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Arts Commission Minutes - May 19, 2010

MAY 19, 2010 AT 7:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER: Vice Chair Danny Senn called the meeting to order at 7:06 p.m.

Present were Vice Chair Danny Senn and Commissioners Wanda Groseclose, Barbie Koncher and Donna Spencer. Chair Juan Castillo arrived at 7:27 pm. Staff members present were Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager and Elaine McGurk, Administrative Assistant II.

1. Spotlight Artist: Bruce Chaban

Mr. Bruce Chaban, a sculptor has done work with other Cities that include San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. His primarily does metal work. His work has been displayed in various cities and are purchased for display at private residences. Majority of his pieces have found a home in Cleveland, Ohio. He works with other metals like stainless steel and bronze as well. His work shows very intricate links. He is very capable of moving his pieces to various locations for showing although they look heavy and bulky. His work takes an average of 2-3 months. He is very open to ideas that others may have in what he should sculpt.


1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of April 21, 2010

 Motion to approve the minutes of April 21, 2010 Minutes
Motioned: Spencer
Second: Groseclose
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 1 (Koncher)
Absent: 1 (Castillo)

2. ACTION ITEM: Discuss and recommend to City Council the Poet Laureate for the term July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012. (P. Scherff)

Kati Short and Diane Lando were both present at this meeting. Unfortunately, the third candidate Steven Seager was unable to attend.

Ms. Short and Ms. Lando both presented a self written poem to the Commission. Ms. Short presented a poem entitled “My Brentwood” while Ms. Lando read a poem in memory of Bruce Stewart.

Ms. Short had spent 8 years in Korea teaching English. Ms. Lando requested that in the future, more direction and/or guidance as to whom the poem would be written about. Poldina Scherff responded that the City does not have any specific guidelines but has opened that up to the Poet Laureate to create.

Commissioner Groseclose has suggested that the Commission hold off in selecting a Poet Laureate until the third candidate, Steven Seager had his opportunity to present his work before the Commission. Commissioner Spencer would then like to be able to discuss which candidate would be of a good fit for this position.

 Motion to approve a special meeting on June 16 at 6:30 pm to hear from the third Candidate Steven Seager.
Motioned: Spencer
Second: Senn
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0

3. ACTION ITEM: Discuss and approve final date for the unveiling of the poetry contest art element at Veterans Park. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, reported back that the installation of security cameras began on May 19th. Eric Powell will be out the first week of June to install the critters. A date will need to be selected for the unveiling of the poetry contest art elements.

 Motion to approve the 1st choice date of Tuesday, June 15 at 10 am and 2nd choice date of June 16 at 10 am for the unveiling of the poetry contest art element at Veterans Park.
Motioned: Spencer
Second: Senn
Ayes: 5
Noes: 0

4. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discuss the current and future public art locations and the funding available. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, handed out a revised map of where the public art is displayed. Some of the areas explained have delays in the project and others may not be taking place at this time. Poldina Scherff suggested that they all take a “walk-about” town to see all the public art.

Vice Chair Senn inquired about the budget amount. Poldina Scherff said there is over $300,000 for public art. He also commented that the presentation on the Civic Center shown at the City Council meeting was very well thought out. It incorporated the old Hotel that was in town through the facade of the building. Commissioner Koncher inquired about the timeline for the new City Hall. It was said the building may be done by June/July 2011.

Conversation ensued about the Cornfest. Poldina Scherff commented that the Cornfest will be held in the downtown area. They will be closing off 1st Street and parts down by the Liberty High School and the Post office.

Commissioner Koncher also mentioned that the Arts Jazz and Wine Festival will be held at The Streets of Brentwood this year.

Poldina Scherff said at the next meeting an item will be brought back to discuss the tour, draft route and date.



Chair Castillo apologized for his tardiness. Due to the relocation of his office, he has mentioned traffic can tend to be an issue. He regrets his tardiness and realizes that if this is an issue with the Commission, he is more than willing to step down as Chair.

Commissioner Koncher will not be in attendance for the July and August meetings.

Poldina Scherff mentioned that the Diane Lando’s term for Poet Laureate is up and as a nice gesture to present her with something for her service. Poldina Scherff also suggested that the Commission think about how to proceed with the next Poet Laureate in terms of expectations and think about how they can recommend this candidate to the City Council.

- Poet Laureate
- Draft map for tour of Public Art locations

Chair Castillo adjourned the meeting at 8:20 pm.

City of Brentwood Arts Commission
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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