OAKLAND — As the annual Bouquets of Art exhibit at the de Young Museum gears up for its 33rd year from March 14-19, one long-standing Piedmont Avenue flower shop will be participating and helping to organize the event as well.
J. Miller Flowers and Gifts, 4416 Piedmont Ave., will be participating in the fundraiser for its 18th year, and co-owners and sisters Robbin Lee and Valerie Lee Ow will be creating their own flower arrangement for the San Francisco exhibit.
The de Young Museum hosts the exhibit every spring. It features 120 floral arrangements by designers from around the Bay Area. Each arrangement is meant to be inspired by a work of art in the de Young’s permanent collection.
For Ow, she said she first started submitting a floral design after being invited to the exhibit 25 years ago.
“I’ve just always really enjoyed museums and the art, and I think the idea and intrigue of incorporating my flowers with famous art pieces was really exciting,” she said.
This year, J. Miller Flowers and Gifts will be submitting an arrangement based off Everett Shinn’s painting, “Outdoor Stage, France.” Ow said she and her partners chose the Shinn painting for a number of reasons.
“I love the movement of the painting,” Ow said. She said she also liked that the painting focused on a woman, and she felt that the role of women in today’s political climate was becoming increasingly important.
“I support and promote and hire a lot of women in our shop, and I think it kind of spoke to me on a lot of levels,” Ow said. “The movement and the colors, it’s sort of subtle but striking.”
She said her shop plans to use a combination of dark succulents, orchids and roses to create its version of the painting.
The de Young holds the exhibit as a fundraiser to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. This year, the exhibit will be open from March 14-19, with an opening gala where guests can get a first viewing of the designs on exhibit.
Ow will also be participating in the “Meet the Designer” program on two days at her exhibit in Gallery 28: Outdoor Stage, France from 12 to 1 p.m. March 14, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on March 18.
The event typically draws around 750,000 visitors and generates about $6 million, which will go toward helping fund special exhibits, conservation projects and educational programs at the de Young.
Published at Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:00:18 +0000