Cactus Collective Exhibit on display at Scottsdale Fashion Square in March

Cactus Collective Exhibit on display at Scottsdale Fashion Square in March

SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE, Scottsdale Arts team up with local artists to showcase cactus collective celebrating Five Cs of Arizona’s economy


Month-long luxury showcase highlights artistic saguaro cacti designed by top artists this March


Scottsdale, Arizona – With the support of the Arizona Office of Tourism, Scottsdale Fashion Square, together with one of the state’s preeminent cultural leaders Scottsdale Arts and City of Scottsdale, is celebrating Arizona’s history and economy through 15 custom-created saguaro cactuses decorated to reflect the five Cs that are the root of its economy: cotton, climate, cattle, copper, and citrus. The Cactus Collective exhibit will be on display in at the center throughout the month of March. 


“Arizona has a rich background, one that draws visitors from far and wide to discover its beauty and charm,” said Melanie Sutton, Senior Marketing Manager at Scottsdale Fashion Square. “With spring upon us, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and our partners at the Arizona Office of Tourism and Scottsdale Public Art, knew we wanted to create an exhibit that perfectly sums up our state. While many only know Arizona for its mighty saguaros, The Cactus Collective gives us a chance to have our saguaros tell the story of what makes the state unique.”


Unveiled on March 2 and on display through the entire month at Scottsdale’s iconic luxury shopping center, the curated display features the work of artists hand-selected by Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale Arts from a collection of artists with diverse artistic points of view for their commitment to providing a unique perspective into all that defines Arizona.


“The 15 artists whom we selected give us a deeper look into the life and times that have made Arizona so unique,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, President and CEO of Scottsdale Arts. “While they may represent diverse backgrounds – from growing up on a cattle farm to working with some of the state’s most prominent organizations – the common denominator is their ability to let us discover Arizona through a new and different lens.”


The artists who are transforming the 15 custom-created saguaro forms include Sharon Biemond, Catina Crum, Ashley Durard, Jo Ho, Adam Jackson, Shari Keith, Nathaniel Lewis, Rachelle Olsen-Veal, Justin Pye, Jordan Ragland, Maria Madrid Reed, Paige Reesor, Diane Rogers, Jacx Schanes and Rita Toikka.


“From incredible weather and breathtaking landscapes to world-class amenities and unmistakable southwestern hospitality, Arizona has become a quintessential American destination state,” said Debbie Johnson, Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism. “The Cactus Collective perfectly encapsulates Arizona Office of Tourism’s designation of 2022 as the “Year of AZ Discovery.”


The Cactus Collective submissions will also be judged by a panel from Scottsdale Arts/Scottsdale Public Art and the Arizona Office of Tourism, and will include a Best in Show and People’s Choice awards. Judging will be based on five categories, including:

  • Design aesthetics line/form, color and texture
  • Design principles balance, proportion and unity
  • Mechanics/execution neatness and cleanliness of design, proper coverage of saguaro
  • Sturdiness of design
  • Creative incorporation of at least one of Arizona five Cs of economy.

In addition to the display of saguaros, the month-long celebration will also include special events that highlight the five Cs, including:

  • Climate – Wellness Wednesday: Visitors will have a chance to celebrate the amazing desert weather and experience health- and beauty-focused activities, including a one-of-a-kind sunset yoga event straight from the roof of Scottsdale Fashion Square all month long.
  • Cotton – Fashion Runway Show: Arizona State University’s Fashion Design School will accent the runway with cotton creations and style vignettes on March 26 at 4 p.m. in Palm Court. Retailers will make a bigger fashion splash with in-store experiences, celebrity and/or designer appearances.
  • Cattle: For a unique take on St. Patrick’s Day, foodies can share their “Favorite Pattie for St. Patty’s” on Instagram for the chance to win $25 gift cards to Francine, Zinque, Yardhouse and Shake Shack and nosh on some tasty burgers.
  • Citrus & Copper – Music & Mixology Splash: Sponsored by Martini & Rossi Fiero, the Music & Mixology Splash brings together a special farmers market pop-up experience with Uptown Market AZ and The Cocktail Collaborative in the Grand North Valet circle on March 13. Guests will enjoy an early morning yoga class, live music by Elvis Before Noon, brunch specials, and more.


Scottsdale Fashion Center’s retailers will also be part of The Cactus Collective celebration, offering up many promotions to shoppers throughout March, including new spring collections at Cotton On, Scotch & Soda, Kate Spade, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss and others.


For more information about The Cactus Collective, visit


About Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the premier shopping destinations in the nation. With 1.9 million square feet, and more than 200 shops and restaurants, Scottsdale Fashion Square features the world’s finest luxury and contemporary brands including Dior, Versace, Burberry, Escada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, St. John, Cartier, Bulgari, Bottega Veneta, Carolina Herrera, David Yurman, Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Prada and Neiman Marcus. The upscale shopping center’s multi-phased renovation will bring mixed-use expansion, and a redefinition of the luxury shopping and dining experience. Additional information about Scottsdale Fashion Square can be obtained from its website:


About Scottsdale Arts

Through its partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational opportunities that foster active, lifelong community engagement with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the City of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program. For more information, visit


About the Arizona Office of Tourism

The Arizona Office of Tourism works to strengthen and grow Arizona’s economy through travel and tourism promotion, positioning Arizona as the leading tourism destination for domestic and international travelers. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism employed almost 200,000 Arizonans and contributed over $3.5 billion in tax revenue to our federal, state and local economies.

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