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Monday, September 15, 2003

An Evening in Milan

Richard Armstrong and Tom Michael. (Annie O'Neill, Post-Gazette)

Well, not quite! But Wednesday's bash for 450 at Larrimor's certainly had fashions from Milan on the runway and in the new Larrimor's for Her shop. Loro Piana, Max Mara, Missoni, Zanella -- it was ciao, baby, for the fashionistas who came to party after hours and shop in support of the Carnegie Museum of Art. The event, sponsored by Larrimor's and Ermenegildo Zegna, celebrated the renovation of the Scaife Galleries, which reopen Oct. 4, and the crowd was a lively mix of good customers and art lovers. Leading the pack were Larrimor's' Tom and Lisa Michael and Carl Slesinger, along with MOA director Richard Armstrong, development whizzes Dolly Ellenberg and Meg Bernard, Sheila Fine, Sara Scaife, Bill and Janet Hunt, Dr. Carolyn Ellis, Susan Block, Beth Kuhn, Jessica Brown, Kirsten Liddicoat, Catherine Loevner, Ann and Peter Haigh, Tim Condron and Glenn Charest, Dr. Helene Blodgett, Nancy Rackoff, Barbara Mendlowitz, Marnie Conley, Jane Vandermade and Judy Linaburg.

Hearing KidsVoice

Scott Hollander and "The Guardian's" Alan Rosenberg. (Bill Wade, Post-Gazette)

Actor Alan Rosenberg did a star turn at the Hilton Saturday night, appearing as the special guest at a KidsVoice benefit screening of "The Guardian." Rosenberg plays Alvin Masterson in the TV drama that's based on KidsVoice, a child advocacy organization that protects the rights of children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. The show's creator and executive producer is David Hollander, whose brother Scott is the executive director and guiding spirit of KidsVoice. He welcomed guests to a private reception attended by honorary chairs Ruth Anne and Ralph Papa of sponsoring Citizens Bank (along with Fitting Group). Mingling during cocktails were staunch supporters such as board chair Stella Smetanka, Andrea and Jeff Fitting, Judge Jim and Margie McGregor, Judge Cheryl Allen, Marc Cherna, Judge Kim Clark, Mark Evans, Charlotte George and Shelley Elovitz, Joe Indovina, and Marsetta Schweiger with daughter Diane Bogut.

Artist of the Year: Diane Samuels

Artist of the Year Diane Samuels. (Christopher Rolinson)

The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts has been selecting an Artist of the Year since 1949, honoring that person with an exhibit. And so it was on Friday that guests came to see the work of this year's Artist of the Year, Diane Samuels. Vicky A. Clark served as guest curator for the show, which also honored George Magalios as Emerging Artist of the Year. Samuels' use of movement of light and shadow in short works of video, photographs and drawing was appreciated by the many fans she has garnered here in the past 20 years. Among them were her husband, Henry Reese, artist Akiko Kotani and husband Bernard Freydberg, Jane Arkus, Rise Nagin, Barbara Luderowski, Jeremy Boyle, Rick Grabanis and PCA executive director Lou Karas along with board chair Ian James.

Bringing Phipps into Flower

Architect Mike Marcu, board chair Dr. Al Biglan, "Mr. Henry Phipps" and executive director Richard Piacentini. (Robin Rombach, Post-Gazette)

A consortium of Johnny Appleseeds gathered to plant tiny palm trees on Monday, a symbolic gesture to celebrate the first major expansion of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in 110 years. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new welcome center and tropical forest conservatory was held on a glorious morning, when all the glass panes sparkled and the flowers stood up straight, happy to be part of the historic occasion. So was Henry Phipps, who welcomed the crowd of 200 along with Phipps executive director Richard Piacentini (and bride Jan Steckel), board chairman Dr. Al Biglan (with wife Barbara), Second Century campaign chair Jim Mitnick and Michael Gleba of the Sarah Scaife Foundation. The project's architect, Mike Marcu of IKM, was there along with patrons and supporters such as Mernie Berger, Elin Roddey, Paula Sculley, Nancy Scarton, David Donahue, Susan Golomb, Henry Hoffstot, Brooks Robinson, Fred Frank and Phipps' great-grandson, Ryan Martin.

The Battle for Gettysburg

Doug Danforth, Dick Thornburgh, Bob Wilburn and Jack Donahue. (Annie O'Neill, Post-Gazette)

The Pittsburgh Host Committee for the new Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation called the troops together Wednesday to help launch a new campaign. It's the ravages of time, not war, that are being fought by the foundation led by Bob Wilburn (former director of both Colonial Williamsburg and the Carnegie Museums). With campaign chair Bob Kinsley from York, York County, Wilburn discussed the need to restore the battlefield to its 1863 appearance and to have a new museum and visitor center. The reception at the Duquense Club was hosted by Jack Donahue, Linda Boxx, Art Crivella, Tod Hunt, Dick Thornburgh and two who couldn't make it -- David Roderick and Christine Toretti Olson. Guests volunteering to join the ranks included the History Center's Andy Masich, Doug Danforth, Chuck Queenan, Woody Turner, Walter Stoecklein, Dick Barton, Cathy and Tighe Freyvogel, Patty and Jim Dolan, Dick Donley, Marian Winson and Bill Genge.

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