The Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery

Artists have always played a crucial role in increasing awareness and inspiring stewardship of national parks. Opened in 2002, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center gallery provides a space where contemporary artists, inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park and South Florida, can show their work. Past shows have included color and black and white photography, oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor paintings, drawings, fiber, ceramics, collage and sculpture. Shows typically include a "meet the artist" reception, made possible by sponsors. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, please call 305-230-1144. Subscribe to gallery updates with the words "ART LIST" in subject line.
Barry Fellman’s Mangrove Coast
Fellman’s photos seduce you, inviting you closer to understand them.

Image by Barry Fellman

Barry Fellman’s Mangrove Coast

August 4 through October 15, 2017, at the Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery

A meet the artist reception runs from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Award-winning South Florida photographer Barry Fellman is the latest artist featured in Biscayne National Park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center Gallery. The exhibit, titled Mangrove Coast, features large-format photographs that explore the unexpected beauty, rhythms and patterns of South Florida’s spectacular mangrove habitats. It is open from 9 – 5 daily, and an opening reception with an opportunity to meet Mr. Fellman and hear about his work will take place from 1-3 pm on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Admission to the show and the reception is free.

Barry Fellman’s Mangrove Coast photographs explore the realm of marine and shore life around South Florida’s mangroves. His images of the Biscayne Bay coastline share his thrill and curiosity about place through the element of surprise and the excitement of discovery.

Fellman’s photos seduce you, inviting you closer to understand them. As you approach, basic notions of scale and distance remain a mystery until your nose is nearly pressed against the surface. Then the images clarify into familiar forms of sea grasses, shells and shallow tide pools. You realize you are looking at wondrous and fantastic views of the shoreline by the beach.

“The elements that make up this zone between sea and land are rich and diverse, say Fellman. “They are constantly changing and are a continuing source of inspiration. They challenge me to reinvent the way I see, much as they reinvent the way they assemble themselves after each change in tide.”

Barry Fellman has served as curator of photography at institutions in Miami and New York and is currently director of Miami’s Center for Visual Communication. His photographs have been exhibited at museums and public venues in South Florida and nationally. He is a Silver Knight awardee and is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

Mangrove Coast is part of the park’s Community Artists Program, started in 1997 as an outlet for the works of artists who are inspired by the beauty of Biscayne National Park. The program is made possible by the South Florida National Parks Trust through the generosity of the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Additional support comes from the Center for Visual Communication and donations by park visitors.

Last updated: August 4, 2017

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