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“Beach Institute”

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Owner description: Once a school for freed slaves after the Civil War, today it displays African American art.
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183 reviews
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“Beach Institute”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

I visited the Beach Institute as part of a tour. There's so much history in the walls. It's now mostly an art museum and the works that I saw were pretty amazing - especially the work of the artist who carved the presidents from wood. Outstanding! Well worth a visit!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank ms90
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Fort Valley, Georgia
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“Must See for African American Art”
Reviewed 30 October 2013

I have to disagree with one reviewer who said there's nothing going on here and nothing to see. I guess it's all in perspective. However:
As the Beach Institute appears to be a home, it can be difficult to find. Once you find it, you will be glad if you are willing to take your time and really look at what it has to offer. You enter around the back through the garden. The cost is $3 and this is definitely cheap for the art that you will see inside.
The ground floor consists of a gift shop and several paintings along the walls. The second floor has the majority of the art work which includes paintings, photographs, sketches, and sculptures. There is a third floor but I spent less time there as the floor boards creeked and it was a little scary.
The exhibit that stood out most to me was The Treasure of Ulysses Davis. Mr. Davis ran a barbershop and as the exhibit explained, he often had many of his carvings there. His subject matter ranges from the religious to the political. He has several cruxifiction pieces and a large Adam and Eve piece. Perhaps the most impressive was his individual sculpture of every American President from George Washington to George Bush Sr. These busts are very detailed and include particularities such as hairstyles, glasses, wardrobe. It is amazing what an artist can do with wood! Please know his work is not that of a person with a knife and a log, when you see his work you will have no doubt that he was an artist.
There is also another artist on the second floor whose prints deal mostly with multicultural themes as well as education and literacy. He has a piece called Leave No Child Behind and A Special Blend #1 and #2.
The Beach Institute has elevators as well. If you can find it, it is worth well more than the $3 you will pay. Perhaps the artists did not go to large art institutions but being an artist is about your gift itself, not what school you are associated. I do wish the Beach Institute had more funding to expand and better their exhibits.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank lynt604
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Pooler, Georgia
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“Very informative venue”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

This is what people will appreciate because they are in the area for fun at the beach, and nowhere near the big city.

1 Thank Shoshannah A
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42 reviews
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“This is neither the Beach or an Institute”
Reviewed 23 September 2012

This is one of the few things in the vaunted historic district with an African American history that isn't painful to remember, but there's nothing going on here and nothing to see unless there's a special showing of some sort, and that's rare.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank Johnny F
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