District Five Hosts Employee Art Exhibits

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.

District Five Hosts Employee Art Exhibits

Director of Transportation Operations Alan Hyman, P.E., and District Modal Development Manager Brenda Young, P.E., show some of Young’s drawings prior to the installation of Young as the first District Five featured artist.  The drawings in this photo are all part of a nostalgic collection from Young’s youth.

District Five Hosts Employee Art Exhibits

The sea life in the eyes (Eye-Sea) series was displayed from June-August in the alcove in the District Five building. These artistic pieces were drawn by District Five’s  District Modal Development Manager Brenda Young, P.E.

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.

District Five Hosts Employee Art Exhibits

Utility Coordinator Gerald Santana kneels in front of the employee art display in the D5 District Office in DeLand. Four of his six photos are visible in the background. He said that beauty is everywhere, and you don’t have to go far to find it. Many of his pictures are taken in Central Florida. His exhibit was installed in late August and is currently on display.

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.”

District Five Hosts Employee Art Exhibits

Director of Transportation Operations Alan Hyman, Gerald “Jerry” Santana, and Director of Transportation Development Frank O’Dea gather together for a photo prior to the installation of Santana’s HDR photography exhibit.

“I consider it an honor to have my photos shown here,” Santana said.

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