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Bits & Bytes: Don Wynn exhibition; ‘Happiest Baby’ class; ‘connoisseurship’ panel discussion; dance intensive at Berkshire Pulse

Led by CHP breastfeeding peer counselor and certified Happy Baby educator MaryBeth Merritt, the 'Happiest Baby' program focuses on simple, effective ways of soothing babies such as activating the calming reflex, swaddling, and soothing sounds and motions.

Don Wynn exhibition at Neumann Fine Art

Hillsdale, N.Y. — Neumann Fine Art will feature a solo exhibition of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as woodcut prints by artist Don Wynn Saturday, July 9, through Tuesday, September 6. The public is invited to meet the artist at the exhibit’s opening reception on Saturday, July 9, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Although Wynn’s work was classified as New Realism at the start of his career, many reviewers have since noted that his paintings are distinct from this movement. Wynn’s formal means include the use of highly developed, complicated surfaces, which are critical to achieving the final visual and psychological result. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942, Wynn holds a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from Indiana University. He has been a visiting artist at many universities and institutions and has received awards from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the New York State CAPS Program. He is the first living artist to have been given a solo exhibition at the Adirondack Museum. In 1995 the Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired one of his oils for its 20th Century Collection. In 2010 Wynn’s work was included in the National Academy of Design’s 185th annual Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art.

For more information, call (413) 246-5776.

–E.E.

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CHP to offer ‘Happiest Baby’ class

Great Barrington — Community Health Programs (CHP) will host the “Happiest Baby” class on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Services building at its 442 Stockbridge Rd. campus.

Led by CHP breastfeeding peer counselor and certified Happy Baby educator MaryBeth Merritt, the program focuses on simple, effective ways of soothing babies such as activating the calming reflex, swaddling, and soothing sounds and motions. The program also offers techniques for managing prolonged crying and sleep problems that can trigger parental exhaustion, breastfeeding problems, marital stress, depression, and even child abuse.

Open to the whole community, the program is free and recommended for third-trimester pregnant women and early post-partum mothers and fathers, though all mothers, fathers, and babies are welcome. For more information or to register, call (413) 528-4057.

–E.E.

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‘Connoisseurship’ panel art discussion

North Adams – “Connoisseurship: Buy, Sell, Give,” a moderated panel discussion among art professionals and collectors, will be presented at Ferrin Contemporary on Sunday, July 10, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. The panel will consist of art collector Doug Anderson; independent curator and author Mark Leach; art historian, author, editor, and independent curator Suzanne Ramljak; and Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at Museum of Fine Arts Boston Emily Zilber. Moderator Leslie Ferrin will lead panelists in a conversation-style discussion and exchange with the audience about issues surrounding changes taking place in and impacts on public and private collections. The panel will address issues especially relevant to those who wish to sell and give and will discuss the challenges of sharing information about collections. The conversation will also turn to how current trends are impacting each of the panelists, as well as their answers to “what to do when the kids don’t want it.”

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. For more information or to reserve space, call (413) 346-4004.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Pulse to offer dance intensive

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Housatonic — Berkshire Pulse will offer a dance intensive program Monday, July 18, through Friday, August 5. This program is an inspiring and challenging experience for students ages 12 and up who are currently studying dance and have participated in at least three years of ballet training at advanced beginner, intermediate, or advanced levels. Classes will include ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary technique, choreography, African, and flamenco. Participants will also enjoy a field trip to Jacob’s Pillow for a performance. Guest teachers in the program will include Ze’eva Cohen, Ian Spencer Bell, Matt Pardo, Ruben Graciani, Lynda Jenkins, and Molly Gonzalez.

The cost to participate in the full program is $1,000 with a one-week option fee of $400. For more information or to register, call (413) 274-6624.

–E.E.

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