Fine Arts Commission Minutes Nov 13, 2012

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on November 13, 2012.


Members present:       Susan Ackley                          Rosemarie Banich

Michael Stock                         Maria Echevarri Taddeo

David Traupman


Members absent:        Miryam Rojas                         Abbie Salt


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 October 9, 2012, meeting. Page two, paragraph three, line one. Change January 5th to January 4th. Page two, paragraph six, line four. Change ‘variety of bands for one concert’ to ‘variety of musical styles for the concert’. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 9, 2012, meeting, with corrections.  Motion seconded by Mr. Traupman and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep reported that the Commission has $1451 in their donation budget; $2950 in the main FY ’13 budget and $2801 in the art in public places budget.


Discussion turned to the January flyer for the movie night. A flyer that Mr. Traupman created was distributed to the Commission. It was noted that advertising from the Miami Theatre Center’s pamphlet does not have a tag line noting that the movie is sponsored by the Fine Arts Commission. A link to purchase tickets will be on the O Cinema website. Advertising for the event will be through flyers/posters at schools and Facebook pages. Ms. Taddeo suggested generating as much publicity as possible for this movie event since it is the first event that the Commission has collaborated with the Theatre on. The Commission will also submit a press release for the movie to the Neighbors section of The Herald. The Commission decided against spending $200 for an email blast through the Chamber. Ms. Ackley suggested the Commission pay for a full page ad in the January Egret; half page for the Gallery Night / half page for the Photo Op contest with a swipe noting the movie event.


Discussion turned to the Gallery Night on January 18th. There will be two invitation needed; one for Village Hall artist Antonio Ugarte and one for Library artist H. Allen Benowitz. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve $250 for invitations for both Antonio Ugarte and H. Allen Benowitz for Gallery Night. Motion seconded by Ms. Taddeo and unanimously approved.


Ms. Ackley would like to place a half page ad in the February Egret; ¼ page for the Photo Op contest at Unity Day and ¼ page for the Friday night live opera. It was noted that the Miami Shores Presbyterian’s McArthur Chapel has agreed to have the opera there. The acoustics are good at the chapel. There will be a $100 cleanup fee that the Commission will need to pay. Food will be permitted at the chapel but no alcohol. Mr. Stock would like to check the sound at the Chapel for the event. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve utilizing the Miami Shores Presbyterian McArthur Chapel for the opera event with a $100 cleanup fee, with food but no alcohol permitted. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich. Ms. Banich volunteered to provide the food for the opera evening. There was a discussion about the cost of placing an ad in the Egret. A 6 unit ad costs $399 and an 8 unit ad costs $500. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve a 6 unit ad in the Egret with impact color for $399 in February. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and unanimously approved.


The date of April 19th has been selected as the date for the library exhibit featuring Patrick Farrell. Mr. Stock made a motion to select April 19th as the tentative date, pending the library’s approval, for Patrick Farrell’s exhibit. Motion seconded by Ms. Taddeo and unanimously approved.


It was noted that a new date of April 7th was selected for the spring concert. A suggestion was made for four member band The Groove Dogz to perform. They play beachside music featuring pop, rock and familiar music. Music from the group will be brought to the December meeting. Another suggestion was Mr. Nice Guys who perform music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. It was suggested that everyone bring CDs of prospective groups to the December meeting.


Mr. Traupman has recently ‘friended’ Nomad Gallery which has many contemporary African/Caribbean exhibits. Mr. Traupman noted that he will keep an eye for new and emerging artists for the Commission.


Discussion turned to Zammy Migdal. Mr. Migdal would like to keep his sculpture up in Village Hall’s lobby for a fee of $6500. This could be garnered through sponsors, but would have to be approved by the Council. Ms. Ackley inquired if the Commission would be interested in fundraising to keep Mr. Migdal’s work. It was noted that Zammy Migdal’s piece was created specifically for the Village Hall’s lobby. Ms. Banich would like the Commission to fundraise for an outdoor sculpture and keep the indoor lobby as it was originally intended, which is for a rotating gallery on a yearly basis. The Dorsch Gallery has an outdoor sculpture from artist Ralph Provisero for a fee of $2000 for one year. Ms. Ackley noted that the Commission has never paid an installation fee before. Also the outdoor sculptures were to be for a two year not one year term.


Ms. Ackley showed the Commission an easel that the Miami Shores Community Alliance purchased for their fundraising event. The easel cost $35 and suggested that the Commission purchase three easels. Mr. Traupman made a motion for the Commission to purchase three black easels for $105. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and unanimously approved.


It was noted that artist Susan Maguire would like to be considered for a future library exhibit. It was suggested tabling approving Ms. Maguire at this time and for members to bring suggestions of other possible artists.


The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.