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Virtual Bouquets to Art 2020

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Thank you for joining us online July 20–26 as museum curators, conservators, and featured floral designers brought your favorite floral content to the comfort of your own home! This year's programs included featured talks, floral-themed games, interactive demos, and more. See below for a full list of offerings that will have you blooming in place!

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While the de Young is closed to the public, we hope you will kindly consider donating the amount you would normally spend at Bouquets to Art. Our ability to open our doors soon depends on the support of our community—supporters like yourself. Indeed, we have never needed your backing more than now. We hope you’ll consider a gift to the Museums—and enjoy Virtual Bouquets to Art!

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Schedule of Events

On July 20-26, we featured exciting live, daily floral programming on Facebook and Instagram! Our robust schedule of talks highlighted the history of Bouquets to Art, the staff that makes it all possible, celebrity florists, and even a tour of the San Francisco Flower Mart. To watch recordings of any talks you may have missed, view below.

A Facebook account is not required to view.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Q&A with Renowned Florist Philippa Craddock
Wednesday, July 15 \ 10 am \ Instagram Live

Philippa Craddock’s style encompasses the English country garden idyll, focusing on sustainability in her techniques and the sourcing of the flowers she uses for clients. Her past clients include Vogue, Christian Dior, and the wedding of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Join us as she gives insight into her design aesthetic and discusses her experiences as a world-renowned florist across the pond.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: What Is Bouquets to Art? Docent-Led Art Talk
Monday, July 20 \ Noon \ Facebook Live

New to Bouquets to Art? Learn about the museum’s most beloved 36-year annual tradition and fundraiser, Bouquets to Art. Museum docent Maureen Murray Fox will share the history of this weeklong event, discuss the exhibitor selection process, show images of past floral designs inspired by art, and explain what to look forward to during our weeklong virtual Bouquets to Art live programming on Facebook and Instagram.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: How Our Conservators Protect Art during Bouquets to Art
Tuesday, July 21 \ Noon \ Facebook Live

While flowers in paintings are beautiful, bringing live flowers into the galleries presents safety issues that our Conservation department is ready to handle. Paintings conservator Tricia O’Regan explains the strict process every floral designer’s set of materials must undergo during Bouquets to Art in order to protect our collection. O’Regan describes her experience of being on our team of Bouquets to Art’s “conservation sheriffs” over the past 25 years.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Collection Favorites among the Floral Exhibitors
Thursday, July 23 \ Noon \ Facebook Live

Karin Breuer, curator in charge of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, has been a part of Bouquets to Art for over 20 years. In this live discussion, Breuer discusses the artwork selection process and five of the most popular permanent collection pieces selected by our floral exhibitors. Learn more about the artists of these works and how they’ve been seen through different floral interpretations throughout the years.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: “Art is the Flower”—Floral Stories from the American Art Collection
Friday, July 24 \ Noon \ Facebook Live

Throughout art history, flowers have been a favorite subject for artists, designers, and artisans. Aside from the obvious beauty of blossoms and petals, many floral subjects bear additional layers of symbolism and significance. Join Lauren Palmor, Ph.D., assistant curator of American art, as she explores the fascinating tales of adventure, ambition, and inspiration behind some of her favorite florals in the de Young’s American art collection.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Touring the Iconic San Francisco Flower Mart
Saturday, July 25 \ Noon \ Facebook Live

Come explore the recently reopened San Francisco Flower Mart with us! Go behind-the-scenes and learn how our exhibitors prepare their floral masterpieces each year at this iconic institution dating back to the late 1800s. Join members of our Flower Committee volunteer group as they walk through the San Francisco Flower Mart discussing their process in selecting flowers and how they find new inspiration with each visit.

Virtual Bouquets to Art: Bouquet Building Live!
Sunday, July 26 \ Noon \ Facebook Live

Did you know Bouquets to Art isn’t the only time of year the Museums are blooming? Every Monday, members of our Flower Committee volunteer group arrange new flower bouquets throughout the de Young and Legion of Honor museums. In celebration of summer, bring everything you’ve learned from our live sessions this week and join us for an interactive bouquet-building workshop. Head to your go-to flower shop to grab some fresh blooms or forage from your own garden and join to create your own moment of joy—the perfect way to cap off Virtual Bouquets to Art!


San Francisco Flower Mart. Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Member and Donor Events

We also hosted exclusive member and donor programs on Wednesday, July 22, and Friday, July 24.

