The Florida Department of Transportation is recognizing the artistic talent of its employees in District Five. Secretary Noranne Downs recently approved an underutilized alcove/waiting area to display employee-produced art.
The artists submit their work to the executive staff for review before they are displayed on easels in the fourth floor gallery.
The exhibit creates a lot of interest and goodwill between employees and visitors to the district office.
The first artist of the quarter was District Modal Development Manager Brenda Young, PE. Growing up, Young didn’t have a lot of money to run out and buy posters, so she made her own. Her display was filled with nostalgic drawings from her youth, and with a series of “Eye-Sea” avant-garde pieces.
The reviews were fabulous.
The district named Gerald “Jerry” Santana as its second featured artist. Santana, having worked in Districts Six, Two, and Five and currently serving as the Utility Coordinator for Ocala Operations, will celebrate 20 years with FDOT in December.
Santana has taken photos his entire life, but a couple of years ago he began using High Dynamic Range (HDR) software. With his new technique and equipment, he has created some of the most stunning imagery. One of his photos, “Florida Wildflowers,” was used by former Secretary Ananth Prasad as a web banner. Santana also creates images in a style known as “light painting.”
“I consider it an honor to have my photos shown here,” Santana said.