I had the opportunity to spend some time yesterday with Barbara Strauss who, along with others, helped to bring “THE FENCE” to Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota.
It is a wonderful photo exhibit. Originally scheduled to run through February 8, 2020, we are pleased to announce that it has been extended to March 1, 2020 to give more locals and visitors a chance to spend some time seeing these fabulous photographs.
I was able to see the exhibition at the Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York before it came to Sarasota. I was so impressed! It’s a totally different layout than what we have in Sarasota. Last year when I heard the exhibit was coming to our town, I had to find out how it all happened!
From the Fence website: THE FENCE is one of the largest traveling photography exhibitions, reaching 8 million visitors annually through open air experiences in 8 cities across North America: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Boston, Calgary, Denver, Houston, Seattle, and Sarasota.
Since its inception, THE FENCE has consistently attracted exceptional work by talented photographers from around the world, giving us an opportunity to share these powerful photographic narratives with a diverse audience of millions of visitors annually, while providing photographers with a truly public platform and unexpected career opportunities.
THE FENCE was conceived and produced by United Photo Industries, and was developed in partnership with Photo District News in 2011. It was presented for the first time in 2012 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and has since grown and flourished through a series of strategic partnerships with like-minded cultural organizations across the United States.
Barbara, along with a group of local business folks, worked hard to bring the exhibition here! Their perseverance paid off. Last year, thousands of people came to Nathan Benderson Park to see the exhibit. This year it is even better. There is a Gulfcoast Regional Showcase area that shows the work of several local Florida photographers, including Sarasota’s own Cliff Roles. There are 238 photographs on the 800-foot fence. Check out THE FENCE Website!
It’s well worth the time to spend an hour or two to view these fabulous photos. The park is wonderful, and you can take a nice walk around the lake and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather.
Photos and video from The Suncoast Post