Independent Woman Luncheon

9th annual event draws 450 guests to Phoenix Art Museum

The ninth annual Independent Woman Luncheon on March 26 celebrated the Valley’s premier design community. Forty-eight designers created stunning tabletops as Phoenix Art Museum welcomed award-winning artist and fashion illustrator Cathy B. Graham.

The 453 guests circulated throughout the tables before the luncheon was served to admire the stunning creations, each with a unique centerpiece atop tablecloths specially designed by Kravet to reflect Graham’s aesthetic. Santa Barbara Catering served a beautifully plated menu that also drew inspiration from Graham’s designs.

Graham delighted guests with a lively account of the ups and downs in her life, along with an entertaining slide presentation. Her book, Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table, was available for purchase and signing.

The nine-year-old event was created by Ellen Katz and has raised more than $2 million for the museum. Char Hubble served as event chair, Matthew Boland as honorary chair and Amy Cohn as honorary committee member.


The tables in Cummings Great Hall

Table design by Clyde Hardware

Amada Cruz, the Sybil Harrington Director and CEO, Phoenix Art Museum; Ellen Katz

Erin Gogolak and Amy Cohn

Susie Hersker and Madonna Newman

Billie Jo Herberger and Adrienne Schiffner

Cathy Kleeman and Amy Videan; Jan Lewis and Lisa Portigal

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