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, April 23, 2012

Art-In at 53 Laurel St @ Michigan Ave

This is a classic Painting for Preservation event.

Saturday, April 28
53 Laurel Street

We invite you to join this group of artists and preservationists to make art on-site at a simple and overlooked but beautiful and preservation-ready historic building. This one is very unique in Buffalo.

We believe that the building is vacant and has an out-of-state owner. The collaborative urban farm Farmers & Builders has looked into purchasing the property. We support their acquisition of the building, if possible.

Make art of the building in any media you choose, paint, pastel, photographs. Artists of all media and skill level are welcome. You are also invited to just talk about the building and observe the artists.

The building at 53 Laurel dates to ca. 1907 and is a carefully designed brick and stone double residence. Laurel Street is an intact street with lively and responsible residents, looked just off the Michigan Street corridor.

Please RSVP on Facebook and share this event. Contact us at info@paintingforpreservation.org for details.

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  1. Ah, wish I could be there. Best of luck!

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