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2005 Year-in-Review

As presented by

Joe Trebino, Chairperson
Brentwood Arts Commission

Year 2004 was an excellent year for the Brentwood Arts Commission. The City’s full-time Arts Manager started at the end of June, the first public art projects began as a result of City Council approval of the Public Art Ordinance, and a wide variety of cultural art programming has been coordinated and well received by the community.

Commission and Commissioners
♦ New Commissioners
In 2004 six candidates were appointed to the Arts Commission by the City Council. The appointees were: Deena Foley, stage performer and instructor; Doreen Forlow, school teacher and photographer; Patricia Lacy-Rankin, art advocate and performer; Greg Ruiz teacher and artist; Kermit Sveen, performing arts advocate and Richard Koscher publisher of local magazine 110 Degrees.

♦ First Arts Commission Retreat
On November 20, 2004 the Arts Commission participated in their first retreat facilitated by Jamie McCreary, a consultant who worked with the Arts Commission to develop a stronger and more unified sense of direction and focus. We are currently working on developing and implementing the results of the retreat which will provide the focus for Arts Commission advancement in 2005.

Public Art
♦ Implementation of the newly initiated Percent for Art Program
Section 2.44.180 “Public Art” was fully implemented as of July 1, 2004 with private developers on all newly approved residential developments and public projects being the first to participate. To date the there are ten developers actively working with the Arts Manager to include public art in their project and eight public projects.

• Farmer Statue
The Farmer Statue, by local artist Bill Weber, has been discussed for several years. In November the artist received the design fee to begin sculpting. We hope to have the artwork to the foundry for casting in 2005. This project is funded by an $80,000 donation to the Arts Commission from Shea Homes to better promote art in Brentwood.

• New Police Station’s two public art elements
The CIP budget for the new Police Station was approved prior to the passing of the public art ordinance and did not require public art on the project. But, due to the willingness and support of Chief Davies and Lt. Kevin King they were open to considering the concept that we are very happy to present for your approval the public art elements for the new Police headquarters, providing there is money available in the project budget. There are two public art elements slated for the new Police Station. Both will be presented tonight to City Council for approval. The external piece is by Bay Area public artist, Scott Donahue and the interior mural by Brentwood multi-media artist, Bill Weber. More on this project a little later this evening.

• City Hall, Recreation Facility, and Veterans Park
The future City Hall and Recreation Facility and Veterans Park, currently under construction, will be home to the next phase of public art projects focused on by the Public Art Committee

Visual Arts
♦ Art Exhibitions at the Technology Center.
The Arts Commission hosted four art exhibitions in 2004 which featured some internationally known artists and student art work. These quarterly exhibitions provide local artists with a venue to display their artwork in an open exhibition format and gives the residents of Brentwood, and beyond, the opportunity to experience the only art gallery in the area. In November 2005 an art consultant from the Bay Area conducted research concerning the future of the Arts Commissions gallery space at the Technology Center. The report includes many excellent recommendations that the Arts Commission will consider at their January 2005 meeting.

The 2004 art exhibitions included:
• The Artwork of Stanley Mouse, January 29 – April 28, 2004
The work of Stanley Mouse was a trip to the past for many. His work has appeared on the album covers of the Steve Miller Band as well as the Grateful Dead

• First Annual Student Art Show, May 3 – July 29, 2004
The Student Show that opened in May kicked off what will become an annual event. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Brentwood Arts Commission, the Art Society, the Brentwood Unified School District, lots of teachers, students and dedicated staff. There were about 150 people at the opening reception.

• Joe Cleary, August 2 – October 29, 2004
Joe Cleary has an international reputation as well as a national reputation living in San Francisco. We were honored to have his work in the gallery.

• Alex Leader and Friends November 1, 2004 – January 24, 2005
This group show of glass blowing artists is truly remarkable. The front gallery is saturated with color and light like never before. This a show that will appeal to nearly everyone.

♦ Art for Arts Sake sidewalk art show was held in downtown Brentwood on May 8, 2004.
“Art for Arts Sake” sidewalk show was conducted again with moderate success. The number of artists participating has not been as high as had hoped for, but the art was very good. This program will be revamped for 2005.

♦ Arts Education
2004 saw the increase in arts classes offered through the Parks and Recreation Department’s Activities Guide. We have brought on two new teachers and three new classes: Mosaics, Beadwork, and Cartooning/Animation. These will be held at the Women’s Club on Second Street.

Performing Arts
♦ Romeo and Juliet
The Arts Commission hosted the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival in April 2004. Their free to the public performance of the ever popular Romeo and Juliet was superb. The Performing Arts Committee is currently developing more performing art events for 2005.

♦ Continued support of the Summer Concerts in the Park
The Arts Commission donated $8,000 to the very popular and well attended Summer Concert series held every Friday during the summertime at City Park. The Arts Commission, working with the Parks and Recreation Department, will expand the summer time offerings to include movies and more special events.

♦ Day in the Park Art and Wine festival October 9 – 10, 2004
The third annual “Day in the Park Art and Wine Festival” was another hit this year. The weather was ideal, artists displayed and sold high quality artwork, wineries served a nice range of wines, and a variety of music was a nice balance to the art festival. The sponsorship was significantly higher in 2004 with a $20,000 donation from the Vineyards at Marsh Creek. The efforts of the committee and many volunteers, who did a wonderful job, contributed to this Art and Wine Festival becoming a great success. With the growth of this event the Arts Commission has approved the expansion of the Commission’s oversight of the event by adding several job specific Chairpersons under the guidance of the primary event Chairperson.

♦ Sing-Along Messiah
The Arts Commission together with Liberty High School’s Music Dept. and the Adult Education Program brought the community the first Sing-Along Messiah in eight years. The Sing-Along was held at the Performing Arts Center at Liberty High School in early December. .

Literary Arts
♦ Poet Laureate
In early December, the Arts Commission said farewell to Mary Jane Barnes, the City of Brentwood’s first Poet Laureate. Mary Jane is an icon in the world of poetry for her incredible literary talents. The Arts Commission is going to leave the post open and appoint Mary Jane Barnes as Poet Laureate Emeritus. The Commission has agreed to nurture the literary arts in our city by hosting regular Open Mike Literary Readings, writing workshops, etc.

♦ Open Mike Literary Readings
The Arts Commission hosted their first ever Open Mike Literary Reading in October 2004. It was a great success and has motivated us to create a literary program.

♦ CityRead
The Friends of the Library and the Brentwood Arts Commission hosted the second CityRead with Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. There were several newspaper articles on the program that offered 500 copies of the book to the community at large and invited them to pick one up, read it, and share it with a friend. The event culminated with a lecture by a scholar specializing in Chandler’s literary works.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joe Trebino
Arts Commission Chair
December 14, 2004

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