Fine Arts Commission Minutes Oct 9, 2012


Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on October 9, 2012.


Members present:       Susan Ackley                          Rosemarie Banich

Abbie Salt                                Michael Stock                        

David Traupman


Members absent:        Miryam Rojas                         Maria Echevarri Taddeo


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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


Self-introductions to new Commission members Rosemarie Banich were made at this time.


Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 11, 2012, meeting.  Motion seconded by Mr. Traupman and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a financial report at this time. It was noted there is $2700 in the FY ’13 budget and $1470 in the donation account. It was noted that $250 needs to be put back into the FY ’13 budget and have $250 taken from the spring concert budget for payment to Amy Aronson for the October 13 Street Fair. The FY ’13 budget total is $2950.


It was noted that the library reception for Marguerite Defrance was a success, with members from the Alliance, Village People and library patrons in attendance. It was suggested in the future that Commission members be introduced at the event. The music was also a great addition to the event. Ms. Salt suggested having a variety of music at the artist receptions.


Discussion turned to the October 13 Street Fair. There will be five tents with juried artists. Four additional artists were also selected but need to bring their own tents/display methods. It was decided to use the same pricing for the Xtra Art Sale as was used for Unity Day. Ms. Taddeo made a motion to approve $250 for pay Almost Blue from the spring concert budget. Motion seconded by Mr. Traupman and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to the 9/11 Memorial signage. There were two proposals for signage for the memorial that denotes what the memorial actually is. Members decided on the option with wording only; no pictures. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve purchasing a plaque for the 9/11 Memorial with wording only. Motion seconded by Ms. Salt and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to the January ad in the Egret. The circulation of the Egret is 5,600, with distribution to Miami Shores and Biscayne Park. The January ad will include the movie night at the Miami Theatre Center, the Gallery Night at the library and Village Hall’s lobby and the Photo Op contest. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve $700 for a full page ad in the Egret in January. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and unanimously approved.


It was noted that the theme for the Photo Op contest is Viva Miami Shores. Flyers will need to be distributed to schools’ art departments. It was suggested that info for the Photo Op be displayed in one of the window cases at the Community Center. The contest could also be advertised at the theatre during the movie night.


The movie night is scheduled for January 4th, which is in coordination with the Chamber’s shopping night on NE 2nd Avenue. There will be a suggestion donation of $5 per person. There will be more information regarding Ocinema’s involvement at the theatre as well as advertising.


Discussion turned to the replacement for the Duke sculpture. Ralph Provisero represented by the Dorsch Gallery has a piece for a fee of $4000 for a one year loan. A professional advisory committee (PAC) would need to be assembled to discuss this piece. It was related that Zammy Migdal has outdoor sculptures but cannot loan for a one year period since the pieces needs to be sold. A PAC submits recommendations to the Village Council for final approval of the sculpture. Ms. Ackley has offered a crane and four public works staff to install the sculpture. Ms. Ackley expressed a desire to have a partner to help with art in public places. Ms. Taddeo said that each Commission member should be helping to find artists/sculptures from different galleries and bring suggestions back to the Committee.


Discussion turned to the Friday night live concerts. Ms. Ackley has spoken to Barry University about possibly having opera. Mr. Traupman and Ms. Taddeo suggested changing the location of the Friday concerts from the Community Center to possibly Barry University, Miami Theatre Center and St. Martha’s. This could change/widen the audience base for the concerts. Mr. Stock made a motion to have an opera performance for the February Friday night live at an unknown location with $250 allocated as a donation for the music department at Barry University. Motion seconded by Mr. Traupman and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to spring concerts at this time. Commission members need to decide on one concert at Memorial Park or two concerts on the athletic fields. Ms. Ackley likes the idea of one concert at Memorial Park; people are too spread out on the fields. Mr. Traupman suggested having a variety of musical styles for the concert. Mr. Estep said that there should be one band; not enough time for breakdown/set for multiple groups. Ms. Taddeo made a motion for the Commission to sponsor one spring concert at Memorial Park. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and approved, with the exception of Mr. Stock abstaining from voting. Ms. Salt would like to explore the option of having a second concert on the athletic fields with a free band.


The meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.