On Dec 2 2017 a 3’x 4’ 911 Memorial painting was presented to the City of Vista Fire Department where it will remain until March, 2018. The artwork is a traveling display and has already been hosted in fire stations in Encinitas, San Marcos, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, Solana Beach, Oceanside, Carmel Valley and in Escondido.
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 in a Fire Station. But which one? Thus, the idea of “The Traveling 911 Memorial Painting” began its journey through San Diego County.
“The Traveling 911 Memorial Painting” is currently located at Vista Fire Station #1, 175 N. Melrose Drive. The public is invited to see the Memorial 911 painting, which will be on display at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, during the month of January, 2018.