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Motif of Carnegie Trees gives nod to 2013 Carnegie International

John Altdorfer - Event co chairs Tara Safar and Melissa Ferrari in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Event co chairs  Tara Safar and Melissa Ferrari in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Mernie Berger, Sandy Ekstron and Myrna Hackney in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Mernie Berger, Sandy Ekstron and Myrna Hackney in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Philip Ferland looks dapper in a red cocktail jacket in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Philip Ferland looks dapper in a red cocktail jacket in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Carnegie Library creative services manager Nancy Lewis with Mary Lisa McVay in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Carnegie Library creative services manager Nancy Lewis with Mary Lisa McVay in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - MIchael Kamin with Kamin with Samantha McDonough, Michael Henderson, and mother Carole Kamin in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>MIchael Kamin with  Kamin with Samantha McDonough, Michael Henderson, and mother Carole Kamin in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Carole Kamin with Michael Henderson, Samantha McDonough and son Michael Kamin in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Carole Kamin with Michael Henderson, Samantha McDonough and son Michael Kamin in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art  Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Timothy McVay and David Bush display the colors and patterns of the holiday season in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Timothy McVay and David Bush display the colors and patterns of the holiday season in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Jeff and Sheryl Broadhurst in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Jeff and Sheryl Broadhurst in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art  Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Lynn and Ron Davenport in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Lynn and Ron Davenport in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art  Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Dr. George Magovern with his wife, Jaime, in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art CMOA Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Dr. George Magovern with his wife, Jaime, in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art CMOA Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
John Altdorfer - Jaime Magovern in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art CMOA Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>John Altdorfer</em></div>Jaime Magovern in the Hall of Architecture in the Carnegie Museum of Art during the Carnegie Trees Opening Party, presented by the Carnegie Museum of Art CMOA Women’s Committee, in Oakland. Dec. 4, 2013.

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Chances were slim that you'd find anyone in the crowd at the Carnegie Museum of Art on Dec. 4 who wouldn't dub the annual Carnegie Trees exhibit as the official kickoff of the Christmas holiday.

Six towering trees decorated in a nod to the 2013 Carnegie International exhibit were unveiled for a crowd of 450, with co-chairs Melissa Ferrari and Tara Safar at the helm.

Among a crowd that read like a who's who of Pittsburgh were the tree chairs, including — most impressively — Mernie Berger, who, along with sister Lowrie Ebbert, has been tending to a tree for more than 40 years. Additionally, Carole Kamin, Cynthia Cooley and Suzanne McLaughlin, Nancy Lewis with the Carnegie Library, LauraBeattie with the Frick, and the Society for Contemporary Craft also had their creative prowess on display.

“Everyone from library personnel, their families, friends, neighbors and beyond helped make the paper dolls,” explains Lewis, whose “Imagination Builders” theme included approximately 700 paper dolls made by more than 50 people. “Everyone loved it and embraced it so much,” she adds.

The event, presented flawlessly by the Women's Committee of the CMA, has been a holiday tradition since 1961.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com or 412-380-8515.

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