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Arts Commission Minutes - Aug. 19, 2009

AUGUST 19, 2009 AT 7:00 P.M.


CALL TO ORDER: Chairperson Wanda Groseclose called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

PRESENTATION(S): Spotlight Artist Brian Keith

Mr. Keith and his family reside in Discovery Bay. When he was 16 years of age, he won a 4 (four) year scholarship to the Academy of Art, but later decided to attend Biola University down in Southern California where he studied art and Bible. He later went into full-time ministry and became a Pastor. While he was in full time ministry, he was mentored by a leading painter, Morgan Weistling. Through Mr. Weistling’s guidance, Mr. Keith’s talent developed into a tremendous skill in oil painting and sculpting. His work can be found throughout California. His work included a bronze piece of the former President Ronald Reagan. This piece will soon be housed in the Ronald Reagan Library down in Southern California.

Mr. Keith, presented a PowerPoint presentation with work he has done for the Blackhawk Plaza. This work included seven life size pieces that tell a story of a Grandfather reading to his granddaughter. While reading, the events in the storybook turned into life and the bronze sculptors reveal the adventure that they both go through.

Mr. Keith’s sculptors are inspired by the people he sees and the Bible.



1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of July 15, 2009.

 Motion to approve the minutes of July 15, 2009.
Motioned: Spencer
Second: Castillo
Ayes: 2
Noes: 0
Abstained: 1 (Groseclose)
Excused: 2 (Koncher, Ruiz)

 Unable to approve minutes at this time due to lack of quorum on this item. Item to be brought back at the next meeting for action.

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

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, said progress is going well regarding the base for the Mallard and Kit Fox are ready to go to the foundry.

Eric Powell hopes to bring in a finished sculptor in for the Arts Commission to see in mid-October. He would like the Commission to see what it will look like.

 Motion to approve the Informational Report: Update on the critter replacement, art element for the poetry contest at Veterans Park.
Motioned: Spencer
Second: Castillo
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 2 (Koncher, Ruiz)

3. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discuss the non-response to the Proposal Request for the Brentwood Library Photography project. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, requested that the Arts Commission discuss the matter of how to proceed in the non-response to the Proposal Request for the Brentwood Library Photography project. Poldina Scherff mentioned either to continue on with this project, not to do the project and let the library and public decide or possibly offering a contest to the Brentwood Schools.

Poldina suggested it would be ideal to stick with photographs as these pieces can be moved around in the near future with the expansion of the library.

After much discussion, the Commission liked the idea of having a contest for the Brentwood Schools. The reward for this contest would not entail any cash awards however a formal presentation will be made before the City Council.

Public Comment Commenced: 7:38 pm
Mary Lou Klovee, President of the Friends of Brentwood Library and retired teacher, would like the Commission to consider another theme besides photography. She also suggested the possibility of having the wall in the children area be filled with more fun displays created by the Elementary School age children while another wall will consist of a more serious type of displays done by the older children.

Public Comment Closed: 7: 41 pm

Details of this contest will be discussed at a later time. The focus now would be to make contact with the schools and to have the assistance of art teachers in promoting this contest. The theme of this contest will still be focused on Brentwood, including any historical features.

4. ACTION ITEM: Discuss possible alternatives recommended by Bill Carmel (artist of the critters) on the recent vandalism of the Egret and Coyote. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff gave a brief update on the two critters that were stolen. They both have been found. One was actually found in the creek and another was with the Brentwood Police Department.

Three recommendations presented by Bill Carmel were discussed:

1) To do option #3 of his previous replacement proposal which is to; remove existing bronze coyote, egret and raccoon from boulders; cast bronze bases for each, weld bronze bases to feet of each bronze animal; install newly welded bronze base/existing bronze animal in boulders with stainless steel bolts. Total cost: $7,739.00.

As great as this idea is, the cost would be a problem. The Commission discussed this option and ideally would like to go with this however, they are worried about this happening again and also with the amount that it cost to get this done. Poldina Scherff mentioned it would need the City Council’s approval to get the money for this project.

2) Look at the current monitoring system (camera) that is located at the restroom and make modifications to monitor all five critters.

Commissioner Spencer said this would be the most conservative idea and see how it would work if we were able to make this option work. Poldina may request that a parks staff attend an Arts Commission meeting to explain what may be done out there. Poldina had mentioned the possibility of posting signs that they are being monitored by surveillance camera as a deterrent.

3) Maybe move all five critters to another location until the vandalism subsides due to the economic climate.

The Commission did not like this option.

Commission Castillo requested staff bring this item back with further information in regards to option 2.

 Motion to bring item back to the next meeting and exploring option 2 further.
Motioned: Groseclose
Second: Castillo
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 2 (Koncher, Ruiz)



Poldina Scherff reminded the Commission of the upcoming Art, Wine, & Jazz Festival on August 29 and 30 from 10 am - 7 pm. At this event, the Parks and Recreation Department will have a booth. This booth will have information regarding the new Civic Center project and our move to the Brentwood Education & Technology Center.

Poldina also let the Commission know that in September, the meeting will still be held in the Council Chamber and starting October, the meeting will be held at the Brentwood Tech Center at 101 B Sand Creek Road.


Chair Groseclose adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm

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