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September 17,2004

Friday, September 17, 2004



Public Art Commission

September 17, 2004

Regular Meeting Minutes

51 Winburn Way 8:15 a.m.

Attendance: Commissioners: Todd (Chair), Bayard, Benson, Young, Longshore, Markell

Jackson (Council liaison)

Seltzer, (Staff Liaison)

Absent: Wilkerson, Benson

Guests: Ann DiSalvo

Consent Agenda

Minutes of the August 20 meeting were approved with corrections. Bayard motion, Longshore second.

Report on Council Meeting, August 17, 2004

Todd reported that the PAC request for funding was not covered at the council meeting on September 7 due to time constraints but that it is on the council agenda for September 21. He encouraged commissioners to attend, though he will be unable to attend. Seltzer distributed the packet of information that council will receive prior to the meeting.

Jackson explained to the commission that the Lithia Artisan Guild has had to withdraw their $2000 commitment to the Calle project as the money is needed to construct a fire wall in Briscoe School.

Committee Reports

· McGee Memorial: Submitted written report is attached. Longshore and Benson met. Longshore reported that research reveals that the McGee and Neill families were grocers and members of the Elks. The sub-committee identified possible locations for the memorial. One possible site is the Cantwell area on Oak Street. Longshore met with the property owner who was intrigued and supportive of locating the memorial on or near his property. Potential art forms were also identified, Longshore noted that aculpture in the form of stone, metal or glass is highly desirable. The sub-committee will continue to meet to develop a timeline and other next steps.

Todd asked new commissioner Markell to serve on the McGee memorial sub-committee. Markell agreed.

· Calle Guanajuato Seltzer reminded the commission that the RFP is posted on the web in both English and Spanish. There was some discussion about means to "get the word" out about the RFP both locally and in Guanajuato. Bayard, chair of the Calle sub-committee will coordinate a meeting of the group in the near future.

· Funding No report. Bayard will coordinate a meeting of the sub-committee in the near future. Todd, chair of the sub-committee will be out of town.

SOU Public Art Lecture

Seltzer reported that the Schneider Museum hold a lecture series each year. Mary Gardiner and Sharon Dvora are planning one of the lectures in late February or early March to be on Public Art and will invite Richard Brock from Seattle. In addition to the lecture there will be break-out training sessions for Public Art commissioners the next morning including participants from Medford and Grants Pass.

Items from Commissioners

Young asked commissioners to spread the word that space was still available for artists at Briscoe School.

Guest Ann DiSalvo reported that the Ashland Community Food Store grant applications are available in January.


Minutes of McGee/Neill Memorial Subcommittee Meeting

September 2, 2004, 1 - 2 pm

351 Morton Street

PAC Members Present: Jennifer Longshore, Richard Benson

Others Present: none


* Background of the fund

How much - $19,000

From whom - Estate of Everett Henry McGee

Who it is to commemorate - McGee & Neill families (see attachment)

* Mandate for the memorial

Location - Within Ashland

Timeline - As soon as possible

* Potential sites

Parks - Triangle… too small, low traffic, competition with existing art, use primarly by students

Calle - Conflict with other memorials, limited space

Streets - Pioneer near Armory, N Main, Ashland Street gateway, E Main gateway

Interior Public Buildings - Insufficient public visibility

Private land w/Public Right of Way - tbd

* Potential forms of art

Sculpture - Highly desirable: Stone, Metal, Glass … durable

Mural/Painting - potential conflict with existing code à not desirable

Fountain / Waterfall - Maintenance problems à not desirable

Furniture / Bench / Lighting - Highly desirable … functional/practical benefit

Garden / Landscape Element - Maintenance problems, repetition à not desirable

* Next steps / action list

Define / refine list of forms appropriate - Later

Review RFQ process - Later

Develop jury profiles / composition - Later

Develop timeline for project through installation & dedication - Next

Consider appropriate artists criteria (residency? experience?) - Later

Identify/Contact controlling authority on potential sites - Immediate

Fire station/Gresham & Siskiyou - JL

Elks block - RB

Pioneer Street near Armory - JL

Ashland Food Co-op - RB

Behind Furniture Depot - RB

McGee/Neill Memorial


v Everett Henry McGee, 07/27/1909 (Ashland, OR) - 12/30/2002

o Son of James McGee & Olive Wing

o Husband of Donzella Neill (d. 10/25/95)

o Brother of Raymond & Vernon

o Grocer - Lake of the Woods, East Side Grocery (Iowa & Morse), Market Basket (Sisk & Beach) w/ Dick Neill (brother-in law, co-owner). Co-owned Fidegar Building/Pioneer Village Shopping Center (below Armory) w/Dick Neill.

o Minister of Phoenix Church of Christ for 10 years

v James Henderson McGee, 10/21/1877 (Clarinda, IA) - 08/15/1972

o Husband of Olive Wing (m. 1905)

o Osteopath - 2 years, Graduated Kirksville, MD School of Osteopathy

o Retail merchant - dry goods of Beebe, Kinney & Drake; McGee's Dry Goods and Ready to Wear (Elk's Building/Penny's Store)

o Built 140 E Main building

o Charter member of Chamber of Commerce, Lithians, Mason, Shriner, Elk's Club, Kiwanis Club, School Board, city council

o Member of Church of Christ

o One of first to build at Lake of the Woods

o Shakespeare Festival supporter

v Richard (Dick) L. Neill, 07/18/1911 (Spokane, WA) - 06/20/1991

o Husband to Cora E. McDonald (m. 08/20/1960)

o Step Father to Helen Climpner & Marguaret Louise Khilnani

o Brother to Donzella McGee

o Ashland Mayor (1953 - 1968), City Councilor (1949 - 1953?)

o Memorial contributions to Presbyterian Church of Medford & Phoenix Fire Department Rescue Unit

o Instrumental in Hospital construction

o Grocer at Market Basket (Sisk & Beach) w/Everett McGee (brother-in law, co-owner). Co-owned Fidegar Building/Pioneer Village Shopping Center (below Armory) w/Everett McGee. Owned & operated Plaza Grocery from 1957 - 1961.

o Man-of-the-year for Chamber of Commerce in 1968

o Director for the League of Oregon Cities

o Director of the Independent Grocer's Association of Oregon

o Resolution from City of Ashland honoring him for contributions to City

o Member of Elks, Masons, Shriners, Past Patron of Alpha Chapter of the Eastern Star #1

o Member of Presbyterian Church in Medford

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