Photojournalist Nathan Wertheimer will showcase his photos at Casselberry City Hall


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“Photography is more than just art.” – Nathan Wertheimer, 2017

(Seminole County – May 24, 2017) Casselberry City Hall is having another quarterly art exhibit featuring Photojournalist Nathan Wertheimer along with a few other artists on May 29, on view until July 27, 2017. The Casselberry City Hall art exhibit is open during regular business hours Monday thru Thursday. Wertheimer was previously invited back in 2015 will once again invited to participate in this year’s art exhibit in Casselberry. He will feature his 24-framed color 8×10 photographs of cars and various music concerts. This art exhibit is theme around the Rock N Blues Concert and Car Show, which is being held on May 29, 2017, from 5pm – 9pm, at Lake Concord Park. Come meet Wertheimer at this event.

There will be a mixture of color photographs showcasing Wertheimer’s work on the walls at Casselberry City Hall. Viewers will see some local music concerts along with car show photos too. Here are a few samples of some of Wertheimer’s music concerts photographs from Vince Neil, The Blues Traveler, Craig Chaquico, and much more. These photos will bring the viewer closer to the music stage filled with energy and excitement. Besides music concerts there will be hot rods, classic cars, and vintage cars photos from various car shows from around Central Florida area. Some of the featured car shows sample photos are of the Batmobile®, VW Bugs, c1967 Blue Chevy Nova Custom, and much more.

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About Wertheimer
Wertheimer has always had a passion for photography. As a kid, he was always looking through pages of magazines, books, and newspapers, and he was captivated by the wonderful world of photography.

Wertheimer very first camera was a Kodak Disc 3100, given to him on his birthday. From that point forward, he always had a camera with him. In high school, he was a yearbook photographer, capturing the great photo moments at his institution. Those photos still live on.

After high school, he attended Seminole Community College, which is now Seminole State College. One of his first college courses he chose was PGY Photo 1. That class expanded his knowledge and skills and knew he wanted to learn more. While in college, he became a freelance photojournalist for the college newspaper covering many fun, college-related events.

After he graduated Seminole State College, he transferred to Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, to work on his B.A Degree in Graphic Design, with a minor in Fine Arts and Illustration. While at Flagler, he was a staff photojournalist for the college newspaper covering sporting events to special features. After he graduated from Flagler College, he went into the commercial art field to hone his skills as a designer. With some of my free time, he did a home study program from Penn Foster Career School and graduated with a Career Diploma in Photography.

His drive in photography did not stop there. Once he transitioned from being a graphic designer to becoming a school portrait photographer for a while. Then he got his big break by working as a photographer and designer. After leaving the design field for a while, he still had the itch to continue his personal photography at various events throughout Central Florida.

While doing his personal photography, he was noticed by one of the staff members of WFTV Channel 9 and for his wonderful images. From then on he has been a freelance photojournalist for Plus, he own and manages since 2015.

One will never know where he’ll show up next in the Central Florida area. Just look for the guy with two DSLR cameras on a shoulder harness, wearing a fanny pack, kneepads, and a bonnie hat, and that’s likely him on assignment. Look for more of his photos on and ,

One fun fact about Wertheimer is that he has a distant relative, Alford Wertheimer (born Nov. 16, 1929 & died on Dec. 19, 2014); he was a famous photojournalist for his work in concert photography. He also photographed numerous celebrities throughout his life. One of Senior Wertheimer’s famous photos he captured was of singer Elvis Presley. Younger Wertheimer also would wants to become a great photographer and follow in his footsteps.

“The camera is only a tool. One must have a great eye for capturing the moments! My work will live on through my photographs.” – Nathan Wertheimer.

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2017 48th Annual SSC Juried Student Art Exhibit Preview

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Sanford, FL — The 2016-2017 season concludes with an exhibit featuring a juried selection of art work executed during the past year by Seminole State College Fine Arts students. This art exhibit is open now thru noon on May 4, 2014, and is located on the main campus in Sanford in the Fine Arts Gallery.

