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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Call To Order:

Beth Brennen called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Luther Burbank Room, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.


Roll Call:

Present:  Beth Brennen, Katalin Pearman, Helen Martin, Marcia Thomas and Sandra Schilling.  Absent: Councilman  Sven Goldmanis, Tudor Sherrard & Andrea  Woolley


Staff Present: Jennifer Berner and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



Kevin D. Curry, 8834 SE 40th St., Mercer Island, WA

Kevin Curry has submitted an application for appointment to the Arts Council. He attended this evening’s meeting as a guest.



It was moved by Member Sandra Schilling to approve the regular meeting minutes of  September 13, 2006 with the following correction:


Page 2, under Gallery:  Strike the last sentence “get from Diane” and add the following:

            October 16 - December 14:  MIVAL Holiday Show

            January 15 - March 9:  Sumi, Puget Sound Sumi Artists & Ruth Gross Photography

            March 19 - June 8:  NW Water Color Society 

            June 18 - August 3:  Eric Montoya

            August 13 - October 5:  Barbara VanDyke Shuman, Marlene Marczewski, Marianne Harlor And Nancy Bogni

            October - December:  MIVAL multi-media Holiday Show


The motion was seconded and passed.


Chair’s Report:

Beth reported that the half page Literary Committee ad recently ran in the MI Reporter.  She indicated that perhaps another can be purchased in the Spring.


The Arts Council recently received publicity in a Keller Williams Realty Flyer. Helen Martin was featured as the Community Relations Chair for the MI Arts Council.


There is an excellent article in today’s Mercer Island Reporter regarding the MIVAL Holiday Show at the Community Center Gallery.  The article featured Jason Gamrath, a 2005 Mercer Island High School graduate, who will display and sell his glassware at the show.


Mostly Music in the Park: 

No report.


Literary & Shakespeare:

In Judy’s absence, Jennifer Berner reported that last week’s lecture by Lance Roades, “Storytellers and the Cinema” was not very well attended. They will try it again in the future.


King County Performance Network:

Beth reported that she attended the last KC performance Network meeting on Vashon Island in Katalin’s place.



Katalin reported that the most recent show was very successful.  Five paintings sold at $3,270, 25% of which goes to the gallery.  The MIVAL show goes up next Monday, October 16.  The artist reception is on Thursday, October 19 to coincide with 3rd Thursday.


Public Art:

Jennifer Berner reported that a request has been received from the Mercer Island Covenant Church to use a photograph of two pieces of public art -  the little boy and girl (across the street from QFC)  and the rabbit (in front of the library) - in a flyer.  The consensus was that it would be acceptable with the stipulation that  the photos give credit to the artist, the Arts Council and the fact that it is public art.


Community Relations:

Helen reported that she has drafted a Calendar of Events for use by the Arts Council.  She requested that Arts Council members email her with items to post in the calendar.  She will email the calendar to Eileen prior to scheduled meetings so that copies can be printed for distribution.


The Fall Dance with Swamp Sole has been scheduled for Sunday, November 19.  Dance lessons will be given from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and the dance will follow from 5:00 to :700 pm. Helen has secured sponsorship from Aljoya for up to $2,000 in publicity.


A flyer has been printed up for distribution. Ads are planned for the MI Reporter along with posters that can be posted in local businesses.  Information will also be posted on the City website in the calendar section.


Helen reported that she also has designed tickets for the Dance as well as for movies.  Jennifer Berner reported that tickets will be numbered consecutively so that they can be consigned and sold off site.  They can also be sold at the community center.  The Dance Committee will discuss this further at their next meeting. They will also discuss the process for selling food and whether or not the cost of food will be included in the cost of the admission ticket.


Helen will connect with Diane Mortenson, Facilities Coordinator at the Community Center regarding food serving requirements at the Community Center.



Staff Report:

Jennifer Berner reported that Andrea Woolley has resigned from the Arts Council. She feels she no longer has the time to commit.  Jennifer distributed four new applications for appointment to the Arts Council.  Applicants included Nancy Weir Weyna, Jane Ditzler, Kevin Curry, and Cynthia Nuzzi.  It was the consensus that all four applications should be forwarded to the Mayor for his approval. Jennifer is hopeful that new members will be on board by the November or December meeting.


There has been a recent reorganization of the Parks & Recreation Department.  Jennifer will be stepping away from the day-to-day Arts Council activities.  A new position has been created, Arts and Special Events Coordinator, and that person will be the main contact for the Arts Council. Jennifer will continue to be involved in the Arts Council through the new coordinator.  She expects the transition will take several months.


City Council Report:

No Report.



Kevin Curry introduced himself to the Arts Council members he did not meet prior to the meeting.


The Gypsy Jazz Folk Hungarian Band will be performing on Friday, October 13 at the Congregational Church at 7:00 pm.


Endre Hegedus, internationally acclaimed Hungarian pianist, will perform at Benaroya Hall on October 22 at 7:00 pm. 


Adjournment:   7:45 pm


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