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Art on Tour – Guido’s Fresh Marketplace Pittsfield

Where: Guido’s Fresh Marketplace (Pittsfield),
1020 South Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Public Reception: September 22 · 5-7pm
Exhibit: September 7 – October 31


Community Access to the Arts (CATA)’s Art on Tour series kicks off with an exhibit at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield, MA. This stunning exhibit, featuring artwork created by Pittsfield-based CATA artists with disabilities, includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work.

All works in the exhibit are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists. The exhibit is funded by October Mountain Financial Advisors, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other generous supporters.

The exhibit runs from September 7 through October 31, with a public reception on Friday, September 22.

(Image: Untitled by James Murray)

“Make Purple” at the State House

Where: The Massachusetts State House (Grand Staircase),
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02133
When: September 21 · 1:15 and 1:30pm


CATA’s Moving Company travels to Boston for two “flash mob” performances of “Make Purple” at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday, ​September 21. The performances are free to the public and take place at the Grand Staircase within the State House at 1:15pm and 1:30pm. The piece, which premiered at CATA’s “Everyday People” showcase in May, was choreographed by Dawn Lane, who directs The Moving Company and serves as CATA’s Artistic Director. The Moving Company appears at the State House by invitation of State Representative Smitty Pignatelli.

​“Make Purple is CATA’s Moving Company’s response to the polarity and conflict in our government. Dancers perform divided “blue” and “red” dances, but the dance is not fully realized until they literally step away from their color zones and dance together to make purple!” – Dawn Lane

Annual Poetry Reading at The Mount

Where: The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
2 Plunkett St., Lenox, MA
When: September 14 · 5:30pm


CATA presents its Annual Poetry Reading, a celebration of CATA’s writers, on September 14 at 5:30pm at The Mount, located at 2 Plunkett St. in Lenox. Writer/performer Rachel Siegel will read selected excerpts from the CATA Writers’ Workshop—including funny, poignant work reflecting the unique perspectives of writers with disabilities.

In conjunction with the Annual Poetry Reading, an exhibit of felted murals by CATA artists will be on display at The Mount from September 11 to 17. CATA artists worked side by side with community volunteers to create these vivid, imaginative cityscapes using a needle felting technique.

This event is made possible by Berkshire Magazine, Canyon Ranch, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other generous individual supporters. Mural Workshops were led by artist Janet Elsbach and underwritten by the Coolidge Hill Foundation, with additional sponsorship from Frames on Wheels.

Reservations are required for this free event. Please call CATA’s office at 413-528-5485 to reserve your seat by September 7.

I AM A PART OF ART: CATA’s Annual Art Exhibit

Where: Lichtenstein Center for the Arts • 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA
Exhibit: July 7-31st; The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5pm.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 13 from 5-7pm.

Where: Lunder Center at Stone Hill at the Clark Art Institute • 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA
Exhibit: July 1st – August 22nd; the Clark Art Institute is open daily, 10-5pm.
Meet the Artists event: Thursday, July 20th from 1-2pm.


I Am A Part of Art showcases 185 original works of art, representing more than 125 artists with disabilities. Works are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

The curated selections include a variety of media such as acrylic, tempera, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, and mixed media, and features abstract and representational paintings and drawings.

This annual exhibit is the culmination of more than 500 visual arts workshops that CATA holds throughout the year in day programs, residences, schools, elder care settings, and in the CATA Studio—all offering people with disabilities opportunities to stretch and grow creatively, learn new techniques, and find community by working side by side with others.

CATA workshops take place all across Berkshire and Columbia County, and are led by talented faculty who are also artists themselves; Jeff Gagnon, Pat Hogan, Marlene Marshall, Janice Shields, Kara Smith, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

I Am a Part of Art is generously funded by Jim & Joan Hunter; Greylock Federal Credit Union; Frames on Wheels; The Fund for Williamstown, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; and other generous supporters.

The Moving Company to perform ‘Make Purple’ at Jacob’s Pillow Community Day on June 10th

If you missed the premiere The Moving Company’s latest piece ‘Make Purple’ you can catch it, along with many other performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance‘s special pre-festival Community Day on Saturday, June 10.

The showcase dance performance is from 12-3, The Moving company will present on the Henry J. Leir stage around 1 pm.

The event will feature free, family-friendly events including performances by Berkshire County region companies and studios, dance classes in varying styles, children’s activities, historic tours, and more.

