Opening Night of the Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young was wonderful! This famed event has been blooming in the halls of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco for 32 years and it’s so worth a visit, even if you aren’t a Bay Area local. I slipped on my frou frou, floral Oscar dress – (I wish it was really that simple to transform!) and headed to Golden Gate Park with my friend Kim.
We were thrilled to be greeted by all things floral and fabulous, including some costumes created entirely with flowers and leaves. Sipping cocktails and nibbling on the delicious sweets and savories before disappearing into the floral exhibitions — this is my idea of a magical evening. Every year I marvel at the talent with which each artist interprets or relates to their chosen piece of art through floral design. There were innovative arrangements and imaginative installations.
Bouquets to Art is a renowned event, but what is particularly (and personally) special to me is that my mother was one of the original exhibitors for the first 17 years! My mom is an amazing artist, and for as long as I can remember she has been creating and sharing her art with the world. Whether decoupage, terrarium gardens, patchwork dresses, (hello 1970s) floral designs- and for the last 15 years quilting - she’s always been able to creatively express herself. In a time when women’s work was traditionally in the home, she found her voice through art. Watching her commit time, enthusiasm, and energy to her passion has been inspiring to me (although I didn’t call it ‘inspiration' as a teenager), and I realize how influential her creativity has been to my own SEEK-ing. At 87, my mom continues to devote so much time to her art, and I love that she creates purely for the sake of creating. Always a storyteller through her art, I continue to love watching the ways she is inspired by color, fabric, shapes, and beautiful live flowers.
While walking through the de Young galleries that evening, I was flooded with wonderful memories of the art, spirit, and beauty I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by. It seems like a creative spirit has been calling me for the last few years, and I am answering it with SEEK, my own version of being “artistic.” Though I’ve always found creative outlets through the years, from garden and home, to family and fundraising events, this blog feels like the opportunity I’ve been inching toward. A canvas to create with words and images, to curate beautiful things that speak to me of lifestyle and soul. Influenced and inspired by - and dedicated to - my mom, Marolyn Stanley. Something for you to consider this week: what is your art? What do you create, just for the sake of creating? What are you wanting to bloom?