Fine Arts Commission Minutes Apr 10, 2012

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on April 10, 2012.


Members present:       Susan Ackley                          Maria Echevarri Taddeo

Miryam Rojas                                     Abbie Salt                                Michael Stock                         David Traupman


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


The meeting was called to order at 6:10 p.m.


Mr. Traupman made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 13, 2012, meeting.  Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a financial report at this time. It was noted there is $2080 in the donation account, $1049 in the Commission’s 2012 budget and $3248 remaining in the spring concert budget.


Discussion turned to the recent Blues Brothers spring concert. There were about 400 in attendance with the majority in favor of the new venue at Memorial Park. Commission members liked how the band engaged the audience. Ms. Ackley suggested bringing back the Blues Brothers and having them play a different format; the band also plays disco and the blues. Commission members decided to continue having one spring concert but make it a big event.


Ms. Ackley noted that the Commission will be sponsoring an upcoming Mayor’s Community Alliance breakfast. Mr. Stock made a motion to allocate $40 from the Commission’s donation account to be used for the breakfast. Motion seconded by Ms. Salt and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to art in public places at this time. There has been an updated quote of $7000 for a glass container for the artifact. The Commission is currently pricing panels that can be removed for cleaning dirt/condensation that may arise. It was suggested inserting a 9/11 informational brochure in the Memorial Day program.


Discussion turned to the October library event. Allen Berkowitz was originally suggested for the artist exhibition, but he will be out of town at that time. His exhibition has been moved to January. Photos of new artist Marguerite Defrance were distributed to Commission members for the October exhibit. Ms. Defrance has exhibited in the Key Biscayne art show and lives in Aventura. Mr. Traupman likes the Florida themed pictures. Mr. Traupman made a motion for artist Marguerite Defrance to exhibit her photos which focus on South Florida for an October library exhibit. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Ms. Salt has a donation of $205 to bring in from the Xtra art exhibit.


Discussion turned to the ‘Duke’ sculpture. Duke will be leaving within the next six months. Additional money will be needed to transport the new John Clement sculpture to Miami Shores and to transport Duke to a new locale. It was suggested that the money be taken from the art in public places account.


Discussion turned to the 2013 exhibit in Village Hall’s lobby with artist Antonio Ugarte. It was suggested that a subcommittee be formed to begin discussions with gallery owners for a 2014 Village Hall exhibit. Ms. Salt made a motion to form a subcommittee to explore possible artists for a 2014 exhibit in Village Hall. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


It was related that the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a street closure on NE 2 Avenue on October 13. Ms. Ackley proposed that the October library exhibition take place on October 13, to coincide with the Chamber’s event, from 4 pm to 8 pm, pending library approval. Ms. Salt suggested chamber music to play at the library event. Mr. Stock suggested that the Commission have a plan B for the event, perhaps a live band. It was noted that the Chamber already has planned entertainment, including stage performances.


It was suggested tabling discussion of a movie Sing-A-Long to the May meeting. Mr. Estep suggested having a movie outdoors behind the Field House or in the courtyard at the Comm. Center.


Discussion turned to the Photo Op contest. Commission members brainstormed ideas for a theme for the contest. Ideas for themes included people, animals, landmarks in Miami Shores, geometry (circles/opposites), doorways, architecture, abstractions and nature. Ms. Rojas made a motion to adopt abstractions as the theme for the 2013 Photo Op contest. Motion seconded by Ms. Taddeo and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to the Commission’s mission statement. Members’ suggestions were distributed as well as mission statements from other cities. The majority of the members liked Ms. Salt’s statement; change ‘residents’ on line one to ‘community’. The mission statement would read, ‘Our mission is to delight our community by creating a way of life that includes an ongoing encounter and continuous relationship with the arts. We strive to transform the ordinary and draw attention to the extraordinary through exhibitions, performances and art in public places. Mr. Traupman made a motion to adopt Ms. Salt’s statement, as written above, as the Commission’s new mission statement. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


It was related that the Chamber’s new increased distribution due to the inclusion of Biscayne Park would require an additional 6000 flyers. The printing cost from Sean Saladino printing company would be $790 plus the Chamber’s new insertion fee of $550 for a total of $1340. A suggestion was made to put an ad in the Egret newsletter instead of a flyer, at a cost of $725 for a full page.


Discussion turned to an update of Village signage. A new set of plans was adopted from the designer. Feedback was sent based on recommendations from the PAC.


The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.