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Exhibitions > Rivers Alive 

The Pattern Shop Studio will open the fall season with an exhibition entitled Rivers Alive, featuring work by New York and Colorado based artist Wopo Holup. Holup’s drawings are about nature's flow -- its branching and dividing -- and the disbursements of energy. Rivers, traffic patterns, and cultural hierarchies are all forms of this flow. The metal leafs Holup uses on the drawings consist of precious metals such as silver and gold to acknowledge treasured sites such as the Nile, the Mississippi, and the legendary Sea of Galilee. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be new work that depicts the 2013 flooding along the Colorado Front Range.


Wopo Holup is a New York based artist who has completed more than two dozen public art projects across the country. Holup's bronze and iron work can be found at the Philadelphia Zoo, Historic Battery Park in Manhattan, and the Tampa International Airport, among many others. Collaborations with architects, government agencies, and inspired communities have helped Holup achieve her artistic goals.


Drawings produced with Holup's projects have been shown in solo exhibitions at “Art and the Environment”, Selden/Chrysler Gallery, Norfolk, VA; CUE Foundation, curated by Yvonne Jacquette, NY, NY; Mill Museum, National Park Service, Lowell, MA; Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO; Charles Schulz Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA; and the Center for Architecture, New York, NY. Her drawings were also included in a traveling exhibit for The Center for Creativity and Design at the University of North Carolina. The drawing, “Mississippi Delta” won a purchase award in 2013 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational, NY, NY