Artist Leoma Lovegrove has planned a community-wide art project to take place in the days leading up to Sept. 11. She is escorting a canvas measuring 18 feet by 10 feet around the area on which members of the public will be invited to paint the names of those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.
The first venue will be The Dennison Moran Gallery, 360 12th Ave., S., in Naples on Saturday, Aug. 6. Names of those who lost their lives on American Airlines Flight 11 will be painted in in sea Blue.
Then, on Aug. 12, the canvas comes back to Lee County to Iberia Bank, 1715 Cape Coral Parkway, W., Cape Coral, where the victims names from United Airlines Flight 175 will be painted in Deep Blue.
At subsequent locations, different colors will be used for the names from the Pentagon the the last two airplanes. Last month 2,753 names from the World Trade center were painted in red by the community at The Franklin Shops in Fort Myers and Red, White & Boom in Cape Coral. In all, the more than 3,000 names will form the base of a painting of an American bald eagle.
Lovegrove will be there to assist with the painting of the names. This project has become a gathering place where people share stories and reflect on where they were that day ten years ago.
The canvas will be completed by Lovegrove during Remember 9-11 Tenth Year at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on Sept. 11, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Lovegrove and many others have partnered with her on this project to make sure that those who lost their lives are never forgotten and to honor those who conducted rescue efforts.
Tickets are free and currently available by stopping by the ticket office at the Theatre. Members of the NYPD 1013 Local will take part at the event.
Lovegrove Studios Inc. is located in Matlacha.