Bits & Bytes: Area artists at Douglas Library;‘Living While Dying’ screening; food access listening session; teen trends discussion; Williams College planetarium schedule

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By Saturday, Jun 2 Life In the Berkshires
'Dancing Fairy' by Helen Krancer is included in an exhibition of three Berkshire County artists at the Douglas Library in Canaan, Conn. (see item below). Image courtesy Helen Krancer

Douglas Library hosts three area artists

Canaan, Conn. — The Douglas Library is showcasing the work of three artists from Eunice Agar’s studio class at the Claire Teague Senior Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, through Tuesday, July 31. The exhibiting artists are Helen Krancer and Beth Wilson of Egremont, Massachusetts, and Cathy Walker of Alford, Massachusetts.

Krancer is showing collages created from her photographs of trees and vines. She studied with Dorothy Dehner and Norman Lewis in Stockbridge, Massachusetts; with Morris Davidson in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and New York City; and in a watercolor class at the Claire Teague Senior Center with Vera Thyberg. She is a member of the Guild of Berkshire Artists and a graduate of New York University.

Walker began fulfilling her lifelong dream of drawing and painting two years ago. She has created a large painting from memory of the farm in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where she grew up, and is exhibiting small landscapes, as well.  She graduated from Springfield College, holds a master’s degree in education; and had an extensive career in social services in New York City and Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Wilson is an expressive realist painter and graphic artist who makes landscapes in watercolor and pastel, and figurative mixed-media drawings. Wilson received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University, was a member of the Newport Art Museum’s artist guild and belonged to the Housatonic Art League.

For more information, contact the Douglas Library at (860) 824-7863.

–E.E.

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Kimball Farms to screen ‘Living While Dying’ documentary

Cathy Zheutlin. Photo courtesy Peace Films

Lenox — Kimball Farms Life Care will screen the documentary film “Living While Dying” by Cathy Zheutlin Wednesday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. The filmmaker will be in attendance, and open-ended conversation and discussion will follow the screening.

In a world that sees death as something to vanquish, the 45-minute documentary “Living While Dying” presents an alternative: people living with terminal illness who greet the inevitable with courage, humor, creativity and acceptance. Through the course of the film, Zheutlin travels the globe as she explores and unravels her own fears. Along the way she meets an Aboriginal elder and a “death walker” in Australia, witnesses a mass cremation in Bali and invites her 90-year-old mother to discuss her end-of-life wishes.

For the past 40 years, Zheutlin has made films that explore consciousness and encourage progressive change. Her past projects include “Lost Love” and the documentary “Just One Step: The Great Peace March,” the story of a 9-month cross-country trek for global nuclear disarmament. A wife, mother and craniosacral biodynamic healer, Zheutlin recently completed the award-winning short “Spirituality in the Workplace.”

The screening is free and open to the public, though registration is required due to limited seating. For more information or to register, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact Kimball Farms at (413) 637-7000.

–E.E.

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Food access listening session planned for New Lebanon

New Lebanon, N.Y. — The New Lebanon Farmers Market and the New Lebanon Town Hall, in association with the Fresh and Healthy Food For All initiative of Columbia County, will present the New Lebanon Food Access Listening Session for all local community members Wednesday, June 6, at 6 p.m. at the New Lebanon Town Hall, 14755 NY-22. During an open and informative conversation about food access in the New Lebanon area, attendees will discover more about current affordable food options in New Lebanon at the farmers market as well as future solutions including a mobile grocery market and retail food outlet. Participants are invited to share their personal experiences around local food so that the best solutions can be built for everyone.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and childcare will be provided. For more information, call/text (646)981-8416 or email briggin.scharf@gmail.com.

–E.E.

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Herberg Middle School to host community discussion on teen trends

Pittsfield — On Wednesday, June 6, from 6 to 7 p.m., Herberg Middle School will host a community discussion about teen trends and ways to engage young people in positive activities.

The presentation and discussion, which focuses on data obtained from the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey administered to eighth-, 10th– and 12th-grade students every two years, will be facilitated by Pittsfield Public Schools’ guidance counselors, the Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires, and Berkshire United Way staff.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Kat Toomey, Berkshire United Way’s coordinator of positive youth development, at (413) 442-6948 x15 or ktoomey@berkshireunitedway.org.

–E.E.

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Hopkins Observatory announces summer planetarium schedule

Hopkins Observatory. Photo courtesy Williams College

Williamstown — Williams College’s astronomy department will host free shows for the public at the Hopkins Observatory’s Milham Planetarium on the following Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 8 p.m. beginning Tuesday, June 5, and running through Thursday, Aug. 9. Audiences will be treated to shows from the high-precision Zeiss Skymaster ZKP3/B opto-mechanical planetarium projector. Shows will last approximately 50 minutes. The shows will be hosted by Williams students Christian Lockwood ’20, Cielo Perez ’19 and Ross Yu ’19 along with John Nuciforo of Pittsfield Public Schools. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, contact Michele Rech at (413) 597-2188 or mcr4@williams.edu. Others will be admitted as space permits. Large groups should call for special appointments.

–E.E.


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