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, June 27, 2011

Lyth Cottage Follow Up

We had a great "art-in" last Saturday, June 25 at Lyth Cottage on Buffalo's East Side.  Participants included, Casey Milbrand, Meg Baco, Donna Hale, Dana Saylor, Mickey Harmon, Steve Siegel, Mark Severson, Amanda Maciuba, Tim Raymond, Sara M. Zak, Paulette Jurek, Becky Harbison, and a visit by East Side photographer, blogger, and activist,  David Torke.  New owner Matt Newton hung out and chatted with us as did a few community members.  Others stopped to check out what P4P is was all about and indicated a desire to be involved in the future - one person even giving a small donation to P4P to be used toward getting the work out.  I learned that the the little cottage was home to a family with 10 children a while back from a gentleman who used to hang out there when he was a kid.  It's amazing to think that the little cottage which seems so lonely as the only structure on that side of the street was once, not really that long ago, a hub of social activity with bonfires and games -- basically spilling over with activity.   A former print press operator whose family lived next door to the cottage (home now demolished) dropped by to talk with us for a second time; he'd been at the Harris Hardware event too.  He'd wanted to be a photographer when he was younger.  I'm hoping some time he'll skip his walk and make some art with us.  Check out the photos from the Buffalo News here.

First three photos by Steven Siegel
More photos to come as more images come in from the artists!

Amanda Maciuba (sketch to be used for a print)

Tim Raymond (unfinished)

Mickey Harmon

Meagan Baco

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