June 14, 2016

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on June 14, 2016.

Members Present:      Susan Ackley                        Valentina Gutchess                                                                Neil Kodsi                               Miryam Rojas

                                    Michael Stock

Members Absent:       Victor Bruce


Also Present:              Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

                                    Leonor Anthony

                                    Aimee Perez

                                    Carol Jazzar


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.

The meeting opened with Ms. Anthony and Ms. Perez making a proposal to the Commission members for art in public places; namely a Cuban artist exhibit mixing music and art. This exhibit would include Don Giovanni’s ‘conscience of opera’ (Il Commendatore).

Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 10, 2016 meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Rojas and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep related that the Commission has $2119.44 remaining in the FY ’16 budget. Ms. Ackley said that Lori Nozick requires a $1500 deposit on the art in public places project, a collaborative project with Doctors Charter School. There will also be an advance payment of $565 to the Miami Shores Chamber for the Egret ad.

In regard to the proposal by Leonor Anthony, Commission members noted it looked a little too much like the ‘grim reaper’. The budget for the proposal would be in the neighborhood of $1000.

At this time Ms.Jazzar made a proposal for an upcoming artist exhibit. The work would be a compilation of contemporary art work merged together. Another artist up for consideration is Elaine D. Fabo, one of the Fountainhead Artists. She has a Florida fauna collection, with illustrations of translucent abstract work.

There are three artists up for consideration for the artist exhibits in January and April 2017. Commission members were underwhelmed by Ms. Jazzar’s proposal. Ms. Gutchess suggested looking for an artist who brings something different to an exhibit other than the usual art work. It was suggested postponing discussion on artists until the August meeting. A suggestion was made that the Commission members bring additional artists for discussion to the next meeting.

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Discussion turned to the possibility of a music education series hosted by Michael Stock. There would be a four-part series, each an hour long. Brockway Library has agreed to share in the cost of the series. The costs include marketing and Mr. Stock’s fee. The suggestion was to host two series per month for two consecutive months. It was suggested that the series be in March and April 2017. Mr. Kodsi made a motion to approve $630 to be used for the Music Education Series. Motion seconded by Ms. Gutchess and unanimously approved.

Mr. Stock made a motion to appoint a subcommittee comprised of Ms. Ackley and Mr. Kodsi to rework Lori Nozick’s contract. Motion seconded by Ms. Rojas and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep commented that if the Village is going to fund an additional concert in the Commission’s annual budget, the Miami Shores Alliance and/or Unite Miami Shores may not issue the Commission grant money for a spring concert. Ms. Rojas made a motion for the Commission to request $8000 for the FY 2017 budget. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.

Ms. Ackley suggested that the Commission have a marketing committee next year. Mr. Stock made a motion to create a marketing subcommittee comprised of Ms. Ackley and Ms. Rojas to streamline flyers. Motion seconded by Mr. Kodsi and unanimously approved.

The meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.