Art museum draws a crowd for annual Carnegie Trees display
'Tis the season for unveiling the Christmas tree ... the 20-foot-tall Christmas tree ... that started being mentally decorated last Christmas.
“Oh, we started thinking about it a year ago and began working on it in June,” shared Mernie Berger of the “Architectural Icons of the World's Fair”-themed tree she decorated with Lowrie Ebbert and that is on display at the Carnegie Museum of Art for the annual Carnegie Trees party. Hosted by the CMA Women's Committee and co-chaired by Melissa Ferrari and Tara Safar, each of the seven towering pines were inspired by the World's Fair as a nod to the museum's current exhibit.
“Stunning! Impressive!” Safar exclaimed. “It's hard for me, seeing these, to imagine what I'm going to do at home.”
No pressure to measure up — although, thanks to collaborations from Jesse Kowalski and the Andy Warhol Museum, Nancy Lewis and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carole Kamin and her enlisted family members, Laura Beattie and Elisabeth Braughler and the Frick Art & Historical Center, Michael Sexauer and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Cynthia Cooley and Suzanne McLaughlin — the thought of those dusty bulbs in the basement did seem somewhat sad in comparison.
Meanwhile, back in the Hall of Sculpture, uncorked champagne bottles brought together a reported 500 guests including Jay and Ranny Ferguson, Ann Bridges, Sheryl Broadhurst, Barbara Granito, Eric Shiner, Peggy McKnight (in a fantastic vintage Geoffrey Beene ensemble), Dr. Helene Finegold and Chuck Gottschalk, Tracy Weigand and Ben Luffey, Sam Taylor, Tim McVay and David Bush, and CMA's Jason Busch, who was making the quite the lasting impression thanks to his recycled redwood tree bow tie.
“Why not be festive for the holiday?” he smiled.
Now in it's 51st year, Carnegie Trees has unofficially marked the start of the holiday social season since 1961.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Allure showcase represents 34 Pittsburgh-area artists
- Flash!: ‘The Great Gatsby Affair,’ Sunflower POWER