The Beach Institute Holds Art Exhibitions

Heart by Ulysses Davis
Heart by Ulysses Davis

Come join us and see the following exhibitions at the Beach Institute, located at 502 East Harris Street, throughout June.

Ulysses Davis Folk Art Collection-East Gallery of the Beach Institute

The Ulysses Davis Folk Art Collection is the centerpiece of the Institute’s Permanent Collection and showcases over 230 plus wood sculptures by the artist. A Savannah barber with an extraordinary talent for “whittling,” Ulysses Davis carved more than 300 works that include figures, abstract forms, and decora- tive pieces in his lifetime.

The presidential collection is the most admirable and talked about in the Davis’ Folk Art Collection.

Richard Law Exhibition:

The Mind and Thoughts of Richard Law- West

Gallery of the Beach


Now – June 30, 2012

The Mind and Thoughts of Richard Law is an exhibit of works by the artist, musician and master barber, Richard Law. “The Mind and Thoughts of Richard Law will show how I have extended myself to create a unique perspective of my work to pique your interest. Such pieces as Big Hat Johnny, A Women’s Worth and Second Sunday are amongst the many paintings that reflect my upbringing. Second Sunday is displaying what I remember on most Sundays: a spirited choir singing amidst a powerful speaking pastor—all with an audience of varied brightly colored dresses.”

This collection is a blend of Folk, Jazz, and Contemporary art all drawing from an inspired background and religious principles. In these pieces you will see everyday tasks displayed in a meaningful presentation with colors being textured and extremely rich.

“The more I painted the more I began to gain a passion for landscapes and southern stylistic scenes which led me to create a collection that would take you deeply into the mind and thoughts of Richard Law.”

This event is free and open to the public. Funding for the Law exhibit is provided in part by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Beach Institute in conjunction with the Hurn

Museum presents: Art at

War: Changing Attitudes

3rd Floor of the Beach


Now – June 30, 2012

The accusations are grave! The show focuses on the historical shift in the artistic depiction of war. For thousands of years artists have portrayed war as a glorifying force. The warrior is portrayed as God-like; heroism is virtuous; victory is a winged goddess and national honor is a prime motivating force.

In more recent times, Francesco Goya, Pablo Picasso and Fernando Botero, and a host of contemporary artists began to depict war as it really is – an inferno.

The focus has shifted from the glorification of war to the common man’s perception, highlighting war’s horror and depravity. Probing further, a new wave of artists seeks to express the brutality that is engendered in men’s souls during war.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Sottile family of Savannah, Georgia.

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