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, April 25, 2013

Launching Season 3!

We are really looking forward to the launch of our third season.  We're starting this year out with an exhibit -- Painting for Preservation: The Changing Atmosphere of Preservation -- at the C.G. Jung Center in Buffalo, NY; the opening is May 3, 2013, 6 pm -9 pm.  The Jung Center invited P4P to show as part of a program about being out in the community -- so what we do!  I'm really excited that this show will be a "living exhibit," growing in art and artists as our first four "art-ins" of the season occur.  I love the idea that the exhibit will mirror the initiative!  The exhibit will start with these initial seven artists (with P4P since very early on and frequent participants):

Steve Siegel (St. Adalbert Basilica)

Michael Harmon (Wilkeson Mansion)
Amanda Maciuba (Fairfield Library)
Kath Schifano (Cobblestone District)
Tim Raymond (Wilkeson Mansion)

Sara Zak (Harris Hardware
Dana Saylor (Chicago Street Firehouse)


We will host at least 4 art-ins during the run of the show (closing June 30th) and will add the work of artist who participate in the events to the exhibit.  There will be an artist talk on June 7th and a closing (TBD) so that all the new work can be seen!  We hope to see you at the opening and the May 4th art-in at 23 North Street in Buffalo (9:30am - 12:30ish) -- the next blog will be about the art-in!