During the gray days of March there is nothing that brings more joy than the thought of Spring. This year, from April 20 – 24, San Francisco’s De Young Museum will be welcoming the season with a burst of beauty and color: the museum will celebrate the 26th anniversary of one of the premiere floral events in the United States, “Bouquets to Art”.
“Bouquets to Art” is an annual San Francisco fundraiser for the Fine Arts. The money raised from the event supports education, exhibitions and museum acquisitions. Approximately 150 exhibitors will emulate great works of art with flowers. Past arrangements have included sensuous lilies evoking Gauguin, bold green towers highlighting futurist sculptures and shocks of pink petals and a riotous ball of blue capturing the mood of a modern abstract. The museum will be filled with these installations and the public is welcome to ooh and awe over these short-lived works of art.
The Opening night gala takes place April 19, from 6:30 to 10pm, just hours after the flowers have been arranged. Moodswing orchestra will play and fashion students will debut their runway creations made of flowers. Lunches, teas and speaker’s programs will go on from Tuesday to Thursday. On April 23, the event will wrap up with “Hat Attack!” All guests will be encouraged to wear floral themed hats and prizes will be awarded for themes based on the upcoming exhibition. “Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay.”
Finally, De Young Museum in San Francisco offers a benefit drawing at $25 per ticket and $100 for five. Prizes include jewelry, furs and vacation packages to places such as England, Costa Rica and Sonoma Valley.
Photo of Dale Chihuly at De Young Museum by karmafiend.