Public Art Commission
June 19, 2015
Commissioners: Garrington, Bussell, Clark, Newman, Merchant, Seltzer (staff),
Pam Marsh, Sue Springer, Jean Bakewell, Tom Beam
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 8:30 a.m.
Minutes of the May 15 meeting were approved with corrections.
Pam Marsh and Sue Springer provided answers to questions raised at the Public Art Commission meeting in May. They have met with the Public Works Department and confirmed the location on the Bandersnatch Trail as suitable. Public Works will assist in installing the piece. Marsh also recommends ordering a sign that matches the current signage style used in Lithia Park.
Garrington notes the Watershed Art Group is the type of group the PAC wants to work with and congratulated the group on what they have accomplished. She also provided information on the NEA Our Town grant that may be helpful for the group as they move forward.
Springer reported they have applied for another Haines grant and will work with the PAC to develop the Call for Artists. Garrington noted that the PAC is interested in professional artists.
Garrington moved to approve acceptance of the Pacific Fisher sculpture into the City’s public art collection, second by Clark. Approved.
Light for Peace Wall
Jean Bakewell is asking the PAC to approve lighting the Peace Wall. She presented a lighting designer concept that the PAC did not favor but suggested some alternatives. Bakewell will research other ideas and return in the future. Seltzer will speak with the Planning Department on the required process to install lighting on a public right of way.
- General discussion on the layout of the room for the artists presentations. The group agreed that a single presentation table be available and the artists will present one by one. Notecards will be provided for attendees to write questions which will be answered at the end of the presentations. Presentations will occur in the Gresham Room at the Ashland Public Library on Thursday, September 10 at noon and again at 5:00.
- The PAC agreed to the following people as first choice for the selection panel and assigned PAC members to contact each individual:
Erika Leppman (Newman)
Amy Blossom (Seltzer)
Bruce Bayard (Garrington)
Allison Renwick (Garrington)
Scott Fluery (Seltzer confirmed)
Carol or John Davis (Seltzer)
Christian Buchard (Bussell)
Marlene Alt or Renee Allen (Garrington)
Matt Small or Bruce Ritchy
Jurors are expected to attend both public presentations and then to meet the following morning to select the finalist.
- Publicize the Presentations
Seltzer will include the information on the City’s website and ask the Chamber to post the information. Seltzer will ask the Mayor to make an announcement at the Council meeting prior to the presentation date. Newman will ask the Ashland Gallery Association to help advertise the event and Clark will ask the Ashland Art Center to help get the word out. Merchant will follow up with the Daily Tidings on possibly including a series of articles related to the Gateway process and to highlight the public presentations.
Clark updated the group on the proposed utility box project. The group decided to do a pilot test by inviting Brandon Goldman to take photos to be used to wrap the utility box at the top of the Calle staircase. The PAC will select one of the photographs and submit the request to the City Council to approve the test project. Clark will check with Stewart Media on the digital photo requirements and whether or not the image can be removed. It was decided to do a pilot Garrington commented the design and concept is colorful and will attract people to the location.
Dedication of Fall Splendor
The PAC decided to dedicate Fall Splendor at 6:00 on the first Friday in August. Seltzer will notify the artist and post the information on the City’s website and issue a news release to the media. Newman will alert the AGA of the event and Bussell will arrange for plastic cups and sparkling cider so attendees can toast the artist and the work. Seltzer will send an email inviting the Council and Park Commission to the event.
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.