August 20, 2019

Minutes of the Fine Arts Committee held on August 20, 2019. 

Members present:

Susan Ackley

David Baker

Victor Bruce

Joe Clark

Michael Stock

Members absent:

Myriam Rojas

Also present:

Angela Dorney, Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

The meeting was called to order at 6:25 p.m.  

Correction to minutes of the July 10 meeting minutes; page one, paragraph five.  Mr. Stock made a motion to offer Leonor Anthony and Mary Larsen $100 to design a concept for the mural wall and the awarded artist will receive an additional $2400, for a total of $2500.   Motion seconded by Mr. Bruce and unanimously approved.  Mr. Bruce will send the dimensions of the mural wall to both artists. 

Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the July 10, 2019 meeting with corrections.  Motion seconded by Mr. Baker and unanimously approved. 

It was noted that Mr. Benton has requested a Fine Arts budget of $10,000 instead of $15,000 for FY 2020.   At this time, Ms. Ackley presented a budget estimate, which included anticipated event costs for FY 2020.  

It was related that the library board has confirmed the Black History Month exhibit featuring Leonor Anthony and Roberto Polillo for February 13, 2020. 

It was noted that Commission member Carol Hoffman has submitted her resignation, leaving five board vacancies for the coming year. 

Ms. Dorney reported on the utility box project.  A six-page agreement has been received from Miami-Dade County and is currently under review.  It was also noted that artist Courtney Einhorn has signed the project contract and has received her initial payment. 

Discussion turned to the Village Hall lobby exhibit for 2020.  Mr. Clark presented samples from artist Judith Shapiro to the Commission.  The art is two dimensional with texture.  Mr. Baker made a motion for Mr. Clark to contact artist Judith Shapiro about a one-year exhibit in the lobby of Village Hall.  Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved. 

Discussion turned to the mural wall outside Village Hall.  Ms. Ackley noted after making presentations to Council, Mayor Wagar inquired about the Commission’s selection process for exhibiting artists.  Ms. Ackley suggested that the Commission convene a Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), which is comprised of three qualified people to evaluate suggested artists and present their results to the Commission.  Ms. Dorney noted the Council has appointed the current Commission members to select artists for any exhibitions.  It was added that the Commission chooses any artist together so a PAC is not necessary.  The suggestion for a PAC was dropped. 

It was related there is a deadline of September 15 for artists Leonor Anthony and Mary Larsen to submit design concepts for the mural wall.  Ms. Anthony’s submissions were presented to the Commission for review. 

At this time, samples of the Egret ad for the October artist exhibit as well as the artist invitation were distributed for any corrections/changes. 

Discussion turned to the possible band selections for the 2020 concert series.  Mr. Stock suggested Eden Archer (country rock style) and Mona Lisa Tribe (female folk band specializing in harmonies) for January and February and suggested Brothers of Others (rock and roll trio) for the March Spring concert.  Mr. Stock noted that each of the bands would set up their own sound.  Mr. Baker made a motion for Mr. Stock to negotiate with Eden Archer and Mona Lisa Tribe for the January and February concerts for $1,000 each and Brothers of Others for the March concert for $1,200, including sound for all three concerts.  Motion seconded by Mr. Bruce and unanimously approved. 

Ms. Ackley presented additional selections from artist Tina Salvasen, a Bakehouse artist, for the artist exhibit at Gallery Night.  Mr. Clark made a motion to submit Tina Salvasen’s artwork to the Library Board for approval for the April Gallery Night exhibit.  Motion seconded by Mr. Baker and unanimously approved. 

Ms. Ackley suggested an April special event with the Barry University Music Department.  The cost would be made as a donation to the music department in an amount up to $1,000 with a $400 advertising budget.  A suggestion was made to use the Barry auditorium for the performance.  The Commission will look into this possibility.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.