Fine Arts Commission Minutes Feb 14, 2012

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on February 14, 2012.


Members present:       Susan Ackley                                      Abbie Salt                   

Michael Stock                                     David Traupman


Members absent:        Maria Echevarri Taddeo                     Miryam Rojas


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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


Correction to the minutes of the January 10, 2012, meeting. Page two, paragraph two, line two. Change ‘engineer’ to ‘architiect’. Mr. Traupman made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2012, meeting with corrections. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a financial report at this time. It was noted there is $1080 in the donation account. Ms. Salt presented a $100 donation to the Commission. To date $1997 has been spent towards the March spring concert, with street closures estimated to cost $1250 and $900 for the March flyer.


Discussion turned to the review of the gallery night. There was a good turnout for the event and the crossing guard was greatly appreciated by all. Migdal’s work will remain in Village Hall lobby until 2013. Ms. Ackley suggested printing additional brochures for the Migdal exhibit. Ms. Salt made a motion to approve spending $250 for additional artist brochures for Zammy Migdal’s exhibit at Village Hall. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


It was noted that there was low attendance for the Sound of Music sing-a-long, and Audrey Auld’s Friday night live was also lacking in attendance. It was noted that more publicity is needed closer to the actual events. It was noted that there have not been as many submissions for the Photo Op contest as in previous years. In addition to a photo op booth at Unity Day and a Remember 9/11 booth, the Commission will also have a Xtra Art Sale booth.


Discussion turned to the March spring concert. The Commission decided to hire a face painter instead of a caricature artist for the concert, due to the time constraints of the event. Mr. Estep suggested distributing blues brothers hats and glasses to the first 20 people who dance during the concert. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve spending $125 to purchase hats and sunglasses for the March spring concert. Motion seconded by Ms. Salt and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to the April 13th library exhibit, featuring Carlos Inocente Gonzalez. The artist brochure is due by March 15, so a draft of the brochure should be brought the March Fine Arts meeting.


Discussion turned to a review of the PAC meeting to discuss Village entrance signage. Mr. Traupman related that the PAC included himself, Susan Ackley, Alex Bonet, architect; Mercy Quiroga; and Ivan Rodriguez. The PAC analyzed five different renderings of signage from the Council’s architect. There will be eight different locations for the entrance signs. The PAC recommended rendering number three as a base model from which to make changes. Rendering number five was also a possibility, if it can be modified. It was noted that renderings one and four were eliminated from further consideration. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the recommendation of the PAC for rendering number three as presented to the Commission. Motion seconded by Ms. Salt and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to ‘Remember 9/11’. It was related that, to date, less than $1,000 has been raised through donations. Schools are not able to send the 9/11 flyers home with the students. Another option is to distributed flyers to local banks and churches. Ms. Salt noted that there was a conservator’s meeting regarding the 9/11 girder. The conservator is against inert gas in any structure as that would be cost prohibitive, but a dry environment for the girder is acceptable. The conservator liked the idea of a glass enclosure for the girder.


It was decided to table a mission statement for the Commission until the March meeting.


Discussion turned to new business. Ms. Ackley distributed photos from photographer H. Allen, who is interested in a future library exhibit possibly in October 2012 or January 2013. No formal call to artists is sent out for the Commission’s exhibits. Susan Kelley of Kelley Roy Gallery has suggested artists previously for exhibits for the Commission. Mr. Stock made a motion to recommend artist H. Allen for an October 2012 or January 2013 exhibit to the library board for review. Motion seconded by Mr. Traupman and unanimously approved.


Ms. Ackley suggested the Commission take a field trip to Miami International Airport to take a personal tour of their varied art in public places exhibits. Ms. Ackley will pursue securing a March date for this field trip.


The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.