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Wednesday, November 09, 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, Beth Brennen, Sandra Schilling, and Peter Langmaid  Absent:  Judy Leithe, Katalin Pearman, Cathey Carnes, and Councilman Steve Litzow.

Staff Present: Jennifer Berner and Eileen Hemmis Trifts



Andrea Wooley, Wall of Dreams - Murals and Decorative Painting, Mercer Island, appeared to offer her artistic talents gratis.  She would like to paint a mural in a public place on Mercer Island.  She brought samples of her work which can also be seen on her website -


Sites the Arts Council felt might be appropriate for this type of work included in the Art Room at the new Community Center or on the restroom walls, next to the playground at Luther Burbank Park.  The Council is interested in proceeding, and agreed to have Jen Berner take the idea to the Management Team for feedback prior to the January Council meeting.  Since this is a donation, no special process is required other than getting sketches from the artist and approval from the appropriate groups before proceeding with the mural.  The Arts Council advised Andrea that they would be in touch with her after their January meeting.



It was moved by Member Beth Brennen to;

Approve Regular Meeting Minutes of October 14, 2005 as written.

It was seconded and the motion passed.


Chairís Report:

Barry advised the council that member Erin Curtiss has moved off of Mercer Island and is, therefore, no longer eligible to the an Arts Council member.  A letter of thanks for her many contributions, along with a gift, will be delivered to Erin.


Barry distributed a proposed 2006 Program Calendar for information and review.  It is based on the current yearís programs.  It was noted that the Sister City exhibit will affect the gallery openings this year.   It was also noted that the outdoor gallery should be added to the timeline.  Outdoor films will require further discussion in December and should be added too.



In Judyís absence, Jen reported that the Fall Book Club and Films continue to do well.  Attendance is good.


King County Performance Network:               

Beth Brennen reported that there was a nice article in the MI Reporter on the recent KCPN Chalk Art Performance.  One of the artists, Annie Penta, was very good with the 6th graders.  As a result, Julie Biggs, an art teacher at Island Middle School, has asked if the Arts Council would fund having her come to the school for two separate weeks in which she would work with the kids for an hour a day each week..


Jen Berner will give a grant application to Beth to pass along to Julie.


Public Art:

No Report.


Performance Art:

A Mostly Music in the Park expense/revenue report was distributed.  Total expenses were $18,779.07.  Total revenues were $10,754.25.  It was noted that the cost for the sound contractor was $6,000 this year, which was more than it has been in the past.  A new contractor was used this year. 


Sponsor letters and info is being mailed out for the 2006 concert series.  Some new off-island sponsors are targeted.



Beth reported the exhibit for the gallery at the new Community Center is well under way.  The artwork is in transit from Thonon, and signs and maps are being made. The hanging system is not yet in place, but Jen will arrange for Beth to see the inside of the building next week so she can get a feel for the walls and how much to hang on each.


Staff Report:   

Jen advised that she is in the middle of estimate for year-end numbers for the rec team and Arts Council.  She will have updated information at the December meeting.


The next meeting of the Arts Council is December 14.  Beth Brennan volunteered to have the meeting at her home.  Everyone agreed to bring an appetizer or dessert to celebrate the holidays..


City Council Report:                

No report.



Fund Raiser -- the sale of wrist bands for Arts - ďArt RocksĒ to bring attention to art was suggested at last monthís meeting..  The funds would be used for scholarships and to support the arts.  Katalin, though unable to attend tonightís meeting, sent the information in follow-up that the bands would cost about $2-$3 apiece.  The Arts Council will consider this at Decemberís meeting.


Adjournment:   7:30 pm


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