The Guthrie County Arts Council met Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at the Panora Public Library.  Thirteen members and one guest were present.

                President Lynsi Pasutti called the meeting to order at 7 P.M.  The secretary’s report was read.

Treasurer Ruth Owen reported a balance of $6017.29.

                Guest Larry Glade (artist, landscaper, and minister) was introduced and gave a summary of his art education, experience, and goals.

                The Guthrie County freedom rock project was discussed.  Phyllis Wakefield has been in contact with a contractor who has the equipment to move a heavy rock and is trying to locate one on behalf of GCAC.  Phyllis will ask Bubba Sorenson if he is willing to paint a fake rock, which would be less expensive since it could be constructed on site.  Larry Glade suggested that Lake Panorama landscaper Dean Stanley also has boulders and equipment to move them.  Larry proposed discussing the project with the Fair Board and locating the rock at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds.

                Gina Lloyd reported that the Guthrie Center Development Board would lease the former Open Bible Church for six months only at $350 a month including insurance.  The building has issues with mold and water.  Brick Imerman updated members on the Beaches building.  Demolition of the interior is nearly finished and the Revitalization Committee is ready to begin re-building.  The building project was placed on hold at this time as rent and sale prices of desired available buildings are all too expensive for the budget.

                The Guthrie County Foundation has not released information on GCAC’s grant application.  Ruth Owen will begin to work on the Alliant Energy grant, possibly requesting $5000 for the Freedom Rock project. 

                Members were reminded that volunteers would be needed to park cars during River Ruckus.

                Although no RAGBRAI meeting for non-profits has been held, Brick Imerman stated the fee for vending at Mitchell Park would likely be $100.  He suggested GCAC sell root beer floats.

                New events for fall and winter were discussed.  Lynsi Pasutti will check the September calendar at Dale Valley to determine if a fall festival could be held there.  Sheri Heiland has contacted the Sweet Adelines about a performance in the County.

                Volunteers to set up a table at county farmers’ markets once a month are as follows:

Lynsi Pasutti:  Stuart; Phyllis Wakefield and Ruth Owen:  Guthrie Center; Gina Lloyd, Larry Glade, and Kathy Feilmeyer:  Panora.  Lynsi Pasutti also volunteered to ensure the Arts Council has a visible presence at Good Egg Days (Stuart) in June, and Sheri Heiland, at Panorama Days in August.

                The Art in the Village Committee (Lynsi Pasutti, Gina Lloyd, and Sheri Heiland) have received nine paid applications from artists, which are due April 19. The committee has recently toured the Village to determine the best use of space.  Members were encouraged to attend  the next committee meeting which will be scheduled soon.  Art in the Village will be advertised on-screen at the Stuart Fremont Theater for three months for $40 a month.  A motion passed for newspaper advertising as follows:  GC & Panora papers full-page ads ($230), Bayard paper full-age ad ($130), Stuart paper half-page ad ($135), and Four County Bulletin half-page ad ($189).  No decision has been reached about food vendors.  Lela Schwartz will contact the pork producers about grilling meat since limited electricity at the Village prohibits the use of roasters.

                The Arts Council website can be accessed at http://guthriecountyarts.wix.com/guthrie-county-arts.  Other marketing for the Council includes Facebook, Iowa Byways/Western Skies, Stuart newspaper article, Raccoon River Radio announcement, and Chamber ads.  An effort will be made to have links from city websites.   


The next meeting will be held at the Mary Barnett Library in Guthrie Center on May 14 at 7 P.M. 

                The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 P.M.


Respectfully submitted,

Debbie Menning