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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.

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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

Art on Tour at MountainOne Gallery as part of Downstreet Art

CATA at MountainOne Gallery will be on exhibit September 29, 2016 – June 17, 2017—with artwork rotating every three months. The show will include 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 artwork sold.

There will be a free opening reception Thursday, Sept. 29, 4-5pm at The MountainOne Gallery located at 93 Main St., North Adams, MA. DownStreet Art exhibits and events will continue from 5-8pm. For more information on DownStreet Art and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit DownStreetArt.org.

Artwork: Donald Riesser

Annual Poetry Reading

Where: The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, 2 Plunkett St. Lenox, MA
When: Thursday, September 8 • 5pm


 CATA’s presents its Annual Poetry Reading, a celebration of CATA’s writers, on September 8 at 5pm at The Mount, located at 2 Plunkett St. in Lenox. Writer/performer Rachel Siegel will read selected excerpts from the CATA Writers’ Workshop—funny, poignant, and reflecting the unique perspectives of writers with disabilities. The  reading takes place against a powerful backdrop– an exhibit of  beautiful black and white portraits of CATA writers, by photographer Julie McCarthy.

Reservations are required for this free event. Please call CATA’s office at 413-528-5485 or email emily@communityaccesstothearts.org  to reserve your seat. The exhibit will be open to the public from 10a.m.-5p.m. daily from August 31 – September 16 (not on view Sept 9-11).

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

NOW AT TWO LOCATIONS!

Where: Lichtenstein Center for the Arts • 28 Renne Avenue, Pittsfield, MA
Exhibit: July 1-31st; The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5pm.
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14 from 5-7pm.

Where: Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill • 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA
Exhibit: July 4th – August 14th; The Clark Art Institute is open daily, 10-5pm.
Meet the Artists event: Wednesday, July 20th from 1-2pm.


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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 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, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

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

Wallflowers Annual Performance & Gala

 

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

Wallflowerswill take place on May 14 & 15, 2016 at the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

Saturday, May 14 – 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 15 – CATA’s Matinee is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Performance begins at 1 pm.

Art on Tour – The Whitney Center for the Arts

Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will exhibit at The Whitney Center for the Arts in Pittsfield March 4th through the 27th. The show will include 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.

An opening reception will be held Friday, March 4 from 5-8PM as a part of First Fridays Artswalk. A free after-party and social gathering follows from 8PM to 10PM with live music by singer/songwriter Alan Monasch.

CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller noted “CATA partners with 13 different Pittsfield organizations to offer arts workshops to 200 people with disabilities in Pittsfield alone. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to showcase the talents of our artists in this beautiful gallery space.”

CATA provides visual and performing arts workshops to 600 people with disabilities across Berkshire County. This exhibit is a part of CATA’s Art on Tour program, where original works of art created by CATA artists travels throughout the year to museums, galleries, community centers, and other venues in Berkshire County. To learn more about CATA programs and events, visit communityaccesstothearts.org

The Whitney Center for the Arts is located at 42 Wendell Avenue, in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. For more information on First Fridays Artswalk and to view a listing and map of all participating artists and locations, visit FirstFridaysArtswalk.com.

Artwork by: Tim S.

Art on Tour – Good Purpose Gallery

Community Access to the Arts will exhibit a collection of paintings by people with disabilities at The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee from January 15 – February 16. An artist reception will take place Friday, January 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Given the overlap between our missions, we are especially thrilled to partner with Good Purpose Gallery on this exhibit showcasing the talents and abilities of our remarkable CATA artists. We can’t wait for the community to see our colorful, striking, CATA art in this beautiful space.” remarked CATA executive director, Margaret Keller.

The exhibit will feature 30”x40” canvases created in CATA’s 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 severe physical disabilities to precisely execute their creative vision with the help of a tracker acting as the hands of the artist. Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, CATA faculty artists were trained as A.R.T. trackers.

Both CATA and Good Purpose Gallery (a part of College Internship Program) share a mission to integrate people with disabilities into the community at large.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Lee cultural council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Art on Tour – No. Six Depot

A collection of paintings by CATA artists will be featured in a special exhibit at Six Depot Cafe through November.

Where: No. Six Depot – West Stockbridge, MA
When: November 11 – November 30, 2015; with a “Meet the Artists” reception on November 23rd from 10:30-11:30am

Artwork: Kate R.