Bouquets to Art Returns to the de Young, Back with Full In-Person Program

Mark Adams, Lotus, Sumatra (detail), 1989

Bouquets to Art
de Young museum / June 7–12, 2022 

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SAN FRANCISCO –  The Bay Area’s beloved floral fundraiser, Bouquets to Art, returns this June for its 38th year, inviting those with long-stemmed interests to visit the de Young. For one week only, experience the blossoms in conversation with the de Young’s permanent collection designed by more than 100 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought-after floral designers. Perennials and portraits will converge, showcasing dazzling bouquets inspired by the museum’s paintings, sculptures, objects, and architecture.

Completely virtual in 2020, and with limited capacity in 2021, Bouquets to Art 2022 will be fully on-site at the de Young. In the museum’s Wilsey Court, visitors will be greeted by a dazzling, bespoke large-scale aerial piece called Ghost Dragon, beautifully knotted together by local artist Windy Chien. Ghost Dragon will hang in dialogue with Hung Liu’s large piece Resident Alien and will have floral elements incorporated to resemble a dragon’s fiery breath, by Los Angeles-based botanical artist, Jason Lloyd. Ghost Dragon is an abstract sculpture whose shape conjures a dragon, a symbol of power and strength often depicted in Chinese imagery. Here the dragon is rendered not in celebratory red and gold but in white, the Chinese color of mourning and death, which symbolizes purity and innocence. The fraught, solemn history of Chinese immigration and exclusion in the United States is evoked in both Hung Liu's piece and Ghost Dragon.

This weeklong event launches on Monday, June 6, with an opening-night party. Patrons will have the opportunity to get an early look at the arrangements while also enjoying culinary delights from McCalls Catering and Events and floral fashions designed by students from City College of San Francisco. While the galleries are in bloom, the de Young will host a series of stylish luncheons, lectures, and programs by renowned floral experts from around the world, in addition to an on-site raffle for luxury goods and experiences. To learn more about this year’s engaging programs, please see the full lineup of events below.

Proceeds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite exhibitions, conservation projects, and education programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Bouquets to Art is presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums. Diane B. Wilsey is the Bouquets to Art Grand Patron, Lorna Meyers is the Honorary Opening Preview Chair, and Patty McCrary and Nina Ward are the Bouquets to Art Co-Chairs.

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About Bouquets to Art
Over the past 38 years, this popular event—presented by the volunteer members of the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums—has drawn nearly 800,000 visitors. Funds from Bouquets to Art help underwrite special exhibitions, conservation projects, and educational programs at the Legion of Honor and the de Young.

PROGRAMMING
Opening Night
Monday, June 6, 2022, 5:30–10 pm (timed entry)

Be the first to see the newly created and impressive floral designs, enjoy food and drinks prepared by McCalls Catering & Events, and view the stunning floral fashions created by City College of San Francisco floristry students. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious Sosie Wines at the opening night event, based out of Sonoma. Advance tickets required.

For a full list of benefits, or to purchase tickets, please contact us at specialevents@famsf.org or 415-750-7648, or visit deyoungmuseum.org/bouquets.

Still Lifes—Still Alive with Remco van Vliet
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 \ 2 pm  \ Koret Auditorium \ $55

Third-generation Dutch Master Florist and celebrated creative force behind the colossal arrangements at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Remco van Vliet will share insights into how to bring sustainable, creative elegance into our own environments.

Book launch and lecture featuring Bouquets of Art: A Floral Dictionary from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, by Lauren Palmor
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 \ 10 am \ Koret Auditorium \ $55


Celebrate the launch of this gorgeous compendium that illuminates the language of flowers through the lens of the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museums with author Lauren Palmor, assistant curator of American art at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Book signing to follow.

Gregor Lersch: Organic & Sustainable Floral Inspirations
Wednesday, June 8, 2022 \ 2 pm \ Koret Auditorium \ $55


World-renowned Master Florist, prolific author, and celebrated teacher Gregor Lersch will showcase creative floral arrangements that integrate innovation, sustainability, and magnificent beauty.

Justina Blakeney: Botanicals as Materials, Muse and Magic
Thursday, June 9, 2022 \ 5 pm \ Koret Auditorium \  $55


Justina Blakeney, artist, designer, and founder of Jungalow, will share her ideas for incorporating heritage, cultural influences, fine and decorative arts, colorful florals, and expressive plants to highly personalize and add positive energy to spaces. Book signing to follow.

Luxury-Prize Benefit Raffle
Purchasing tickets for the benefit raffle is another way to support the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Prizes include bespoke luxury trips to Italy, Healdsburg, and Carmel; fabulous dining and behind-the-scenes cultural experiences about town; and VIP access to upcoming Fine Arts Museums events. Tickets can be purchased on-site during Bouquets to Art week at the raffle desk in Wilsey Court or outside the main entrance. The raffle drawing will be held at the de Young on Sunday, June 12 at 2 pm; winners need not be present. Raffle tickets are $20 each or $100 for six.

EXHIBITION ORGANIZATION
Grand Patron: Diane B. Wilsey. Honorary Opening Night Chair: Lorna Meyer Calas. Bouquets to Art Co-Chairs: Patty McCrary and Nina Ward. Presenting Sponsor: First Republic Bank and Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Lead Sponsor: Native Bear Consulting. Generous Sponsor: Dodge & Cox. Additional Support: Sloat Garden Center

Programs are supported by Sandra Patterson (Mrs. Wilcox), Marcia Forman, and the San Francisco, Belvedere-Tiburon, East Bay, Hillsborough, and Ross Auxiliaries of the Fine Arts Museums.

Bouquets to Art is presented by the San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums.

In-Kind Support: Barrio, California Academy of Sciences, Canyon Ranch, The Caviar Co., Cypress Inn, Eden Rift Vineyards, Empress by Boon, Ferrari-Carano Winery, Filoli, The Foster, Hotel Healdsburg, JCB Collection, Junipero Gin, Landmark Vineyards, Molekule, Okane, Quail and Condor, San Francisco Opera Association, San Francisco Symphony, SFJazz, Sosie Wines, Specialized Aviation Inc., Stargazer Barn, Sutro Wine Co., Timothy Adams Chocolate, Truett Hurst Winery, Tsunami Panhandle, The Vagabond's House Inn

VISITING
Bouquets to Art is June 7–12 at the de Young museum. Members-only viewing hours are available Wednesday–Thursday, June 8–9, 6–9 pm, and photography-free hours take place Thursday, June 9, 3:30–5 pm, and Friday, June 10, 9:30 am–noon.

TICKETING
For adults, timed tickets are $35 and include admission to Bouquets to Art and Alice Neel: People Come First. Special tickets are required for luncheons, programs, and the Bouquets to Art Opening Night. Prices are subject to change; more information is available at deyoungmuseum.org/bouquets.

Information regarding group ticket sales is available here. Tickets to individual programs can be purchased online or by calling 415-750-3600. Tickets are on sale for Members; tickets for the general public go on sale on May 4.

About the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, are the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

The de Young originated from the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition in Golden Gate Park and was established as the Memorial Museum in 1895. It was later renamed in honor of Michael H. de Young, who spearheaded its creation. The present copper-clad landmark building, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, opened in October 2005. It holds the institution’s significant collections of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts from the 17th to the 21st centuries; art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; costume and textile arts; and international modern and contemporary art.

Media Contact:
Clara Komrosky-Licata, ckomroskylicata@famsf.org or 415-750-3524