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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Chair, Jane Ditzler, at 6:35pm at the Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA  98040


Roll Call

Members Present: Kevin Curry, Jane Ditzler, Megan Hand, Helen Martin, Natalie Neubert, Katalin Pearman, Bonnie Predd, Fred Poyner, and Pam Rock.  Absent: Ellen Hochberg and Sara Liberty-Laylin.


City Council:

Councilman Dan Grausz



Amber Britton, Arts Council Staff Liaison; and Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Administrative Assistant



There were no appearances.


Approval of Minutes:

Approval of the July 14th minutes was deferred until the September meeting.


Chair Report:

Jane Ditzler introduced new members Megan Hand and Bonnie Predd. Arts Council members and staff introduced themselves to the new members.


Jane reported that she and several other Arts Council members attended the Parks & Recreation Volunteer Appreciation Event held at Mostly Music in the Park on July 29th.


Jane reported that she has been working on the 25th Anniversary Celebration event. An ad, paid for Aljoya, for the event appeared in the Mercer Island Reporter today. Jane has requested that the Reporter write an article featuring the event. She hasn’t received a response to date. Jane gave a short update on the activities planned for the 25th Anniversary celebration. Seven of the original Arts Council members have committed to being in attendance. Jane asked council members to email her with information on when they might want to attend and she will email everyone with a schedule and more information. She invited Councilman Dan Grausz to attend. She said the mayor has already indicated he will attend. It was agreed that Amber Britton will email all City Council members with an invitation.


Staff Report:


Amber Britton reported that she will be on vacation at the September meeting, and Diane Mortenson will attend in her place.


Amber reported that Bruce Fletcher, Parks & Recreation Director, will be making a presentation on the 1% for public art at the City Council Planning Session on the Tuesday after Labor Day.  She invited interested members to attend.


Banner Project: 
Amber reported that she has been working with the Artist to make the changes agreed to at the July Arts Council meeting.  The artist has turned over all of the original artwork.  Amber will now be working with the printer to get the banners printed. In the meantime, she will have copies printed at Kinko’s for 3rd Thursday and the Anniversary Celebration.


Steve Jensen Totem Pole Reinstallation: 

The vandalized poles have been refinished. It is time to reinstall them. There was a question as to whether they should go back to the same spot or moved somewhere else.  Helen felt we should honor the wishes of the woman that purchased them and reinstall them in the same place.  Steve Jensen may be willing to do the installation.  If not, we can find someone else to do it. 


Fred Poyner motioned to reinstall the Poles in their previous location.

Katalin Pearman amended the motion to include: as long as it doesn’t interfere with the new water feature and is in the general area as originally located. The motion was seconded and passed.


Public Art Repair and Maintenance:

The Mythical Bird has been refinished.  It is a wood sculpture located in Pioneer Park that had become severely weathered.  Art Tech refinished and sealed it.  It now looks like a completely different piece of art.  Primavera II will be the next piece to be repaired and painted.  This piece is too much for Art Tech, so staff is working with professional painters in conjunction with the artist. There are a number of other small maintenance projects being done by Art Tech.  They have come in under budget, so there will be an additional $2,000 available to use. 


Mostly Music in the Park

Amber said that tk Chocolates has been disappointed in the sales at the concerts.  They were concerned that it was a quality issue. She assured them it isn’t. Shave ice has done well and the vendor has come to every concert.  They are happy. MMIP is getting a lot of good publicity. Attendance seems to be mixed.  About 50% on island and 50% from off island. We did get a complaint about the Freckles Brown concert – someone called and said they were disappointed with some off-color jokes.  He was also upset that the band was advertised an R&B band and they didn’t play R&B.  Amber indicated that she spoke with the band regarding the complaint, and they were very easy to work with. On a positive note, we also received calls from people who thought the music was fantastic and so much fun. 


Shakespeare & Literary

Pam Rock reported that the Shakespeare in the Park performance that she attended was packed, and Wooden O said this was the best year ever.


Pam reported that she is working on a program for showing “Dawn on the Island” at 7:30 pm on October 30 at Aljoya at 7pm. 

Suggestions for invitees included:

– school kids for extra credit.

- Sister City kids and their host families.

- Jane Myer, who is doing an update to the book written about Mercer Island History. 

– the Historical Society.

- the Mercer Island 50th Anniversary committee.

- Larry Rose.

Fred Poyner suggested an underwater video. He’ll get the information to Pam. She asked everyone to send any additional ideas her way.  



Katalin Pearman reported that sales were down for the Eastside Association of Fine Arts Show.  Katalin said there was a problem locating a painting when the show was being taken down. Evidently it had sold and was picked up on the last day of the show.  She felt this type of situation could be alleviated if notification of sales can be sent to the organization or artist when something is sold. The new show, Jose Orantes and Blanca Santander, is very colorful.  There are more pieces than originally anticipated, so it took all day to hang. The reception went well. 


Katalin was curious as to how people are finding out about Gallery receptions. Are they here as a result of our postcards or website posting or as friends of the artist/organization? Staff agreed to send show information to the City Information Officer for inclusion in the Weekly and Monthly mailings. Megan said that she has been finding information through Facebook and suggested we do something similar.  Amber explained that there is a pilot program, and we are in the process of figuring it out. The City in keeping with the Freedom of Information Act is required to keep copies of everything posted forever so that it is available if requested.  


Public Art

No report. 


Community Relations

No Report. 


Special Events

There was some discussion about the upcoming Arts Council 25th Anniversary celebration to be held during 3rd Thursday on August 19th.  There will be several bands and souvenirs to give away.  


Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 8, 2010.


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