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August 8, 2011

Arts Commission


In attendance:  Lauren Bakker, Judy Mann, Nina Ferrigno, Marilynne Bradley, John Ahearn, Don Drissell, Gerry Welch, Tom Cooper


1.        Minutes of July 11 approved – Marilynne first, Judy second, all ayes

2.        Public Art at Library – Tom Cooper presented the library’s findings about their current collection of 12 valuable works; he shared photos and the appraisals.  Tom updated Commission on the addition to the library building – it will double in size, feature art throughout, has a possibility for a gallery showing in atrium hall.  Tom is looking for additional pieces to add to their art collection.  Judy Mann agreed to work with Tom on curating pieces and other needs.

3.       Public Art discussion

a.       Don Drissell presented the latest concepts following his work with them to make the site less formal and preserve the trees.  Commission members favored concept site Plan A and asked Don to return to SWT with that and any small changes that need to be made.

b.      Costs of concept A were presented - $32,000 for landscapint, $184,000 for hardscaping, $10,000 for irrigation, $20,000 for lighting for $246,000.  A contingency of $36,000 was added also.

c.       The Commission agreed to a formal funding raising committee (see charge and functions attached) and to the creation of a Webster Groves Public Art Fund that would be kept with the City and managed by the City.    This committee will meet soon.

4.       Presentation to City Council.  The Commission agreed to go before City Council on September 6 to present the plans for the sculpture area, Magel’s sculpture, and the Public Art Fund.

5.       Crossroads – Members approved going forward with Kevin Trobaugh’s sculpture per his drawing.  It was agreed that Drissell and Welch would schedule a meeting with Verheyen and Faber.  A presentation needs to be to the Crossroads Business District.

6.       Updates

a.       Awards of Excellence are moving along.

b.      Esley Hamilton has agreed to the Lifetime Achievement Award. 

c.       Update on Paint the Town was made.

7.       To do list

a.       A visit with Rudi Torini will be scheduled soon to ask for a sculpture for the City.

b.      We need to begin organizing the Lifetime Achievement presentation.  An invitation list needs to be made; Mike Blaes will be asked about possible speakers; we will include music.

8.       The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 1.