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, July 27, 2011

Central Terminal Grandeur

Saturday, July 16th P4P visited Buffalo's Central Terminal with Buffalo Unscripted to be inspired.  Artists were invited to work in the main concourse area, outside, or partake in a "photo tour" of the building.  They were also invited to be interviewed for Buffalo Unscripted, a documentary by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Although I don't have all the names of the artists who participated at the moment, I'll list the ones I know and update as I get further info...

Amanda Hibbert
Tim Raymond
Mark Severson
Dana L. Saylor-Furman
Amanda Maciuba
Matt Measer
Sam Stone
Bernie Smith
Meagan Baco
Crystal Sanchez
Anna Miller
Sandra Clisham Bartz
Steve Siegel
Sara M. Zak

And all of the photographers who came out for Buffalo Unscripted's photo tour!!! I'll be happy to add your name, website, and image(s) here if you contact me!  If anyone has a website they'd like me to link to, I'm more than happy to do so, just let  me know at sara@saramzak.com

Sara working and manning the community art  project

Amanda Hibbert and her very cool fabric painting (she made the fabric too!); Photo by Anna Miller

The beginnings of a very cool community art project

Meagan and Crystal
Bernie Smith

Sandy's gorgeous watercolor

Michael Mulley's photograph

Steve Siegel's photograph

Liz working; photo by Mike Mulley

Tim making a rubbing (a no no ;-); Photo by Mike Mulley


  1. Our best Art-In yet! Check out my finished painting here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10100150721978898&set=a.758107185118.2343829.15702123&type=1&theater.

  2. More photos of the event here from Dana Saylor: