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Lyonia Gallery
The Southeast Museum of Photography has expanded with a new exhibition space at the
Lyonia Environmental Center in Deltona, Florida.

April 10 – October 14, 2012
Beate Sass
Jones Family Tenant House © Beate Sass

“ I am fascinated with the people I meet, their experiences growing up in the South, and their connections to the land. Through my pictures, I strive to capture the essence of those experiences and the context in which they exist.”

—Beate Sass

April 28, 2012 2:00pm at the Lyonia Gallery in Deltona
Gallery Talk with Beate Sass

Beate Sass will be giving an artist’s talk at the Lyonia Gallery on April 28, 2012 at 2 pm.
She will be discussing her photographic and oral history project entitled Tall Timbers Plantation. This project is about the former tenant farmers that lived on Tall Timbers Plantation in Tallahassee, Florida from the early to mid-1900’s and honors the important role their families played in the survival of the plantations after the emancipation. This photographic project includes the portraits and accompanying oral histories of the former tenant farmers as well as photographs created at the restored Jones Family Tenant House and the Beadel House, the plantation house, at Tall Timbers.

Accompanying Beate in her talk will be Juanita Whiddon, the archivist from Tall Timbers Research and Land Conservancy (formally Tall Timbers Plantation). Juanita was instrumental in acquiring funds and overseeing the restoration of the historic structures on Tall Timbers and has dedicated herself to documenting the history of this fascinating place.

About this Project:
Tall Timbers Plantation Project is a personal photographic and oral history project that emerged out of my curiosity about the few tenant farmer dwellings still standing on plantations in north Florida and southwest Georgia. When I discovered that Tall Timbers Research Station had restored a tenant farm house and obtained oral histories from former Tall Timbers Plantation tenants and their families, I became motivated to meet and photograph these individuals. I felt compelled to tell their story and to honor the important role their families played in the survival of the plantations after the emancipation and the contributions they made to the history of Southern agriculture.
Although the portraits were the most important component of my project, I realized early in the process that I could not tell the whole story without also photographing the Jones Family Tenant Farm, the landscape and the Beadel House (former plantation house). The rooms in the lower floor of the Beadel House have been restored and appear as if the Beadels still live there. I have photographed objects in the Beadel House that I believe tell the story of who Mr. and Mrs. Beadel were.

Beate Sass
Beate Sass

"I’ve been liking plants ever since I was a little girl because my Mom liked the plants and sometimes I think I must have taken after her… I like to set them out while they are small. I like to watch them grow…That is one of the things I like best in life, is in the garden planting plants…these roots you see I’m holding in my hand, they are so precious to me because I know they’re going to live with all these roots… I like to put them in the pot because I can set them anywhere and the other ones you just put outside. I can’t tell you how much I love pretty plants and pretty flowers. They are my favorite."

-- Rosa Brimm

The LYONIA GALLERY presents exhibitions and programs related to environmental, land-use, local history and regional culture in an exhibition space in Volusia County Government’s new LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER.

The museum gallery occupies display space immediately adjacent to the environmental exhibits area of the Center. The LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours and days of the Lyonia Environmental Center.

Deltona Map LOCATION
The Deltona Regional Library, Lyonia Environmental Center and Deltona Amphitheater are at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, Florida.

The Southeast Museum of Photography’s LYONIA GALLERY will only be open to the public during the normal open hours of the Lyonia Environmental Center:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm


For all information about the LYONIA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER please call: (386) 789-7207 Main Office / (386) 257-6000 Daytona Beach / (386) 423-3300 New Smyrna Beach

Additional information is available by visiting the following websites:



The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
Free Admission & Parking

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Exhibitions and programs at the Southeast Museum of Photography are supported in part by Daytona State College, Volusia ECHO and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on the Arts.

Daytona State College prohibits discrimination and assures equal opportunity in employment and education services to all individuals without regard to age, ancestry, belief, color, disability, ethnicity, genetic information, gender, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, and veteran status. For more details, read our Equal Opportunity Statement or contact: Lonnie Thompson, Chair of the Equity Committee at 386-506-3403 or 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Fl. 32114.