“BOUQUETS TO ART 2010″ – ends this Saturday, April 24th

Jan Wahl to MC “Hat Day”, 12:00 noon at the de Young

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Now in its 26th year, Bouquets to Art has attracted nearly 550,000 visitors and raised over $4.52 million in net proceeds, which have been used to fund an impressive roster of special exhibitions, art acquisitions, educational programs, and special projects at the Legion of Honor and the de Young Museum. Recent exhibitions supported by Bouquets to Art include International Arts and Crafts: William Morris to Frank Lloyd Wright, 2005; Marie-Antoinette at the Petit Trianon, 2007; and The State Museums of Berlin and the Legacy of James Simon, 2008.

 Bouquets to Art funds have made possible the acquisition of the Crown Point Press Archive, a rare Nimrud ivory from Mesopotamia dating from the 8th–9th century, an exceptional early 20th-century French glass vase by Emile Galle, and a Paracas turban and a Naxca Colombian woven band. The Fine Arts Museums’ Education Department has also received support from Bouquets to Art for the Get Smart with Art program, and in 2007 it received a substantial gift of unrestricted funds.

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Gallery 11-F. Savage Rose. Marian LeBrun, Novato
Photos, by Seán Martinfield

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Preparing Wilsey Court.
Design and Installation: Ornamento. Orna Maymon. Design assistant, Ken Pazada.
Metal Design and Fabrication: Tony Dominski. West Edge Metals

A French Inspiration
The two inspirational exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay will be presented at the de Young Museum beginning in May 2010. Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay is on view May 22nd to September 6th, 2010. And beginning Saturday, September 25th through January 18th, 2011 Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay.

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Gallery 24-B. Laurel Designs. Laurel Ann Winzler, San Francisco

Birth of Impressionism documents the master painters of the mid-19th century, from whose midst arose one of the most original and recognizable of all artistic styles, Impressionism. Among these was American expatriate James McNeill Whistler, whose painting Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1—better known as “Whistler’s Mother”—is among this exhibition’s many highlights.

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Gallery 14-C.www.picodesign.com. Pico Soriano.
Assistants Alexandria Christakos, Pia Ramos. Redwood Shores.

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Gallery 10-A.
Floral Design Studios.
Nona Tai, AIFD, Fremont.

A selection of stunning works by Edouard Manet, including The Fife Player and his portrait of Stéphane Mallarmé. Impressionist masterpieces by Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro are featured in the collection. The exhibition also presents the work of Edgar Degas including his renowned Images of the Ballet, The Racetrack, and Life In La Belle Époque. Paintings by William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Gustave Courbet represent the era’s parallel themes of academicism and naturalism.

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Gallery 25. Castro Street Flowers.
Stephanie Foster, San Francisco

The second of two exhibitions from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond, follows on the heels of the first with a selection of the most famous late-Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the leaders of Les Nabis – Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. It is here where the Orsay’s collection shines brightest with masterpieces such as van Gogh’s Starry Night over the Rhone, a haunting Self-Portrait, and Bedroom at Arles. The exhibition includes a superior collection of paintings from the Pont-Aven school, including Gauguin’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ. The exhibition concludes with the Orsay’s spectacular collection of pointillist paintings, represented by the masters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac.

Click here for more information: BOUQUETS TO ART 2010

CALENDAR:
Friday, April 23rd, 9:30 am – 8:45 pm: Floral exhibits Noon: Hat Day, with Jan Wahl, Mistress of Ceremonies.
Saturday, April 24th, 9:30 am – 5:15 pm: Floral exhibits, benefit drawing.

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Gallery 25. Whole Foods Market. Franklin & California, San Francisco

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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