I’ve gotten so terribly behind with all things art this year!
However, though I was in the mire of overtime work hours, drama, and health issues, I still applied to several local exhibitions and publications, and this year they have all been good to me!

Tekkoshocon Art Show

The first exhibit of the year was in April at the Tekkoshocon convention in Pittsburgh. 4 of my ink drawing were on display for sale there. Take a look!


These pieces are still for sale, so if they interest you do not hesitate to email me at soarts@rocketmail.com

Pendulum, UPG Student Pulication

Two of paintings were printed in the spring 2014 issue of the Pendulum, a student publication from the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg campus. “Tradition” and “Secret Eyes” received full page printings


Unfortunately, the printed issues were no where to be found on campus, and by the time the editor got back to me, the campus was closed. I emailed the editor again at the start of this fall semester, and still nothing. I have no physical proof and can’t show it off!

Westmoreland Art Nationals

The second exhibit of the year was at the Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, PA in June for the Westmoreland Art Nationals. Last year, a painting of mine was accepted for the same event but at the second location. This year two paintings were accepted for the first exhibit.


The Loyalhanna Review 2014

The second publication this year was a full page printing of one of my bird paintings in this year’s issue of The Loyalhanna Review. (Get your free copy! http://www.lvwonline.org/LRlocations.html)

The people in charge of this publication have treated me so well – two years running they have given me a full page printing. And this year, when I was too sick to attend the publication party I RSVPed for, the editor sent me copies in the mail with a sweet Missed you/Hope all is well note. So kind of her!

Mr. Fred Rogers Fine Arts Juried Exhibition

And the third exhibit of the year is in-progress. For the entire month of September, two of paintings are on display at Latrobe Arts Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. One of my paintings was included in the collection last year, and I am grateful and proud that they have accepted two of my paintings for this year’s juried art exhibit.


I missed the opening reception for this one as well due to health issues, but when I visited the gallery on my own a few days later, the coordinators were very kind and relayed a message to me from an admirer on the opening night: A woman said that my painting “i dreamed of stars” was her favorite and that it spoke greatly to her, and she wanted me to know how much it meant to her. It made me so happy to receive this message and gave me hope as an artist!

AND my painting “i dreamed of stars” has been forwarded to the Greater Latrobe Senior High School Art Gala and Show. The gala will be held on Thursday, November 6, at 6PM, and a guided tour will be given for the works on display there. If my painting is chosen, it will become part of the permanent collection kept at the Greater Latrobe Senior High School.

That’s all the big art related new of this year… for now. Exciting!

Stephanie Oplinger

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