REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
September 28, 2005 at 7:00 p.m.
Brentwood Technology Center
101 Sand Creek Road
Brentwood, Ca. 94513
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE:
All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
Commissioners present: Chairperson Bryant, Commissioners Ron Beatty, Jim
Bryant, Vivian Faye, Sandra Gill, Patricia Lacy-Rankin, Helen Myers, Chris
Robinson, Greg Ruiz, Kermit Sveen & Joe Trebino.
Commissioners absent at roll call were: Patrick McCarran, Deena Foley,
Doreen Forlow, Saunie Fridley & Barbara Guise.
Staff present: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager and Craig Bronzan, Parks
and Rec. Director & William Weber, Curator.
CALL TO ORDER:
Chairperson Bryant called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. The Chairperson
welcomed back Commissioner Patricia Lacy-Rankin.
Commissioner Patrick McCarran arrived at 7:01 p.m.
There were no changes in the Agenda.
Commissioner Kermit Sveen introduced Dr. Thais K. Kishi, Dean of the
Brentwood Los Medanos Junior College campus. She is looking forward to
working with the City and plans to attend as Arts Commission meetings as
Commissioner Barbara Guise arrived at 7:05 p.m.
1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of August 24, 2005
2. Accept monthly budget report and motions for purchases (R. Burr-Siegel)
3. Accept update on Patrons/Friends of the Arts (J. Bryant)
4. Accept monthly report from Visual Arts Committee (G. Ruiz)
5. Accept monthly report from PERFAC (K. Sveen)
6. Accept report on Volunteers (V. Faye)
7. Accept monthly report from A Day in the Park Committee (C. Robinson)
8. Accept monthly report from Arts Manager (R. Burr-Siegel)
Chairperson Bryant said that at least two items will have additional
materials circulated. These items will need to be pulled from the agenda. At
this time Chairperson Bryant passed around a narrative relating to the
budget. Robinson/Beatty MSC to pull item number 4 from the Consent Calendar.
Trebino/Guise MSC to pull Item # 6 from the Consent Calendar. Trebino/Sveen
MSC to approve Item numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 on the Consent Calendar.
4. Accept monthly report from Visual Arts Committee (G. Ruiz)
Ms. Burr-Siegel and Mr. Weber gave a verbal report on the calendar. Sandra
Hunt’s shell piece was discussed. Commissioner Ruiz said that this was made
out of shells and its origins are unknown, more history was needed before
the Visual Arts Committee can make a decision regarding it. Ms. Burr-Siegel
was to follow up on this with Commissioner Guise since she had more
information on the artist. This item was donated to the Delta Community
Services and Sandra Hunt had won it at a fund-raising event. According to
Commissioner Guise, Ms. Hunt is interested in donated it to the Arts
Commission. She said it is a unique and beautiful piece of art.
Commissioners would like to find out if the artist is a local person that
they then would like to acknowledge that person. Commissioner Guise will
check on this and report back to the Commission.
Commissioner Foley arrived at 7:16 p.m.
6. Accept report on Volunteers (V. Faye)
Commissioner Faye’s report was distributed. She gave a brief description of
the origins of the volunteers; coming out of the “Sing-Along Messiah”. She
has been working on this with Ms. Burr-Siegel to draft a volunteer survey.
She suggested Commissioners solicit volunteers from other organizations.
Commissioner Sveen added that they currently have 15 volunteers from the
“Sing-Along Messiah” and five more have volunteered and they need to keep in
touch with these people and make sure they are interested in volunteering
for other events. Trebino/Robinson MSC the acceptance of both items 4 and 6.
9. Approve public art design and concept for seasonal banners for Rose
Garden (R. Burr -Siegel)
Ms. Burr-Siegel introduced Lisa Cooperman the artist for the Rose Garden
project under consideration at this time. Ms. Burr-Siegel said that since
this is a large development there will probably be at least three or four
more projects coming before the Commission for this development. Ms.
Cooperman displayed the four proposed designs and described the material and
construction of the banners as well as the light standards and hardware that
will be used in displaying them. She explained the significance of each
banner design. The fabricator has submitted a bid of $1,856 to take down,
clean, store and reinstall each new season. The plan is to install 16
banners for each season, for a total of 64 pairs. The hardware will be
changed to prohibit banner flap and unnecessary noise, plus new hardware
will be powder coated to match the pole standards and will have decorative
finials. A sample of the materials and color palette was passed around. The
Commissioners discussed the proposed design and questioned the cost of
$1,856 to maintain. Commissioner Guise asked what funds would be used by the
city to cover this expense. Craig Bronzan, Director of the Parks and Rec.
said they are requesting that this cost should come out of the Homeowners
Association for the development. MSC Guise/Ruiz to approve the project,
however recommending that staff be instructed to negotiate with the
developer to accept the maintenance cost of the project.
