Tucson Fire Foundation Honor Firefighters That Lost Their Lives on 9/11/2001 With Two Special Eventsby Charles Spillar on Sep. 09, 2010, under arts, Tucson Art
On September 11, 2001, one of the worst acts of violence on American soil took place taking the lives of almost 3000 Americans. 343 of those that died that day were firefighters. On 9/11/2010 these heroic souls will be remembered in a ceremony created by the Tucson Fire Foundation, a new non-profit 501c3 corporation. Postcards will be available to the public to address a remembrance to the FDNY and will be sent by the foundation to New York.
The event will be held at the Art Gallery located north of Speedway on Stone Ave in an invitation only occasion. The incredible photographs of Tucson firefighters by local photographer Sean Stuchen will be exhibited and sold at both events with proceeds going to the foundation. Sean will be present for both days’ events. The special 9/11 happening will be a major fundraiser for the Tucson Fire Foundation created to help firefighters and their families for circumstances beyond the normal coverage provided. For more details visit their website: http://www.tucsonfirefoundation.org
On Sunday, September 12, from 1-6 PM the public is invited to meet the photographer and view the unique photos of our own local heroes and their necessary equipment. Once you view Stuchen’s photographs you will never take for granted the sacrifices these men and women face daily and the dangers they often have to endure. Very seldom have I been so affected by photography like this. I will never take for granted the work these gallant people undertake on the public’s behalf. The photographs bring the firefighter’s real reality to us. The physical conditioning they must maintain and the extreme dangers they face become obvious in these photographs.
Sean Stuchen’s photography in this exhibition demonstrates his professionalism and his feel for composition and color. His works capture the heart and soul of his subjects as you will witness upon viewing this exhibition. His style pushes the envelope photographing subjects from unique angles that offer a view into another dimension. Other subjects he has captured are exhibited in a gallery space off from the main firefighter exhibit for the public to see. They show his range of professionalism on numerous subjects.
The Saturday event will pay tribute to the brother and sister firefighters that lost their lives on 9/11 with special speakers and presentations. Entertainment that evening will feature what I consider an “angel singing.” 15-year-old singer/songwriter Alisha Peru will be singing the Star Spangled Banner and many touching songs appropriate for the event including some she wrote herself. The Cienega High School sophomore has been playing the piano since age 4 and reading music before she could even read words. In addition to being a singer/songwriter she plays alto & tenor saxophone and guitar. Recently Alisha was featured on KGUN 9’s “The Morning Blend” television show and her new songs can be found on ITunes or at her myspace page. You will be amazed at this young local talent.
The Art Gallery location is 1122 N. Stone Ave. (just north of Speedway) Phone: 520-624-7099. Sunday’s 9/12 public event hours are 1PM – 6 PM. The exhibition opened September 1 and will be open until September 30 for public viewing and purchase. Weekly hours through September 30 are Wed-Sat 11 AM – 4 PM or by appointment call 520-405-5800.