Public Art Commission
March 21, 2014
Commissioners: Bussell, Hepford, Friend, Garrington, Seltzer (staff), Slattery (council liaison) Gardiner (parks liaison)
Pam Marsh, Katharine and Barry Thalden, Denise Baxter
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 8:40 a.m. Garrington welcomed Denis Slattery and Mike Gardiner.
Approval of Minutes
February meeting minutes were approved with corrections.
Calle Guanajuato Sculpture
Seltzer informed the committee that she is in touch with Annette who expects to install the piece in June (pending approval by the City Council. Bussell suggests a firm deadline for installation date be included in the contract.
Mural Application Presentation
Pam Marsh of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank introduced donors Katharine and Barry Thalden and artist Denise Baxter. Marsh has submitted an application to have a mural painted on the exterior of the AEFB building. The mural designed by Baxter will reflect the seasons and the landscape of the Rogue Valley.
Baxter presented her rendering to the Commission and explained she will use students to help execute the piece. The finished mural will measure 18’ x 52’. Baxter expects to begin the project in June and complete the work within four weeks.
This is the first time a mural application has come to the PAC using the mural guidelines developed by the PAC last July. Both the applicant and the artist commented on the ease and professionalism of the process.
When asked about the life of the mural, Baxter replies 25 years or possibly longer. The mural is on the north side of the building, will be covered with a clear UV coat which will protect it from fading.
PAC members commented on the beauty of the design and the colors and agree it is great to have public art at that end of town.
M/S to approve the mural as presented and to make a recommendation to the City Council for approval (Friend/Hepford. Approved.
Two of the painted electric utility boxes located on the Calle have been removed due to construction. Parks would like to contract with the same artist to paint the replacement boxes once Calle construction is complete.
Seltzer will contact the artist to see if she is willing to do the work. If not, the PAC will issue a Call for Artists/RFP.
Seltzer informed the committee she has received 12 submissions and will send them and others that come in, to the PAC members along with a worksheet to be used to evaluate. All agreed the entire April meeting needs to be dedicated to reviewing the submissions. Hepford suggested Seltzer place the submissions in the PAC dropbox.
Meeting adjourned at 10:00.