Parties & Openings
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WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
IS183’s Annual Gala: Ground Control to Major Fun
Sarah Todd reports from Lenox.
On Saturday, March 9, hundreds of arts supporters broke out their best bubble helmets, space rays, and electric tutus and embarked on a swinging space odyssey. Blastoff came courtesy of the Big Bang at the Energy Vortex, a benefit for IS183, the Berkshires’ non-profit community art school. IS183’s annual costume gala was headed by executive director Hope Sullivan (left, with fellow IS183 staff member Amy Butterworth, the Red Lion Inn’s Brian Butterworth, and IS183 committee members David Schecker and Vicki Bonnington). The evening was a testament to the wildly creative minds that help make the Berkshires one of a kind. A dedicated team of volunteers transformed Chocolate Springs’ roomy warehouse into a one-night-only art installation, complete with glittery stars, cardboard robots and space ships, silver UFO-inspired table centerpieces, and video projections of a hypnotically twirling energy vortex. Guests provided plenty of eye candy on their own with inventive costumes that ranged from Victorian-era time traveler to intergalactic Jackie O. The evening kicked off with cocktails and the chance to wander through a maze littered with prizes for IS183’s silent auction. Choice picks included a Jane Iredale makeover, a week-long workshop at the Hamptons’ Art Barge, and an overnight stay at the Wheatleigh Hotel in Lenox, complete with a champagne toast and French breakfast. After a mouthwatering retro-gourmet dinner, curated by the Red Lion Inn‘s Brian Alberg, revelers moonwalked their way onto a packed dance floor. From atop a makeshift Mount Greylock, DJs kept revelers spinning late into the night.
The gala’s rental queen Anne McLaughlin, cookbook publicist Carrie Bachman, and auction committee volunteer Marc Bachman; Gwen Davis and the Bookloft’s Mark Ouillette.
Video projections flash across a crowded dance floor while DJs spin from on high.
Anesthesiologist Dr. Mark Vanden Bosch with Made in the Berkshires’ Hilary Somers Deely and Philip Deely; Berkshire Country Day School’s head of school Paul Lindenmaier with designer Margaret Lindenmaier and Camelot Farm and Stables’ Emily Bernard.