What: Nevada Statehood Forever Stamp  
When: 11 a.m., Thursday, May 29, 2014  
Where: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

361 Symphony Park Avenue

 
Who: U.S. Senator Harry Reid

U.S. Senator Dean Heller

Gov. Brian Sandoval

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki

USPS Board of Governor’s Vice Chair James Bilbray

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe

 

 
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The Nevada Statehood Forever Stamp will have an official first-day-of-issue ceremony take place May 29 in Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

This stamp celebrates the 150th anniversary of Nevada, which became the 36th state on Oct. 31, 1864.

The ceremony will highlight the unveiling of the stamp for the first time. It will be available at the ceremony and at Post Offices nationwide the following day.

It is being held in conjunction with the year-long celebrations coordinated by the Nevada 150 Sesquicentennial Commission.

The stamp art depicts a close-up view of an area in Fire Canyon, part of Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park. The painting is an oil-on-Masonite panel. Captured by Reno Nevada artist Ron Spears at dawn, the sandstone formations glow in shades of brilliant reds and yellows — a result of various quantities of iron in the rock — highlighted by deep purple and blue shadows.

  • Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, Chairman of Nevada 150 Commission
  • Ron Spears, Reno Artist who designed the stamp
  • Las Vegas Postmaster Craig Colton
  • USPS Board of Governors Vice-Chair and former U.S. Congressman from Nevada, James Bilbray

ABOUT THE NEVADA STATEHOOD STAMP:

The Nevada Statehood stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

 

The U.S. Postal Service® joins the celebration of Nevada’s 150th anniversary with a stamp showcasing one of the state’s many hauntingly beautiful landscapes.

The stamp art depicts a close-up view of an area in Fire Canyon, part of Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park. The painting is an oil-on-Masonite panel. Captured by Reno Nevada artist Ron Spears at dawn, the sandstone formations glow in shades of brilliant reds and yellows — a result of various quantities of iron in the rock — highlighted by deep purple and blue shadows.

ABOUT RON SPEARS

Ron Spears created hundreds of illustrations for Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Harry Potter Card Game, Upper Deck, Blizzard Entertainment and others. He also illustrated book covers, magazine articles and the children’s book “Dad Are You The Tooth Fairy?” written by actor Jason Alexander.

As a Lead Illustrator for International Game Technology, and an Art Director for Sierra On-Line, Ron has created countless illustrations for dozens of video games.

Ron is member of the New York Society of Illustrators and currently an Assistant Professor at Southern Utah University, in the art and Design Department.

YouTube, www.RonSpearsArt.com

ABOUT NEVADA 150

Nevada’s Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s admission to the Union, will provide opportunities for celebration and reflection as we come together statewide to commemorate our shared history and build a foundation of cultural appreciation for generations to come.  Nevada’s one of a kind and diverse history will be celebrated throughout the state for an entire year in order to promote pride in the shared heritage of all Nevadans.  Nevada’s Sesquicentennial celebration will commence on Nevada Day 2013 and conclude with an expanded Nevada Day celebration October, 2014. For more information, please visit www.nevada150.org.

 

 

 
   
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