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Release Date: 05/29/12
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Trails Center Presents Temporary Art Exhibition: "Oregon Trail"
Exhibit Commemorates 10th Anniversary of the Trails Center

 The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will present a temporary art exhibition, “Oregon Trail,” by San Francisco artist Ann Belden. The exhibit kicks off the Trails Center’s 10th anniversary celebration, which will take place throughout the summer.

The exhibit opens June 16, and will be on display through Sept. 3. The outdoor exhibit features a 48 feet long, and 48 feet wide rendering of a

Ann Belden.

San Francisco artist  Ann Belden.



Ann Belden's commemorative print.
Ann Belden's Commemorative print.


Diagram of Oregon Trail sculpture.
Diagram of Oregon Trail Sculpture.

traditional quilt pattern.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on June 16 at 6 p.m. The reception is free to the public and includes hors d’oeuvres provided by the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, along with a cash bar.

Installation artist Ann Belden said she wanted to create a piece that featured a feminine design that could also represent the rugged country of Wyoming. Wendye Ware, of Laramie, a director of the Wyoming Quilt Project, sent Belden several examples of Wyoming quilt patterns. Belden said, “The pattern that immediately spoke to me was the Oregon Trail pattern.”

“The Oregon Trail pattern speaks eloquently about Wyoming’s history,” Belden said. “Many women made the arduous journey on the Oregon Trail. Women were often quilters, and they created new patterns to commemorate events or experiences in which they participated.”

“The exhibit will help commemorate the Trails Center’s 10th anniversary taking place this year,” Belden said.

The quilt pattern will be constructed with orange construction fencing and green posts.

“My experience is that the material always captures my attention, and creates wonderful tension when placed in a natural setting. Think of the Golden Gate Bridge spanning the gap between the hills of Marin and San Francisco, the tile roofs of Tuscany, or the brilliant contrast of autumn leaves to their surroundings,” she said.

Commemorative prints by Belden will be available for purchase through the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The prints, numbered and signed, will help fund the project.

“We are excited to provide the site for this sculpture,” said Trails Center interpreter Alex Rose. “The themes we interpret at the Center, our spectacular view of Casper Mountain, and our proximity to the Oregon Trail provide an ideal location for the installation. This summer, visitors from throughout the nation and around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy this project.”

The NHTIC first opened on August 9, 2002. The Trails Center will provide a series of programs and activities in celebration of its 10th anniversary throughout August 2012. For more information, contact the Trails Center at (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 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. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 06-08-2012