MEMBER AND DONOR
Virtual Bouquets to Art: “Art is the Flower”—Floral Stories from the American Art Collection
Wednesday, July 22 \ 2 pm

Throughout art history, flowers have been a favorite subject for artists, designers, and artisans. Aside from the obvious beauty of blossoms and petals, many floral subjects bear additional layers of symbolism and significance. Join Lauren Palmor, Ph.D., assistant curator of American art, as she explores the fascinating tales of adventure, ambition, and inspiration behind some of her favorite florals in the American art collection.

MEMBER AND DONOR
Floral Design Workshop with Sharla Flock of Bloom Tuesday
Friday, July 24 \ 2 pm

Deeply passionate about flowers with over 20 years of experience, Sharla Flock shares her knowledge of bouquet building with you. Together you will create a beautiful floral arrangement at home to enjoy while building up your self-confidence in the process.

Questions about the member and donor events or need help registering? Contact us at specialevents@famsf.org. Questions about membership? Contact Membership Services at membership@famsf.org for more information.

Learn more information about membership levels and benefits.

Bouquets to Art 2020 Floral Exhibitors

For a list of this year’s floral exhibitors, with links directly to their Instagram accounts and businesses, view our Bouquets to Art Digital Program.

Bouquets to Art Photo Albums

Past Bouquets to Art photo album
Exhibitors at Home photo album

Bouquets to Art From Home

Floral Fashions
Take inspiration from last year’s floral fashion designs created by City College of San Francisco floristry students. This year, you can participate in the fashions. Share your best floral fashion outfit with us! Email us at specialevents@famsf.org with a photograph of your creation for a chance to be featured on our website and social media channels.


Photograph by Drew Altizer

Bouquets to Art Boutique 

Shop Virtual Bouquets to Art and shop our floral-inspired selection of seasonal gifts at the online Bouquets to Art Boutique.

Floral Fun for All Ages

Explore floral inspired activities that are fun for all ages to enjoy. Share your creations with us by emailing specialevents@famsf.org

Coloring Pages
Adults and children alike, relax and color with us! Create your very own floral masterpiece on paper with our coloring pages based on our permanent collection

Vegetable Flower Stamps: Create flower shaped stamps using vegetables found at home. Enjoy this recipe for a fun and educational activity that will foster creativity in children of all ages.

Flower Crown: Create a flower crown inspired by our upcoming exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can be Deceiving.

Listen to our flower power inspired playlist on your next quarantine walk. Press play!

Keep Bouquets to Art with you at all times with one of our downloadable cell phone or desktop backgrounds. 

Refresh with a floral inspired drink

Our friends at McCalls Catering and Events, have created an exclusive Bouquets to Art inspired drink recipe. Mix a drink, or two, as you watch one of our live events this week! 

La Flora Mora:

  • 2oz tequila
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • ¼ oz agave (can also use honey instead)
  • 1/4 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 2 blackberries
  • top with ginger beer
  • garnish with mint

Directions: Shake all ingredients, strain, top with ginger beer.

Watch How To Create This Cocktail

Bouquets to Art 2020 Speakers (Postponed)

Due to the cancellation of Bouquets to Art 2020 at the de Young, we were unfortunately unable to host our wonderful slate of speakers in Koret Auditorium this year. However, check in with this year’s presenters in advance of Bouquets to Art 2021 to see what they’ve been up to.

Lewis Miller
lewismillerdesign.com | @lewismillerdesign

Philippa Craddock
philippacraddock.com | @philippacraddock

Soho Sakai
sogetsu-sohostudygroup.org

Michael and Darroch Putnam
putnamflowers.com | @putnamflowers

Sharla Flock of The School of Bloom
sharlaflockdesigns.com | @sharlaflockdesigns

Check back for more Virtual Bouquets to Art content coming soon!

Sponsors

Grand Patron
Diane B. Wilsey

Honorary Gala Chair
Lorna Meyer Calas

Bouquets to Art Co-Chairs
Jennifer Forbeck and Kathleen Taylor

Significant Support
Dodge & Cox
G2 Insurance

Generous Support
Sloat Garden Center
Wells Fargo

Additional support is also provided by the Belvedere-Tiburon, East Bay, Hillsborough, Ross, and San Francisco Auxiliaries of the Fine Arts Museums.

Interested in sponsoring Bouquets to Art? Contact Elizabeth Hundt, Associate Director of Special Events