When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit this art exhibit, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Parking is free. The college art gallery is open Monday thru Thursday 10am – 4pm and during intermission theater performances. The art gallery admission is free to visit, but they kindly ask for any kind of monetary donation to keep the college art gallery open and running strong.

On April 6, 2017, the college held their open reception for he gallery. Many people attended this gallery opening to mingle with the Fine Arts students, Fine Arts Professors, and college administration, to horror their creativity in their work throughout this past year. There was an awards ceremony given by the SSC Fine Arts Department and awards were given out to the Fine Arts students. After the awards ceremony had concluded, the artwork winners had their work marked with Best of Show and Merit Awards. Many of these art students are graduating and transferring to other universities to finish out their degrees in Fine Arts. Light refreshments will be served at the open reception after the awards ceremony.

This art exhibit includes photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, ceramics and sculpture. There will be a wide range of subject matter and art styles. Plus, many of these art students have put long hours of hard work into their masterpieces. Most of these college art students attended the opening reception. Visitors will have a chance to see the winning artwork in a few categories.

This year’s Best of Show winner will be giving his or her artwork to college permanent collection and be given a large check for their artwork. Last year’s Best of Show winner was a sculpture piece entitled “A Diver’s Mark” by Thurman Totten. Totten valued his piece at $925. If you walk around the rest of the Fine Arts building and one will notice some of the works of art on display from the college permanent collection.

Come on by and show your support these highly talented college fine artists. For more information on this this gallery exhibit and others please visit . If you like this article, then like it on our Otownfun WordPress account. For more great events and places please check us out at .

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2016 Seminole State College Fine Arts Faculty Exhibit Review


Review Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL – Each year at Seminole State College, the Fine Arts Faculty Art Exhibit to show off their masterpieces for students and the general public to view. Now is your chance to view their best work. This year’s fine arts faculty exhibiting includes works of art by Bert Bogdany, Christopher Bolton, Jennifer Copp, Giuseppe Corazzina, Sandra Koop, Viktoryia McGrath, Jay Spalding, and Larry Vienneau. These eight college fine art instructors teach photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, and printmaking. Besides teaching they also create their own artistic inspired pieces on their own time.

When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit this art exhibit, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Parking is free. The college art gallery is open Monday thru Thursday 10am – 3pm and during intermission theater performances. This fine arts exhibition runs from November 10, 2016 thru December 8, 2016. The art gallery admission is free to visit, but they kindly ask for any kind of monetary donation to keep the college art gallery open and running strong.

When entering the college art gallery you will notice many pieces on the wall and on pedestals too. My eye was drawn towards the kid with the donut painting hung on the left sidewall. This oil on canvas painting is measures approximately 60” x 60” entitled “Llyod 6” and was created by Studio Arts Adjunct Professor Viktoryia McGrath, who is an art instructor at SSC. The paining is a contemporary portrait of a child. The overall painting depicts a boy with his eyes closed eating a donut. This young boy depicted in the painting is the artist own son. The color scheme for the painting has many colors such as tan, medium blue, yellow, white, and gray. This little boy has a face a mother could love. For more information on her work please check out


Another Studio Arts Professor is Jay Spalding who created the “Green Fish, Green Tea Tea Pot.” This art piece was located on a pedestal by the large window in the corner. Spalding referred to his creation as an abstract teapot. He said, “I tried to experiment with the subject matter.” This teapot has multi colors glaze used for the base and is accented by the lime green contrasting color for the top and bottom. I asked him if this piece is functional and his replied it was to give the appearance of functionality. Many viewers will notice the lime green fish shape on the lid hand along with the back fish fin and the rounded spout to complete this art piece. The fish is not a religious representation for this piece although it could be if the viewer wanted too. For more information on his work please check out .


