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The dedication ceremony was in New York. The images are of forests in the American northeast. But the artist behind the U.S. Postal Service’s latest set of commemorative sovenir stamps is from Hawaii. Hilo painter John D. Dawson is behind the “Northeast Deciduous Forest” stamp sheet, having already designed six previous sheets in the “Nature of America” series (including “Pacific Coral Reef” last year).

Available at post offices and online beginning today, the souvenir stamp sheet includes ten individual stamps depicting a typical Northeastern U.S. deciduous forest, inhabited by an Eastern Red Bat, Black Bear, Eastern Buckmoth, Eastern Chipmunk, White-tailed Deer, Red Eft, Red-shouldered Hawk, Ovenbird, Wild Turkey and a Long-tailed Weasel.

Dawson graduated from the Art Center School in Los Angeles in 1959, and lived and worked as an artist there, and in Idaho, before trading the Rockies for tropical rain forests and relocated to Hilo.

Image courtesy the U.S. Postal Service.

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