De Young Museum – Bouquets to Art
Once a year for the past 30 years, Bouquets to Art happens at the De Young Museum. And it is a site to behold. Held in over 50 of the De Young Museum, more than 130 floral designers are assigned a piece of art and asked to create a special accompanying flower arrangement. Floral artists are a diverse group, made up of flower shops, San Francisco City College, the Fine Arts Museum itself and garden clubs. Not only do they create the designs, they are responsible for maintaining their design during the week-long event. For this reason, many of the bouquets you see have longer lasting flowers, such as anthuriums and orchids. There is a gala event the first Monday night. (I did this last year, and will do it again next year. The museum is jam packed during the remainder of the week.) There is a schedule of floral designers speaking about their craft and artwork.
The results are breathtaking. There is no additional fee for attendees, but the revenue from the crowd supports De Young Museum’s (and its sister The Palace of the Legion of Honor) with acquisitions, special exhibitions and education programs. Diane Wilsey, the Grand Patron and Chairperson of the Fine Arts Museums, is a master negotiator. Because of Ms. Wilsey’s efforts, the De Young Museum has enjoyed amazing showings of art, such as Impressionism loaned to the De Young Museum when Paris’ Musee D’Orsay was closed for renovation. Georgia O’Keeffe’s Lake George years are now showing. The De Young Museum houses an amazing array of art, from native sculpture from thousands of years ago to Chihuly and Diebenkorn in the modern art section. The museum is named after a former San Francisco mayor, Michael De Young, and the beautiful building underwent a complete remodel in 2005. Housed in San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park, the building and surrounding grounds are a beautiful site and worthy destination.
Here are a few portrait shots that don’t fit into the landscape gallery.