The next Studio Arts Adjunct Professor is Christopher Bolton who created a black and white photo series of his work when he went on vacation to Mexico City in August 2016. These are a 16” x 20” framed and matted black and white and are printed on Ilford fiber gelatin silver prints with a selenium tone. Each print has archival quality to last a long time. Outof the photo series that caught my eye was the photo entitled “Group Portrait.” Bolton said these five guys in the photos are Mexican communications workers sitting on park bench relaxing. Viewers will also notice that there is a stone pattern above the group portrait heads. I asked Bolton what type of camera did he use to capture these wonderful photos and he said he used a Nikon F100 film camera with a 35mm fixed lens.

2016-ssc-fine-arts-faculty-art-exhibit-dsc_0881_mod Plus, beside his Mexico City photo series, Bolton created a special feature photo series inside the art gallery entitled “Pulse and After” which was beautifully documented by photos in a photo slideshow on the aftermath of the 2016 Pulse Shooting in Orlando. This 6-minute photo slideshow hash 41 various photos from scenes around the nightclub, the Dr. Phillips Center memorial service, and much more. The viewer can get a true perspective of what it was like surround the story of the post of Pulse. Also, this is one art piece one will want to watch at the art gallery.

The next Seminole State College Art Gallery featured artist is Margaret Noel. Opening reception is on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 5-7pm. Her art exhibit will run from January 19 – February 20, 2017. For more information go to:

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The Review of Robert T. Reedy Art Exhibit at SSC

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL – This year Robert T. Reedy was selected from the many artists to have has his or her works of art on display at Seminole State College Art Gallery. This exhibit runs from September 29 – October 27, 2016. Reedy is a well-known local Orlando artist and professor at University of Central Florida (UCF).

This is a brief background information of Artist Reedy exhibit featuring his work with mixed-media sculptures, paintings, and ceramics.  He obtained his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from University of Mississippi and he currently teaches at University of Central Florida.  His work is included in collections including The American Crafts Museum, in New York, the Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. and the American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Paloma, C.A. to name a few.

If you have not been to down to visit the Seminole State College Center for the Performing and Fine Arts Art gallery one is in for a treat. This college art gallery is in our backyard in Seminole County. Throughout the year there is a wide variety of art exhibits by local and national artists. One has a chance to get up close and personal with these masterpieces. You might even meet the actual artist at the opening reception for the art gallery exhibit.

When you walk into the SSC Art Gallery one will find twenty-one pieces in and around this art gallery. There is an assortment of paintings, ceramics, and guitar pieces. Most of the art pieces are eye appealing. Feel free and walk around and view these great works of art at your leisure.

The opening art gallery brought out many of Reedy’s friends, family, and former students. Plus, there were many Seminole State Students on hand to view this exhibit too. Reedy gave an inspiring gallery talk about his life, his career, and about his work. Growing up as a child, he loved to draw and got kicked out of class just to have time to draw. His dad was a mechanical engineer working on military aircrafts. Besides being an artist he is also a musician too. He loves to play the guitar. Reedy said he once played in front of a packed house at the Cheyenne Saloon in Orlando.

Throughout the gallery talk Reedy gave many quotes. He brought up on how college education is not as good as it used to be. He said, “Students are like bunch of lap dogs.” Referring to students asking questions what they need to be doing or being directed to do so. Another great quote he said, “All Artists make mistakes. You just don’t see it.” He recalled making many mistakes in his artwork and learning from it.

Reedy creates his artwork in his own studio space. He said, “studio first, then your home.” If doesn’t matter where you have a studio as long as your producing artwork. During the rest of the gallery talk he mention about the business side of being artist. Being an artist requires handling the accounting, your own website, and selling your work. Reedy explained that he appointed some professional to handle some of these tasks so he can concentrate on producing more of his artwork. Another comment he made was “can’t sell artwork in Orlando.” This is in true. The art culture around Orlando is charging. Most of his work is in art galleries in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and many more places. His work is not for sale in the Orlando market because of the subject and style matter.

