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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Art-In" at Lyth Cottage, June 25th

P4P is looking forward to an event at Lyth Cottage on Buffalo's East Side, June 25, 9:30 am to 12:30ish.  We'll celebrate this preservation success story through making on-site, individual, art-making. P4P events are great experiences for the artists and members of the community -- they provide for the opportunity to create new friendships, share common interests, and interact with diverse communities through art. 

This little cottage, built in the 1880s for the Lyth family's maid, was recently acquired by Matthew Newton through the City Homestead Program. I had the pleasure of communicating with Matthew, and he's "thrilled we thought of Lyth Cottage" for P4P.  J. Lyth and Sons specialized in ceramic tile and sewer pipe. The cottage incorporates many of the products from the Lyth Tile Company.  You can find more info on the the cottage here... http://www.buffalorising.com/2011/04/sale-of-lyth-cottage-promotes-investment-in-the-east-side.html  and here... http://fixbuffalo.blogspot.com/2006/08/lyth-cottageon-urban-prairie_20.html

Artists of all media and experience levels are welcome!  Here's the mapquest...

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The art-in series will result in an exhibition in October. If you choose, your work will also be featured on this blog, on WGRZ Channel 2 community websites, and Buffalo Rising. 


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