If you’re near the waterfront this Saturday, participating in myriad events taking place, be sure to check out the latest installment of Painting for Preservation, an event hosted by Friends of the Buffalo Story.
The art-minded event is unlike any other – it’s a combination of art exercises poised to get sketchers to draw up bits and pieces of the waterfront as they move from site to site. The exercise starts off at the Erie Canal-era ruins*, and from there it then meanders around Canalside. Participants are welcome to capture moments in time with camera, brush or pen, as they pause for 15 minutes at each location. According to event organizer, Dana Saylor, if an artist gets caught up in the moment, that’s OK too. People can keep up with the quicker pace or plant themselves down for a spell in one location. In the end, it’s all about interacting with the space, and the history that has unfolded there. “Visual artists, poets, photographers, and general history appreciators are all welcome.”
*The Ruins are the foundations of Erie Canal-era buildings, located at Buffalo’s waterfront called Canalside. The location is at 2 Marine Drive. There is a white tent in the sunken-down area right next to the Commercial Slip under which people will gather. Drivers will want to circle around the restored cobblestone streets nearby to look for a spot, or park two blocks away on Erie Street, alongside the Marine Drive Apartments, and walk along the Naval Park ships to get to the Ruins. Better yet, park downtown and take the light rail for free to Canalside, OR bike to the site.