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    Palm Beach Society is a unique publication as it represents the entire Social Scene in Palm Beach and is regarded as the official Society Magazine. It focuses on all the major fundraising activities which take place throughout the year, to raise money and support for a wide variety of charities and non-profit organizations which are committed to serve the local community.

    Our readers, are affluent people with high disposable incomes who either live in Palm Beach all year round or just come down for the Season. During the Season, we publish the magazine every Friday, starting the last week of October through mid-April. The publication is avidly read, as it not only covers all the functions and events which have taken place during the previous week using photojournalism but it also writes about forth coming events. Everyone likes to see if their photograph appears in Palm Beach Society and it keeps all our readers up-to-date with all the social events. Most of our readers subscribe to the magazine; it is available in all the major outlets on the Island.

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Palm Beach State College Plans to Return to Campus in the Fall

     Palm Beach State College (PBSC) has released its plan to return to campus in the fall.

The three-phase plan includes detailed measures to keep students and employees safe while also continuing to deliver a quality academic experience and strong student support services. It calls for a flexible mixture of remote, hybrid (partially in-person and partially online) and some completely face-to-face courses, particularly for labs and career programs that can’t convert to remote instruction. It also includes a staggered return and scheduling approach for employees, although most employees who can effectively perform their duties remotely will continue to do so.

     “We are committed to providing a quality academic experience as we prepare for the fall semester,’’ said Ava L. Parker, J.D., President of PBSC. “Our plan assures our team, our students and their families that we have implemented a multitude of measures to keep them safe during these very difficult times.”

      Each phase is designed to limit the number of students and employees on campus at the same time. Guests are encouraged to make an appointment before visiting a campus. The plan outlines strict protocol for handling possible exposure to COVID-19, including step-by-step notification and cleaning processes and contact tracing. It also includes prevention measures, including a mandatory mask requirement and prevention and workforce safety training, as well as frequent cleaning and advanced disinfecting procedures.

      “We are prepared and doing everything pursuant to CDC guidelines and above to ensure that all students, faculty and staff are safe,’’ said Dr. Delsa Bush, Security and Risk Management Director, who also Co-Chairs the College’s Return to Campus Task Force of students, faculty and staff. “We’re doing everything to limit exposure.”

      To view the plan visit www.palmbeachstate.edu/safety/covid-19.

    

Loggerhead Marinelife Center Secures Two Million Dollar Matching Gift from Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation to Propel Expansion

     In partnership with the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Loggerhead Marinelife Center is proud to announce a two-million dollar-for-dollar matching gift towards their Waves of Progress campus expansion. This lifesaving matching gift will help the Center raise critical funds to deploy the world’s most advanced clean-water filtration system at a sea turtle hospital. The leading filtration system will provide quarantining, filtration, heating, and chilling for each individual hospital tank and patient regardless of water quality or environmental conditions. 

     Since opening its facility in 2007, the Center has treated and released thousands of threatened and endangered sea turtle patients back into the ocean. However, the current hospital water system does not provide inbound water filtration for its patients. Over the past decade, Florida’s coastal waters have suffered from dangerous levels of blue-green algae, high bacteria counts from watershed and the recurrence of deadly red tide. 

     The Center’s current water system cannot properly screen these toxins out of the hospital water, harming their patients’ chances for recovery. With its world-class mission of sea turtle and ocean conservation, the Center has worked with global water quality experts to blueprint, design, and install the world’s most advanced sea water filtration system ensuring its mission will move forward uninterrupted.

     In addition to providing state-of-the-art patient protection and redundancy, the system will provide guests, students, and collaborators with an exciting immersive opportunity to see water filtration and hydrology in action. The Center’s new water quality ‘bunker’ will offer an exhibit-quality learning experience for students interested in water quality, technology, and engineering. The Center’s educators will use the water quality system as a ‘show site’ to its 90 plus global collaborators should other organizations want to replicate the system internationally.

     "Sea turtles are the oceans canary in the coal mine. The health of our oceans and beaches go hand-in-hand with the health of our sea turtles," said Jack E. Lighton, LMC President and CEO. "Our Center’s mantra is, “The sea turtle tells us the health of the ocean and the ocean tells us the health of our planet.” This extraordinarily generous two-million-dollar matching gift will transform our Center’s lifesaving mission, expand our educational offerings, and help us put the keystone of fundraising in place for our expansion campaign. We are honored to work with the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation to amplify our impact together and invite the community to join us in this dollar-for-dollar matching gift opportunity.”

