'Art Alive' returns in full bloom

Spring is in bloom at the San Diego Museum of Art.

From April 28-30, more than 100 floral designers will transform some of the museum's most iconic art pieces into floral displays at the 36th annual "Art Alive" exhibition. Throughout the exhibit, guests can expect to see displays inspired by Diego Rivera, Edwin Benney III, René Magritte and many other artists.

The floral exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. General admission is free for members, $5 for children ages 7-17 and $25 for nonmembers 18 or older. Proceeds from the exhibition will be used to support education as well as outreach programs and special exhibitions.

"Art Alive" comes with a number of surrounding events and activities at the the SDMA as well. 

The weekend of events will kick off April 27 with the Art Alive 2017 Premiere Dinner, a black-tie event for the museum's Honorary Committee Premiere Patrons.

From 7 p.m. to midnight on April 28, the BLOOM BASH party will showcase a custom art installation by HOTTEA, an artist who specializes in using yarn. The event also will include food and drinks, live music, dancing and after-hours viewing of the floral exhibition. Admission is $200 for members and $250 for nonmembers.

On April 29, the Museum of Art is partnering with North Park boutique Pigment for a Terrarium Building Workshop. The event is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Admission is $100 for members and $125 for nonmembers.

Finally, families are invited to "Garden of Activities," a flower hunt throughout the museum. A children's reading area and art projects will also be available. The event is from noon to 4 p.m. and is free after "Art Alive" admission.

For more information about the events and to purchase tickets, visit sdmart.org/artalive.

San Diego Museum of Art: 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931. sdmart.org

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