Fine Arts Commision Minutes March 12, 2013

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on March 12, 2013.


Members present:       Susan Ackley                          Rosemarie Banich

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 6:00 p.m.


Ms. Banich made a motion to approve the minutes of the February 20, 2013, meeting.  Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep reported that the Commission has $1463 remaining in the Village budget.


Discussion turned to the winners of the photo op contest. Mr. Stock suggested that the winner, Federico Bianchi, display his photos at one of the library exhibits. Mr. Traupman suggested that the Commission have a reception for the winners at 6:30 p.m., with the recognition of the winners by the Village council at 6:45 p.m.


Discussion turned to the April Egret ad. It was suggested that the image of the dog be removed since this implies that dogs are permitted at Memorial Park. It was suggested that the ‘dog’ be changed to a silhouette of a guitar and tree for the concert. It was suggested that a tag line be added advertising ‘Bike Miami Shores’ before the concert. Ms. Salt made a motion to allocate $500 to pay for a face painter and balloon artist for the spring concert. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and unanimously approved.


On the Patrick Farrell artist invitation, Mr. Stock suggested that Mr. Farrell’s photo on the front be changed to a different photo to appeal to those who recognize Mr. Farrell as a Herald photographer. The rest of the Committee approved of the photo, noting the dramatic nature of the photo.


Discussion turned to the Miami Shores Community Alliance grant. The Commission originally requested $5300, but Ms. Ackley revised the request for $4300, with the extra $1000 to go to Pass It On Ministries. It was noted that if Unity Day broke even, the Commission would have received the extra $1000, but Unity Day did not break even.


Discussion turned to the October library exhibit. Artists up for consideration are Jorge Pantoja, Ernesto Kunde and Rene Barge. It was suggested that two artists could be chosen, one for the October exhibit and one for the January exhibit. It was noted that Kunde has large paintings, not pictures for an exhibit. Mr. Estep suggested that Kunde’s work could be a possibility for the 2014 Village Hall lobby exhibit. The Commission is referring all three artists to the library for approval, with a preference for Kunde in October. Discussion turned to the draft of library procedures for exhibiting artists. Ms. Ackley suggested included the artist be ‘presentation ready’. Also, for promotional purposes, the artist should include a bio and/or artist statement. It was suggested that if any of the exhibited art is sold during exhibition dates, a 10% commission be paid to the Fine Arts Commission. Mr. Traupman will revise the library procedures and bring to the April meeting for approval.


Discussion turned to performance artists. Ms. Ackley would like to have performance artists in the future. An ideal location is the atrium at St. Martha’s, which can accommodate up to 300 people. Octavio Campo is a performance artist at the Miami Theatre Center. A suggestion was made that St. Rose or the Theatre Center could be a promoter/sponsor for the event. Commission members had the opportunity to watch a video of Mr. Campo’s ‘rug’ performance. It was suggested that Mr. Campo present a proposal of what his performance would entail; incorporate dance and music into a family style performance. It was noted that Mr. Campo collaborates with Michelle Weinberg. Ms. Ackley will also contact Dance Now for a possible performance.


Discussion turned to the draft for the call to artists for the Village Hall lobby exhibit in January 2014. A PAC will be formed to accept artists. Each artist will need to bring site specific samples. It was suggested including photos of the lobby in the call to artists with photos of Migdal and Ugarte’s work. It was noted that the schedule is tight for submissions/review since it is already March. It was suggested posting a call to artists at the online CaFE.   This is an online app and adjudication management tool, with a minimum fee of $500 to utilize the site. This website would create a broader audience of artists to choose from. Ms. Ackley will bring additional information about this site to the next meeting. It was noted the Commission is asking for loans of art work; no commissions for the exhibiting artist.   Ms. Banich offered to work with Mr. Traupman to research South Florida websites for artists. Most of these sites are free.


Ms. Ackley related that Ms. Rojas has not attended the last few meetings due to her work schedule and would be willing to relinquish her spot on the Commission if someone else wanted to step in. Commission members suggested that Ms. Rojas retain her position at this time.


The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.