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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Call To Order:

Beth Brennen called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm in the Groveland Room, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Introductions were made around the table.


Roll Call:

Present:  Beth Brennen, Judith Powers Leithe, Katalin Pearman, Sandra Schilling, Helen Martin, Tudor Sherrard, Jane Ditzler, Kevin Curry and Cynthia Nuzzi.  Absent: Councilman  Sven Goldmanis, Andrea Woolley & Marcia Thomas


Staff Present: Jennifer Berner and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



Amber Britton, new Arts and Events Coordinator for the Parks & Recreation Department.  Introduction by Jennifer Berner.



It was moved by Member Judith Powers Leithe to approve the regular meeting minutes of November 8, 2006 with the following amendments:


  • Under the Chair Report, middle of the fourth line.  Add the word ďandĒ between schools and Mercer.
  • Under the Gallery Report, 4th paragraph, 2nd line.  Correct spelling from Patmeyer to Pottmeyer.


The motion was seconded and passed.


Chairís Report:

Beth Brennan advised the Arts Council that she would turn this time over to Curt Brees, Operations Superintendent, Parks & Recreation Department; Patrick Yamashita, MI City Engineer; and Joe Giacobazzi and Phrong Nguyen, KPG Architects to make a presentation regarding the 78th Street Project.


The78th Street Project covers the area between SE 27th Street Northbound to Sunset Highway, left of Tullyís and a block west of 78th. In conjunction with other developments taking place in the town center at this location, City Council wants to take this opportunity to get involved and contemplate a plaza for use for special events between these two developments.  It is a unique opportunity with the two independent developments scheduled to be built at the same time. As each is complete, they will need to tear up the road to put in utilities. The City can then come in and put in the plaza. This would happen in 2008 or 2009. 


The proposed design includes raised streets (no curb) with bollards to be used to block the area off to traffic and create a pedestrian plaza.  Surfaces would be along the lines of a colored concrete, most likely with an acid etching. 


The purpose of this presentation tonight is to get Arts Councilís ideas for enhancements to the Sculpture Garden.  They are looking for ways to tie the pedestrian areas together.  Following discussion of how this might best be accomplished, the presenters suggested that if the Arts Council says to go forward, they will go to the developers and design commission to begin the process.  They would then return to the Arts Council with their ideas and for further input. There would be subsequent meetings to the point where the addition of art might be considered.


Sandra Schilling motioned to move forward on this project as presented. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Mostly Music in the Park: 

Sandra Schilling reported that Mostly Music in the Park is moving forward on schedule. It is her goal to have a schedule of events finalized within the next two weeks.


Literary & Shakespeare:

Judy Leithe reported that the winter program of classics on film is wrapping up. A new project of French films is in the works in partnership with the Sister City Association. There is also a partnership in the works with the Preschool Association to show cartoons.


Other items in the works include the spring program for Celebrate Shakespeare, the 3rd annual Shakespeare birthday celebration, Merchant of Venice film, and Wooden O plays (Merchant of Venice and Merry Wives of Windsor).


King County Performance Network:

Both Beth Brennen and Cynthia Nuzzi attended the January meeting held in Renton.  The Director of the Washington State Arts Commission discussed a new high school requirement which would require students to have a minimum of one art credit to graduate.   Cynthia stated that the KC4Culture deadline for proposals for the performance network is in March.



Katalin Pearman asked if the Arts Council would be interested in hosting either a July or November meeting date for the LAA.  Jennifer Berner suggested looking at the November date as a possibility. Katalin will forward the information to everyone.


Katalin reported that the gallery at the community center sold $2,937 worth of art during the current show (Sumi paintings and Ruth Gross Photography).  The Watercolor Society has a new show going up on March 19th.


Quilts made by Terry Pottmeyer depicting MI childrenísí artwork designed for the community centerís grand opening have gone up in the community center.  They are located throughout the building.


There are currently four pieces of art pending for the sculpture garden.


An April meeting is planned to discuss gallery shows for next year. Katalin asked that interested members let her know.


Public Art:

No report.


Community Relations:


Helen reported that the Mercer Island Reporter is doing a special section called ď98040Ē which will be sent out to everyone on the Island. She suggested the Arts Council consider an ad.  Jennifer suggested as an alternative, putting something in the summer edition.  Helen agreed to obtain information a publication schedule as well as cost and deadlines for the next meeting. The Mercer Island Reporter is under new management.


Helen called for items for the Arts Council calendar.


Staff Report:

Jennifer Berner distributed copies of the final Annual Report, Workplan and Budget. All have been presented to the City Council and approved.


Jennifer reviewed Arts Council member terms of office. She reminded Cynthia, Katalin and Jane that their positions are up for renewal this year. The City Clerk will contact you as to whether or not you would like to continue for another term.


With regard to the transition with the new staff liaison to the Arts Council, Amber Britton, Jennifer reported that she will continue to work closely with the Arts Council until Fall as Summer Celebration will require a good deal of Amberís time until then. After that she anticipates continuing to work with the Council and attending meetings at least quarterly.  She stated that they have already begun to get the Arts Council more involved with Summer Celebration.


The question was presented as to whether or not vendors would be a possibility at Mostly Music in the Park.  Ice Cream was suggested as a possibility. Helen Martin thought that Maggie Moos might be interested if they have a portable set-up.  Jennifer also suggested that there might be a Summer Celebration vendor that would be interested.



City Council Report:

No Report.



No report.


Adjournment:   8:30 pm


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