 

JUNE 10 | COMMUNITY DAY

Performances on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage

12-3pm

The Hatchery/School of Contemporary Dance and Thought
The Funkbox Dance Studio
Berkshire Pulse
Limon Repertory performed by Ryoko Kudo
The Moving Company, CATA (Community Access to the Arts)
Terpsichore Irish Step Dance Company
Moving Arts Exchange (MAX)
Barbie Diewald Choreography
Berkshire Choreography Project
WOFA Dance and Drumming Ensemble, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

Classes

12-1pm | Zumba with Jessamy Scovil, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness
1-2pm | Freestyle Dance Party with Mieke Kohl & Bruce Harley, SOMA at Eclipse Mill
2-3pm | Hip-Hop with Shakia Johnson, Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School

Other Activities

12:30pm & 2pm | Children’s Historic Tours, departing from Tea Garden
All Day | Dance Games & Crafts in the Tea Garden
All Day | Scavenger Hunt,  pick up clues in The Pillow Store
All Day | Shop in the Pillow Store
All Day | Learn more & watch a preview of Festival 2017 in the Welcome Center

Everyday People – CATA’s Annual Performance & Gala

Please join us for Everyday PeopleCATA’s annual performance and gala celebrating the artistry of people with disabilities! 

Everyday People will take place on May 13 & 14, 2017 at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

Saturday, May 13 – CATA’s Gala evening includes cocktails at 5 pm, performance at 6 pm, buffet reception with music and dancing to follow. Call 413-528-5485 for more information.

Sunday, May 14 – CATA’s Matinee is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The performance begins at 1 pm.

For a detailed schedule and more Know Before You Go info, click here.

Art on Tour – Tunnel City Coffee, Williamstown

Don’t miss our next Art on Tour exhibit at Tunnel City Coffee Shop in Williamstown, on view April 7 – June 29
. The exhibit is a display of creativity and inclusion that features over 30 vibrant paintings and drawings created by 25 CATA artists with disabilities.

There will be a special Meet the Artists event on Thursday, May 25, 12-2pm. Enjoy delicious coffee and a chance to talk with CATA artists about their work? Win win!

The curated selections include a variety of media such as acrylic, tempera, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, and mixed media, and features abstract and representational paintings and drawings.

Works are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

CATA workshops take place all across the Berkshires and in Columbia County, and are led by talented faculty who are also artists themselves; Jeff Gagnon, Pat Hogan, Marlene Marshall, Janice Shields, Kara Smith, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

This exhibit is funded by the Irene and James Hunter Charitable Fund at Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, October Mountain Financial Advisors and other generous supporters.

 

Art on Tour: Good Purpose Gallery (Lee, MA)

Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will exhibit a collection of paintings by people with disabilities at The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee from March 31 – May 15. An artist reception will take place Thursday, March 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m

The exhibit will feature work created by CATA Artists from Berkshire County Arc and Berkshire Family and Individual Resources in A.R.T. painting workshops. A.R.T. (Artistic Realization Technologies) is an adaptive painting technique developed by artist Tim Lefens. This innovative process allows individuals with significant physical disabilities to precisely execute their creative vision with the assistance of a tracker acting as the hands of the artist. These A.R.T. workshops were funded in party by the Artist’s Resource Trust, a Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

This exhibit is funded by October Mountain Financial Advisors, Lee Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Art on Tour: CATA at Berkshire Museum

CATA will exhibit at Berkshire Museum’s BerkshireNow Gallery from December 2016-February 2017, with an opening reception on Friday, December 2nd from 5-8 pm. The show includes large-scale paintings created by artists with disabilities in CATA visual arts workshops throughout the year. All artwork is for sale, with CATA artists receiving a commission on all artwork sold.

The Berkshire Museum is open Monday – Saturday, 10 – 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. For more information, please visit berkshiremuseum.org.

Artwork: David Gardner

CATA Art on Tour travels at New Marlborough Meeting House Art Gallery

CATA Art on Tour travels to the New Marlborough Meeting House Art Gallery (154 Hartsville New Marlborourgh Rd). The show includes framed paintings, drawings, and pastels created by artists with disabilities in CATA visual arts workshops throughout the year. All artwork is for sale, with CATA artists receiving a commission on all artworks sold.

Please join us for wine and light bites on Friday, October 14th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM to celebrate the exhibit opening.

This program is supported in part by a grant form the New Marlborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Artwork: Cathy Crofut