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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Call To Order:

Katalin Pearman called the meeting to order at 7:12 pm in the Clarke Room, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.


Roll Call:

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


Staff Present: Jennifer Berner, Amber Britton and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



There were no appearances.



There were two amendments to the minutes:

1.  Under Roll Call:  Amber Britton was not present.

2.  Under Gallery:  Last paragraph, delete the word ďnotĒ.

It was moved by Member Jane Ditzler to approve the regular meeting minutes of Juy 11, 2007 as amended..

The motion was seconded and passed.


Chairís Report:

Katalin Pearman chaired the meeting in Beth Brennenís absence. 


There were two observers at the meeting - Jeannette Eggebrecht, Parks and Recreation, and Betsy Zuber, Youth and Family Services.  They will be working with the new Senior Commission and came to observe meeting protocol.  Katalin introduced and welcomed them.


Katalin reported that the purchase of the two I-90 oil paintings by Florence Palmer has been approved by the City Council.  The purchase price was $800.00.


The bookmarks are in the making. Eileen will finalize and send them to Judy for final okay.


Katalin made an announcement regarding Taiko Jam 07 - a performance of the thundering sound of Japanese Drums at Benaroya Hall on Saturday, August 11.


Mostly Music in the Park: 

No Report


Literary & Shakespeare:

Judy Leithe reported that the Perry Lorenzo/Shakespeare events were both very well attended.  There were 56 attendees at the Community Center and 126 attendees the following week at Luther Burbank Park.  She has invited him to do a series on Wagnerís Ring Series and it will be sponsored by the Seattle Opera.


The Alfred Hitchcock series will start in the Fall.



Cynthia Nuzzi reported that 4Culture is encouraging participating in celebration of the joint anniversaries of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (100 years) and Alaskan statehood (50 years).  They are involved with and encouraging other state and city officials in planning programs and projects to commemorate the century of regional partnerships.  She suggested we start now to plan for some events to celebrate and be a part of this.



Katalin Pearman reported that the most recent gallery show just came down. It was not very successful financially. A new show will be hung next week featuring Nancy Bogni, Marianne Harlor, Marlene Marczewski, and Barbara VanDyke Shuman.  The Artistsí reception will be held Thursday, August 16th.


Public Art:

Kevin Curry reported that the 78th Avenue Project meeting has been pushed back to September.


Community Relations:

Helen Martin has posted several Arts Council items on, a new community information website AMENDED previously sponsored by Countrywide and Aljoya. Now sponsored by Chicago Title.  She reported that third Thursday will coincide with the Community Center Artistsí reception on August 16th and it is listed on their flyer.


Two articles recently written did not make it into the Mercer Island Reporter.  Helen met with Mary Grady to find out more about how the paper works and how we can help them.  She now knows who to send photos to, what is considered a calendar item and that in order to get a feature story into the paper is must be relevant and of interest.  You need something that grabs the readerís attention and leaves the dates out.  Two examples might be the purchase by the city of the two I-90 paintings and a tie-in of teachers and kids involvement with the Hitchcock retrospective.


Staff Report:

Today is Jennifer Bernerís last day with the City of Mercer Island and the Arts Council. We all wish her luck and good fortune in her new position with the City of Mukilteo. Jennifer will be meeting with Amber Britton, the new Arts Council staff liaison, to go over everything. Diane Mortenson and Amber will both be at the September meeting.  Diane will be a good historic resource.


City Council Report:

No Report.


Adjournment:   7:40 pm


                                                                                                            _______________________________                                                                                                      Katalin Pearman, Vice Chair




Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Scribe


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