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Thank You!!!!

A HUGE thank you to all our Anime Hothouse guests, sponsors, volunteers and donating businesses!!!

Photos compliments of Kevin Sprague. Click here to see more pics of the event!

Click here for additional photos by Tim Heffernan


LIVE AUCTION TEASER & Night of Details!!!

All proceeds of the Anime Hothouse Live Auction to benefit IS183’s Learning Through Arts public school program for grades K-12 in Berkshire County.


ART ABOUT TOWN PACKAGE #1 Drawing by Walton Ford & Private Studio Visit with the Artist

Followed by Candlelight Dinner for Two and Overnight Accommodations for Two with Breakfast at The Old Inn on the Green

Value: $10,000

Minimum Bid: $4,000



Walton Ford was born in 1960 in Larchmont, New York. Ford graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a filmmaker, but later adapted his talents as a storyteller to his unique style of large-scale watercolor. Blending depictions of natural history with political commentary, Ford’s meticulous paintings satirize the history of colonialism and the continuing impact of slavery and other forms of political oppression on today’s social and environmental landscape. Each painting is as much a tutorial in flora and fauna as it is as a scathing indictment of the wrongs committed by nineteenth-century industrialists or, locating the work in the present, contemporary American consumer society.

An enthusiast of the watercolors of John James Audubon, Ford celebrates the myth surrounding the renowned naturalist-painter while simultaneously repositioning him as an infamous anti-hero who, in reality, killed more animals than he ever painted. Each of Ford’s animal portraits doubles as a complex, symbolic system, which the artist layers with clues, jokes, and erudite lessons in colonial literature and folktales. Walton Ford is the recipient of several national awards and honors including a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ford’s work has been featured at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art atChampion, and the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis. After living in New York City for more than a decade, Walton Ford relocated his studio to Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Ford and his family reside in the Berkshires.

ART ABOUT TOWN PACKAGE #2 Painting by Tom O’Neil & Private Studio Visit with the Artist

Followed by Dinner for Two at Rouge and Overnight Accommodations for Two with Breakfast at Stonover Farm

Value: $3,500

Minimum bid: $1,500

Born 1966 New York, New York
 B.S. in Fine Art and Art History, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
 Apprentice with Red Grooms 1986 Apprentice with David Novros
 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island


O’Neil works in a manner akin to “stream of consciousness”: a fluid process reminiscent of the push-and-pull strategies of Hans Hoffmann paintings. Abstract forms and markings evolve and ultimately emerge into exquisite and unique compositions. In this organic process, the artist finds his forms through trial and error-in his words, a “survival of the fittest.” In this way the viewer is exposed to the “history” of the painting-privy to artistic decisions typically made alone in the studio.

O’Neil’s work focuses on the fundamental relationships between figure and ground. Reflections of light on the painted surfaces reveal complex veils of color which complicate the rigorous geometric underpinnings of his compositions.The completed painting is always the result of finding a balance between unity and confusion, the static and the dynamic. Louis Grachos,
Director, Albright Knox

ART ABOUT TOWN PACKAGE #3: Karen Allen Custom Knit Sweater & Private Studio Visit with the Artist

Followed by dinner for two with Karen at The Southfield Store and Overnight Accomodations for Two with breakfast at Mepal Manor

Value: $2,000

Minimum Bid: $900

Karen Allen, known for her work in film and theatre, has been a passionate designer and hand knitter since the age of 5. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City at 17 and later returned in 2002 to study machine knitting technology. In 2003 she opened a design studio near her home in western Massachusetts. Karen designs, handmakes and oversees every pattern, fabric and garment in the collection. Karen has taught Master Knitting Workshops in IS183’sfiber arts program.


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Anime-spiration with a dash of the victoriana for the boys & girls!

Website tip: Check out lacarmina.com for some more anime-spiration!


Where are you going to be March 5th at 4 pm?

March 5, 2011 at 4PM

Gilded Lily raffle tickets ar available in person at the secret happening on March 5th or through March by calling the art school at 413.298.5252 x100

How to Participate

1. Wear white, or light
2. Bring fake flowers
3. Bring friends
4. Make sure your friends wear white, or light

Want to join the Inner Circle?

Email Hope (hope@is183.org) and she’ll direct you to your source for the lowdown

Want a Raffle Ticket?

Call Amy at 413.298.5252 x100! Only $25 for your chance to stay at Elm Court Inn, with your guest, after enjoying the Anime Hothouse dance.


Costume Anime-spiration for the boys and girls!

Thank you to

Kevin Sprague of Studio Two for the awesome shots, Shakespeare & Co. for use of costumes, Arthur Oliver for fabulous make-up application, and Tony Barnini for his incomparable Hair Styling, and all of our fab volunteers!

Click here to see more anime-spirational images!


The Insider Insight: Anime Hothouse/IS183 2011 Gala & FUNdraiser

Hello IS183 Supporters and Party-Goers. The 2011 Theme is announced and party planning is well under way, but what to wear!

Here are some tips, tricks and inspirations. Have some ideas of your own send them along and we will share them with rest of the class.

1) Hothouse:

Compliments of our friends at Merriam-Webster:

1: obsolete : bordello

2: a greenhouse maintained at a high temperature especially for the culture of tropical plants
3: hotbed

((Tip: Think Victorian Conservatory, Orchids, Kew Gardens, etc.))

Ok, next…

1) What the heck is Anime!?

According the infallible Wikipedia, “Anime (アニメ?) refers to the animation style originated in Japan. It is characterized by distinctive characters and backgrounds (hand-drawn or computer-generated) that visually and thematically set it apart from other forms of animation….Anime and manga (a mixture of ukiyo-e and Western styles of drawing, and took its current form shortly after World War II) share many characteristics, including: ‘exaggerated physical features such as large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs… and dramatically shaped speech bubbles, speed lines and onomatopoeic, exclamatory typography.'”[2]

So now you totally know what you are going to wear now, right?

These might help…..

It’s all so clear now, right? You feel inspired, invigorated and ready to do unheard of things to your hair and wardrobe, all in support of IS183 and the creative spirit!


Check back for more tips, tricks and tidbits soon. Stay creative Berkshire County!


Let’s Hear it for the boys! I mean men. Or guys. Anyway, this is for you, fellas.