Florists Interpreting Art: Fine Art Museum of SF Show Shines

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By Jill Brooke
DeVoy Designs, Kiwi DeVoy, Randolph Rogers
Over 50,000 people made a beeline to see the “Bouquets to Art” exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Of course, florists interpreting paintings and sculptures that exist in museums have become a big fundraiser opportunity and crowd favorite. Arts institutions around the country are doing this in North Carolina, Boston, Oregon, and elsewhere. This California exhibition at the de Young Museum always has a modern twist since each region has its own floral flavor. This marks its 39th year of creating this beloved Bay Area event in which over 100 florists participate.
According to the museum, $680,000 was raised at the opening night this month and more than $1,500,000 during the entire week. The funds will help both education departments and conservation efforts. After all, doesn’t exquisite botany remind us to take care of nature?
As added catnip, CCSF floral fashion students used flowers to spark smiles and creativity.
Enjoy the interpretations from these talented florists and tell us your favorite on our flowerpowerdaily_ Instagram. We will also be mentioning your favorites on our TV show.
Nob Hill Florist, Karah Schweizer, Leslie Kaye
The Budstop, Cathy Boldt, Joseph Wright
Dixon Florist, Courtney Kett, Melissa Taylor, Dana Martim, Lily Kett, Terri Irwin, Dale Chihuly
Florabella, Isabella Boyer Sikaffy, Nathan Kanofsky, Mike Burton Tillson
Im Chan Designs, Im Chan, Cindy Ito
Dolce Floral Design, Jamie Chae AIFD
Bewilder Floral, Larisa Minerva, Jess Burgess Franklin Collins
The Empire of Flora, Constance Oakson, Kathy Groves
Pico Soriano Designs, Pico Soriano, Luis Garcia
Acme Floral Co.

Photo Credits: Drew Altizer

Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD and a contributor to Florists Review magazine. Her TV show, “Flower Power Daily” launches July 1.

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