November 13, 2018


Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on November 13, 2018.


Members present:

Susan Ackley


David Baker


Victor Bruce Joseph Clark


Carol Guzman Miryam Rojas


Michael Stock


Also present:

Angela Dorney, Recreation Director


Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant



Correction to the minutes of the October 9, 2018 meeting. Ms. Rojas asked in paragraph five, line four, strikeout ‘Ms. Rojas said the images should be more abstract’. Ms. Guzman made a motion to approve the minutes of the October 9th meeting with corrections. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.



The Commission’s financial report, denoting anticipated costs for the coming year, was discussed.



Self introductions were made at this time.



At this time the election of chair and vice chair of the Commission was explained to the new members. Mr. Stock nominated Ms. Ackley for chair and Mr. Bruce as vice chair of the Commission. All members agreed with the nomination and was unanimously approved.



Ms. Rojas noted the Fine Arts Commission is very hands on and responsibilities are distributed among all members as evenly as possible.



Ms. Guzman noted that she has experience with grant writing.



Discussion turned to the sculpture garden. There was a great turnout, with 150 attending. Former Commission member Janet Goodman is writing an article in the Biscayne Times about the sculpture garden. In regards to lighting the sculptures, a suggestion was made to look into solar lighting. Mr. Baker suggested contacting someone knowledgeable since there are many options available. Mr. Stock made a motion to create a subcommittee to discuss lighting the sculptures comprised of Mr. Baker, Mr. Bruce and Mr. Clark. Motion seconded by Ms. Rojas and unanimously approved. Ms. Rojas said the sculptures either need to be polished every few months or let the sculptures rust to their natural patina. It would be necessary to let the public know that the artist’s intention is to let the sculptures revert to their natural patina.



Ms. Ackley proposed one image on each side of the utility boxes. It was noted this would be difficult since utility boxes are different sizes. Mr. Clark suggested having a competition with art students at Barry University to be featured on a utility box. At this time art work from Ernesto Kunde and Leonor Anthony was distributed for discussion. Members suggested having a variety of artists for the boxes.



Discussion on refurbishing the Memorial Park Fountain was tabled.



Mr. Clark noted there is no crosswalk between Memorial Park and Optimist Park; there is a need for blinking safety crosswalks.



Discussion turned to the mural wall at Village Hall, which is not able to be moved. Ms. Rojas suggested leaving the wall up for another year. It was also suggested that another artist could repaint the existing wall.



Discussion turned to the October artist exhibit. It was noted the poor attendance could be attributed to the Commission’s lack of exhibitions. It was suggested that the Commission host an exhibition in March 2019 with works from Vered Pasternak, which were distributed to the Commission. It was suggested having a March exhibit either March 15 or March 22. A suggestion was made for a full page ad in the March Egret to advertise the spring concert and the artist exhibit. Mr. Stock made a motion to approve an additional $400 for a March artist exhibit. Motion seconded by Mr. Bruce and unanimously approved.



It was suggested having an 8 unit Egret ad for the first two concerts and a full page ad for the third concert. It was noted that any wine vendors will need to carry insurance, which Flight provided to participate in Green Day. Miami Shores Country Club and Mimas Market are also options.



Discussion turned to the dance performance at Miami Theater Center in April. MTC’s cost is $1750 and Dance Now’s cost is $3000.



Discussion turned to Unity Day. A suggestion was made to present a box of materials for kids to create something with a prize at the end of the day for the winner. Another suggestion was to have Jewels the clown do a balloon art demonstration to kids. Further discussion on a Unity Day activity was tabled until next month.



Discussion on the Commission’s new logo was tabled until the December meeting.



Meeting adjourned until 7:55 p.m.