Barbie Beach to be featured in art gallery
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Barbie Beach has been drawing admirers to the eastern Coweta town of Turin since it began in 2006. But now, the distinctly unique roadside attraction will be seen by a new audience.
The Cochran Gallery in downtown LaGrange is hosting an entire Barbie Beach show, featuring photos by Anne Berry and Donna Rosser, and an installation of several scenes from Barbie Beach.
The opening reception for the exhibit will be tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. Barbie Beach creators Steve and Linda Quick will be on hand for the opening reception, and there will be lemonade and "adult lemonade" as well as beer and wine.
"Who would have ever thought it?" said Linda Quick on Thursday, of the Barbies getting their own art exhibit. "This didn't make any durn sense."
Berry and Rosser have taken many photos at Barbie Beach. "They have been meeting down at the beach for years, having coffee and getting to know us," Quick said. "They asked us if they could put their photos together at the gallery, and we said sure."
Gallery owner Wesley Cochran came to Turin to do a video interview with Linda and Steve.
He also built an eight-by-eight foot sandbox in the center of the gallery and had the Quicks put up several scenes. They include Memorial Day, which is a somber, Barbie-free scene, the "Pink Posse" scene with the "pink chemo Barbies," a pirate ship scene with the girls attacking the boys and three orcas in the water to eat up the body parts, a display of the zombiefied Barbies made by special effects artists with "The Walking Dead," and Mort's Bar.
"We built Mort a new bar and for the first time since his rehab, he left Barbie Beach," Quick said. "He's happy. He's got two new blonds, a bottle of Crown Royal and a cowboy hat, so what more can a guy ask for?"
And lastly "there's the original ping pong net and ball and the original sign that started all this… in '06," Quick said.
The Quicks’ friend Steve Beck made several new signs for the exhibit. "Mort had to have a sign at his new bar," Quick said.
With Mort away from Barbie Beach, the Quicks set up a yeti to tend bar. But none of the Barbies cared for that. Instead, they want to go to LaGrange and see the exhibit, and are trying to get there any way they can — trucks, cars, horses, airplanes, and even hot air balloons.
Cochran Gallery is located on East LaFayette Square in downtown LaGrange. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Barbie Beach exhibit will run through September.