Fine Arts Commission Mintues Jan 10, 2012


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


Members present:       Susan Ackley              Miryam Rojas             Abbie Salt                   

Michael Stock             David Traupman


Members absent:        Maria Echevarri Taddeo


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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


Correction to the minutes of the December 13, 2011, meeting. Page two, paragraph one, line two. Change ‘Mad Dance was unfriended from Facebook’ to ‘Mad Dance was restricting from posting their events on the Commission’s Facebook page.’ Ms. Rojas made a motion to approve the minutes of the December 13, 2011, meeting with corrections. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep noted that the Commission has $2100 in their budget, $1141 in their donation account and $5899.55 in the spring concert account.


Discussion turned to the January gallery night at Village Hall and Brockway Library. Mr. Stock suggested that each location have an official opening time. It was decided Zammy Migdal’s opening be at 7 pm and Antonio Ugarte’s opening be at 7:30 pm.


Discussion turned to the Sing-A-Long on January 20th. Popcorn will be served along with soda and wine for the adults. It was noted that Audrey Auld has been secured for the February 10th Friday night live for $450.


Discussion turned to the March flyer, which will advertise the March 25th spring concert at Memorial Park and the May art exhibit featuring Sebastian Spreng. Estimated costs for the spring concert include $1500 for the Blues Brothers Band, $1250 for barricades/police, $300 for a balloon artist, $100 for a caricature artist (which Ms. Rojas will try and secure), $400 for a port-o-let and $900 for the March flyer. Ms. Salt made a motion to approve a budget of $4250 for the March 25th spring concert. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


It was noted that the deadline for submission for the Photo Op contest is February 17th and that the Commission will meet at the Community Center on February 28th to mount the photos. The Commission would like to have a ‘flea market tent’ to sell artwork that was submitted for the Xtra art event.


One of the members inquired about Mr. Quinlan’s status. It was noted that James Quinlan is not interested in attending Commission meetings if he is not able to vote. It was suggested that an exemption be made to the Village code to allow Mr. Quinlan back on the Commission. It was decided not to pursue this matter further unless Mr. Quinlan is interested in rejoining the Commission.


Discussion turned to the Village entrance signs. The Mayor would like to have the Commission’s input made to the architect who will be designing the signs. Ms. Ackley would like to convene a Professional Advisory Committee to provide direction for the design of the entrance signs. Members of the PAC will include Commission member David Traupman and two other professionals, one of which will be Ivan Rodriguez.


Discussion turned to ‘Remembering 9/11’. Ms. Salt has spoken to three conservators who will make recommendations for the girder for a nominal fee. The idea of surrounding the girder with Plexiglas has been replaced with hurricane impact glass which can be filled with gas to help preserve the structure. It was noted that a Committee has been established for the 9/11 artifact, which has been named ‘Remembering 9/11’. A suggestion was made to distribute wristbands for each $10 donation. Ms. Ackley is currently working on a February article for the Chamber’s ‘Egret’ on Remembering 9/11 as well as flyers to distribute to area schools. Mr. Estep has proposed a ribbon cutting ceremony for the memorial on a date close to September 11th. This way the ceremony will not overshadow the Memorial Day ceremony and then it can be incorporated into Memorial Day the following year.


Discussion turned to new business, namely the Commission’s mission statement. A suggestion was made to bring new mission statements to the February meeting.


The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.