911 Memorial Painting on Display at Vista Civic Center
A 3’x4’ 9-1-1 memorial painting is on display at the Vista Civic Center, located at 200 Civic Center Drive through March., 2018. The artwork is a travelling display and has already been hosted in Encinitas, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Carmel Valley and in Escondido.
Background: A local Carlsbad artist was commissioned to paint and deliver her painting to New York Ground Zero to raise money for the families of the fallen firefighters after 911. It was purchased for over $26,000 by a restaurateur who said when he hung it in his restaurant it made people too sad, so he returned it to the artist still pleased with his donation. The artist, Kelly Lucas, then organized a fund raiser event for Wounded Warriors where the painting was purchased by Wendy Moldow, a local Pacific Sotheby’s Realtor. Wendy knew this very special piece of art deserved to have its home be a Fire Station. But which? Thus the idea of the “The Traveling 911 Memorial Painting” began its journey through San Diego County.