Painting for Preservation will be on Amherst Street today bringing attention to a historic property. In collaboration with Artsphere Gallery, artists of varying mediums will be capturing the unique architecture of 481 Amherst Street.
Painting for Preservation seeks to bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. Artwork created on-site related to the location is seen as a means of raising positive awareness of the space and/or structure.
481 Amherst was was built in 1923 by Valentine Homik who commissioned architect Karl Schmill to design it. Schmill was the same architect who designed Assumption Church and School. It was a Socony gas station at the outset, Standard Oil Company of New York, which then became Mobil. It was a Mobil Station up until 1981. It is in need of some TLC today. Investment in this building makes really good sense given all that is happening on Amherst Street and Black Rock.
The P4P folks will be at 481 Amherst from 9:30 am until 1 pm.