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Silver Eye auctioning photos in biennial fundraising event

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Silver Eye Center for Photography will hold its 2014 Benefit Auction & Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Clear Story Studio, 1931 Sidney St., South Side.

Today is the last day to view the photographs at Silver Eye, and the last day for absentee bidding on the auction website,

The 34 photographs comprise a range of subject and approach including landscape, a few local industrial scenes, still life, narrative, photojournalistic and conceptual. Silver prints, chromogenic color prints and various digital print techniques are represented. Viewpoints range from pinhole to panoramic.

The photographers are a mix of established, midcareer and emerging artists whose birth years range from 1946 to 1990. Three, significant to Pittsburgh photographic history, are deceased. They are Aaronel deRoy Gruber (1918-2011), Clyde "Red" Hare (1924-2009) and Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-98).

Photographers are mostly American but also a Briton, Japanese and Malaysian. They include artists prominent within and beyond the region such as Sue Abramson, Gavin Benjamin, Susan Derges, John A. Fobes, Lori Hepner, Sheree Hovsepian, Ross Mantle, Mark Perrott, Martha Rial, Donald Robinson, Laurie Simmons, Arne Svensen, Dylan Vitone, William D. Wade and Yoong Wah Alex Wong.

The estimated values of the photographs range from $200 to $6,000. Most were donated by the artists with a few by representing galleries, a museum or foundation.

The auctioneer will be Daile Kaplan, vice president and director of the photographs department, Swann Auction Galleries, New York.

Tickets are $75 and include a paddle for live auction bidding, access to a silent auction, brunch by All in Good Taste Productions and wines by Engine House 25. The event usually sells out, and tickets may be purchased on the website or by calling Silver Eye, 412-431-1810. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door Sunday.

This eighth biennial event is the major fundraiser for the nonprofit organization, which has as its goal to exhibit and promote contemporary photography and photo-based multimedia. Located at 1015 E. Carson St., South Side, Silver Eye will be open from noon to 6 p.m. today. Admission is free.

Stand against racism

Carnegie Museum of Natural History is participating in Stand Against Racism Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in conjunction with the exhibition "RACE: Are We So Different?" The annual event, initiated by the YWCA four years ago, attracted 300,000 participants across the country in 2013.

The museum invites visitors to "visit the exhibition to learn the science and history behind race and racism, and pledge to do your part by raising awareness and decrying intolerance."

A bulletin board will be placed outside the exhibition that day where visitors may post comments about what they as individuals do to combat racism and foster tolerance. Coupons will be available for return visits to the museum and for related buttons and wristbands.

"Speaking out in the 1950s was very different from speaking out now," said Cecile Shellman, museum communications and community specialist. "In the 1940s and '50s, people could be lynched for speaking out, but now there are laws so there is not that fear of losing one's life."

The event is free with museum admission. Information: 412-622-3131 or

Contemporary ceramics

An opening reception for "Transformation 9: Contemporary Works in Ceramics," comprising work by 31 artists, will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Society for Contemporary Craft, 2100 Smallman St., Strip District. Several exhibition artists will speak about their work from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. At 2 p.m. the Raphael Prize-winning artist will give an artist talk (free and public). Information: 412-261-7003 or

Gallery crawl

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery Crawl in the Downtown Cultural District will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The free public event offers more than 30 Crawl Stops featuring visual arts, live music, dance, DJs and more. A couple of highlights to look for: always interesting Pittsburgh artist Tom Sarver's "The Occasional Market: Paintings, Objects & Actions," 707 Penn Ave., and "Digital Hand," artwork by 25 Penn State students focusing on digital fabrication, mixing 3-D printing and traditional sculpture techniques. Most of the students and their professor will be present. Information:

Art All Night

The 17th installment of Art All Night: Lawrenceville will be held from 4 p.m. Saturday to 2 p.m. Sunday at 40th and Willow streets. The free event includes art, entertainment, collaborative activities and an art auction.

Children's activities will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in an area adjacent to youth-friendly art; the rest of the show is uncensored.

Westmoreland hours

Beginning Sunday, hours for the Westmoreland Museum of American Art at its temporary Westmoreland @rt 30 location will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (724-837-1500 or

Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: or 412-263-1925.

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