Renowned Nevada artist Steven Saylor is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Nevada statehood by painting “Nine Cheers for the Silver State”.
The painting serves as a fundraiser for the Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the Comstock Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Saylor’s painting takes its title from a headline that appeared in the Gold Hill Daily News on Oct. 31, 1864.
The image features current governor, Brian Sandoval, former governors Paul Laxalt, Bob List (and his dog Sunshine), Dick Bryan, and Bob Miller, current U.S. senators, Harry Reid and Dean Heller, and U.S. Congressman Mark Amodei. The painting also features former first ladies Dema Guinn and Dawn Gibbons, representing those two administrations, and Comstock Foundation directors Corrado De Gasperis, John Winfield, and Ron James.
Gov. Sandoval is signing a proclamation commemorating Nevada’s admission into the Union, and Mark Amodei is reading an 1864 issue of the Territorial Enterprise, which includes an article on statehood.
Governor Bob List, Artist Steve Saylor, Dawn Gibbons, Governor Richard Bryan, and Governor Bob Miller met and signed prints of the painting, which are being pre-sold by comstockfoundation.org/