May 8, 2018

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on May 8, 2018.

Members present:                Susan Ackley                       David Baker

Madeleine Haddocks          Miryam Rojas

Michael Stock

Members absent:                 Victor Bruce                          Lorena Bracho-Mijares

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

Correction to the minutes of the April 10, 2018 minutes. Page two, paragraph six, line three; change ‘future’ to ‘dramatic’. Mr. Baker made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 10, 2018 meeting with corrections. Motion seconded by Ms. Haddocks and unanimously approved.

After the financial report was given Ms. Ackley suggested reserving $1095 for the Sculpture Park. It was decided to temporarily put the remaining money on hold.

Discussion turned to the utility boxes. The estimated cost to ‘wrap’ five utility boxes is $3800 ($700 per box plus the design cost). It was noted that All Design Miami wrapped the utility boxes in Miami-Dade County. Ms. Rojas feels that artwork is cheapened when displayed on utility boxes. A suggestion was made to wrap them to be more aesthetically pleasing, in a ‘green’ design. Ms. Rojas offered to look into alternate vendors who wrap utility boxes.

Discussion turned to the Sculpture Park on NE 6th Avenue. Mr. Bruce and Alberto Cavalieri have plans to meet at the location site. There will be a minimum of four pieces, with two alternate pieces that will be dependent on how the artist views the site after the selected pieces are placed. Pedestals will be needed for all the selected pieces. Mr. Cavalieri has larger aluminum pieces but the ones for the Sculpture Park are made of iron and suitable for an outdoor exhibit. Mr. Cavalieri has agreed to a two-year loan with an option to add one or two more years. Lighting, landscaping and benches are also being explored. Mr. Stock made a motion that a subcommittee for the Sculpture Park be formed comprising Ms. Ackley, Mr. Bruce and Ms. Rojas. Motion seconded by Ms. Haddocks and unanimously approved.

Ms. Ackley plans to make a formal proposal to internationally renowned sculptor John Henry to place one of his sculptures at the St. Martha’s site. Ms. Ackley will update the Commission at the next meeting.

It was noted that the Sculpture Park needs a contemplation garden. Ms. Rojas suggested putting Mr. Cavalieri’s sculptures on the library front lawn and then put Mr. Henry’s sculpture

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on the NE 6th Avenue site. Ms. Ackley noted this defeats the purpose of adding additional art in public places locations outside of downtown Miami Shores. Mr. Baker said this is a good idea but there would be too much to view with the sculptures at the library and at Village Hall. Ms. Rojas suggested Optimist Park as an alternate location.

Discussion turned to the Miami Shores Community Alliance grant request. Ms. Ackley expressed concern for asking for money for three concerts and suggested asking for $4500 from the Alliance and if granted then earmark $4000 of the FY 2019 budget for art in public places. Ms. Rojas made a motion for the Commission to ask for a grant request from the Miami Shores Community Alliance for three concerts for $4500. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.

Ms. Haddocks made a motion that the Commission spend $50 from the donation account for the Memorial Day program. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.

Discussion turned to the October art exhibit. Mr. Baker suggested two potential up and coming artists, Pamela Gonzalez and Lauren Quesada. It is optimal that the artist have 15-24 pieces to exhibit. Ms. Rojas made a motion to approve Pamela Gonzalez for an October 19th library exhibit. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved. (The date of October 19 is pending library confirmation.). The artist will receive 50 invitations to distribute.

Discussion turned to FY 2019 events; Moonlight, Fireside and Spring concert. A suggestion was made to ask Audrey Edmonson to fund an event such as a short play. The recent short play was recapped. Ms. Haddocks thought the plays were amateurish and there were issues with sound and projection. It was noted that the set up and the food served was great.

Plaza 98 is considering a school art project. It was noted that more information is needed but there is no budget from the Commission to fund this project.

The library has asked the Commission to judge prospective artwork for their parking meters; the Commission has agreed to judge the artwork.

Mr. Stock made a motion to ask the Village Clerk to consider Ms. Bracho-Mijares’ Commission seat vacant and have it filled. Motion seconded by Ms. Haddocks and unanimously approved.

The Commission decided to postpone discussion on changing the Commission’s name.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.