The Guthrie County Arts Council met Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Mary Barnett Library in Guthrie Center.  The meeting was called to order at 7 P.M. with 8 members present.  The secretary’s report was read and corrected.  (The amount charged by the Bayard paper for a full-page ad is $200, not $100.)  The treasurer reported a balance of $6,508.24, not including some checks for booths at Art in the Village and membership dues still to be deposited.


GCAC has been awarded a Guthrie County Foundation grant for $1600 to be received at the GC Activity Center June 6 at 5:30 P.M.  Larry Glade and Lynsi Pasutti will investigate types of signs.  Larry G. reported on a sign company in Panora.


Brick Imerman brought two poster options for Art in the Village.  One was chosen and printed.  Members discussed where to distribute the posters and advertising possibilities including TV interviews and Our Iowa magazine.  Phyllis Wakefield suggested our meeting schedule be printed in the Chamber list of events whenever the listed is published.


The following preparations for Art in the Village were finalized:

(1)    100 burgers & 100 ribeye sandwiches will be purchased &  grilled by the beef producers from 11 AM – 1 PM/ 100 pork loins will be purchased and grilled by the pork producers between 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.  Chips, water, pop, and fruit will also be available.

(2)   Volunteers for the event were solicited & MANY MORE are needed!  TO HELP, PLEASE RESPOND BY E-MAIL.

(3)   The Art in the Village committee met to map out the artists’ locations.  These maps will be sent to the artists.

(4)   No decision on a logo has been reached, and Larry Glade offered another suggestion.


Phyllis Wakefield reported that Ray Sorenson does not want to experiment with artificial rocks.  Phyllis and Marian McQuaid had visited two area quarries and contacted others by phone.  Plenty of rocks are available, but moving one may still be an issue.   City Clerk Laura Imerman and an American Legion representative thought there would be no problem locating the rock on city property or at the Courthouse, but the supervisors would have to approve anything located at the Courthouse.  Members voted to send an application and $1000 down payment to hold Guthrie Center as the site for the rock.


GCAC will sell hot dogs and water at Mitchell Park for RAGBRAI in Guthrie Center on Mon., July 22.  The vendor fee is $150, due before June 7.  Rules and regulations for RAGBRAI vendors were studied.  Larry Glade offered to transport the grill.  Please contact a member of the RAGBRAI committee, Marian McQuaid, Ruth Owen, and Phyllis Wakefield, to volunteer to help with this fundraiser.


Artists wishing to display or sell items at the Stuart Farmer’s Market should contact Lynsi.  Lynsi will advertise Art in the Village at the Stuart Farmers’ Markets on May 22 and June 5. Phyllis Wakefield or Ruth Owen are the contacts for the Guthrie Center Farmer’s Market, which is held on Saturday mornings.


Lynsi reminded members of the other upcoming celebrations in Guthrie County:

            *Stuart Good Egg Days, June 14 – 16, which will include a table advertising GCAC

            *Casey Fun Days, July 13, 9 AM – 4 PM ($10 fee)

            *Winestock, Dale Valley, July 13, noon – 9 PM ($10 fee)

            *Panorama Days, Aug. 2, 4 PM – 7 PM & Aug. 3, 9 AM – 6 PM ($30 fee)

            *Scoop the Loop nights, Stuart, beginning June 1, from 5 – 10 PM and also July 20 & Sept. 7 (Opportunity for food sales and mini booths)


Dale Valley has agreed to be the site for the Fall Festival from 1 PM – 6 PM on Sept. 28 and has hired Chad Elliott for the entertainment.  Members were reminded that Dale Valley also donates $1 per bottle sold to GCAC when they are at our events.


Different venues for guest appearances were discussed including the barn at Whiterock and All-Saints at Stuart.  Sheri Heiland reported that the Sweet Adelines charge $1600.  Other suggestions were the Ron Marten quartet and Okee Dokee Brothers (2013 Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album).  Lynsi suggested bringing the Okee Dokee Brothers to one of the nature centers such as Whiterock or Springbrook and collaborate with them to add hikes or mini classes and so on.  Since they charge $900, this might also be a potential grant writing/co-sponsoring event.


Members were reminded that the website is now online including a page for Art in the Village with photos of artists’ work.  The Facebook page also includes a photo album.  Prior to June 8, Artist Spotlights and Artist of the Day will also be posted.


Gina Lloyd has scheduled a meeting with the Guthrie County Supervisors, Thursday, May 23, at 9 AM, at the Guthrie County Courthouse, for them to sign a proclamation in support of GCAC.  Members are invited to attend the photo op.


The next meeting will be Tues., June 11, at 7 P.M. at the library in Guthrie Center.


Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis Wakefield for Debbie Menning