What a story! And what a night!
A standing room only crowd was enthralled listening to the conversation between our Inspired By… host, Janeen Mason, and our honored guest, Peter Lawson-Johnston on January 29, 2016 at Jupiter Island Town Hall.
About Peter Lawson-Johnston. Lawson-Johnston is the honorary Chairman of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Senior Partner at Guggenheim Brothers, Chairman of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. A grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, since 1964 Mr. Lawson-Johnston has been a trustee of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which operates both Guggenheim Museum in New York, Bilbao and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. He served as Vice President-Business Administration of the Foundation from 1965–69, as President from 1969–95, Chairman from 1995–98 and Honorary Chairman 1998 to present. He also serves as President Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board. Mr. Lawson-Johnston has been the Senior Partner at his family holding company, Guggenheim Brothers, since 1971, having joined the firm as Partner in 1962. He has been a Director of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation since 1968 and Chairman of the Foundation since 1971. He is the author of Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise, published in May 2005. Married to Dede Hammond Lawson-Johnston, the Lawson-Johnstons have four children, ten grand-children and eight great-grandchildren.
About Janeen Mason. A author and illustrator of the Ocean Commotion series, national award winning children’s books. She adapted John Denver’s platinum hit For Baby (For Bobbie) which won the Ben Franklin Award, and Going Around the Sun: Some Planetary by Florida book award winner, Marianne Berkes, which won three national awards. A passionate arts advocate, she was appointed to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture and now serves on the Citizens for Florida Arts. Solo exhibitions of Mason’s works have been featured at seven museum and cultural institutions around the state. Some of her private collectors including FAU, UCF, S. Kent Rockwell, Burt Reynolds, Reba McEntire and Lloyd’s Limited. Mason lives in Stuart, Florida.
About Inspired By… is a window into the world of passion and creativity. It is a very special and intimate conversation with some of Martin County’s finest artists, performers, and patrons. Modeled on successful television programs such as “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “Spectacle with Elvis Costello.” Inspired By… features 30 minutes of direct interview and performance (if applicable) with the evening’s featured artist with time for networking and audience questions and answers. Light refreshments are offered.
The Cultural Conversations series represents our efforts to tie together our many efforts to engage the community in all things artistic. Through Cultural Conversations, we intend to provide interesting dialogue designed around P.L.A.C.E. (people, land, arts, culture and engagement).
Wilmington Trust Company of Florida
The National Endowment for the Arts
Members of the Arts Council’s Encore Society
The reception for this Cultural Conversation was underwritten by the Jupiter Island Arts Committee.
The Arts Council of Martin County is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1980. The Council seeks to inspire participation in and a passion for the arts in our community through public programs, arts educational outreach, and both digital and printed publications. For more information about the Council, please visit our website.