The painting printed on the art gallery poster is entitled P51 which is a large canvas acrylic painting depicting a collage of images. The artist describes this painting as a “crazy quilt.” Some of the multi images include a P51 Mustang with a Rolls Royce Engine, Green Lantern Super hero, tornadoes with fire, stenciled human bodies and homes, hangman with parachutes, a single cone, and a weird looking face. There are various colors, but over all has a cool color scheme feel. Many viewers will be intrigue with this art piece. Reedy is selling this painting for $4,000.00.

Another unique art piece on display is a guitar entitled Green Martian Strat. Reedy calls his guitar a Frankenstein guitar because of the various odds and end pieces to put this guitar together. I found a label on the guitar that reads “Seymour Ducan” on the hot rails strat. Reedy applied mix media on the front and back of this guitar. The only thing not painted was the neck and knobs of the guitar. One will find some interesting imagery on the guitar. Some of the images on this guitar are stenciled faces, peach lily flowers, wheat, and a single red star. The artist is selling this guitar for $800.00.

Reedy has always loved ceramics. He created this piece entitled Teapot #4 made out of earthenware. This piece is not an ordinary teapot. The color scheme of this work has multi colors with a slight glaze texture. There is a wire decorative hand attached to the Teapot. This teapot is not a functional work of art.

Finally, stop by and see Reedy’s wonderful works of art for yourself. At a later date Reedy will be giving another art gallery lecture to current Seminole State College Students. He will be talking about the business side of being an artist.

Note: Some sources of information were taken from Seminole State College Art Gallery


A review on the Dominic Sansone Art Installation at SSC

Review written by Nathan Wertheimer

Sanford, FL – Having an art installation at Seminole State College Art Gallery is a rare opportunity for all to see, which has not happened, in such a long time at this college. Viewers are in for a special treat. This is not Dominic Sansone first art installation at an art gallery.

Background of Artist Sansone is that he is a native of Chicago Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a Master of Fine Arts from the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. 

After completing his BFA studies, he spent two years working for an aerospace company producing fabrication and assembly drawings for satellites, military aircraft, and mobile artillery units. He next spent over a decade in the tradeshow industry and has overseen worldwide exhibition programs for major multinational corporations. Dominic has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and he is represented by Baang + Burne in New York City and Fulton Market Gallery in Chicago. Dominic also teaches at the Evanston Art Center and the Chicago Industrial Arts and Design Center.

When arriving on Seminole State College property to visit this new art installation, you will want to park closest to the Performing and Fine Arts Building. Parking is free. The college art gallery is open Monday thru Thursday 10am – 3pm and during intermission theater performances. This exhibition runs from August 25 – September 22, 2016.

Construction of piece of this art installation was not easy. Sansone had a select group of Fine Art Students assist him on installing this temporary art installation. This group had three day to prepare and complete the work of art. Sansone mentioned during the construction of the piece he did not know if the group could complete this piece within three days. They worked long hours to finish this concept and succeeded.

Upon entering Seminole State College Art Gallery, one will notice that there is one piece of artwork only. This one piece takes up almost the entire floor of the art gallery surrounded by white walls. At first you might not know what to make of it. It will appear to some viewers to be a reflective pool with an island on one of the sides housing a 7-foot high hut. Along the inside of the hut on the back wall is some disassembled firearm parts. Within the reflection pool are seven white-molded faces figures with military helmets, which appears coming up and out of the water.

The reflection pool does not have real water flowing through the art installation. The pool is made out of plastic and painted with black latex paint, which was still drying at the opening art gallery reception. Sansone said he would have like to have had real flowing water through this art installation but opted not too. Also, there are white-molded faces with military helmets created by a ceramic mold. The exterior hut structured is stucco attached with a variety of small ceramic white faces. 

