Nicholas-Applegate wants San Diego citizens to take time and smell the water lilies this summer.
The firm is sponsoring the San Diego Museum of Art's exhibition, Monet: Paintings of Giverny from the Musee Marmottan. The exhibit highlights 22 paintings from the Musee Marmottan, Paris, which owns the largest and most significant collection of the impressionist's later works.
Most of the pieces in the exhibit are of the garden and lily pond at Monet's home in Giverny.
The exhibit also includes drawings by a younger Monet of people in his hometown of Le Havre, photographs of Monet and his family, and impressionist paintings by Americans who lived, worked and studied at Giverny.
This is the first exhibition that Nicholas-Applegate has sponsored, but a spokesman for the firm said this sponsorship is just the beginning of what is expected to be a long-standing relationship with the museum. The firm currently is a business circle member of the museum.
Nicholas-Applegate also is a co-sponsor of the Tickets for Kids program that gives tickets to the museum to children who work hard in school, participate in community, church and recreational activities and stay drug-free.
The firm is expected to increase the amount of work it does within communities where its offices are located. Besides San Diego, Nicholas-Applegate has offices in Houston, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Singapore.
"Our participation in this significant exhibition is based on a desire to provide our neighbors in San Diego County, and our region's many visitors, with the opportunity for a truly unique, enjoyable and educational cultural experience," said Art Nicholas, founder and managing partner.
The exhibition runs through Aug. 30.