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.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Long Overdue Pics from the Black Rock Art In

Yep, I'm really far behind.  We held this well-publicized, well-attended art-in back in June! Here are some pictures of artists working.  We were joined by neighbors, Yoshi and Tykim; and the man whose family owned the gas station and second floor home up until the 80s dropped in to tell us about growing up there. Thank you to Doreen DeBoth and Artsphere for partnering up on this one with us!

Carol Siracuse

Dana Saylor

Russ working

Doreen DeBoth

Amanda Maciuba

Mickey Harmon

J. Stanely


Sara M. Zak

Gusto TV: http://blogs.buffalonews.com/gusto/2012/06/gustotv-painting-for-preservation.html 
Article link coming soon.  Thanks so much, Colin Dabkowski, for drawing attention to our initiative.