Stephanie Oplinger

Stephanie Oplinger

Paintings, Sculptures, and Dreams

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Dream Keepers

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$1
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Thank you so much for your support! All my Dream Keepers will receive:  

  • Access to my Patreon exclusive feed, including behind-the-scenes looks, special works-in-progress, and first view of new art (sometimes months before I post anywhere else!).

  • First option to buy new artwork (before it goes on sale anywhere else!)  

  • Your name listed at the end of my Youtube videos as Patreon Special Thanks

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Starry Knights

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$5
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Thank you so much for becoming one of my creative knights! All my Starry Knights will receive:
 
  • All rewards from previous tiers
  • 3 Month Calendar wallpaper for PC desktop (download)
  • New mobile background every 3 months/quarterly (download)
  • {NEW} Podcast! Access to my Patreon exclusive podcast


Dream Seekers

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$10
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Thank you so much for your support! I am glad you have joined me as a fellow dream seeker! All my Dream Seekers will receive:

  • All rewards from previous tiers 

  • Your name listed at the end of my Youtube videos as Associate Producer

  • Sticker of the month (shipped to you)

  • Postcard of the month (shipped to you)

  • Special discounts for my online store

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About Stephanie Oplinger

BRING YOUR IMAGINATION AND ESCAPE FOR A WHILE

Hello Imaginative Wanderer,

I am Stephanie Oplinger, a visual artist from Pittsburgh, PA, USA. I create surreal, dreamy art celebrating the feminine, the narrative, and the divine. I love incorporating imaginative and dreamy images into my paintings, sculptures, and creations. I want to celebrate the wild woman. I yearn to tell stories in images. And I do it all under the watchful gaze of the Creator divine. 



In the past decade, I have been everything from a paralegal to a nuclear plant work to a teacher. In this decade, however, I am leaving the drudgery behind and pursing my dreams. At 30, I quit my traveling job contracting at nuclear power plants to return to university. I started renting an art studio, and I recently received my BFA in Studio Arts. My dream has always been to be an artist, to create spectacularly and share with others, and here on Patreon, you are coming along on my artist journey as a career artist.

As a Patron of my art, you will see the behind the scenes of the joys, struggles, and triumphs of the journey, as well as EXCLUSSIVE behind the scenes looks, first viewings of new art, first option to purchase new arts and prints, physical rewards, and more.




WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

Studio Rent
During the pandemic in 2020, I began renting a studio where I could start practicing and running my art business seriously. It has been a game changer! However, the rent is still the largest cost of running my business, and with Patreon, my goal is to raise enough to meet the monthly rent amount. 

Supplies and Costs
As my art ideas get bigger and more complex, they often get more expensive to create (such as casting sculptures in aluminum and bronze!).  Your patronage will help me be able to afford the new supplies and processes as my creative projects and goals get bigger and better. 

Project Example:
I created a dress - an evening gown, to be exact - out of nearly 1,500 spoons! It was an ambitious project, and it cost my over $200 in supplies to make. I will be expanding this series and making more wearable art pieces in the future, and as Patrons you will get to see their creations first hand as you also help make their creation possible.


Exhibitions Costs and Fees
Every exhibition has hidden costs and fees associated that add up. Exhibit expenses can include framing costs, catering for opening receptions, travel or shipping costs, application fees for open calls, and membership fees to art organizations. Your monthly patronage will greatly help to absorb these costs and be a major part of the success of pursing more exhibition opportunities.

Exhibit Example:
My first solo exhibition was paid for through Patreon and a small GoFundMe page donations. All framing costs, marketing costs, and catering costs were covered thanks to patrons and art lovers like you.



BECOME A PATRON OF THE ARTS

It has been a wild journey so far, with many more miles to go. The creative journey is often harrowing and disappointing, but also elating, hopeful, and even at times sublime. I am often asked why I create, and I often do not have the words to describe the uncontrollable force of it, the need to create, a tempest commanding the action and the sickness when going without creating.

After a decade of doing what I was told to do and get one "real job" after another, I have accepted that creating is a holy act, mimicking our divine creator, and it is the only thing that makes me feel fulfilled and with purpose. I am an Artist. Why try to be anything else? Accepting that bravely to start over and chase my purpose and my dream. And you are now a part of this journey with me, witnessing and supporting and boosting and cheering.

I couldn't do it without you. I have so much more to bring you and show you that I have created. Keep with me, and I promise there will be more. And I thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Bring your imagination and stay awhile.



ARE YOU NEW TO PATREON?

Gone are the days of rich kings as art patrons. Now we are an era were anyone can be a Patron of the Arts to your favorite creators. Chose a monthly amount that suits you, and you are contributing to an artist's studio, creations, and career.




Do I have to pay in US Dollars? NO - Pay in any currency! As this is a US-based website, everything is written in Dollars, but you can use any currency and it will be automatically converted.

I don't have much money, can I still become a Patron?
Yes, please only sign up to donate what you can easily afford. Even just $1 per month adds up, and it is greatly appreciated!

Can I stop donating in the future if I can't afford it?
Yes of course! You can log in to change or cancel your pledge anytime you want.

I'm still confused. Can you help me?
Absolutely! If you have questions about using Patreon or encounter any problems with the signup process, the Patreon support team is really friendly and helpful! You can send them a message by clicking here. If you have questions specifically about my page or rewards, or just want to say hi, you can send me a message directly that only I answer the second you become a Patron!


Thank you so much for your time and support. I hope you join me on this creative journey.

Blessings to you, my friend!
Goals
9 of 50 patrons
When we reach 50 Patrons, all patrons at the $5 or above will receive my first ever special edition enamel pin based off of my painting "i dreamed of stars." This amount will allow me the budget to create new products and more ambitious projects.
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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 95 exclusive posts
1
Audio release
472
Images
2
Links
1
Poll
5
Writings
1
Video

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