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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Call To Order:

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


Roll Call:

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


Staff Present: Amber Britton and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



There were no appearances. 



The minutes of the October 11, 2007 meeting were amended as follows:

1) Under 4Culture: line 1 change “KC Performance Center was” to “KC Performance Centers were”

2) Under Community Relations: lines 3 & 6 change the spelling of Bochinchey to Bochinche.

3) Under Staff Report: line 3 insert “Florence Palmer” after “the I-90 paintings purchased from”

It was motioned by Marcia Thomas to:   Approve the regular meeting minutes of October 11, 2007 as amended.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Chair’s Report:

Chair, Beth Brennen, reported that the I-90 paintings are scheduled to be hung at City Hall on November 27th.  Florence Palmer’s (the artist) son will bring the paintings. The mayor will be there and possibly some additional members of the City Council as well as the Mercer Island Reporter.


Beth reported that Londi Lindel will make a presentation and recommendation to the City Council on November 19th for enhanced landscaping and floral exhibits in the town center.  The City’s beautification funds would cover the cost.


Sandra Schilling motioned that the Arts Council support the cities efforts to improve the city with additional floral plantings.  The motion was seconded by Tudor Sherrard and passed unanimously.


Beth will advise Jane Meyer and Londi Lindel of Arts Council support of this recommendation.


Mostly Music in the Park: 

Tudor Sherrard reported that he and Amber have been receiving and reviewing some music.  Sandra Schilling advised that Dave Masen (Masen’s Furniture) approached us last year and said his family would be interested in being an MMIP Sponsor in 2008.  Amber will give him a call. 


Literary & Shakespeare:

Judy distributed a draft flyer for a subscription series of an information series by Perry Lorenzo for Into the Ring to be performed by the Seattle Opera in the Summer of 2009.  There will be a complimentary kick-off on February 28, 2008.  The lecture series will be held on September 25 & November 13, 2008 and February 19 and April 23, 2009 at the Community Center.  The fee has been set at $92 ($80 for seniors and students) for the series and $25 ($20 for seniors and students) for a single ticket.  For those who are unable to afford a ticket, the Parks Department offers scholarships. There is a potential of making as much as $20,000 on this program.  The Opera is only charging us $400.


There were 120 people at one of Perry’s programs here at the Community Center and 132 at another that was held in the park.  The Seattle Opera will be advertising this as well, so the turnout could be quite large. 

Because of the large turn outs in the past, Judy is concerned that the Community Center may not have an adequate number of chairs for this program.  She suggested that rather than doing a one-time rental for additional chairs, that the Arts Council consider purchasing additional chairs and donate them to the Community Center so that they would be available for other programs and events.



Cynthia Nuzzi reported that the Mercer Island Arts will host the November 15th meeting here at the Community Center in the Calkins Room.  The start time is 9:30 am.  There will be a social with coffee and bagels prior to the meeting.


Beth Brennan will give a brief background presentation on the Arts Council and its programs. Amber has an audio visual presentation on Summer Celebration! she will show. 




Katalin Pearman reported that the MIVAL show is currently in the gallery. There have been approximately 5 pieces sold to date. The Artist Reception on October 18 went well. The president of MIVAL received two awards so Katalin did the awards presentation. The Mercer Island Reporter published a full listing of awards along with a nice write up and picture in the paper.


Katalin announced that Eileen Trifts will be the new staff person for both the Gallery and the Sculpture Garden.  Two new pieces of art are scheduled for installation in the Sculpture Garden by Thanksgiving - Expotentiality by Lance Carleton and Mojave Ship 1 by Julie Haack.  A new brochure has been completed for the Sculpture Garden and both of these pieces are featured as new arrivals.


Public Art:


No report.


Community Relations:

Helen reported that the Dance has been scheduled for Sunday, January 13.  The band will be “Orchestra Z”.  They are only charging $5 a person - they normally charge much more. They have their own following and have already posted our dance on their website. Helen has contacted El Sombrero about providing the food, but hasn’t gotten a response yet.  A dance teacher has not yet been identified, but Helen has a list of three possibilities to contact.  Aljoya will sponsor the dance. No amount has been determined, but they gave us $1,500 in sponsorship for last year’s dance. 


There have been two grant requests received; one from the MI High School Band and one from the Northwest Youth Theater. The Executive Committee will meet to review the requests against the grant requirements and see what they can do.  Helen will forward the grant guidelines to everyone on the Executive Committee.  Amber reminded the Executive Committee members that all monies from this year’s budget must be encumbered no later than December 7th.  The Executive Committee agreed to meet prior to that date.


Staff Report:

Amber asked everyone to get their annual report information in to her as soon as possible.  She will compile the information, and then will begin working on the budget. Because the dance has moved to January, it will come out of next year’s budget.  Helen will ask Aljoya to make their sponsorship donation in January. We can spend money now for decorations, publicity (posters & flyers) and the band as long as it is encumbered by December 7th.  Amber will email everyone and let them know what money is still available.


Amber previewed the Summer Celebration! presentation that she will be giving at tomorrow’s 4Culture meeting.


Amber indicated that she has not received a response from Rich Conrad, City Manager, with regard to the 78th Avenue Project. She’ll call him again.  It was suggested that a list be created, including the top two from the Arts Council retreat, and a vote be taken at the next Arts Council meeting so that a call for Artists can be sent out. 


With regard to installation date for the artwork at the Park & Ride, Amber will check with Rich Conrad, City Manager and/or Pete Mayer, Deputy City Manager.


The December meeting of the Arts Council is traditionally held at one of the member’s home.  This year it will either be at Judy Leithe or Beth Brennen’s home.  Information will be sent out to everyone prior to the meeting.




City Council Report:

No Report.


Adjournment:   8:00 pm

                                                                                                            _______________________________                                                                                                      Beth Brennen, Chair




Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Scribe


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