Flowers painted by a contemporary American artist will appear on four Flowers from the Garden forever stamps to be issued August 16 by the U.S. Postal Service.
The first-day ceremony will be at 4 p.m. local time at the Mary Jo Arboretum and East Sioux Falls Historic Site in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Among those scheduled to be on hand are South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and stamp artist Elizabeth Brandon.
The stamps feature still-life paintings of bountiful floral bouquets by Brandon, whose paintings were inspired by floral still-lifes created by Dutch and Flemish artists of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Each stamp features one of four different paintings of flowers gathered from the garden and artfully arranged in a container. One stamp features red camellias and yellow forsythia in a yellow pitcher, while on another there are white peonies and pink tree peonies in a clear vase. An arrangement of white hydrangeas, white and pink roses, green hypericum berries, and purple lisianthus in a white vase graces another stamp, while blue hydrangeas in a blue pot appear on another.
The pressure-sensitive stamps are being sold in booklets of 20, and coils of 3,000 and 10,000.
Derry Noyes, of Washington, D.C., was art director, designer, and typographer for these stamps.
The first-day ceremony is free and open to the public, though guests are asked to RSVP at usps.com/flowers.