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.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vaux Barn Pictures and Artists

Despite the rain last Saturday, artists came out to interpret a little yellow barn at the corner of Mills and Best on the East Side.  The barn, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted’s partner, Calvert Vaux, was once located in MLK Park (Humboldt Park).  It would be wonderful if this barn could be returned to the Olmsted Parks System – possibly as a donation as it is just sitting there decaying at the moment.  Artists were joined by passer-bys in the community; one young man, Darcell, stopped to paint his own rendition of a barn.  Check out other work of some of the artists at their websites: Michael Harmon, Amanda Maciuba, Casey Milbrand, Tim Raymond, Dana Saylor, Mark Severson, and Sara M. Zak.  Painting for Preservation will hold an exhibit in October during The National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.   A portion of any sales from this exhibit will be donated to an appropriate non-profit organization. 

The next “Art-In” will be at Lyth Cottage, listed on Preservation Ready Sites (Facebook), on Saturday, June 25th, 9:30 am –12:30.  This beautiful little cottage is a preservation success story in the making.  Happily, the new owner is excited to have P4P come work on-site.

Photos (unless otherwise noted): Stan Jennings

1 comment:

  1. Nice article about this "Art-In" in Buffalo Rising here: http://www.buffalorising.com/2011/06/painting-for-preservation-at-vaux-barn.html.