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 ARTS COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

 

MEETING DATE:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

PLACE:

City Hall – Conference Room

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER:

7:05 p.m.

MEETING ADJOURNED:

9:08 p.m.

 

ROLL CALL

 

 

NAME

 

PRESENT

PRESENT

(ARRIVED LATE)

 

ABSENT

John Ahearn

X

 

 

Davis Allen

 

X (7:30)

 

Lauren Bakker-Arkema

 

X (8:00)

 

Marilynne Bradley

X

 

 

Don Drissell

X

 

 

Melody Evans-Mess

 

X

 

Nina Ferrigno

X

 

 

Mary Greaves

X

 

 

Judith Mann

X

 

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

Jennifer Conrad, Staff Liaison

Gerry Welch, Mayor

Lisa Abeln

Julie Campbell

Bob Goetz

Bob Springer

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Ms. Bradley, seconded by Mr. Ahearn to approve the minutes of March 9, 2010.

AYES: AHEARN, BRADLEY, DRISSELL, FERRIGNO, GREAVES, MANN

NOES: NONE

ABSENT: ALLEN, BAKKER, EVANS

The March 9, 2010 minutes were approved.

 

CROSSROADS PUBLIC ART

Artist Carol Hodson could not be present, so there was no presentation on the proposed mural. Members of the Crossroads Special Taxing District Advisory Commission, as well as Julie Campbell, who assisted with this effort spoke about the mural proposal. 

 

Bob Springer, Chair of the Crossroads Special Taxing District Advisory Commission, spoke briefly about interns from HOK who studied the district and gave recommendations regarding the potential for public art. He stated that regarding this proposed mural, they have property owner agreement, and that they know the mural concept is risky because there will always be some who don’t like it. 

 

Julie Campbell stated that she originally solicited proposals from three artists.  Carol Hodson, the proposed artist of the mural, lives in Webster Groves and teaches at Webster University, so she is sensitive to the community.

 

Lisa Abeln stated that everyone loved the mural at their meeting, and that the owner of the building is on board.

 

Bob Goetz stated that he is the lone dissenter.  He thinks the mural brings out the railroad crossing and stoplight – the worst aspects of the district.

 

The Commission asked questions regarding damage to the mural, maintenance and if it was photo realistic. 

 

Mr. Springer stated that they did not address potential damage with the artist. 

 

Ms. Campbell stated that the mural is photo realistic.  The artist has done work on the east coast. 

 

Ms. Mann stated that she would like to hear the artist speak about the mural.  She likes it, but hears concerns. 

 

The Commission discussed the possibility of confusion with the replication of the stoplight. 

 

Mr. Springer stated that they did not want a vote tonight, just to bring this before the Commission and that they will return. 

 

ATTENDANCE AND MEETING TIMES

The Commission discussed the current meeting date and time and whether another date or time would be more conducive to achieving both a quorum as well as continuity amongst attendees.  The Commission decided to make the general meeting date the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m., but to look ahead at each meeting, and change the date if needed. 

 

PUBLIC ART PLAN

The Commission discussed the current public art plan. It currently lacks a mission statement.  The Commission will further discuss the process portion of the plan, including how people can get involved, what is needed to present a project to the Commission, and what to tell donors. 

 

COMMUNITY DAYS PARADE

Ms. Greaves reported that we have have a trailer and a truck for the float.  She is attending the parade meeting.  Tracy Drissell is working on the mural for Art & Air that will be used for the float.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Commission, the meeting was adjourned at 9:08 p.m.