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.

Friday, October 28, 2011

New Gallery in an Old Building

There's a new gallery in a historic building in the 500 Block Local Historic District:
Welcome to MAIN (ST)UDIOS, an artists’ community and gallery space in downtown Buffalo, located across from the Hyatt Hotel and steps from Fountain Plaza, Lafayette Square, the Theater District and several other galleries and cultural organizations. MAIN (ST)UDIOS will feature several open-style studio spaces with access to a 1000 sq foot community workspace and 2000 sq foot first floor gallery, with large storefront windows in a high traffic area. 

Building owner, Roger Trettel, Property Manager, Mark Schroeder and Gallery/Artists’ Manager, Erica Eichelkraut, collaborated to turn an empty building into this creative collective, furthering the rebirth of the 500 block of Main St.
 Congratulations to Erica of City Lights Studio and Marcus of 464 Gallery! This is the phyiscal illustration of ART+PRESERVATION, the name of Painting for Preservation's first exhibition on display until December 1, 2011 at the Statler Towers.

A community art piece that was created by Nomad Buffalo caught by eye - a whole (pieces of a whole) new perspective on the architecture of City Hall.

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