Art Alive takes over museum for weekend

The fragile and ephemeral art of floral design blends with the permanent beauty of paintings and sculpture every spring - when the annual Art Alive show takes over the San Diego Museum of Art for a long weekend. This year’s Art Alive festivities included floral demonstrations, a huge black-tie gala at the museum, a garden lecture and a delightful luncheon at The Prado Restaurant.

The “Lily Luncheon” at The Prado gave supporters a preview of the latest luxury fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue, including chic accessories, haute handbags and cosmetics. Since this year’s celebration of art and flowers was “Paris in the Park,” the featured designer was Jeff Leatham (artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris).

As museum director Derrick Cartwright pointed out, “This is our primary fundraiser, and this is the most successful Art Alive yet.” Honorary Chair Tom Gildred echoed those sentiments when he announced, “We really shattered the records from previous years.”

Among the many other local art aficionados on hand were Sally Thornton, Maree Mossmer, Susan Heller, Judy White, Marilyn Colby, Carol Karlovich, Greta Kennedy, Marion Schroeder, Joy Urich, Patricia Gage and Doreen Schonbrun.