Unveiling of the trees at Carnegie Museum

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The Women's Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art unveiled the Carnegie trees, a 50-year tradition, at a gala Wednesday in the Hall of Architecture. Ornaments on the six 20-foot-tall Colorado spruce trees represent the show's theme, "Embracing the Art of Play," which was inspired by the 2013 Carnegie International. The individual themes and those responsible for the decorations are:

* "Puzzles From Past Carnegie Internationals" by Mernie Berger and Lowrie Ebbert -- puzzle pieces from paintings included in Carnegie International exhibitions from 1950-92. Among the artists represented are Henry Matisse, Jean Metzinger, Al Held, Jack Bush, Andy Warhol and Romare Bearden.

* "Play Like It's 1899" by Elisabeth Braughler and Laura Beattie with the Frick Art & Historical Center -- toys and games like those from the 1899 playroom at Clayton of Childs and Helen Frick.

Carnegie Museum of Art unveils holiday exhibit

The Carnegie Museum of Art's 2013 holiday exhibit, with sparkling trees and other decorative displays, is now open to the public. (Video by Nate Guidry; 12/4/2013)

* "The Art of Imaginative Play" by Connie Kamin -- three-dimensional sculptures representing scenes from children's imaginations. CAPA art students made sculptures while working with children ages 4-11 from The Waldorf School, Assemble and The Art Connection at the museum.

* "Let's Play I Spy" by the Society for Contemporary Craft -- art by Atticus Adams, Boris Bally, Cheryl Capezzuti, David Edgar, Gerry Florida, Toby Fraley, Amanda Gross and Knit the Bridge, Marie Kelly, Cindy Luna, and Marianne Wakerlin.

* "The Best Playthings Ever" by Cynthia Cooley and Suzanne McLaughlin -- cardboard, sticks, string and dirt.

* "Imagination Builders" by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

The trees will be on view through Jan. 12 and the museum's Neapolitan presepio through Jan. 9. Information: www.cmoa.org.

Kevin Kirkland: kkirkland@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1978.

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