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Arts Commission Minutes - April 20, 2011

APRIL 20, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Senn called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

Present were Chair Danny Senn, Vice Chair Donna Spencer and Commissioners Juan Castillo and Barbie Koncher. Commissioner Wanda Groseclose was absent. Staff members present were Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager and Elaine McGurk, Administrative Assistant II.


1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of August 18, 2010.

 Item has been tabled to the next meeting.

2. Approve minutes of regular meeting of January 19, 2011.

 Motion to approve the minutes of regular meeting of January 19, 2011
Motion: Koncher
Second: Castillo
Ayes: 4
Noes: 0
Excused: Groseclose

3. Approve minutes of regular meeting of February 16, 2011

 Item has been tabled to the next meeting.

4. Approve minutes of regular meeting of March 16, 2011

 Item has been tabled to the next meeting.

5. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discuss and develop a plan for possible new locations for City public art. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, presented a PowerPoint presentation regarding potential locations for public art. The follow areas were shown:

1. Northeast corner of Balfour Road and Highway 4 Bypass
- This area would be great for the future however with future modifications to the lanes; this area may not be feasible at this time.

2. Balfour Road and W. Country Club Drive (Near Heritage High School)

3. Highway 4 Bypass and Lone Tree Way (Bypass crossover Lone Tree)
- There will be changes made in the future for this location however it would be nice to think about any future plaque or public art that mentions entering into the City of Brentwood may be ideal. Currently, is it clearly marked that you’re entering into the City of Antioch but not into Brentwood.

4. Brentwood Police Department
- There are currently a few public art pieces in place.

5. Bypass and Sand Creek Road
- There will be future work done on the hills along the side of this road therefore it may not be feasible at this time.
- The stone/rock art element was placed there by the City to mask the water wells to beautify that area.

6. Bypass/Sand Creek Road (by RAVE Theatre)
- They will be expanding the lanes in the future therefore planning for public art there now would not be feasible however it would be a great location to think about for the future as it is a highly traveled area.

7. Bypass and Sand Creek Road (west)

8. Oak Meadow Park (next to Krey Elementary)
- No current public art in this location but certainly a great location for one.
- Amenities in this park include lighted ball fields, playground, picnic tables, bbq grills, and restrooms.
- Commissioner Koncher suggested Bruce Chaban art pieces possible fit there.
- Vice Chair Spencer suggested Brian Keith’s art pieces possible fit there as well.

9. Balfour Road between Shadow Lakes and West Country Club
- Some of the areas of interest unfortunately may belong to a HOA or private property. Further research will need to be done to assess which specific areas the Commissioners had in mind.

10. Sunset Park Athletic Complex
- Great spot for a public art piece as this park is highly frequented and utilized.
- It was suggested that an art piece done by Bruce Chaban would be a great fit there since his works are very interactive.
- Chair Senn suggested also a screen sculpture with a sport theme possible fit there too.

Other areas suggested:
11. Walnut and Armstrong Road (leading towards Vasco)
12. O’Hara and Sand Creek Road
13. Highway 4 heading out to Oakley
14. Highway 4 heading out to Discovery Bay
15. Marsh Creek Road and Walnut

Commissioner Koncher mentioned in passing that she recently attended a two hour presentation at Trilogy that presented the history of Miwok Indians existence in Contra Costa County. She would like to see a public art piece that would somehow acknowledge their existence in this County.

Poldina Scherff suggested the Commission to come up with a plan to narrow down the list of areas of interest and then prioritize the areas of importance. She advised that it would be best to work on one project at a time as it could be overwhelming to work on more simultaneously.

Commissioners Castillo and Koncher suggested starting off the project with areas that are entry ways to the City and not so much at the Police Department since currently public art is affixed there. Chair Senn said right now doing anything on the bypass would probably not be prudent. Chair Senn liked the area by Heritage High School and Walnut and Armstrong Way.

The Commission brainstormed some areas of interest that were entry ways. They picked the following portals:

- Balfour and W. Country Club Drive
- Armstrong and Walnut
- Highway 4 and Discovery Bay
- Highway 4 and Oakley
- Sunset Road and Brentwood Blvd.
- Brentwood Blvd. and Sellers

Commissioner Castillo inquired about how the City of Antioch acquired their public art pieces and who may have done those pieces for them. The Commission would like to see new pictures of these areas (entry ways) and then possibly take a road trip to see them and other open spaces to get a better visual idea for future planning.

Commissioner Koncher had two things to mention:
1. Annual open studio will be a 3 day affair. It is schedule for May 20th – 22nd. There will be 40 artists represented and they will be previewing their work in a facility downtown for two weeks.
2. In September there will be an Arts Jazz and Chocolate festival at the Trilogy model homes. Currently she is seeking out artists to participate in this event. The date has been tentatively set for either September 24 or 25.

Vice Chair Spencer brought up two things:
1. Having to attend her own graduation, she will be not be able to be support Katie Short, Poet Laureate, at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 26. At this meeting there is a City Council item on her behalf requesting for funding from the City Council for the Anthology Publication. Donna is asking to see if another Commissioner could be in attendance with Katie Short for support. Commissioner Koncher volunteered.
2. Brentwood Yoga Center approached her in hopes of being able to perform for any upcoming City functions/activities. Poldina Scherff suggested they approach the Brentwood Senior Club to see if they are looking for any performers for any upcoming events.

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager had two things to bring up:
1. She will be emailing out the staff report titled “A recommendation from the City of Brentwood Arts Commission that the City Council award a onetime grant of $1,500 to the City Poet Laureate Katie Short for an “Anthology of Local Writers” publication” to the Commissioners once it has been officially posted on the website. She would like the Commissioners to attend this meeting alongside Katie Short in support of this request.
2. Playport for Fun will be a new event that will promote play for 14 weeks this summer. It’s an exciting and family friendly event that will not only feature the various beautiful parks we have in town but also feature themed games (family led) and recipes.

The kick off for this new event will be held on Wednesday, June 8. The theme for the first day of this event is “Playsmart Enjoy Art” at Veterans Park. With the theme being focused on Art, it was suggested that the Arts Commission could have their meeting at that time as well. If the Commission did not feel this would be the right place to have a meeting then their presence at this opener would be highly suggested to promote the Arts Commission and to get the feedback from the public about public art elements throughout town.

Chair Senn felt that it would be more appropriate to keep the regular meeting as scheduled to conduct business. This will be discussed further at the next meeting.

Possible change of meeting date/venue for June due to Playport event.

Chair Senn adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm.

City of Brentwood Arts Commission
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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