A Botanical Bliss at the San Diego Museum of Art

With the recent re-opening of the state of California, on June 17th-20th the San Diego Museum of Art held the highly anticipated Art Alive exhibition. This year celebrated the 40th anniversary of the celebration with a breathtaking floral extravaganza. Guests experienced the sights, sounds, and scents of nearly 100 floral arrangements inspired by the collection of famous works of art from the Museum and in the Plaza Panama.

A towering floral installation in the museum rotunda of San Diego Art Museum designed by Beth O'Reilly
A towering floral installation in the museum rotunda designed by Beth O’Reilly

Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director at The San Diego Museum of Art said, “We’re thrilled to once again host our annual Art Alive weekend, a celebratory exhibition that helps support essential public programs, education, community outreach, and special exhibitions for the Museum.”

Floral installation at San Diego Art Museum blog by Ruchel Freibrun
A view from the second floor

Nancy Tagwerker, one of the participating floral designers remarked “It has been my honor to have a floral interpretation on display at Art Alive for the past ten years. It is fun to accept the challenge of trying to create a fresh floral design of a Masterpiece from the Museum’s collection using new and unusual plant materials. During my creative process, I always feel a connection with the artist whose work I have chosen to interpret. The entire weekend of Art Alive I get a chance to connect with other floral designers. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy their creations.”

Art Alive 2021 Floral Exhibition  at the San Diego Art Museum

As I entered the museum, I was greeted by a towering floral installation in the museum rotunda. I was blown away. The installation consists of bright block colors, and a cascading decor with fresh and preserved materials to create an ambiance of botanical bliss. Attendees took advantage of photo-ops in front of the astonishing floral art. Beth O’Reilly, the rotunda designer created a “Botanical Graffiti” contemporary floral. O’Reilly is an internationally recognized floral artist and accredited member of The American Institute of Floral Designers. The institute is one of the most prestigious design organizations in the world. Recently O’Reilly competed on “Full Bloom” an HBO Max series where the finest florists from around the country create larger-than-life floral installations.

Floral exhibition San Diego Art Museum - popbuff.com Ruchel Freibrun

Floral installation SAn DIego Art Museum

The exhibit also consisted of several instagrammable spots outside of the museum, as well as food and drinks, gift store pop-ups, and a kid-friendly garden activity center.

popbuff blogger Ruchel Freibrun at Art Alive 2021 in San Diego Art Museum
Outdoor art installation
Ruchel Freibrun popbuff blogger at Art Alive 2021 in San Diego Art Museum

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