Art Alive 2015
The San Diego Museum of Art will be transformed into a gorgeous vision of art and flowers as more than 100 floral designers bring the museum’s renowned Permanent Collection to life during the 34th annual Art Alive from April 24-26. This year’s event will honor the 100th anniversary of Balboa Park, and to celebrate this major milestone, René van Rems will return for his seventh year as the rotunda designer, transforming the space into a lush and beautiful floral design and art experience reflective of the Victorian era in Europe and the early days in San Diego. His design will incorporate California-grown flowers such as white hydrangeas, trumpet lilies, carnations, flowering herbs, and more. This year’s floral exhibition will be open from 9am-5pm Friday through Sunday, and Art Alive 2015 will also offer three full days of events, activities, and celebrations including Bloom Bash on Friday, April 24 from 7pm-midnight, Garden of Activities from noon-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, a Floral Lecture by Timothy Adams at 10am on Saturday, and a Floral Masterclass led by Sharon Mintz at 10am on Sunday. (619.696.1999, firstname.lastname@example.org, SDMArt.org/ArtAlive2015)
Friday, April 24, 7pm–midnight
For the second year in a row, Art Alive will kick off with the Bloom Bash Opening Celebration.
Featuring and inspired by Modern Hieroglyphics of Chor Boogie’s eclectic artwork, this funky, graffiti-themed party features culinary creations from San Diego’s top restaurants and chefs, floral-infused Patron cocktails, live music, interactive entertainment, and an exclusive after-hours viewing of this year’s floral exhibition. Tickets to the Bloom Bash are $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers.
Garden of Activities
Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, noon-4pm
Great for families, the Garden of Activities features a Museum-wide flower hunt, a children’s reading area complete with nature-inspired stories, and a variety of floral-themed projects designed for children and families to enjoy together. Activities are free after Art Alive floral exhibition general admission.
Saturday, April 25, 10:00am
From Fabergé to Cartier, independent curator and Fabergé expert Timothy Adams will speak on the influence of flowers and nature on goldsmiths from the turn of the 20th century to present. Adams is Curatorial Consultant for the Decorative Arts department at the Bowers Museum, and Fabergé Historian for the Museum’s 1989 Fabergé: The Imperial Eggs exhibition. Tickets to this annual presentation are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
Sunday, April 26, 10am
Inspired by Balboa Park’s Centennial, the 2015 Floral Masterclass takes inspiration from the California garden-style arrangements in fashion at the time. Workshop attendees will create and take home an elegant arrangement pairing traditional European elements with a California twist. Designed for all levels of experience, this workshop is led by Sharon Mintz, 2007 Rotunda Designer, 15-year Art Alive legacy designer, and designer at San Diego’s Organic Elements. Tickets are $100 members, $125 for nonmembers, and include a continental breakfast.