Museum bursts into bloom at 31st Art Alive opening


By Lonnie Burstein Hewitt

Hundreds of museum members and other art-and-flower lovers gathered for the opening of The San Diego Museum of Art’s 31st annual Art Alive fundraiser on April 12.

On display were creations by more than 80 floral designers responding to art works in the museum’s permanent collection, and many of the attendees were as decorative as the floral designs. Among the horticultural highlights were elegant interpretations of the modernist kimonos and obis of Japanese masters Kuboku Takaku and his daughter

Hisako in Gallery 12.

Guests sipped champagne and tequila cocktails in the Rotunda, under a cascading tree of flowers created by Pacific Event Productions, and then went out to a flower-decked tent in the Sculpture Court for wine, music, and tasty tidbits from restaurants like George’s, Eddie V’s and Mille Fleurs. The evening was a beginning to SDMA’s next three decades of Art Alive events.