The Sansone said that this piece was open to all different interpretations by the viewer. After this exhibition is over Sansone said the college would preserve some of the pieces within the art installation and use it for other uses at the college.

My first view of this art installation was wow! This is an amazing work of art. I really dig the reflection pool which reminds me of the reflection pool on the mall in Washington D.C. The overall theme was about violence in America. Whether it could be civilian or the military scene depicting the pain of violence. I highly recommend seeing his art exhibition.

The next Seminole State College Art Gallery featured artist is Robert T. Reedy. Opening reception is on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5-7pm. For more information go to:

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2016 Seminole State College Juried Student Art Exhibit

What: The 47th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit

When: Opening Reception on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 5pm -7pm
April 7 – May 5, 2016, Mon – Thur 9:30am – 4pm

Where: Seminole State College – Sanford/Lake Mary Campus, Center for Fine and Performing Arts (G-101)

How: The Seminole State College Center for Fine and Performing Arts Gallery provides memorable exhibitions for diverse audiences, students and artists that promote the value and understanding of contemporary art within a local, national and international context.

Why: Current Seminole State Students have submitted artwork that was pre-selected for this art exhibit. Each year the college showcases current students works of art. Some of these students go on to other colleges and universities to finish up their degree in Fine Arts.

Who: This exhibit is FREE and open to the General Public

Parking: There is free parking lot 12 (Automotive Program Building) and or the North Student Parking Lot.

Overview of the Exhibit: The season concludes with an exhibit featuring a juried selection of work executed during the past year by Seminole State Center for Fine and Performing Arts students. Media include photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed-media, ceramics and sculpture. There is a variety of art to view inside the college gallery. For many of the students this may be there first art exhibition displayed a gallery. At the opening reception, there will be an opportunity for the viewers to vote for year’s Best of Show. There will be various awards given out for top student artwork.

Seminole State College Fine Arts program aims at developing Student Artists into professional Artists. Art students will have to complete the common prerequisite courses for an upper-division art major as part of their general Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program. After graduating from Seminole State, they can continue their studies at a state college or university with junior standing.

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Artwork of “Silence” By Mercedes Irizarry
2015 Best of Show Winner



Marianna Hamilton Ross Exhibit Preview

What: Marianna Hamilton Ross Solo Exhibition, Works on Paper

When: February 11 – March 16, 2016

Where: Seminole State College – Lake Mary/Sanford Campus at the Center for Fine & Performance Arts Building

How: See a largest collection of Hamilton Ross work of art at one location

Why: Get an up close and personal with the original works of art by Hamilton Ross

Who: Open to the general public during normal business hours and open during theater intermissions

Parking: Free, park near the Northwest parking lot closest to the CFDA Automotive Program Building.

Overview of the Exhibit: Our season continues with an exhibit featuring pastel and watercolor works by Marianna Hamilton Ross; former Art Professor and Gallery Curator at Seminole State College of Florida. After retiring, Mrs. Hamilton Ross has been actively producing and exhibiting her paintings and drawings, and teaching workshops both in Florida and in northeast Pennsylvania. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Artists for Art (AFA) Gallery, Scranton, PA; Willow River Gallery, Honesdale, PA; Cooperstown Art Association, NY, and Gallery at Avalon Island, Orlando, plus a Solo show at the University Club in Winter Park.

 The Sights of this Exhibit: When you walk into the SSC Fine Arts Gallery, you will notice the lights are dimmed and the colors of the artwork will pop out. There is a total of twenty-four works of art hanging on the walls in the gallery. There are a variety of works from abstract figure forms to abstract botanicals created in watercolor and pastels.

Many viewers have asked where are her famous silk paintings. There are no available silk paintings on the wall at this exhibit. This exhibit has only 2-D works of art. One will notice that she layers some of her artwork with paper stacked on paper. Her color palette uses a variety of color gradients. She uses a cool color scheme throughout most of her artwork. Hamilton Ross finished all of her works of art with a light wooden trim frame.

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