The Painting for Preservation team will set up on Sunday, September 11 at St. Adalbert Basilica located at 212 Stanislaus Street from 9:30am to 1pm for an “Art-In.” Artists, photographers, community members, East Side advocates and parishioners are invited to participate and observe.
Painting for Preservation is an initiative aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making. Because Saint Adalbert Basilica is scheduled to close after September 18, 2011, the group wanted to bring attention to the efforts of parishioners of the church in saving the parish.
The parishioners of St. Adalbert’s and their many supporters are determined to defer the closing of the Church. Again and again, since 2007 when Bishop Kmiec called for merging Saint Adalbert Basilica with Saint John Kanty, closing St. Adalbert permanently. Unlike some church closures, St. Adalbert is financially stable and has an active parish.
The art work created at this Art-In will be on display at the celebration of St. Adalbert’s 125th Anniversary on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at Millennium Banquet Hall in Cheektowaga.
Saint Adalbert Basilica parish was founded in 1886 as the second Polish parish in the city of Buffalo. In 1890 to1891, Huber and Company designed and built the Romanesque church standing today. At the time it was built, it was the largest church in Western New York and remains one of the largest.
The Basilica features a massive main altar of Italian marble with seven independently carved statues elevating a golden crown. Of curiosity, a likeness of the Black Madonna enshrined at one of the side altars had the distinction of appearing in the 1901 Pan American Exhibition. In 1907, Pope Pius X authenticated a document spiritually marrying St. Adalbert to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, a distinction allowing the East Side Basilica to perform higher rites and host the Pope, if ever called to do so.
Artwork from all of the Art-In events will be on display during the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference next month.
For more information, visit Painting for Preservation’s website: http://paintingforpreservation.blogspot.com/