29 "Giclee Prints" of Women of the Trail comes to life at Casper's Historic Trails Center

(Casper, Wyo.) - Looking for some where to take the rug rats today? A quick trip to the National Historic Trails Center can solve that, and a bonus is their newest exhibit featuring Women of the Trails is live now. ​Julie Rodgers, Utah Artist featured artist explained,“I love to record the simple things people do each day and capture the emotion of the moment. I love to paint light as it dances around a subject, especially the human figure. It is my desire to not only paint the physical being, but the personality and sense of soul.” Rogers brought a collection of 29 "Giclee Prints" for the exhibit. ​Shawn Wade, Interpretive Technician at the Trails Center commented, "This exhibit shows off her passion and her love for the West. It is her outlet and she is quite the lady." As part of Women’s History Month the Trails Interpretive Center will host the exhibit through the month of March. ​"We are proud to feature Julie's works, it has never been shown in Wyoming and we are happy to share her works. Her prints feature women from the Mormon Trail, California Trail and the Oregon Trail. Her paintings feature the traits and tell the stories from along the trail, leaving some room for interpretation, " said Wade. ​ Julie’s paintings have been featured in two books about the Willie and Martin Handcart Company migrations: Jolene Allphin’s “Tell My Story, Too” and Andrew Olsen and Jolene Allphin’s “Follow Me to Zion.” Each work of art carries with it historic significance and meaning. Her paintings are meant to inspire and motivate others. ​ ​Wade reported that Julie begins a painting, then take about a week away from it to gain a feel/spiritual bond with her subject. Part of her process includes reaching out to past descendants of her subject and then working with them to create the print. The NHTIC is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and the exhibit is available for viewing during business hours. If you go, be sure to read the story along with the painting and let the staff know which painting inspired you! For more information, please contact Shawn Wade (307) 261-7780 at the Trails Center. #oilcity #news