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The work of Shannan Lee Hayes

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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

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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