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San Francisco — By kleland on April 1, 2010 at 10:22 am
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Bouquets To Art 2010

For all you flower lovers out there, Bouquets to Art is the annual flower festival sponsored by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. This year from April 20th – 24th the upcoming popular flower festival adopts “French Impressions” as its theme. The opening night gala and preview, Floral Fashions, the decor and menu of the luncheons and afternoon teas, and Hat Day will feature this theme as a tribute to the exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay that will be on view at the de Young Museum shortly after the close of Bouquets to Art 2010.

Bouquets to Art 2010 launches on Monday, April 19, with the gala and preview. The decor will be based on the theme of a French chateau’s garden, and the menu from McCall Associates will be exclusively French. In addition to the first opportunity to view the spectacular array of floral arrangements by approximately 150 of the most sought-after regional designers, the lavish buffet by McCall Associates and hosted bars, the evening will feature music by Moodswing Orchestra. The event will also showcase, for the second year, Floral Fashions, a fanciful parade of models in gowns and accessories made of real flowers, specially created for the evening by the students in the environmental design departments of participating Bay Area colleges.

During the following five days, the arrangements by the innovative floral designers—who pay tribute to and draw inspiration from the art at the de Young in creating their displays—will be showcased. Lectures by noted Bay Area, national, and international floral designers, and luncheons and afternoon teas on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday complement the flower-bedecked galleries and public spaces in the museum. Friday will feature the popular Hat Day, presided over by Mistress of Ceremonies Jan Wahl, KRON TV and KCBS radio personality. At this spirited event during which visitors wear hats adorned with flowers, prizes will be awarded in categories that include Moulin Rouge or Soiree hats, Boating on the Seine River, Can-Can, and Glamorous Garden Party Hats, with a separate judging category for the professional hat designers that the event attracts.

Bouquets to Art 2010 concludes on Saturday with a benefit drawing of spectacular prizes including jewelry and other luxury items, deluxe vacations, and cultural and dining packages. Benefit Drawing prizes are listed on bouqueststoart.org. Benefit drawing tickets may be purchased by phone 415.750.3504. Tickets are $25 each or $100 for 5 tickets.  You may enter as often as you wish and need not be present for the drawing on Saturday, April 24, in Wilsey Court at the de Young Museum.

Advance tickets are required for the opening night gala, luncheons, lectures, and afternoon teas. Admission is at the door for viewing the floral exhibits. For information and to order tickets, go to www.bouquetstoart.org

Monday, April 19

6:30–10 pm: Opening Night Gala and Preview

Floral exhibits, lavish buffet by McCall Associates, hosted bars, and live music by Moodswing Orchestra

Tuesday, April 20

9:30 am–5:15 pm: Floral exhibits, luncheons, and afternoon teas

10 am: Lecture by Natasha Lisitsa, Bay Area-based floral designer

1:30 pm: Lecture by Ruth Loiseau, Washington, D.C.-based floral designer

Wednesday, April 21

9:30 am–5:15 pm: Floral exhibits, luncheons, and afternoon teas

10 am: Lecture by Tor Gundersen and Kiko Zimmerman, Olso, Norway and Tokyo, Japan and Chicago-based floral design team

6–8 pm: Fine Arts Museums members-only evening

Thursday, April 22

9:30 am–5:15 pm: Floral exhibits, luncheons, and afternoon teas

10 am: Lecture by Tor Gundersen and Kiko Zimmerman, Olso, Norway and Tokyo, Japan and Chicago-based floral design team

1:30 pm: Lecture by Jun Pinon, Bay Area-based floral designer

Friday, April 23

9:30 am–8:45 pm: Floral exhibits

Noon: Hat Day, with Jan Wahl, Mistress of Ceremonies

Saturday, April 24

9:30 am–5:15 pm: Floral exhibits, benefit drawing

Golden Gate Park

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive

San Francisco, CA 94118

Hours: Tuesday–Thursday, Saturday and Sunday: 9:30 am–5:15 pm

Friday: 9:30 am–8:45 pm; closed on Monday

Admission: $20 adults

Information: www.deyoungmuseum.org 415.750.3600

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