October 6, 2015

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on October 6, 2015.

Members Present:      Susan Ackley                         Victor Bruce

                                    Janet Goodman                     Neil Kodsi

Miryam Rojas                         Michael Stock

Members Absent:       Alan Poppe


Also Present:              Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m.

Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 15, 2015 meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Goodman and unanimously approved.

Mr. Estep reported that the Commission has $1192 remaining in the FY 2015 budget.

Discussion turned to the OPP exhibit. Installation for the exhibit will be on October 8. Mr. Kodsi volunteered his daughter Samantha to be the photographer at the exhibit. Ms. Ackley volunteered to provide the centerpiece. Mr. Bruce said the cost for the copies/printing/mounting is approximately $850.

Discussion turned to the Art Basel tour. The cost of the professional tour is $85/person, with an 18 person minimum. Ms. Rojas has posted the event on Facebook to gauge possible interest. Ms. Ackley said there is interest on the Village people page but not on the Fine Arts page. A suggestion was made to advertise the event in the Village newsletter rather than in the Egret. Mr. Stock made a motion to charge people $85 for the Art Basel tour. Ms. Rojas suggested charging $90/person. Mr. Stock amended his motion to charge a fee of $90/person for the Art Basel tour, with the extra money to go towards the graphic artist’s fee for the ad. Motion seconded by Ms. Rojas and unanimously approved.

Gallery Night is January 22 with Pedro Rubio exhibiting in Village Hall. Pending the library board’s approval, Kaylan is the tentative artist for the library exhibit. If Kaylan is not accepted, Ms. Goodman would like the Commission to consider Stuart Sheldon for the library to exhibit his ‘Best Books Ever Written’ collage. Ms. Rojas made a motion that Stuart Sheldon be the backup artist for the January art exhibit in the event that Kaylan is not approved by the library board. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.

Discussion turned to the February 19th camp fire event. Ms. Rojas announced that the Commission has been approved to have up to four food trucks for this event;

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three food trucks and one dessert truck. Ms. Rojas volunteered to get the food trucks. The location for the event is still to be determined. Sean Dibble has agreed to provide drumming for $240. Singer Chloe Dolandis will be running our sound equipment on her own. It was noted that a six foot wide fire pit will be set up. Marketing for the event will include an Egret ad, the Village newsletter and Facebook. Ms. Goodman suggested having sponsors for all the Commission events in the future. High quality bands can only be booked with additional money and sponsors could be the key to provide the money needed.

Discussion turned to new business, namely Flamenco dancing. PAN needs to look at the stage in the auditorium to see if it will work. The minimum that would be provided would be one singer, one dancer and one guitarist at a cost of $200/person. There would also be a cost of $100-$200 to rent a raised wooden floor for the performance.

Ms. Ackley said that she would like the Commission to sponsor the November Community Alliance breakfast since the original sponsor of the breakfast has withdrawn. Ms. Ackley would also like one or two members to make a presentation about the Commission at the breakfast. Mr. Kodsi made a motion to approve up to $60 for food as the sponsor of the November Miami Shores’ Community Alliance breakfast. Motion seconded by Ms. Rojas and unanimously approved.

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.