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.
Some people communicate with their hands.
It is a language.
The artist dominates a space and brings forth an intimacy to a private story.
How you relate to art. How you see yourself in art. An artist has a responsibility to let go so that the art can surface.
Oppenheim is proud of what she has made.
I'm about to change my life.
Consider for a moment how hard it is to do this.
Until it is paramount to you, that burning motivation for more,
without intent, change can only be momentary if it comes at all.
Should I tell you what it feels like when I climb?
It's astonishing: to show-up unedited, the silence, the difficulty, holding yourself loosely, gently, nurturing
As you climb
you see yourself again untouched.
Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see.
I'll see you soon.
I'm about to do a happy dance on a mountain.
Oppenheim is a Mainer whose upbringing fostered a love and respect for the ocean, the mountains, the woodlands and lakes, and all the glorious people she has met during her adventures along the way. You cannot make old friends when you are old. What is notable about Oppenheim is who she is--everything that she has done. As her children tenderly said to her, "It wasn't nature, mom, it was nurture. It was you." These are the sweetest words that she has ever heard.
Oppenheim likes to climb mountains. She has summited Kilimanjaro (19,341ft.), 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 is heading to Nepal to inject some more excitement into her life. She is climbing on Mt. Everest, the Earth's highest mountain (17,598 ft. EBC min.) dubbed the "Stairway to Heaven," a path many a great adventurer has journeyed along one of the world's most beautiful and challenging routes.
No grit, no pearl.
A woman who summits a mountain didn't fall there. Oppenheim is setting her boots on Mt. Everest. Oppenheim hopes to send a woman in need, a woman who has been a victim of domestic abuse, to a highly sought after all-woman empowerment retreat to help her create necessary, life-changing results. Oppenheim is committed to women's safety and helping them live extraordinary lives. Adversity 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. Bad people create their own hell on earth. Oppenheim would rather focus on helping the victims.
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