Radioactive Bodega !!! Here we come 2010 ! IS183 FTW !!!

Do you remember the Hairball, it was all about hair, you helped, it was great, 450 people showed up, it helped keep the doors open at IS183. Well that was last year, this year it’s all about Radioactive Bodega.

What the hell is that you may be asking, well, we are not exactly sure. We are probably talking about some huge mutant vegetables and fruits in typical bodega setting, maybe some more mutants thrown in just for fun, and the space is a huge industrial factory, 30 ft. ceilings.  There are cranes, sandblasting rooms the size of a small house, welders, torches and other weird crap made of steel. Did you hear me, there are cranes, lots of them, we can hang stuff off the cranes, like the DJ.  Oh and did I mention we have to heat the place somehow. This will be the most bizarre IS183 event yet and thus we need your creative input, lots of it.

Anyway, since we are not working with the typical four square walls as in the past, I thought we should invite some of the decorating crew from past events to take a look at the space. If you can make it and are interested in helping out, let me know, we are meeting there this Friday at 9:00 AM.  The party is in March, so nothing urgent has to be done at the moment other than look at the space and dream stuff up. Should be a quick meeting just to see the space. Let me know if you can make it.

Seth Nash


A Big Thank You !

We at the production committee would like to thank all the sponsors and businesses that dedicated money and goods to the 2009 IS183 Hair Ball party and silent auction.

We would also like to say a big Huzzah 1 and thank you to all the committee members and volunteers without which the IS183 Art School would not be able to survive.

We raised over $50,000 this year, the money which goes directly to supporting the school and the school’s efforts to bring superior art education to the Southern Berkshire County.

We are already scheming and planning next years event !

Thank You !


Rural Intelligence – IS 183’s Hair Ball Silent Auction Preview

Rural Intelligence covered IS 183’s Hair Ball Silent Auction Preview

Rural Intelligence covered IS 183’s Hair Ball Silent Auction Preview

Dan Shaw of Rural Intelligence was on hand to cover this years IS 183’s Hair Ball Silent Auction Preview. YAY !

Thank you Dan !

Who is Rural Intelligence?

Rural Intelligence is the brainchild of journalists Marilyn Bethany, who lives full-time in Columbia County, NY, and Dan Shaw, who lives full-time in Litchfield County, CT, They have both worked as editors and reporters at The New York Times and New York Magazine, where they met 20 years ago.


Really, really short skirts and big, big, big hair !

From left, Nedra Talley, Estelle Bennett, Phil Spector and Ronnie Bennett in a Los Angeles recording studio in 1963.

From left, Nedra Talley, Estelle Bennett, Phil Spector and Ronnie Bennett in a Los Angeles recording studio in 1963.

“We called them the bad girls of the ’60s,” said the singer Darlene Love, who met the Ronettes in 1962, a year before they became famous with “Be My Baby.” “They had the really, really short skirts and they had big, big, big hair. Most of the black entertainers of the ’60s didn’t look like that, but they wanted to be separate from everybody else.” New York Times 2/16/09 “A Life of Troubles Followed a Singer’s Burst of Fame” RIP Estelle Bennett”


Message from Seth and Kris – IS 183 Decorating Committee

Hairball Central

You are on this list because you have either been fabulously creative on past IS183 decorating committees or are interested in helping this year. If you don’t remember building the four horsepower motorized chicken in 2008, this is all the more reason to get involved this year. It’s mid February, your skin is white, it’s time to get out of the house and do something fun with someone other than your kitty cat. The Hairball promises to be another bizarre party held March 14 Feb 11th at the new Shakespeare theater. We have lots of ideas for things to be constructed, glued and painted. We need to make crazy wigs and all sorts of things. So we are having a meeting this Wednesday night 7:00 PM. Please attend if you can, it will probably be the last meeting we have. However if you can’t make it, we will happily hook you up with a project. Please RSVP one choice below:

a) Yes I will be there Wednesday night, however I do not want to make a four horsepower chicken.

b) I can’t make it, but would like to help and am good at:___________________________ (making stuff, painting, sewing, gluing, conceptual ideas, writing copy, lighting etc.)

c) I have no interest in your ridiculous party, I like my white skin and 2 close friends

Seth and Kris Committee


Mesage from Nicole Garzino – IS183 Silent Auction Info

To all Fellow Hairball-ers:

We are finalizing the silent auction now so that we can have an auction that flows smoothly and a fabulous auction handbook. If you have any outstanding auction solicitations out there, PLEASE finalize and get them to me ASAP. I am starting to layout auction booklet on Monday, February 17. The auction is a major money maker for this event and provides for a huge percentage of this event’s success. If you haven’t checked backed in with your potential donors, this a great excuse (“We are finalizing our auction program and we would really like to include you before it goes to print…”).


