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Wednesday, May 11, 2005



May 11, 2005


Call To Order:

Chair, Barry Massoudi, called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, Washington.


Roll Call:

Present: Barry Massoudi, Susan Landon, Judy Leithe, Beth Brennen, Katalin Pearman, Sandra Schilling and Margaret Minnick.   Absent:  Erin Curtiss, and Councilman Steve Litzow

Staff Present: Jennifer Berner, Eileen Trifts




Richard Hart, Director of DSG, City of Mercer Island

Shelly Bolser, City Planner, City of Mercer Island

Tony DíAmbrosio, Architect for the Avellino Development in downtown Mercer Island


The purpose of this appearance was to make a presentation on a proposed water fountain in the I-90 Sculpture Garden for the Avellino Development in downtown Mercer Island.  The Avallino development is required to have a major design feature and they chose an art feature.  However, because of space limitations on their very narrow lot, they do not have the room for the fountain they are proposing.  The Avellino Development proposed a 12í  diameter x 6í high fountain be built in the public area of the sculpture garden.  Following a presentation by Mr. DíAmbrosio and discussion by the Arts Council, it was determined that this fountain was not appropriate for the proposed space.  Susan Landon made a motion that the Arts Council not approve this fountain.  The motion was seconded and passed.


It was suggested that the developer consider either (1) purchasing from the city one or both of the John Geise sculptures currently on exhibit and for sale in the sculpture garden or (2) designing a new fountain with more of an art component integrated into it. 


Additionally,  the Arts Council members stated they would be glad to act as a resource early on for developers wanting to choose art as their design feature.  Beth Brennan indicated that as gallery chair she would appreciate being involved in anything that will affect the sculpture garden.



It was moved by Member Margaret Minnick to;

Approve Regular Meeting Minutes of April 13, 2005 as written.

It was seconded and the motion passed.


Treasurerís Report:

Jennifer Berner distributed the Budget Revenue and Expenditure Summary update.


Chairís Report:

Barry Massoudi distributed copies and asked that everyone consider the ballot for Executive Committee Members and Program Positions as determined at the April 13 meeting.  Susan Landon motioned that the ballot be accepted as presented with the addition of Sandra Schilling as a member at large of the Executive Committee.  The motion was seconded and passed with one abstention.


            Executive Board Positions

            Chair, Barry Massoudi

            Vice Chair, Beth Brennen

            Member-at-large, Sandra Schilling


            Program Positions:

            Sandra Schilling, Mostly Music in the Park Chair

            Judy Leithe, Indoor/Outdoor Film Chair

            Judy Leithe, Shakespeare Chair

            Beth Brennen, KC Performance Network Associate

            Beth Brennen, Gallery Chair

            Katalin Pearman, Gallery Associate

            Judy Leithe, Book Club Chair


The City Managerís office has forwarded two new applications to the Arts Council.  After review of the applications, it was agreed that both applicants will be recommended to the mayor.


Performance Arts:                               

Beth presented a follow up to her report on the King County Performance Network Chalk Artist that will be on Mercer Island.  The artist will teach students East Indian culture chalk art and then they will all go to Mercerdale Park and teach the public the process.  Then they will draw the chalk art on the sidewalks of Mercerdale Plaza instead of on the skateboard park.


Sandra Schilling reported that the Mostly Music in the Park bands have all been chosen, the poster has been finalized and the brochures are printed and will be sent out in island resident utility bills as usual.  She stated that the committee would like to see some food concessions at MMIP and that Diane Mortenson is working on this.

The committee also likes the idea of having t-shirts to be worn in the booth and perhaps to sell.  This has been done in the past and they are receiving requests to do it again.  Jennifer Berner said that there may be a small amount in the budget for this and suggested a small number of t-shirts be purchased and then orders be taken for more if we run out. 


Sandra reported that committee member, Karen Rosenzweig, will act as the MMIP publicist.



Judy Leithe reported that the dedication of the Veteranís Recognition Public Art Project ďStanding StrongĒ by Richard Frombach is scheduled for Memorial Day, May 30 at Mercerdale Park.  The Council reviewed the invitation and recommended the addition of the five service emblems, similar to those on the pergola, be added to the invitation.  Judy is still working on the program.


Judy updated the Council on the activities of the Literary Program.



Jennifer called for update of hours for those who havenít submitted them yet.


Public Art:                   

No Report.



Susan Landon reported that she and Jen Berner went to Vashon Island to view the pergola at the Artistís workshop.  It is structurally complete and looks great.  The color is a deep burgundy.  It will be delivered early next week.  It will arrive in pieces and assembly will begin shortly after delivery. 


Susan also reported that the SEKO Development project should have the Childrenís Art Project up on their fences by May 22.  She asked Council Members to watch for it.                    



Community Arts:

No Report.


Staff Report:   

Jennifer Berner distributed a copy the Mountains to Sound Greenway Days application for a $500 grant.  Beth Brennen motioned to approve a $500 grant for Greenway Days.  The motion was seconded and passed.


Tonightís meeting marked the last meeting for Council Members Susan Landon and Margaret Minnick.  Jennifer presented both of them with parting gifts and sincere thanks for their contributions to the Arts Council.  Margaret was able to serve for a two years and Susan has served for eight years in numerous positions, including Chair.  Both have agreed to remain active resources to the Arts Council.


City Council Report:                

No Report.


Adjournment:   8:40 pm


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