The holiday season got off to a festive start Wednesday when the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art hosted its annual Carnegie Trees Opening Celebration. Taking its cue from the Carnegie International, this year's theme is "Embracing the Art of Play," with six trees decorated to reflect a variation of that idea. More than 450 guests gathered to view the trees in the Hall of Architecture before moving on to the Music Hall foyer, where a light buffet supplemented the hors d'oeuvres being passed by Women's Committee members. Since the Hall of Sculpture was off limits this year because of an International installation, the party was more spread out and the sense of camaraderie and conviviality was somewhat lessened. But the trees were magnificent, thanks to the tireless efforts of tree chairs Mernie Berger and Lowrie Ebbert (who have been decorating a tree for four decades), Carole Kamin, Cynthia Cooley and Suzanne McLaughlin, Nancy Lewis of the Carnegie Library, Laura Beattie of the Frick Art & Historical Center and Norah Guignon and Megan Crowell of the Society of Contemporary Craft. Serving as chairs for the entire Carnegie Trees effort were Melissa Ferrari and Tara Safar, with an assist from Women's Committee president Susan Block and fellow members including Debbie Dick, Wallis Katz, Ranny Ferguson, Mary Margaret Stamy, Debbie Demchak, Jessica Brown, Barbara Granito, Brenda Roger, Katy Sherman, Lou Gailliot, Sandy Ekstrom, Ann Bridges, Myrna Hackney, Rhoda Neft and many more who were in attendance.
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