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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Call To Order:

Chair, Barry Massoudi called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, Washington.


Roll Call:

Present: Barry Massoudi, Judy Leithe, Katalin Pearman, Sandra Schilling, and Peter Langmaid  Absent:  Beth Brennen, Erin Curtiss, Cathey Carnes, and Councilman Steve Litzow.

Staff Present: Jennifer Berner






It was moved by Member Katalin Pearman to;

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

It was seconded and the motion passed.


Chair’s Report:


Membership Drive

What can we do to attract new members?  Possible venues for advertising include the website, mailings, newspaper, word of mouth and putting up posters.  Judy Leithe suggested high school kids could become involved by helping with maintaining the art and possibly joining the council.  It was also suggested that it could be mentioned in MI Reporter quarterly ads.  Sandra will contact some other service clubs and speak to them about it.


Library Grant

Following discussion, Sandra Schilling made a motion to support the Library KCPN Program with a $100 grant from the Council.  Katalin seconded the motion.  It was unanimously approved.


Performance Arts:                               

Sandra Schilling reported on Mostly Music in the Park.  Overall, it went well.  The lowest attended concert was the children’s group.  There is a wrap up committee meeting scheduled for next week.  Sandra will be working with the committee to tweak the process so that the committee actively seeks music instead of simply receiving it.



Judy gave an update.  There were no outdoor classic films this summer.  There is a good selection of books and films for the fall program at the Library.  There was a half page color ad in the Mercer Island Reporter on September 14 with the fall book club schedule and several other arts council programs.

Shakespeare was very well attended this past summer.


King County Performance Network:               

Jen Berner reported that on Saturday, September 24, from noon to 1:00 pm, the Pony Boy All-Star Big Dance Band will perform by the sculpture garden.  Jen put posters up at local businesses advertising this event. Additionally, the Art of Rangoli (chalk art) from Andrha Pradesh, India is scheduled at Mercerdale Park on October 22 from noon to 4:00 pm.  These two King County Performance Network events were advertised in the half page MI Reporter ad on September 14. 



Public Art:

Jen Berner reported that Wayne Chabre - artist for the new community center railing sent photos of his progress.  These were shared with the Council.


Jen also reported that the John Geise sculpture, Gnomon Group Three, most likely will be purchased by W.T. Cheung, developer for Avellio Apartments. The details are being worked out and it will be confirmed in late September when W.T. Cheung returns to the country.


Katalin went to West Edge Sculpture invitation in Seattle and shared the information with the Arts Council.



Katalin reported that the committee has had several meetings to choose artwork for Luther Burbank Park Admin Building, City Hall Lobby and Court House Lobby, and future community center showings. 


The Sister City Exhibit coming from France consists of 71 lithographs. The exhibit will be at the Community Center for a total of four months - December through March 31.


Staff Report:   

No Report.


City Council Report:                

No Report.



Fund Raiser -- Katalin suggested wrist bands for Arts - “Art Rocks” to bring attention to art.  The funds would be used for scholarships and to support the arts. 


Adjournment:   7:45 pm


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