U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
|Release Date: 02/12/13|
Trails Center Presents Temporary Exhibit, "Step on It: Braided Rugs by Norma Sturges:" Opening Reception March 1; Program, Demonstrations, and Workshop March 2
The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a temporary exhibit, “Step on it: Braided Rugs by Norma Sturges.” The exhibit will feature extraordinary rugs by Casper fiber artist and author Norma Sturges.
On March 2, the Trails Center will present a program, demonstrations and a braided rug workshop. The following is a schedule of events:
Norma Sturges, a nationally recognized fiber artist, has been braiding rugs for over 60 years. Sturges is the author of the indispensable guide to rug braiding, “The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art.” In 1995, she formed the Rocky Mountain Rug Braiders Guild in Denver.
“A braided rug is a satisfying, personal, artistic expression, and may well turn out to become an heirloom, passed down from generation to generation,” said Sturges, in “The Braided Rug Book.” “Above all, a braided rug is an object of beauty, with the unmistakable warmth, richness of texture, and depth of color that only pure wool, braided with care, can deliver.”
“Grandmothers, as you know, are persistent women. People of all ages are enjoying the revival of this wonderful craft,” Sturges said. “I am a great-grandmother, determined to see that we braid the stories of our generations together into rugs that we continue to treasure.”
The exhibit is supported by the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Rug Braiders Guild, and the Wyoming Fiber Trails Project, an on-line resource that promotes the fiber arts. For more information on the Wyoming Fiber Trails Project, visit www.wyomingfibertrails.org.
For more information, contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.
The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.
The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2011, recreational and other activities on BLM-managed land contributed more than $130 billion to the U.S. economy and supported more than 600,000 American jobs. The Bureau is also one of a handful of agencies that collects more revenue than it spends. In FY 2012, nearly $5.7 billion will be generated on lands managed by the BLM, which operates on a $1.1 billion budget. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
NHTIC 1501 North Poplar Street Casper, WY 82601
|Last updated: 02-12-2013|
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