TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2018
The meeting was called to order at 7:35.
Present: Audrey Fink, Sherry Frank, Sean Flanagan, Rosie McCooe, Michael Walsh, Dana Glazer
Absent: Frank Delvecchio, Susan Knudsen, Max Viola
Resident: Jay Friedman
Holiday Window Contest: Audrey reported that Facebook engagement on the RAC page is high! The contest was a big success and the feedback has been very positive. We discussed ways that we can improve the contest for next year and create an even bigger participation rate.
Audrey suggested that if we want the corporate businesses to participate, we would need to reach out to them as early as summer to get them on board. 19 storefronts participated this year and the winners were announced on stage during the tree lighting and were given a “decal” as a prize. They will also be acknowledged in the 2019 Village of Ridgewood calendar. Sherry will reach out to Zigi Putnins who offered to take more night time pictures of the windows so that we can create more content for our FB page. The props that were borrowed from BF will need to be returned to the school by Jan. 25. Rosie will coordinate with the school and committee for the return of the props. Audrey will coordinate with the Village to return kissing balls.
Kissing Balls: RAC voted unanimously to advise the Village to reinstall the kissing balls to enliven the CBD in daytime and nighttime. RAC could coordinate the repair of the kissing balls and getting them in working order for next year. This would involve taking an inventory as well as determining restoration costs.
Vacant Storefronts: The question of how or if we can continue to decorate Rocco’s storefront after the holidays came up. We are going on the assumption that the RAC will be allowed to continue dressing up those windows and the idea of hanging Ridgewood’s historical photos in that space was suggested. Audrey thinks we can access some photos through the library archives (those photos are part of the 2019 Village calendar) and she priced out what it would cost to make large poster prints through Vistaprint ($20 for a 3’x4’) and Audrey will keep her eyes peeled for holiday specials they may be running. Audrey is going to ask Susan to allocate a closet in Village Hall for us to keep supplies. Michael is going to reach out to some local artist to see if they have any large scale artwork that we can hang. Rosie will reach out to Lauren Roth and ask if she still has some of the photos that hang in Whole Foods. Jay to reach out to library/Roberta Panjawi. We will continue to reach out to additional landlords.
Bike Racks: Audrey spoke with Nancy Bigos of the Parks Department and was told that the Village ordered 11-12 new bike racks and they are the utilitarian metal type. Nancy gave the ok for the RAC to spray paint the racks and Audrey looked into the cost of nameplates. Need determine timing of installation.
Adirondack Chair Project: Audrey researched the cost of chairs and found raw chairs for the cost of $120 plus shipping. This cost will be part of our proposed budget although this project will be on hold until the spring or summer of 2020.
The RAC can potentially be allocated money from the Village Council who will vote on a proposed budget sometime in February. Michael and Dana will work on some items to be included in a budget should we be allocated money. Included in this proposed budget will be the cost of getting prints made for the window display project, spray paint to paint the 11-12 new bike racks, and the cost of adirondack chairs. The RAC can also request money for a specific project from the RAF.
Artist Talk: We discussed having Dana give us an artist talk about the making of A Case of Blue. We talked about hosting an event at Pearl and possibly tying it into the Film Fest similar to how we did it last year with Scott Rosenfelt. More discussion to follow.
Miscellaneous: Starting in February, Dana will be unable to attend meetings on Tuesday nights due to his teaching schedule. Frank is unknown. Audrey will look into the possibility of meeting on another night based on Susan’s availability.
Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45pm.
RIDGEWOOD ARTS COUNCIL MINUTES NOVEMBER 13, 2018
Present:Audrey Fink, Michael Walsh, Sherry Frank, Rosie McCooe, Max Viola
Absent: Susan Knudsen, Dana Glazer, Sean Flanagan
Guest: Jay Friedman
Meeting Called to order at 7:38 pm
Holiday Window Display:
RAC would like to have a majority of storefront windows decorated by Winterfest. Rosie spoke to Paul Markosian who will act as liaison for the vacant storefront windows on the corner of Ridgewood Avenue and Broad. RAC will be given access to go in and decorate the interior windows. RAC looking to borrow decorations for the vacant storefront display. Decorating ideas discussed: shopping bag with lights, snowflakes, kissing balls, spray snow, stencils. Will we have electricity? Saturday or Sunday will be decorating day with RAC members.
Decision not to move ahead with a banner at Van Neste Square.
Max attended the Ridgewood Guild meeting. Raymond’s, West Side Deli, Chestnut Deli, Steel Wheel, Park West have verbally agreed to participate.
Some owners expressed concern that their window decorating will bring fines.
Judging the windows- RAC. Winners will get recognition in the upcoming Village calendar. Dana has agreed to look into the emblems/decals and ask Sherry for her assistance. Winners will not be categorized on the emblems/decals.
Max has a friend who will video tape the event for us.
Rosie to ask Ziggy to photograph the downtown at night.
Adirondack Chair Exhibit:
Audrey spoke to Backyard Living. They carry teak or reclaimed plastic, both of which are unsuitable for this effort. They suggested a vendor in VT. Audrey will contact that vendor as well as Kuiken.
Sherry’s thematic idea from Camp Taconic was discussed. Using famous artists’ genre as the theme, decorate Adirondack chairs. For example; a Picasso, Monet or Renoir themed chair. Each chair will represent the artist.
Auction Chairs off at the end of the project!
Next Meeting will be at 12/11 at 7:30pm