Last Tuesday was the official unveiling of the Oregon Statehood Stamp for the US Postal Service, on the steps of the State Capital in Salem, OR. As the artist on this project, I was invited to be there and shake hands with the Governor and assorted state dignitaries.
I was taken aback by the excitement and enthusiasm about the stamp as the state celebrates it's sesquicentennial next year. (That's 150 years...but you knew that.) Everyone was gracious and happy and so very proud of their state heritage. After all, Oregon has played a major role in the country's history, being the ultimate destination for the Lewis & Clark Expedition.
Not only is this a special stamp for me because I live in Oregon, but it's my very first stamp for the Postal Service. What a special way to start! I've collected stamps for years because of the excellent artwork and design...and now I get to be a part of that history. I'll be painting two more stamps for them over the next year.
True to Oregon behavior, the First Lady rode her bike two miles from the Governor's residence to the event! I discovered she is a native of Kentucky, like me. We chatted briefly about horse farms and Kentucky colleges before she donned her bike helmet and rode away on her old, green, beach bike with silver streamers fluttering.