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Release Date: 07/16/14
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Announces Temporary Exhibit:
"Tracks They Left Behind" An Exhibition by Jim Kopp

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) and National Historic Trails Center Foundation will present a temporary exhibit titled “Tracks They Left Behind.”  The exhibition will feature paintings by local artist Jim Kopp.

The exhibition runs from July 25 through Sept. 17, and the opening reception is July 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.  The reception is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will feature 18 different paintings that showcase an artistic interpretation of experiences encountered along the historic pioneer trails.  The artwork illustrates pioneer life and daily occurrences using quotations and excerpts from diaries and journals of emigrants making their way west.

Knopp has been painting in Casper for 15 years and his artwork falls loosely into the folk/outsider genre.  Knopp has painted more than 1,000 pieces and his artwork is currently represented by galleries in Colorado and New Mexico.

“I spent most of last winter reading, combing through emigrant journals, drawings and paintings before I began working on the art,” said Knopp. “A few of the paintings refer to actual artwork done by artists during the time since photographs were scarce.  The artwork for the exhibition is traditional, pastoral in manner, but I threw my own twist into the mix to give the paintings a raw, deliberately sullied feel.”

The paintings are available for sale through the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.

For more information, please contact Jason Vlcan 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, Wyoming.

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.

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Last updated: 07-16-2014