Four Arts Focus

   In Palm Beach County, the end of summer doesn’t just usher in a new school year—it also announces the arrival of a new cultural season. Yesterday, the Society of the Four Arts, that haven of art, music, drama and literature situated amidst a garden on Palm Beach, announced its itinerary for the 2014-15 season, which includes more than 360 events spanning the cultural gamut.

   This season is particularly special for the Four Arts because it is the first season supervised by its new president and CEO, David W. Breneman. Breneman, who is a professor in economics of education and public policy at The University of Virginia and who has also worked within leadership positions at the University, was appointed in July following the announcement of President Ervin S. Duggan’s retirement last December. Breneman will step into his new role on January 1, 2015. Learn more about Breneman here.

   Breneman will oversee a season full of exciting speakers, exhibitions, performances and events. Here are our top picks:

Marcelle Lender, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895
  • “Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Modern: Paris 1880-1910,” December 6 to January 11. Travel to the golden era of the Moulin Rouge with this exhibit, which comprises roughly 200 works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and a sampling of his contemporaries including Edouard Vuillard, Juan Gris and Mary Cassatt.
  • “American Treasures from the Farnsworth Art Museum,” January 24 to March 29. From France to the shores of Maine, the Four Art’s second exhibition samples from the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, which features the works of such quintessential American artists as Rockwell Kent and Andrew, Jamie and N.C. Wyeth.
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, January 25. Treat yourself to some of the most talented musicians in America when the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center visits the Four Arts with a program of folk tunes.
  • Dailey & Vincent, April 12. If chamber music isn’t your jam, then check out the Bluegrass stylings of Dailey & Vincent. Since forming in 2007, Dailey & Vincent have forged their own unique brand of Bluegrass, inspired by genre heavyweights Doyle Lawson, John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs.
  • Chef Jacques Pépin “My Life in Food,” January 20. The O’Keeffe Lecture series always offers a diverse range of speakers, and this season is no different. Whet your appetite with a lecture by Chef Jacques Pépin, a legend of the French culinary world.
  • Erik Larson “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” March 31. A discussion with author Erik Larson closes the O’Keeffe Lecture series. Known for his bestsellers In The Garden of Beasts and The Devil in the White City, Larson is a master of the historically accurate narrative. He will discuss his latest work based on the 100-year-old sinking of the Lusitania.

To learn more about the Society of the Four Arts’ 2014-15 season, visit

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