September 17, 2019

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on September 17, 2019.


Members present:

Susan Ackley

David Baker

Victor Bruce

Joe Clark

Michael Stock


Members absent:

Myriam Rojas


Also present:

Angela Dorney, Recreation Director 

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant 


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

Mr. Bruce made a motion to approve the minutes of the August 20, 2019 meeting. Motion seconded by Mr. Clark and unanimously approved. 

It was related that the cost estimate for next year’s budget is under the $10,000 anticipated FY 2020 budget. 

Ms. Dorney gave an update on the utility box project, noting that the lawyers are not in agreement; the reason for the delay is the liability issue. 

It was related that one of the mural wall artists, Mary Larsen, has dropped out of consideration for the project.  Mr. Bruce said that Courtney Einhorn, the utility box artist, is interested in the project as well as Trek6.  Artist Ernesto Kunde was also suggested for the mural wall. Additional artists are Edgar Gutierrez as well as the owner of Cushy Gigs. Artist Leonor Anthony has already submitted her concept for the mural wall.  It was suggested having a vote of the Commission members to see if Ms. Anthony should still be one of the artists up for consideration.  This will determine if the Commission needs to look at one or two additional concepts before voting on a final artist.  Mr. Stock, Mr. Bruce, Mr. Clark and Ms. Ackley voted in favor of Ms. Anthony while Mr. Bruce voted against Ms. Anthony.  Ms. Anthony will remain one of the artists under consideration. 

It was determined that each of the artists should present samples of their artwork at the October meeting.  Then the selected artist(s) would create a site-specific design for the mural wall.  Those artists include Courtney Einhorn, Ernesto Kunde, Trek6, Edgar Gutierrez and the owner of Cushy Gigs. 

Mr. Clark related that artist Judith Shapiro declined the Village Hall lobby exhibit.  Artist Mary Larsen was suggested for the space.  Mr. Bruce made a motion for artist Mary Larsen to visit the Village Hall lobby space and exhibit her work for a period of one year.  Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved. 

Discussion turned to the October library exhibit featuring Mateo Serna.  Mr. Stock volunteered to provide background music for the event. 

Discussion turned to the concert series.  Mr. Stock noted that all the performers have agreed to the concerts and that each band will provide their own sound. 

The black history month art exhibit at the library is scheduled for February 13.  The exhibit will feature photo and 3D paintings. 

Gallery Night will be scheduled on either April 2 or 3; the date will be dependent on the success of the black history event on a Thursday evening. 

The Unity Day budget is set for $250.  Mr. Bruce suggested having people take pictures and submit them to an Instagram page and possibly selecting a winner every 15-20 minutes from submissions.  Ms. Dorney said the Village is currently creating a policy on social media, including Instagram. 

Discussion turned to the April special event at Barry University.  The school has suggested the Commission needs to book the theater early.  A tentative date of April 25 was suggested, pending approval of the theater. 

During open discussion, a suggestion was made to bring poetry readings to restaurants in downtown Miami Shores.  All restaurants could be approached to see if there is any interest. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:05 p.m.