More than 125 of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most innovative and sought after floral designers will return to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco‘s de Young for Bouquets to Art 2016, the annual week-long exhibition in which local designers create spectacular works of floral art in response to pieces in the museum’s permanent collection and the architecture of the building.
In the 32 years since its inception, this popular and much anticipated event presented by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums has drawn nearly 750,000 visitors, with net proceeds nearing $6 million. Funds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite special exhibitions, conservation projects and educational programs at the Legion of Honor and the de Young.
This year’s guest speakers include: author India Hicks, Danielle Hahn of Rose Story Farm, Occasion! founder and CEO Annette Kunz, designer-author Carolyne Roehm and San Francisco Cottages & Gardens editor-in-chief Alisa Carroll-who will moderate a panel with Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers and Allison Futeral of Crimson Horticultural. Now in its 32nd year, Bouquets to Art will take place over six days between April 5 and 10.
Arrangements range from the strikingly simple to the elaborately intricate, including a large installation in Wilsey Court by Oakland’s Sharpstick Studios, who are celebrating their 7th year as participants. This year, floral designers will also draw inspiration from the special exhibition Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective, the world premiere survey of the late designer’s work on view at the de Young from March 12 – May 30.
Bouquets to Art 2016 launches Monday, April 4, with an opening night gala and preview. The evening will be catered by McCalls Catering & Events, feature live music from Oyé Events and allow for the first viewing of the floral arrangements. Diane B. Wilsey will serve as the Grand Patron, Lorna Meyer Calas as Honorary Gala Chair, and Lonna Wais as Exhibit and Floral Fashions Partner. On gala night, models will stroll through the museum wearing gowns and accessories created entirely from fresh flowers and designed by students from City College of San Francisco.
Catered luncheons and pop-up discussions by floral designers will be held throughout the week, while an onsite raffle of luxury goods and services will conclude with a drawing on Saturday afternoon. All proceeds from Bouquets to Art 2016 benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Members-only viewing hours will be available Wednesday and Thursday nights from 6–8 p.m. and photography-free hours will take place on Friday from 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.