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.




Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Black Rock Renaissance "Art-In"

June 23, 2011
9:30am  -1:00pm

We're heading out to celebrate Black Rock and all the amazing happenings on Amherst St. through on-site artmaking in collaboration with Artsphere Gallery . We're also taking a look at 481 Amherst which was built in 1923 by Valentine Homik who commissioned architect Karl Scmill to design it. Schmill was the same architect who designed Assumption Church and School. It was a Socony gas station from the outset, Standard Oil Company of New York, which then became Mobil. It was a Mobil station through 1981.  There are a lot of renovated buildings on the street, the fire hall being an amazing example of reuse!  This is a really good opportunity to take in one of our city streets as a whole. 

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