By day, she’s an instructor at Stony Brook University, but on weekends she’s the straw that stirs the drinks at Toast Coffehouse. I’ve been working alongside Shannan for a few months now and at first, it was a love-hate relationship. I loved her and she hated me. I was all obnoxious Southern charm and she wanted nothing to do with it. But the mutual contempt has given way to a grudging respect and I couldn’t be happier. I just think she is an amazing artist: not as much for her own work but her ability to communicate about art. I love listening to her and Rob, a fellow artist-waiter, discuss the world of art. Most of the time I have no idea what they are talking about, but sometimes, I pick up on what they are saying and several times, like when told me about P.S. 1, they have introduced me to an aspect of their world I was completely unfamiliar. If only I could just get to know Shannan a little better. You can view more of Shannan’s work by visiting shannanleehayes.com.
A Florida House subcommittee unanimously advanced a first-of-its-kind bill Monday to allow alternative treatments for veterans