Nicole Garzino


Pics from The Hairball Patron Cocktail Party

Message from Nicole Garzino:

Saturday’s “Hair Ball” Patron’s Cocktail Party! At the event, we were all treated to a “100 Years of Hair” show designed and orchestrated by Peter Alvarez of the Peter Alvarez Salon in Lenox. Check out some of the hair designs at the link below – and get your ideas together for your own “Look” for our March 14 Hair Ball Gala.

Invitations have gone out and should be in your mailbox. If you have not yet received one, info is available on the blog linked below or you can call IS183 at 413-298-5252.

Thanks again to all of our patrons and sponsor who made the cocktail party so superb!

Peter Alvarez Website

The IS183 Website

Facebook Group

Link to the Flickr photo set if Pictobrowser is down

If you want download access to the pics, please contact Kit Latham or call 917-359-8870 (free – you just need to be given access)


Posters Hung ! YAY ! Message from Robin !

Robin Seeley

Hi Gang,
The VERY large adhesive window posters have been hung at Mission, Jae’s, Haven, Peter Alvarez’s, Allium and Michele’s Salon.  If you pass by these places take a look (hard to miss them).  They are truly awesome and it was fun learning the intricacies of hanging them from Scott at WJ Blueprint.  Take a look at the attached photo!
So here goes the first of the Hair Ball events….
Tonight’s cocktail party at Peter Alvarez’s Salon promises to be a total extravaganza! We are looking forward to seeing our committee members who have graciously volunteered to be hair models and others who are helping with the evening.
Thanks so much in advance,

Message from Michelle Quigley on The HairBall Party colors

Message from Michelle Quigley on The HairBall Party colors

The New Hairball Party poster

Howdy! For all who might want or need it I’ve attached a jpg of the poster (slightly less than the full size 11×17)

Will that work for you as a color reference? You might also grab a poster from the school and save yourself from having to print it (and possible color variation from a different printer).

Paint colors would ideally be:

  • Magenta or Hot Fuschia Pink
  • Purple
  • Deep Violet (a dark blue that leans towards purple)
  • White for mixing
  • Red
  • Light Blue (don’t need as much of the last two they’re mostly for highlights)

If we can only get 3 colors I’d go for

  • Magenta or Hot Fuschia Pink
  • Deep Violet (a dark blue that leans towards purple)
  • Red

I know I can scrounge up some white for mixing. Most of the paint stores have reject mixed colors in the back for a reduced price. Ask William if he can get us a deal at Caligari’s. If the paint from RtO is still kicking around there was a can of red that had a fair bit left.

On the wonders of Tyvek:
It think I ended up calling there last time, they sell end rolls and give discounts to schools/non-profits.

Tyvek® Soft Structure Type 1443R – 1.25 oz/yd2
Type 14 styles offer excellent wet and dry protection against particulate matter and provide an excellent barrier. Type 14 has high opacity and good surface stability. Tyvek® meets all the requirements of the USA Flammable Fabrics Act, CA-191-53, for wearing apparel.*


Fine Art Preview of The Hair Ball Silent Auction

As some of you may have already seen, we have posted on Facebook the upcoming Fine Art Auction to be held on February 26 at Mission. If you are on FB please invite all your friends to the event. All you need to do is click on the link to the event and click on “Invite People to Come” and all your friends will pop up and you can mark them and they will be added as invitees. If they have already been invited by someone else it will tell you and will not let them be invited twice. Any questions just call me 917.991.4816.
Thanks so much,

Fine Art Preview of The Hair Ball Silent Auction
Be the first to view fine art donated by prominent artists within the community, including members of IS183’s faculty. Attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase the art prior to the Hair Ball Gala to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2009 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company, Lenox.  For more information or to purchase tickets to the Hair Ball please call 413.298.5252 x100 or visit complimentary wine, beer and Tapas courtesy of owner Jim Benson.
This event is open to the public! Bring your friends!

Featured artists include: Yura Adams, Karen Arp-Sandel, Walton Ford, Ogden Gigli, Paula Gottlieb, Meryl Joseph, Jennifer Kimball, Ben Tritt, and Will Wendt.

Thursday, February 26, 2009
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Mission Bar & Tapas
438 North Street
Pittsfield, MA

Brush up on the local Pittsfield art scene!