10. Approve public art design and concept for Garin Corners condition of
approval (R. Burr-Siegel)
Ms. Burr-Siegel described the project, location and history. She introduced
the artist, Roger Berry who described the art work and materials. He showed
the computer model and how the piece will appear after installation when
driving by. The larger one will be sited on the corner of Balfour and
Highway 4, next to Garin Corners Shopping Center. The smaller one will be in
the back of the residential development in the park. Commissioner Gill added
that the Public Art Committee liked this design and the location very much.
Mr. Berry said that the piece should be in place by next Spring.
Robinson/Gill MSC to approve the design.
11. Presentation by Sabrina Klein on the Arts Marketing Institute Workshop
Ms. Klein was not able to attend. However, she requested that the Commission
select two days, two weeks apart for the three-hour workshops. Guise/Beatty
MSC that the dates of Monday, October 24th and Monday November 7th be set
for the workshop and that the hours be from 6 pm to 9 pm. There was one
12. Approve donation from Discovery Builders for Brighton Station (R.
Ms Burr-Siegel gave a brief history of this project and Commissioner
McCarran gave additional information on the results of a meeting with the
Public Art Committee and the developer. The donation amount proposed is
$104,000. Commissioner Guise motioned that they accept the $104,000 and that
it be used for the art work that was originally approved. Commissioner
Beatty seconded the motion. After discussion many of the commissioners felt
it should be two motions, one to accept the funds and one as to where the
art is placed. Commissioner Guise withdrew her motion. Commissioner Beatty
withdrew his second. Guise/Robinson MSC to accept the $104,000 donation.
Commissioner Guise moved to use the $104,000 towards the purchase of the
previously approved sculpture. Commissioner McCarran seconded this motion.
There was discussion on this motion regarding whether this should go back to
the Public Art Committee. Commissioner Gill said that the PAC has already
had this discussion and that this was their recommendation. However, she
said if the Commissioners want to refer it back again; it can be discussed
again at their next meeting. Ms. Burr-Siegel said that locating the art in
City Park would require the approval of the Park and Rec. Commission.
Director Bronzan will research which fees could be utilized in the
installation of this art. Commissioner Robinson suggested that the subject
go back to the Public Art Committee and then bring it back to the Commission
at their next meeting. Commissioner Gill suggested that the $104,000 be
earmarked for the sculpture, so the sculpture is not lost. She did not think
the funds and location should be tied together at this time. Commissioner
McCarran withdrew his motion second and Commissioner Guise withdrew her
13. Consider A Day in the Park Art & Wine Festival budget and program (C.
Chairperson Bryant commented on the festival and Commissioner Robinson
passed out flyers and posters for distribution around the city and their
businesses. She commented on changes in the festival this year, including
the addition of jazz which she feels is very positive and that the community
will enjoy. She reported that the glasses are in and t-shirts are on the
way. There will be three hour shifts for the volunteers and asked anyone who
can work to please call her. Commissioner Robinson said there will be about
35 booths total including art and food vendors and artists demonstrating
art. There will be a bounce house. Commissioner Guise said she has all of
the volunteers for the beer booth. Commissioner Trebino said each glass of
wine will be $4 or $6 with a tasting cost of $1.
14. Discuss the development of a permanent art collection (G. Ruiz)
Commissioner Ruiz asked the Commissioners for feedback regarding starting a
permanent collection. Chairperson Bryant said he felt some things should be
decided in advance, what type of collection, how it will be secured and
general policies. He said he is in favor of the idea, but feels some basic
questions need to be answered first. Commissioner Beatty wanted to know who
would be responsible for storage and maintenance. Commissioner Sveen felt
student art should be considered as well. Commissioner Faye mentioned Paint
Brush Diplomacy. Commissioner Guise said that two prints have been donated
to the Commission. She will bring them and let the Visual Art Committee look
at them and decide if they want to accept them or not. Commissioner Ruiz
will work on this project.
CITY COUNCIL UPDATE:
Vice Mayor was not able to attend the meeting.
Commissioner Ruiz commended Ms. Burr-Siegel on her monthly report.
Commissioner Faye passed around a sample of exhibition announcements she
received. Commissioner Guise asked if a card had been sent to the family of
their first Poet Laureate, Mary Jane Barnes who recently passed away. Ms.
Burr-Siegel said that the City had sent flowers. Commissioner Trebino
suggested dedicating an art piece in her name. Commissioner Guise thought an
annual scholarship fund should be set up in her name and that is being
considered by the Soroptimist Club. Commissioner Sveen commented on the new
Heritage High and their beautiful new theatre and passed around some photos
of the facility.
STAFF REPORT AND COMMENTS:
Ms. Burr-Siegel commented on an art installation of Steve Siegel at the
Saratoga Montalvo Art Center in Saratoga. She will get the information to
all who are interested.
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:
Brighton Station donation funds/statue
Commercial Percent for Art
Chairperson Bryant adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m.
Betty Jo Whincup