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, June 27, 2011

Lyth Cottage Follow Up

We had a great "art-in" last Saturday, June 25 at Lyth Cottage on Buffalo's East Side.  Participants included, Casey Milbrand, Meg Baco, Donna Hale, Dana Saylor, Mickey Harmon, Steve Siegel, Mark Severson, Amanda Maciuba, Tim Raymond, Sara M. Zak, Paulette Jurek, Becky Harbison, and a visit by East Side photographer, blogger, and activist,  David Torke.  New owner Matt Newton hung out and chatted with us as did a few community members.  Others stopped to check out what P4P is was all about and indicated a desire to be involved in the future - one person even giving a small donation to P4P to be used toward getting the work out.  I learned that the the little cottage was home to a family with 10 children a while back from a gentleman who used to hang out there when he was a kid.  It's amazing to think that the little cottage which seems so lonely as the only structure on that side of the street was once, not really that long ago, a hub of social activity with bonfires and games -- basically spilling over with activity.   A former print press operator whose family lived next door to the cottage (home now demolished) dropped by to talk with us for a second time; he'd been at the Harris Hardware event too.  He'd wanted to be a photographer when he was younger.  I'm hoping some time he'll skip his walk and make some art with us.  Check out the photos from the Buffalo News here.

First three photos by Steven Siegel
More photos to come as more images come in from the artists!

Amanda Maciuba (sketch to be used for a print)

Tim Raymond (unfinished)

Mickey Harmon

Meagan Baco

Friday, June 24, 2011

If there's rain...

Hi all,
Just want to let you know the "rain" plan for Saturday June, 25th... if it is sprinkling, we'll have a tent, or you can camp out in your car.  If it is downpouring, we'll have to reschedule.  But, we'll keep our fingers crossed that there's no rain!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Art-In" at Lyth Cottage, June 25th

P4P is looking forward to an event at Lyth Cottage on Buffalo's East Side, June 25, 9:30 am to 12:30ish.  We'll celebrate this preservation success story through making on-site, individual, art-making. P4P events are great experiences for the artists and members of the community -- they provide for the opportunity to create new friendships, share common interests, and interact with diverse communities through art. 

This little cottage, built in the 1880s for the Lyth family's maid, was recently acquired by Matthew Newton through the City Homestead Program. I had the pleasure of communicating with Matthew, and he's "thrilled we thought of Lyth Cottage" for P4P.  J. Lyth and Sons specialized in ceramic tile and sewer pipe. The cottage incorporates many of the products from the Lyth Tile Company.  You can find more info on the the cottage here... http://www.buffalorising.com/2011/04/sale-of-lyth-cottage-promotes-investment-in-the-east-side.html  and here... http://fixbuffalo.blogspot.com/2006/08/lyth-cottageon-urban-prairie_20.html

Artists of all media and experience levels are welcome!  Here's the mapquest...

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The art-in series will result in an exhibition in October. If you choose, your work will also be featured on this blog, on WGRZ Channel 2 community websites, and Buffalo Rising. 

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