitude pulmonary edema, the Khumbu cough, and a fever:  (17,598 ft. Everest Base Camp for two nights, 9+ avalanches in the dark, and a few hundred feet up the constantly crackling crushed glacier mouth Khumbu Icefall and the Western CWM. This place is where countless scary situations can happen: a crevasse might open under you; an ice-pinnacle can fall on top of you; the entire area can collapse; it is not a place for a picnic and most everyone just concentrates on getting out of there as quickly as possible).  At this altitude, oxygen decreases to about 50%. There is no limit to how a person's influence can reach but to find that out, one must engage with a level of understanding that has deepened. When you do anything this way, you express every aspect of who you are. A body aches as the lack of oxygen and fatigue sheds your energy. It is not one skill but a true quantum leap that leaves no part untouched. With no exception, a person's level of commitment reflects an understanding of what one is willing to achieve.

Let's focus on what Oppenheim had to do to get there. A woman who summits a mountain didn't fall there. Anything done at a high level of excellence always intrigues because it is the ultimate expression of being human--that an individual does something that they did not have to do. For Oppenheim, it wasn't just the beauty of the exercise and the difficulty of it that made it worthwhile and very pleasurable. It was the somatic walking away, the "letting go" up and down mountains. Powerful impulses govern our responses to overwhelming life events whether we realize it or not.

To make her trek on Mt. Everest more meaningful, Oppenheim raised awareness and funds and sent a professional woman and mother who is a victim of domestic abuse to a highly sought after all-woman empowerment retreat to work with peak-performance experts to help her create necessary, life-changing results. Most good people try to honor their commitments and keep their families together. Can you choose who you're attracted to? Maybe not at first. But you can 100% stop investing in people who treat you poorly--it is a  waste of time and a turn-off. No one is happy sleeping on the floor; they just get used to it. Oppenheim is committed to women's safety and helping them live extraordinary lives. Violence against women does not have to ruin a woman's life. We should not be complicit or silently accept that intimidation, physical, psychological, emotional and financial abuse quietly hides in our communities. Without an enemy, abusive people would have to face the presence of evil inside themselves. Abusive people cannot run from themselves forever; eventually they have to face themselves and what they have done. Even if someone has been brutal to you, in the heart of their contempt, you have to have tremendous courage to love yourself even more and pay the love inside you forward.  Poet Ryunosuke Satoro once wrote, "Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."  The success of one woman is a collective success for all women. The #MeToo movement has prompted an ongoing national reckoning with regard to the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Domestic violence needs to be busted open as well. The rules and norms of what is permissible have changed; yet sadly, the statistics are sobering: every day, on average, three or more women are killed in the U.S. by either their husbands or boyfriends.  Observing misery doesn't help anyone. What helps is action. For Oppenheim, more fulfilling than standing on Mt. Everest is the ability to change a victim of domestic abuse's life for the better, especially a single mother whose children are living in her home. If we cannot respect and allow especially the abused the opportunity to have respect in their life, they and their children will not believe that the world is kind and good. They will be disengaged everywhere they go, and it will follow them in their lives. 

Women have an innate desire to be taken care of, to be treasured, and to feel safe. Men should provide that. Ask yourself these thorny questions: how, if at all, is violence against women different from other types of violence? What shifts in thinking about this issue is necessary to finally eradicate it? How does the toleration of domestic violence shape people's expectations and sense of entitlements? Ask the questions. Become an activist. It feeds you. Oppenheim has been asked to speak about the issues of domestic abuse.

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