The Society of the Four Arts

Four Arts Plaza
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

The Society of the Four Arts


The Society of the Four Arts, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1936 by a prominent group of Palm Beach residents to meet the cultural needs of the growing resort community. Its objective is to encourage an appreciation of art, music, drama and literature through the presentation of notable exhibitions, concerts, lectures, films and the maintenance of a library.

The original building on Four Arts Plaza by Maurice Fatio now houses The Four Arts Library. The Gallery building designed by architect Addison Mizner was modernized and now contains galleries and an auditorium to accommodate art exhibitions, concerts, lectures and films. The Gallery building is open from December through mid-April.

The lovely horticultural gardens adjoining the library and the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden, as well as gifts of sculpture seen on the surrounding grounds, provide beauty and enjoyment for members and visitors to the lakeside complex.

The entrance to the Four Arts Library is decorated with murals painted by Albert Herter in 1939. They depict the four arts for which the organization was named. The library is a vital part of The Four Arts. It contains over 40,000 books and periodicals to provide pleasure as well as educational enrichment to the community. The use of the library is open to all without charge. Borrowing privileges may be obtained by paying a small annual membership fee. School children are invited to borrow books and use the upstairs Children's Room at any time free of charge.

The Four Arts Gardens which are maintained by The Garden Club of Palm Beach are demonstration gardens designed in 1938, to display the diversity of tropical plants suitable for landscaping in the South Florida climate. A moongate and authentic statuary enhance the serene Chinese garden. A pathway winds past a rock garden through a verdant jungle area to the Spanish facade with its decorative well. Large trees shade the way to the Madonna garden and the formal fountain. Surrounding the library patio area is a fragrant rose garden and small herb garden.

reaching: "Reaching," a sculpture of mother and child by American artist Edward Fenno Hoffman, III stands at the entrance to the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden. Here, a variety of sculpture can be seen amid tropical foliage and ancient shade trees.

General Information

The Four Arts Library, Gardens and the Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden are open to the public free of charge during regular library hours. Ample free parking is available. For further information on events or tickets, please call (561) 655-7226 or E-mail:


The Four Arts Library, Gardens and Philip Hulitar Sculpture Gardens

During the Winter months, November - April:
Monday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During the Summer months, May - October:
Monday through Friday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Gallery and Auditorium

Winter only, December - mid-April
Monday through Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday -- 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Art Exhibitions:

A different exhibition of painting or decorative arts can be seen each month in the gallery. The gallery is open to the public from early December through mid-April, Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A donation is requested.


Each Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., during January, February and March, notable experts lecture in the auditorium. They are drawn from the fields of government, the arts, media or entertainment. Tickets, when available, may be purchased one week in advance for the $15.00 each at the Gallery building reception desk.


Once each month, from December through March, a noteworthy program of music or dance is presented in the auditorium at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available to the public for $20.00 each, a week in advance of the concert at the reception desk of the Gallery building. For current ticket information, call (561) 655-7226.

Film Series:

A classic American or foreign film is shown each Friday at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. during the month of January, February and March. Admission is $2.50 each. Tickets may be purchased at the door to the auditorium. Please call (561) 655-7226 for current information.

Gallery Talks:

A guided tour of the current exhibition is held on Saturday at 3:00 p.m the week following the opening of each exhibition. The public is invited free of charge.

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