Scottsdale Arts Blooms at Annual ‘ARTrageous Gala’

The Event: Bloom: The ARTrageous Gala

The Cause: Scottsdale Arts

Event Date: April 1, 2023

Location: Scottsdale Civic Center

Title Sponsor: Billie Jo Herberger

Honorees: Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, Herberger Award for the Arts | Oskar Knoblauch, Lifetime Award for Service | SRP, Corporate Trailblazer Award

Entertainment: Music, Dance and Performance Art by Quixotic | Finale by Walter Productions

Exhibition Art: Lost by Amanda Parer

Emcee: Dr. Gerd Wuestemann

Auctioneer: Brett Higgins

Caterer: Fabulous Food

Notable Moments: Guests enjoyed the stunning new open-air settings at Scottsdale Arts as performance artists and large-scale, botanical art installations illuminated the lawn. The program theme was supporting and expanding the arts. The tone and messages from the award recipients focused on kindness, peace and tolerance. Honoree Oskar Knoblauch, at age 97, gave a heartfelt statement of support for the arts. From his experience in a Nazi-controlled Ghetto in Krakow, Poland and in Nazi labor camps, he presented this powerful message: “Hate can be neutralized by mutual respect.” Honoree Dorothy Lincoln-Smith, the renowned concert vocalist and arts innovator, capped her eloquent and joyful speech with: “Don’t worry, be happy,” stating, “Don’t let anger define you.” The lotus fireworks were the perfect finale to an evening in bloom.

Photos courtesy of Chris Loomis and David Blakeman

Billie Jo Herberger
Oscar De las salas & Anita Lang
Christian & Tracy Serena, Gabby Usinger & Vincent de Sarthe
Christine Harthun & honoree Oskar Knoblauch
Members of the SOAR Foundation
Scottsdale Councilman Barry Graham, Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Honoree Dorothy Lincoln-Smith & Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega
Cece Cole & Dr. Gerd Wuestemann
Performances by Quixotic
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