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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Call To Order:

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


Roll Call:

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

Staff Present: Jennifer Berner and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.






It was moved by Member Katalin Pearman to amend the regular meeting minutes of September 14, 2005 as follows:

Page 2,  Gallery  Change “city hall lobby and courthouse” on the second line to read “courthouse lobby”.

It was seconded and the motion passed.                                                 


Chair’s Report:

Beth reported that Barry Massoudi has begun a drive to attract new members to fill the vacant positions on the
Arts Council.


Performance Arts:                               

No Report.  Jennifer Berner will provide an end of season report at the next Arts Council Meeting.



Judy gave an update.  Flyers have been distributed for the fall program.  The film, War of the Worlds, is being shown on October 30.  Film history and discussion will be provided by Lance Rhoades, Director of Film History at the Seattle Film Institute and Instructor of Cinema Studies at the University of Washington.  He will become a regular speaker at future programs as well.


King County Performance Network:               

Jen Berner reported that the 17 piece band performance was fun and well attended.  She felt that the publicity wasn’t as good as it could have been so it wasn’t widely known that they were performing that day.  Beth did send an article to the Reporter, but they didn’t publish it.  Cathey mentioned that she has invited the new editor of the Mercer Island Reporter, Mary Grady, to the next Arts Council meeting. 


Next month’s Indian Chalk Art should be very good.  Rain is a concern.  Jen said that if it just sprinkles, we can erect a canopy, but if it pours rain, it would not provide adequate protection.   Additional ideas for promoting this event included sending an article to the Mercer Island Reporter, advertising on the Mercerdale Park sign, publishing in the Wolf Watch at West Mercer Elementary school and providing handouts to various community groups.


Public Art:

Jen Berner reported that negotiations continue with W.T. Cheung, developer for Avellio Apartments for the sale of the John Geise sculpture, Gnomon Group.  The purchase price includes the cost of having the artwork permanently positioned and maintaining it.  Mr. Cheung has been out of the country.  Jen expects a conclusion to the sale upon his return as he seems anxious and happy about the prospect.



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.  Beth reported that all of the artwork was mailed this week.  The committee is working on signage and a brochure to explain the history of the collection and about the Sister City.  The committee would also like to see a bit of information posted on the wall at the entrance of the gallery. - Perhaps putting the letter from the Mayor in both French and an English translation along with a map of the area.  Jen was confident that this could be displayed.  Judy suggested getting some of Mercer Island youth/students involved in the exhibit.


Jen reminded everyone that the Sister City event will take place on December 9 for the opening of the gallery.  Invitations will be coming soon.  Also, December 10 is the grand opening of the new Community Center.  Invitations will also be forthcoming for this event.


Staff Report:

Jen shared a number of publications and announcements she has received recently.  She stated that she is looking forward to having someone on the council with an interest in public art and an interest in updating some of the reference material currently housed at the Parks Department.           


City Council Report:                

No report.



No announcements


Adjournment:   7:45 pm


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