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Susan Opie

March 15 – June 22, 2008
Outdoor Sculpture Program

For more than 25 years, Bucks County sculptor Susan Opie has been making sculptures out of things that move: crocodiles and crickets, grasshoppers and giraffes. Since she was a child, she has had a profound connection with animals and nature, but she is not content to create sentimental and heroic visions of Flipper and Lassie. Her work is full of imagination, humor, and surrealism, and while she is now in her 7th decade, she has retained her child's sense of wonder at the liveliness and complexity of the universe. As she says, "We live on a planet bursting with life and energy, and I want my sculpture to reflect this vitality and to be as lively as possible." Opie was born in Pittsburgh, and was trained at Syracuse University and Carnegie-Mellon University. She has exhibited her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Allentown Art Museum, and the Akron Art Institute.

Image: Susan Opie, Grasshopper and Dragonfly, 2001, bronze, H. 29 x W. 30 x D. 16 inches, Collection of the Artist.

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