Tuesday, August 10, 2010

THIRD ANNUAL IRON POUR: September 10 & 11, 2010


Contact: westendarts@fortroadfederation.org
West End Arts

THIRD Annual West End Iron Pour Lights Up Schmidt Brewery

[Saint Paul - August 10, 2010] West End Arts (WEA) and the Fort Road Federation are sponsoring the third annual West End Arts Iron Pour September 10, 11, and 12 at the Schmidt Brewery on West Seventh.

Community members can choose to sit back and enjoy the pyrotechnics or participate in the pour by creating a design in a scratch tile sand mold. There will also be a limited number of 3D molds poured.

Scratch tile sand molds will be available at the mold-making workshop Saturday, September 4 from noon to 4:00 p.m. at the brewery. Costs for a scratch tile is $15 for West Seventh neighbors and $45 for people outside the neighborhood. 3D molds need to be coordinated ahead of time and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of 3D castings will be determined on site but will probably range from $45 to $100.

Mold making continues Friday September 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, September 11 from noon to 5:00 p.m. If you wish to participate, reserve your scratch tile by emailing betty@fortroadfederation.org or leaving a voice message for her at 651-298-5599. The actual pour is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, September 12 we'll break the castings out of the molds and clean up from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Visit http://westendarts.blogspot.com for more information on this event.

West End Arts Group: Artists, neighbors, and friends organized to promote and foster arts in the West End, by encouraging and connecting artists, and extending arts into the community through exhibitions, live performances, and educational outreach.

Press Release submitted by Marty Hix: marty@hixwerx.com
and by WEST END ARTS westendarts@fortroadfederation.org

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Friday, August 6, 2010


West End Arts http//:westendarts.blogspot.com
Special Session: Iron Pour
August 2, 2010, Padgett’s
NEXT MEETING: MONDAY, SEPT. 6, 7 PM, STUART LOUGHRIDGE, 265 West 7th St., 3rd floor (no elevator), black door.

Attendees: Nance Derby-Davidson, John Davidson, Paulette Meyers-Rich, David Meyers-Rich, Stuart Loughridge, Mary Esch, Kim Berry, Mary Ellen Murphy, Rachel Gorski, Jason Gorski, Marty Hicks

Called to order by Nance at 7:15 PM

Preliminary general discussion:

Prior to 7:15, Deborah handed out copies of the new and current issue of the colorful and informative COMMUNITY REPORTER for the dual purpose of tooting her own horn “DEAR DEB” column and the full color pages containing the ARTIST PROFILES. Cover to cover this is a community newspaper to be proud of.

Paulette shared a number of announcements of artists’ opportunities including Jerome
Foundation Book Arts Mentorships for emerging artists; http://www.mnbookarts.org MCBA is currently taking applications for its Artist co-operative; current and upcoming PRINT exhibit at MCBA (further information will be forthcoming on WEA website with appropriate links).

Nance provided an update on ART IN THE PARK, indicating the deadline has been extended and that she updated the WEA website to reflect that. There was some discussion of the complexity of the grant application process. Marty Hicks had some information based on his work with John Yust who has created blueprints & designs related to this opportunity.

David Rich raised the existing opportunity for involvement in a repeat of the LIBERAL ARTS exhibit hosted by Dave Thune’s gallery 4 years ago. He wasn’t clear on the specifics of this year’s benefit (scheduled late Sept? ) but seemed to think Bob Spaulding would have further information.

Nance announced our new WEA meeting schedule: Every other month (with this Aug. meeting being an additional necessity because the Iron Pour is coming up so soon… September, this year instead of October). Both Nance and Deborah are seeking to hand over their responsibilities to other parties willing to serve as Coordinator/co-Coordinator. Deborah will soon announce her “drop-dead” date and will enthusiastically continue to participate as a participant (yeah, it’s redundant… Everybody’s a critic…) rather than a Coco or MOI.

Upcoming Meeting Schedule:
Monday, September, 6, 2010, 7 PM Stuart Loughridge,
November 2010 David and Paulette Meyers-Rich
January 2011 Jason Gorski
March, Thurs., 3/3/ 2011, 7 PM Padgetts
May 2011 Marty Hicks
July 2011 Someone suggested Matt Brown (we’ll have to confirm his interest)

IRON POUR, dates: September 10 & 11, 2010

Task list: (first 4 items of many….)

1. Write (update) grant application D Padgett (done)
2. Need 30 tiles – 12-15 3D things
3. Dave Thune will need prodding Jason Gorski
4. A garden hose is needed

Nance has an extensive task list that she handed over to Marty Hicks (point person) to manage with any volunteers. Jason Gorski will work with Marty and will update the fabulous poster he created for the last two Iron Pour(s).

Deborah Padgett offered to retrieve last year’s press release, get it to Marty for updates and then send it on to various publications.

Notes were not taken on further discussions between those who will carry out involvement in the Iron Pour from now to completion.

Oh, and this is a cool thing, Mary Ellen Murphy brought her home brewed Pickallily Pickle Relish with Red Pepper and passed out numbers. Then she picked a winning number from a hat and the winner of the prize relish was Nance!

Some individuals had to skedaddle and others stayed to visit, discuss art and other life issues.

Since our meeting the Iron Pour proposal has been updated, submitted to Betty, signed and sent on to the City. We should be hearing soon…

Marty talked with the Iron Heads and they are available to do the pre-Iron Pour Workshop on Saturday, September 4, from noon to 4 PM.

Marty had a conversation with Betty Moran at the Federation – “Since the Federation is the Fiscal Agent for WEA, Betty will be collecting $$ from participants at the Iron Pour. As we collect names, they need to be forwarded to Betty -- she'll be making the "master list". I suggest we up the price for scratch tiles to $15 for West End people and $45 for out of area folks. Cost of 3D molds will be determined on site but will probably range from $45 to $100.” Let’s start spreading the word to make this another successful Iron Pour. More later…

Respectfully submitted,

Deborah Padgett

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Front/Victoria Public Art Project

District 6 Residents,

The Front/Victoria Public Art project is being redirected due to extended timelines and increased interest from the community. While planters were decided upon at the Land Use Task Force meeting in June, the community will now be able to view additional projects from artists in the area and will have more time to determine which areas will most benefit from public art.

District 6 Planning Council is sending out a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the District Councils, art organizations, and Public Art Saint Paul for distribution to their rosters,posting this information on our website and included a blurb in our newsletter. We feel this is an excellent way to ensure inclusiveness and make sure that our public processes are followed. We will have plenty of time to do the project and only the location needs to go to Public Works by November 1st!

A Steering Committee will be created with residents from the area. The committee will be charged with choosing the artist and design, assisting us with outreach and running the meetings. If you are interested in being on the Steering Committee please think about it and make sure you will have time to attend meetings, etc. The schedule is currently being set.
If you know of an Arts organization or an artiste who may be interested, please pass this along.

Kerry Antrim
Executive Director
213 Front Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55117
651-488-4485 cell: 651-403-9338