Welcome to Painting for Preservation!

Welcome to Painting for Preservation! This initiative, founded by artist Sara M. Zak, is aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making.

Mission: To bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. To create artwork on-site related to the location as a means of raising positive awareness of the space.

My hope is that we can continue this effort in Buffalo and expand the concept to other architecturally rich cities. Please e-mail Sara M. Zak if you are interested in starting a Painting for Preservation initiative in your city at info@paintingforpreservation.org

Our goals:

1. Raise awareness of at-risk, distressed and under-utilized locations and their neighborhoods

2. Create a record of historically rich locations through art

3. Create a community of artists invested in the urban landscape

4. Bring exposure and provide assistance to artists interested in documenting at-risk historic neighborhoods while also collaborating with members of those same neighborhoods.

5. Involve communities in sharing their stories of local historic architectural and their neighborhoods.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Successful Art-In at 169 E. Ferry

We had a really great experience Saturday at 169 East Ferry.  Thirteen artists came out to make their own art work using this historic site as their inspiration.  They included: Nancy Miess, Bernie Smith, J. Tim Raymond, Michael Mulley, Joan Shaw, Steve Siegel, Amanda Maciuba, Dana Saylor, Meagan Baco, Kimberly Balicki, Donna Hale, Kath Schifano, and me, Sara M. Zak.   We had a number of interested community members come by and talk with us.  One passer-by said she'd walked by the building hundreds of time, but would now look at it in a whole new way.  The store owners were really wonderful; the man who runs the convenient mart brought bottled water out to everyone!  Here's some of my photos from the event...


  1. I just read the article on buffalo rising and I think this is an awesome idea! How do other artists become involved, I would love to do this sometime!

  2. Hi Kristen! I don't know if Sara Zak ever responded to your comment, so here's a late reply.

    Come to an Art-In! There is no pre-req for anything. Bring whatever supplies your like to work with, also something to work on, and a chair, are good things to have.

    There will be three more Art-Ins before we go on haitus in October. Here are the dates: August 13, August 27, September 11.

    Email P4Partist@gmail.com for more specific information! Hope to meet you soon.