Bouquets to Art 2014 at the de Young to Showcase Bay Area's Designers Work, 3/17-23

Now in its landmark 30th year, Bouquets to Art 2014 at the de Young will showcase work by 125 of the Bay Area's most talented and renowned floral designers. This select group of artists will display original creations ranging in style from the classical to the avant-garde. They will draw inspiration from pieces in the de Young's permanent collections, highlighting the diverse array of works in the museum's holdings in American art to the 20th century, international contemporary art, art of the ancient Americas and Native American art.

In addition to pairing floral designs with the museum's artworks, the annual exhibition features an extensive program of floral design demonstrations and activities for all ages. In honor of its 30th anniversary, Bouquets to Art 2014 will be extended through Sunday, allowing visitors to enjoy and revisit their favorite displays. Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco acknowledges that, "since its inception the event has become a cherished San Francisco tradition for both art and flower devotees and draws an avid following from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area." This year, Bouquets to Art 2014 coincides with the special exhibition Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George, celebrating the artist famed for her striking depictions of flowers and scenes of nature.

Bouquets to Art 2014 begins on the evening of Monday, March 17, with an opening-night gala and preview of the floral installations. The festive evening will include an elegant buffet catered by McCalls and will feature music by Switched ON Audio, the Jesse Barrett Oboe Quartet, and Alan K. Choy. The gala will also host Floral Fashions, a showcase of couture inspired by artworks in the de Young's permanent collection, created and modeled by students from the Environmental Horticulture/Floristry department at City College of San Francisco.

Bouquets to Art week will feature floral design demonstrations by locally, nationally and internationally acclaimed floral designers, among them two Bay Area favorites, the chief floral designer for the White House, an Ikebana master and the artistic director of the flowers for the 2011 royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Bouquets to Art raffle tickets available for sale will provide the opportunity to win exotic travel packages, fine dining, wine tastings and other luxury items. There will also be seated luncheons by McCalls hosted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and special hands-on art activities for children during the weekend. All proceeds from the entire Bouquets to Art event benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

30 Years of Bouquets to Art

Presented by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums, this popular and highly attended event is expected to reach record attendance numbers for its 30th celebration. Funds from previous presentations of Bouquets to Art have been used to support special exhibitions, art acquisitions, educational programs and special projects at the Legion of Honor and the de Young. Income from Bouquets to Art 2013 was used to fund, in part, the special exhibitions Impressionists on the Water, which was on view at the Legion of Honor from June to October 2013, and Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George, on view at the de Young from February 15 through May 11, 2014.

Bouquets to Art proceeds have provided invaluable support for a variety of acquisitions, including Wayne Thiebaud's Three Machines, an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, prints from the Crown Point Press archive and a pre-Columbian sculpture dating to 1000 BC. Funds from this annual fundraising event are also essential for ongoing conservation efforts to keep precious works, such as the immense 16th century Triumph of Justice tapestry, in pristine condition so that they can be displayed for museum visitors.




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