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Painting for Preservation at Vaux Barn
Painting for Preservation at Vaux Barn

Despite the rain on June 4th, Painting for Preservation (P4P) artists came out to interpret a little yellow barn at the corner of Mills and Best on the East Side.  The barn, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead’s partner, Calvert Vaux, was once located in MLK Park (Humboldt Park).  It would be wonderful if this barn could be returned to the Olmstead Parks System – possibly as a donation as it is just sitting there decaying at the moment. 

Artists were joined by passer-bys in the community; one young man, Darcell, stopped to paint his own rendition of a barn.  Check out other work of some of the artists at their websites: Michael Harmon, Amanda Maciuba, Casey Milbrand, Tim Raymond, Dana Saylor, Mark Severson, and P4P founder Sara M. ZakPainting for Preservation will hold an exhibit in October during The National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference.   A portion of any sales from this exhibit will be donated to an appropriate non-profit organization. 

The next “Art-In” will be at Lyth Cottage, 16 Harwood Place,  listed on Preservation Ready Sites (Facebook), on Saturday, June 25th, 9:30 am –12:30.  This beautiful little cottage is a preservation success story in the making. 

All photos Stan Jennings 

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