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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Call To Order:

Chair, Barry Massoudi called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm in the Luther Burbank Room, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.


Roll Call:

Present: Barry Massoudi, Beth Brennen, Sandra Schilling, Peter Langmaid, Judy Leithe, Katalin Pearman, and Cathey Boileau.   Absent:  Councilman Sven Goldmanis.


Staff Present: Diane Mortenson and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



Helen Martin, Manager

Avaleno Apartments

Mercer Island, WA


Andrea Wooley

Wall of Dreams - Murals and Decorative Painting

Mercer Island



Ms Martin and Ms Wooley indicated an interest in volunteering for the Arts Council.  Barry welcomed them and introductions were made around the table.  He advised them that they were welcome to observe tonightís meeting and if they are interested in becoming members; there is a process in place for applying for open positions.




It was moved by Member Judy Leithe to amend the regular meeting minutes of December 14, 2005 as follows:

Page 1.  Literary add: 

The Arts Council would like to go on record.  They would like to see a special area, such as a bulletin board, at the Community Center, for information regarding Arts Council activity that is ongoing in the community.

It was motioned by Judy Leithe that the minutes be approved as amended.  Motion was seconded and passed. 


Chairís Report:

Barry presented the Draft 2006 Annual Report and 2006 Work Plan for review.  He requested recommendations for changes or additions. 


Barry presented a draft of Arts Council additions to the Spring 2006 Recreation Guide.  He will send an electronic version to all Arts Council members for their feedback and will incorporate responses prior to submission deadline of February 4.


With regard to the Luther Burbank Final Master Plan, Barry brought three concept designs for member review and information.  Pete Mayer, Director of Parks and Recreation, invited Arts Council members to come to the next Luther Burbank planning meeting on February 8, 2006 at the Community Center.


Barry received an email from Glen Takagi, a landscape architect working a mixed use project in the town center adjacent to Tullyís Coffee.  He is seeking an artist for a rock sculpture feature.  Barry suggested sending out a call for artist.



Judy reported the Winter books and film attendance is good.  The Stanley Kubric Film festival has been very popular.  It was noted that book readers and film watchers are not the same crowd.


Public Art:

No Report.


Performance Art:

Sandra reported that Mostly Music in The Park has received many submissions.  The committee will begin meetings in February to choose performers for this yearís programs.



Beth reported that they are looking for two new sculptures for the sculpture garden.  They have spoken with several artists who would be interested in showing for about a year.  She shared photos of work by Steve Jensen and Mark Stas.


The indoor gallery is showing lithographs from Mercer Islandís sister city in France, Thonon Les Baines.  This show will continue through March.  Seattle Co-Arts has a show beginning April 10.  After that, a new show will need to be chosen.


Beth reported that future exchanges between Thonon and Mercer Island have been discussed.  They would welcome a delegation from Mercer Island for an art tour and cultural visit.  August and September were suggested dates.  If anyone is interested, contract Beth Brennan.


Staff Report:

Diane reported that Jennifer Berner is working with Barry on the 2006 Budget and Work Plan as well as the 2005 annual report.


Judy Leithe asked when the panels on the stairwell at the community center will be complete.  Diane will check on this.


City Council Report:

No City Council representative attended tonightís meeting.  Katalin asked if we had a new representative.  It was the consensus that Sven Goldmanis is believed to be the new City Council Representative to the Arts Council.



There were none.


Adjournment:   7:20 pm


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