Vision Statement: Adding Joy to People's Lives.
CALL TO ORDER: Chair Castillo called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, swore in two returning Arts Commissioners Barbie Koncher and Donna Spencer for a new two-year term.
Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, presented Juan Castillo with an appreciation plaque for his service as Chair on the Arts Commission.
• Update on Heron Park public art element. (R. Stromgren)
Roger Stromgren, Parks Manager, gave an update on Heron Park, art element. He said that the lights are installed and they are working on the PG&E meter pedestal. Roger Stromgren and another City staff went out in November 2010 to test out the light feature with a generator and it illuminated nicely as planned. Currently, they are awaiting the PG&E approval and installation of the meter pedestal. Roger Stromgren said this light will come on via the use of photo cells. To complete the look of this art element, ground cover will be used along with seasonal flowers for color accent.
CITIZEN COMMENTS: NONE
1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of August 18, 2010.
Item to be brought back at the next meeting.
Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, reviewed the 2011 Arts Commission Meeting Calendar.
Motion to approve the 2011 Arts Commission Meeting Calendar.
4. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discussion on a community service project mural for the under pass on Sand Creek Trail. (P. Scherff)
Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manger, introduced this service project and Charmaine Abasolo, Girl Scout Troop 30925 Leader, to the Commission for further explanation of the project. Charmaine Abasolo said the project is partially funded and their service project would entail working on a mural for an under pass by Sand Creek and O’Hara. The artist they have assisting them is Adam McLeod, owner of a decorative painting company in Discovery Bay. Adam McLeod hopes that Kelly-Moore Paints will donate all the necessary paint for their project. He did mention that he will need funding to acquire the necessary amount of graffiti coating paint. Poldina Scherff informed Adam McLeod that Public Works has given her the specification in terms of what type of graffiti coating paint is expected to be used with this project.
Adam McLeod’s idea for this mural would incorporate icons that are associated with California on one side and another that would detail what makes up Brentwood. On the side that represents California, he would like to incorporate the Golden Gate Bridge, coastline, Redwood Trees, San Francisco City Skyline, and Highway 101 N Signs. On the side of Brentwood, he foresees incorporating Mt. Diablo, corn, grapes, egret, kit foxes and burrowing owls. He would sketch out these pictures and the girls from the Girl Scout Troop would paint it.
It was asked what the estimated amount for the graffiti coating paint is. Adam McLeod said the cost would be around $60 - $70 a gallon. Adam McLeod mentioned that this project would take about 3 full weekends to complete. Poldina Scherff said there will be a process in getting this project approved. If and when the Arts Commission approves this project, they will then need to forward their recommendations to City Council for their final approval.
Commissioner Spencer thought this was a wonderful project but wanted to know why this particular type of project. Some of the girls responded by saying “to be creative,” “a project not done by other troops,” and “like painting.”
Chair Castillo inquired about the graffiti coating paint and how it works over the mural. Adam McLeod said should the mural get defaced, with the graffiti coating paint, the mural could be cleaned by pressure washing it and/or by applying another type of chemical over it and power washing it afterwards.
5. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discussion on possible poetry anthology publication by Poet Laureate Kati Short. (P. Scherff)
Poet Laureate Kati Short would like the financial support of the Arts Commission for a book that would consist of poetry and short stories from local writers. She is asking for $1,500 instead of what was originally estimated. She would like to have a book published yearly of works from local talents. She would recruit these writers from those that attend open mic and also announce this project via newspaper, internet, high schools and Los Medanos College. She feels that budding writers alway enjoy seeing their own work in print.
Commission Koncher asked as to who would screen the works that would be published. Ms. Short hopes to recruit the past Poet Laureate Diane Lando along with a team consisting of those from open mic. She realizes the work will need to be screened for content and appropriateness.
Poldina Scherff commented by saying there are requirements which will need to be reviewed and followed for the screening process of the works for the book.
6. ACTION ITEM: Election of Vice Chair. (P. Scherff)
Commissioner Donna Spencer nominates Commissioner Barbie Koncher for Vice Chair.
Vice Chair Danny Senn nominates Commissioner Donna Spencer for Vice Chair.
Motion to approve the nomination of Donna Spencer for Vice Chair.
Poldina Scherff informed the Commission that most under passes on trails are vandalized. She was unsure of how the mural will look after it has been defaced even with the graffiti coating paint. After so many times of abuse on a mural, the original look to it will deteriorate. She also mentioned her concern with the various pictures that they would like to paint as part of their mural. She believes more information needs to be submitted in terms of how the mural will look. In order to formally recommend a project to the City Council she is suggesting that the Commission request for more substantial information about the mural.
- He inquired about funding for the Anthology by Local Writer’s book presented by Ms. Short. A concern was brought up about whether this would be a yearly request or would this be a one time request to help set up the funds necessary for the first book. Commissioner Koncher suggested to offer ½ of what is needed instead of the full desired amount.
- Vice Chair Senn mentioned he would like to revisit the notes that were taken from a tour back in October of the public art around town. He would like to start a list of projects in order of priority and review some of the areas again of where public art would fit.
Commissioner Barbie Koncher:
- She commented about the entry monument for Antioch on Lone Tree Way and hopes to see one also on the Brentwood side.
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