ARTS ALIVE 2011: It's not unusual to see somebody sketching a sculpture, or drawing a wall of paintings, while seated inside a museum. Less usual is seeing stems and buds and roses and moss echoing a master's work. But it is an intriguing idea, and it is that idea that's at the heart of Arts Alive, the annual floral-and-fund-raising effort that happens each spring at the San Diego Museum of Art. The only thing a lover of petals and paintings should not do is think of this as small-scale. Oh no; rather, over 100 flower artists submit sprays and bouquets, all of which summon the spirit of an artwork they sit near.
OPENING NIGHT: There's a splashy reception planned for Thursday, April 28, but the public is welcome to peruse the petalage and pastels from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Cost is $15. If you're looking to take in more art while in the area, note that the Mission Federal ArtWalk is twirling into Little Italy over the weekend, bringing with it dance troupes and artists selling their work.