February 7, 2017


Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on February 7, 2017. 

Members present:        Susan Ackley              Lorena Bracho-Mijares

Victor Bruce               Madeleine Haddocks 

Neil Kodsi                  Miryam Rojas

Michael Stock

Also present:               Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director 

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 

The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m.

Mr. Kodsi made a motion to approve the minutes of the January 10, 2017, meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved. 

Ms.  Dorney gave the Fine Arts financial report; $2760 in the FY 2017 budget, $2816 in Art in Public Places, $2700 in the donation account and $300 in the Unite Miami Shores account. 

Ms. Ackley related that Unite MS will not be reviewing grant requests until mid-March.  Plan B would be to ask the Village Council for emergency funding for the spring concert.  Mr. Stock questioned why go to Council before speaking to Commission members. Ms. Ackley said she does not want to deplete the donation account to pay for the concert. It was added that the Egret deadline is approaching to place an ad for the spring concert. Mr. Kodsi asked if there is any procedure for money that is retroactively received for grants. Ms. Ackley added that she would like to use the Art in Public Places money to purchase permanent uplighting for the mural wall. 

It was noted that the April artist exhibit costs approximately $350 and Michael Stock's fee for the music education series is $400. The cost for Rhythm Trail for three half hour sets at Unity Day is $525. The question becomes does the Commission use money from their budget or go to Council to request funds. It was noted that the Village only gives money for emergencies and a specific cause is needed to be added to the agenda. Mr. Kodsi suggested approaching the Village and advising them that the Commission will pay the fixed cost of the band but asking the Village to pay for services. 

Ms. Rojas suggested that for Unity Day, the artist can donate pages from the coloring book for kids to color and the Wynwood coloring book could be sold with the artist collecting $20 and Fine Arts would get $5.00 from the sale of each book. 

At these time spring concert flyers were distributed to Commission members for critique.  Ms. Mijares offered to donate $150 towards activities at the spring concert. 

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Ms. Mijares offered to do the graphic design for the April art exhibit. Discussion turned to possible artists for the April exhibit.  Artists include Jose Masis-Oliver who has 3-dimensional glass work on canvas and Marco Caridad, a local artist with contemporary/abstract pieces.  Between these two artists Commission members voted 5:2 in favor of Jose Masis-Oliver.  Ms. Mijares said it is hard to find artists with small enough pieces to accommodate the library's walls. Ms. Mijares suggested the following artists for exhibit: Fernando Sucre, colorful/whimsical folk art that will also draw kids in and Alberto Cavalieri who has aluminum/bronze sculptures. Ms. Haddocks suggested having two artists exhibit. Commission members voted 5:2 in favor of Alberto Cavalieri.  Ms. Ackley presented the following artists on behalf of the library:  Andrew Kaufman who has photos of Panama compiled in a book and artist Tali Almor.  It was suggested having both Alberto Cavalieri and Jose Masis-Oliver for the April exhibit but need to make sure Cavalieri has pedestals for the sculptures. 

Discussion turned to the Mayor's Gala. It was suggested that the Commission donate $300 towards the event. Mr. Rojas suggested donating $250. Ms. Rojas made a motion to approve $250 from the Commission's donation account for the Mayor's Gala. Motion seconded by Mr. Bruce and unanimously approved. 

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.