I want to follow up on the Romare Bearden event at the Schomburg, it was really special. I really love what the USPS does with it’s African American series. This one was special for me as I just love Romare Bearden. He was a very special artist. Ronald A. Stroman, Deputy Postmaster General made the presentation. The whole ceremony was first class.
I remember I attended the Madame C.J. Walker stamp ceremony also. It was actually held in her mansion in Westchester. I felt honored and proud to be there, what an inspiration!! And now Romare Bearden!! The most exciting thing for me was that I got the opportunity to meet members of Romare Bearden’s family!!! Now that is one for my own herstory book!! It was very uplifting. This is also the 100 year celebration of Romare Bearden so this was a very special event. Below is more info about the Forever Stamp. Go out and get your Romare Bearden Forever Stamps!!! They are beautiful!!! For more information on the USPS stamps series, go to http://www.usps.com/shop or call 800-STAMP-24.
Today is also the celebration of 11-11-11. Everyone is asking why this day is so special and the reason is multi-layered. But the essence of it is that numbers are power as Lloyd Strayhorn says. Everything is based on numbers which is vibrations. Everything and everyone is connected and we are all here on this earth to move closer in our own way, to GOD, THE MOST HIGH, the Universe, or whatever you call that Total Beingness. To be practical, it means to live your dreams, dare to push the envelope, be the best vision of yourself you can imagine, help your fellow man and woman, love nature, respect your elders and love your children and most of all love yourself!!! Happy 11-11-11 Everyone!! I send you Love, Light, Peace, Success, Perfect Health and Well Being and Happiness!!!
American Artist Romare
Bearden’s Work Honored on Forever Stamp
Renaissance Man Transcended Beyond “The Block”
— The artwork of Romare Bearden, one of America’s most prolific artists, is
featured on a set of four Forever stamps dedicated today by the U.S. Postal
Service during a first-day-of-issuance ceremony at the Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture.
“Today, we are proud to dedicate a sheet of stamps that honor a
man who became one of the 20th Century’s most distinguished, important and
inventive American artists,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman. “Using
various materials, such as foil, cut paper, and fabric, Romare Bearden
transformed collage into a forceful means of expression with mainstream appeal
— and in doing so, he framed the complexities of the African-American
experience in a broad historical and cultural context.”
Joining Stroman to dedicate the stamp were E.T. Williams,
chairman of the Board of Directors, Romare Bearden Foundation; Dr. Khalil
Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black
Culture; Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in
Harlem, and Raschelle Parker, manager, Marketing, New York District, U.S.
Bearden is celebrated for his groundbreaking approach to collage
along with his work in watercolors, oils, and other media. The four collages by
Bearden, depicted above, and as they appear on the stamp sheet from left to
right are: Conjunction (1971), Odysseus: Poseidon, The Sea God—Enemy
of Odysseus (1977), Prevalence of Ritual: Conjur Woman (1964) and Falling
Star (1979). Art director Derry Noyes chose a different work by Bearden for
each of the four stamp designs.
Among Bearden’s early paintings were figural works recalling his
childhood roots in the South, done in gouache on brown paper. His paintings of
the 1940s also were inspired by literary sources such as the Bible, Federico Garcia
Lorca’s poetry, and Homer’s Iliad. Bearden turned to writing lyrics for
songs, including the hit “Seabreeze.” Music, in particular jazz and the blues,
was a strong influence on Bearden’s art.
Bearden’s monumental cityscape, The Block, was exhibited
at the Museum of Modern Art. His art has also been praised for depicting
African-American experience in its full dimensions and is in the permanent
collections of major museums across the nation. Considered one of America’s
greatest collagists, Bearden was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1987 by
then President Reagan.
Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They
may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ facility, at The Postal
Store® website at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24
They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelrs), and place them in a larger envelope
Romare Bearden Stamp
421 Eighth Ave., Room 2029B
New York, NY 10199-9998