Mark Your Calendar for “Art Alive 2016” at the SD Museum of Art

Spring in San Diego means “Art Alive” at The San Diego Museum of Art on April 28-May 1.

Art Alive celebrates its 35th year with installations and events that take inspiration from the spring exhibition, Brush and Ink, as well as the Museum’s exceptional collection of Asian art. See the Museum in full bloom at this signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition with more than 100 floral interpretations of the Museum’s permanent collection. Designers Ben Lucero and Jim Lennox from Pacific Event Productions will bring a new twist to an old Asian tradition with a Rotunda design encompassing the creativity, emotion, and powerful energy embodied by the element of fire.

Highlights include:

Bloom Bash: Art, flowers, and glowing sculptures… Kick off your Art Alive weekend at this fun opening celebration! See the Museum in full bloom and enjoy works by Los Angeles based sculptor and designer James Peterson; divine delicacies from San Diego’s top eateries; exquisitely crafted cocktails by The Patrón Spirits Company; live music and dancing; interactive art, activities, and performances; 100+ floral interpretations of famous works from the permanent collection; and much more.

Floral Exhibition: The Museum’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition brings the Museum’s permanent collection to life in a uniquely beautiful way. Featuring more than 100 floral interpretations of famous works of art and a central Rotunda design, the exhibition is accompanied by three full days of events.

Floral Demonstration: The Art Alive 2016 events continue in grand fashion with a new floral demonstration, led by Kika Shibata, a renowned instructor of Sogetsu Ikebana—the avant-garde form of the Japanese art of flower arranging. The demonstration will be a dazzling spectacle, highlighting the creative freedom of the art form and the relationship between humanity and nature. Kika Shibata is the Branch Director of the South Bay Branch of Sogetsu San Jose and the Sogetsu North America West Coast Region Coordinator. She teaches ikebana classes throughout the Bay Area, in Sacramento, San Diego, Arizona, and Dallas, Texas. She has been invited as a guest demonstrator and workshop instructor by various ikebana organizations throughout North America and around the world. She has received many prestigious awards recognizing her achievements and contributions toward the promotion and joy of the art of ikebana.

Museum Store Jewelry Trunk Show: Shop The Museum Store for unique spring-themed items, and to check out the Art Alive 2016 Jewelry Trunk Show, featuring new pieces from local designer and Art Alive alum Sheri Liebert. This trunk show is presented in conjunction with Art Alive 2016, the Museum’s signature fundraiser and annual floral exhibition. Free after Art Alive admission.

Garden of Activities: Great for families, the Garden of Activities features a Museum-wide flower hunt, a children’s reading area, and a variety of floral-inspired art projects designed for children and families to do together. Activities are free after Art Alive floral exhibition general admission.

Proceeds from Bloom Bash and Art Alive benefit education, outreach, and art initiatives year-round.

The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, provides a rich and diverse cultural experience. Located in the heart of beautiful Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned permanent collection includes Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings, and 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.

In addition, the Museum regularly features major exhibitions from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule of supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. Exhibition text is always in English and Spanish. The Museum’s research library offers access to an extensive collection of art history publications.

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