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Arts Commission Minutes - July 15, 2009

JULY 15, 2009 AT 7:00 P.M.


CALL TO ORDER: Vice Chairperson Juan Castillo called the meeting to order at 7:11 p.m.

Present were Vice Chair Juan Castillo and Commissioners Barbie Koncher and Donna Spencer. Chair Wanda Groseclose and Commissioner Greg Ruiz were excused. Staff members present were Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager; and Elaine McGurk, Administrative Assistant II.

PRESENTATION(S): Spotlight Artist Sheryl Cummings

Ms. Sheryl Cummings has lived in Brentwood for 8 years and has fallen in love with the Community. Four years ago she rediscovered her first love, art. She had work for a phone company well over 35 years but it is her passion in art that satisfies her. She loves to include Irises in her art pieces. Over the years she has experimented with photography and now creates pieces using digital photography to enhance the look of Irises. With this enhancement, she is able to change the colors and create a bolder and unique look to them. She also creates collages using digital photography and then prints them onto canvass.

She has also worked with water color. It is not her favorite type of paint but she has learned to work with it and has done great pieces called “Beach Babes” which was inspired by a recent trip in Kauai. “Beach Babes” shows off the youthfulness and joy for life of women while they enjoy the water and sun.

Ms. Sheryl Cummings truly enjoys what she does now and has found she is always learning something new with each new creation. She isn’t afraid to learn and thrives on enhancing her pieces by experimenting and seeing what may work.



1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of June 17, 2009.

 Motion to approve the minutes of June 17, 2009.
Motioned: Spencer
Second: Koncher
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 2 (Groseclose, Ruiz)




2. Informational Report: Update on the critter replacement, art element for the poetry contest at Veterans Park and Farmer Statue. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, said Bill Carmel will be working on both critters at the Veterans Park. Eric Powell has been issued payment for the Art Element part of the poetry contest. Update will be brought back at the next meeting. Poldina Scherff will also notifying the poetry contest winners.

The Farmer Statue has been delayed due to a recent fire at the Frostad Atelier, the foundary. Installation of this piece will be in about 2 years or so. Due to the construction of the new Civic Center, Community Center and City Park. City Park will be under construction. Construction is anticipated for the next 2 years. City Park will go dark. Staff did not know where the Art, Wine and Jazz or the Cornfest will be located; they are not run by the City.

 Motion to approve the informational update report on critter replacement, art element for the poetry contest and Veterans Park and Farmer Statue.
Motioned: Koncher
Second: Spencer
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 2 (Groseclose, Ruiz)

3. ACTION ITEM: Approve Advisory Group and discuss the process and next steps for the Public Art project for the New Brentwood Library. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff reviewed staff report pertaining to this item. She summed up the Request for Proposal process and that twenty-four (24) photographers from the approved artists list have been sent out a packet. Two (2) more packets were sent out after the initial 24 were mailed. The deadline for these proposals is August 7, 2009.

After the proposals are received, on August 19th, 2009 the “Advisory Group” along with the Commission will select the artists to interview on September 16th, 2009. *Item 4, on page 1, date should be September 16th. The proposed “Advisory Group” will consist of:

Gail Leech – Project Manager
Chris Lentz or Carrick Boshart – LPA
Mary Lou Klovec – Friends of the Library
Poldina Scherff – Arts Commission Staff Liaison

After the interview in September, the Commission will then vote on the photographer(s) to be recommended to the City Council for approval. Poldina Scherff would like to present these recommendations at the September 22, 2009 City Council meeting.

 Motion to Approve Advisory Group and discuss the process and next steps for the Public Art project for the New Brentwood Library with the noted change of date to item 4 on page 1 of the staff report.*
Motioned: Koncher
Second: Spencer
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 2 (Groseclose, Ruiz)



Vice Chair Castillo inquired whether Sheryl Cummings was included to receive a Request for Proposal packet for the Public Art project at the New Brentwood library. Being unaware that she was a photographer, Poldina Scherff said she will be sending out a packet for her review.

Commission Barbie Koncher will not be present at the August meeting. She will be in the East Coast.


Poldina Scherff mentioned that Ron Beatty will be retiring from the Brentwood Arts Society. Poldina Scherff will have Commissioner Koncher thank Ron Beatty on behalf of the Arts Commission for his work and dedication to Arts Commission. Poldina Scherff mentioned that in August, the Art, Wine & Jazz Festival will take place.


Vice Chair Castillo adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm

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