On March 13th, 2017 the de Young Museum held the Bouquets to Art Opening Preview Gala, an elegant evening providing an exclusive first look of the annual exhibit featuring more than 125 floral displays. Notable attendees included Diane B. Wilsey, Lorna Meyer Calas, Lonna Wais, Molly Wadhwani and Max Hollein.

Each spring, 125 of the Bay Area’s most innovative and sought-after floral designers breathe new life into the de Young’s permanent collection during Bouquets to Art. Now in its 33rd year, this highly anticipated event features a dazzling display of floral arrangements inspired by the de Young’s diverse collection of paintings, objects, and sculptures, as well as the architecture of the building. The weeklong exhibition and fund-raiser will take place from March 14 through 19, 2017. All proceeds from Bouquets to Art benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The weeklong exhibition launches on Monday, March 14, with Le Beau Jardin—an opening gala inspired by French culture, where guests will enjoy the first viewing of the exhibition. Les Copains D’Abord will provide the evening’s entertainment. Throughout the evening, models will stroll through the reception museum wearing ensembles created entirely from fresh flowers, designed by students from City College of San Francisco. Diane B. Wilsey is the Bouquets to Art Grand Patron, Lorna Meyer Calas is Honorary Gala Chair, Lonna Wais is Exhibit and Floral Fashions Partner, and Molly Wadhwani is Bouquets to Art Ambassador.

Photos by Drew Altizer