     The expansion will enable the Center to: double the sea turtle patient capacity; deploy a cutting-edge clean water filtration system; add in more than six times the amount of educational programming spaces; double the size of its research laboratory; debut a new marine life gallery, interactive exhibits, and a new auditorium; offer large-scale event and symposium venues for up to 400 guests and open a large outdoor ocean-view café.

     The expansion will be complete in early 2021. For more information call 561.627.8280, ext. 100.

Philip Haas’

The Four Seasons

    The Four Seasons, a group of sculptures by contemporary American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas, will be on display at The Society of the Four Arts this summer and fall as part of its 2020–2021 season of programs. Open to the public until December 31st, the exhibition will be installed in the Pannill Pavilion inside The Four Arts’ Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden.

    Haas’s sculptures are inspired by the paintings by the Italian Mannerist Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526/1527–1593), in particular a series of The Four Seasons now dispersed between the Louvre, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, and the Academia de San Fernando, Madrid. Arcimboldo, who was the court portraitist to the Habsburg Imperial Courts in Vienna and Prague for 25 years, painted The Four Seasons in 1563 and presented them to his patron Maximilian II on New Year’s Day in 1569. Hailed for their wit and artifice, the paintings were popular at court and solidified his reputation as the most modern painter of his time. Despite his renown, Arcimboldo faded into obscurity after his death, until the 20th Century, when the Surrealists (Salvador Dalí in particular) rediscovered his idiosyncratic and bizarre style. His legacy continues to influence contemporary artists like Haas today.

    As in Arcimboldo’s paintings, the physical features of the four sculpted figures are rendered in botanical forms appropriate to each season. The Four Seasons acknowledge nature’s rhythmic cycles. As portraits of people, they also represent the natural aging process, from youth to old age. The three-foot high painted fiberglass sculptures are studies for large-scale versions (also painted fiberglass), 15 feet high. 

    Haas comments, “Whether I’m working in painting, sculpture, or film, what fascinates me is the idea of transformation. Through The Four Seasons, I am re-contextualizing the world of classical Renaissance portraiture using the transformative elements of scale, material, and dimensionality, thereby altering the viewer’s perspective.”

    Haas gives viewers a fresh perspective by recreating what has until now been a two-dimensional experience — viewing Arcimboldo’s painted “portraits” — as a three-dimensional experience, giving us the opportunity to walk around the sculptures and see the subjects from all sides.

    “The placement of the four sculptures within the Pannill Pavilion has a theatrical quality as the pavilion serves as the perfect ‘stage set’ for the portrait busts,” says Rebecca A. Dunham, Head of Fine Arts and Curator at The Four Arts. “The startling reconfiguration of the human head and shoulders through plant materials will delight visitors of all ages.”

    Philip Rylands, President of The Society of the Four Arts, added: “With congratulations to Philip Haas, and gratitude for enabling the loan of these works, our intention, by bringing these works to Palm Beach, is also to offer our members and all visitors to the Garden a signal of joy, the triumph of nature, and optimism after the dark days of lockdown these past months.”

    The presentation of The Four Seasons by Philip Haas in the Pannill Pavilion of The Society of the Four Arts has been made possible by the generosity of Kit Pannill.

    For more information visit www.fourarts.org. 

ON DISPLAY AT THE SOCIETY OF THE FOUR ARTS THROUGH DECEMBER 31

Palm Beach Atlantic University Announces

Plan for Fall Semester

      Palm Beach Atlantic University intends to safely resume in-person teaching, learning and residential life for the fall 2020 semester.

      The University will continue following CDC guidelines, executive orders from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis and local health directives. The plan is for students, faculty and staff to be back on campus in August for an on-time start to the academic year. “Our community thrives on face-to-face interactions and meaningful relationships,” said University President Dr. Debra A. Schwinn. “These connections are essential to our mission of Enlightening Minds, Enriching Souls and Extending Hands.”

      With Florida officials systematically lifting restrictions, Schwinn said she is confident the University can continue in-person instruction in the fall while protecting health and safety. Schwinn is a Stanford University-educated and University of Pennsylvania-trained medical doctor. The health and safety of the Palm Beach Atlantic community are paramount, Schwinn said.

      In order to protect the campus community, the University will adjust its instruction, residential life and on-campus activities as needed while continuing to offer the exceptional experience for which PBA is known. The University is finalizing plans to provide students with campus accommodations for a variety of circumstances. Extra sanitation devices are being installed and protective health provisions made throughout campus.

      Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, independent university offering undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in West Palm Beach, Orlando and online. The University is dedicated to the integration of Christian principles to prepare students for learning, leadership and service. For more information www.pba.edu.

       

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