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Riviera hosted a VIP sneak peek of The San Diego Museum of Art’s premier annual gala, Art Alive.
Flamenco dancers! Delectable tapas by Alchemy! This night had it all, with more than 100 supporters delving into a Spanish-themed evening replete with festive cocktails from Snake Oil in the SDMA rotunda, which was transformed into a low-slung, high-drama lounge courtesy of Pow Wow. The cascading centerpiece, made of bougainvillea and rose vines by designer Carlos Franco of San Diego’s Green Fresh Florals,
was a tantalizing preview of what’s in store for this year’s Art Alive.
For his third year decking out the gala, Franco is going petal to the metal with a theme six months in the growing. Along with Balboa Park’s own Spanish architecture, he’s gleaning inspiration from Granada’s Moorish palace, the Alhambra (translation: heaven on Earth). With lush gardens set throughout the museum, Franco is going for some serious sensory overload, piping in bird sounds and employing fragrance machines to churn out the scents of jasmine and rose. “I’m bringing the outdoors inside, and it’s really going to set the stage,” he says. In other words, the garden party will never be the same. –Photography by J.Dixx