"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." Elie Wiesel
"It seemed I stood forever, holding out my hand.
And all that time, you could no more heal yourself
than I could accept what I saw." Louise Gluck
No grit, no pearl. A woman who summits a mountain didn't fall there. Oppenheim is training to set 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.
it's all about...
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. The asset is her. You can take away her home, her toys, her lifestyle and uproot her, and she is still fine. 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.
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.
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 will be heading to Nepal next to inject some more excitement into her life. She is going to climb 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.
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"One never knows what images one is going to hold in memory...with trophies of the meadow clutched in their hands--children hold spring so tightly in their brown fists--just as grownups, who are less sure of it, hold it in their hearts." Essays of E.B. White