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CATA AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2016
Contact: Emily Bronson
(413) 528-5485
Digital images available
CATA TO EXHIBIT AT BERKSHIRE MUSEUM

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA —Community Access to the Arts (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 7 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 artworks sold.

Paintings in the exhibit were created in CATA’s Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) painting workshops. Developed by artist Tim Lefens, A.R.T. is an adaptive painting technique that allows individuals with significant physical disabilities to precisely execute their creative vision with the help of a trained tracker, who acts as the hands of the artist. Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, CATA trained faculty as A.R.T. trackers in 2005 and has has been leading A.R.T. workshops in Berkshire County ever since.

“Each of the artists in this exhibit–Katrina Couture, David Gardner, and Myles Tosk– has worked with CATA for a decade, using the A.R.T. technique to develop their own signature style. This innovative approach has opened the door for each of them to share their considerable artistic talents–to communicate to the world something that might otherwise have gone unsaid or unseen. We are thrilled to be partnering with Berkshire Museum to share the talents of these artists with the wider community. The beautiful BerkshireNow Gallery is the ideal space to exhibit these striking, large-scale works,” says Margaret Keller, CATA Executive Director.  

All three CATA artists featured in this exhibit were recently recognized in a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 2nd,  from 5-8pm at Berkshire Museum, located at 39 North Street, Pittsfield, MA, as part of Cultural Pittsfield’s First Friday’s Artswalk, in association with Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. and  the City’s Office of Cultural Development. More information: firstfridaysartswalk.com.

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 CATAarts.org

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

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CATA TO EXHIBIT AT MOUNTAINONE GALLERY FOR DOWNSTREET ART

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2016
Contact: Emily Bronson
(413) 528-5485
Digital images available

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT MOUNTAINONE GALLERY FOR DOWNSTREET ART

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA —Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will exhibit at MountainOne Gallery from September 29, 2016 – June 17, 2017–with artwork rotating every three months. 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.

An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 29, 4-5pm at MountainOne Gallery, located at 93 Main Street, North Adams MA. The final DownStreet Art celebration of 2016 will continue that evening from 5-8pm.

CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller noted “We are thrilled to have this chance to showcase the talents of our CATA artists. This vibrant exhibit reflects our strong partnerships with 37 organizations across the Berkshires, including BFAIR in North Adams, where CATA provides innovative workshops in the visual arts, drumming, juggling, and more. We hope the community will come out to see first-hand the powerful work our artists have created and to join with us in shining a spotlight on the abilities of people with disabilities”

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

DownStreet Art (DSA) is a program of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

Each summer from late June till the end of September, DSA creates a wide program of visual and performing art events including exhibitions, video screenings and site-specific installations in downtown North Adams.

DownStreet Art exists to build economic and social capital and encourage the dialogue between our community and the arts. DownStreet Art does this by enlivening downtown North Adams using art and cultural activities to increase visitor-ship and enhance resident participation. For more information on Downstreet Art, and to view a listing and map of all exhibit locations, visit www.downstreetart.org.

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THE MOUNT HOSTS COMMUNITY ACCESS TO THE ARTS’ ANNUAL POETRY READING, WITH PORTRAIT EXHIBIT BY JULIE MCCARTHY

THE MOUNT HOSTS COMMUNITY ACCESS TO THE ARTS’ ANNUAL POETRY READING, WITH PORTRAIT EXHIBIT BY JULIE MCCARTHY

FOR RELEASE
August 3, 2016
Contact: Emily Bronson
(413) 528-5485

Digital images available

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Community Access to the Arts (CATA) 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 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).

CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller reflects: “We’re thrilled to be able to honor our CATA writers at the home of Edith Wharton, and to have Rachel Siegel joining us as a guest reader. As a veteran performer, Rachel has an incredible ability to inhabit different characters and voices. I can’t wait to hear how she captures the range of emotions and images reflected in our writers’ work. I know there will be moments that are deeply funny, and others that are incredibly thought-provoking.” Keller adds, “By sharing the words of our writers with disabilities in this dynamic public event, we are giving voice to a perspective that many people in our community wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to encounter,”

CATA’s Annual Poetry Reading features selected works from the CATA Writers’ Workshop, where writers with disabilities meet weekly to develop their skills in poetry, haiku, autobiography, and short stories. Three writing faculty rotate throughout the year to offer CATA’s writers a rich and varied experience in creative writing and poetry. CATA faculty leading the Writers’ Workshop are each talented writers as well as gifted teachers: Emily Rechnitz, Janet Reich Elsbach, and Anamyn Turowski.

This event is made possible by Berkshire Magazine, Kate & Joel Millonzi, Sohn Fine Art, and other generous individual supporters.

CATA’s mission is to nurture and celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.

The Annual Poetry Reading is one of a series of public events that CATA offers throughout the year, which also includes an annual showcase performance, an annual art exhibit, a series of Art on Tour exhibits, and other events. These events, coupled with CATA’s intensive weekly workshops for people with disabilities, have put CATA on the map as an innovative arts organization with a mission for social change.

For more information, visit communityaccesstothearts.org or call 413-528-5485.

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT THE CLARK & LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS THIS SUMMER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2016
Contact: Emily Bronson
(413) 528-5485
Images available on request

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT THE CLARK & LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS THIS SUMMER

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents I Am a Part of Art  a celebration of creativity and inclusion that features vibrant paintings, drawings, and sculpture created by CATA artists with disabilities.This summer the annual art show will expand to two locations.

The first exhibit will hang at the historic Lichtenstein Center for the Arts on 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District from July 1-31st. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, July 14 from 5-7pm.

CATA will also showcase artwork at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA from July 4th to August 14th with a Meet the Artists event on Wednesday, July 20th from 1-2pm. The Clark Art Institute is open Tuesday through Saturday,  10-5pm.

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.

For more information, visit communityaccesstothearts.org or call 413-528-5485.

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CATA PERFORMANCE SHOWCASES TALENTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES “WALLFLOWERS” Annual Performance takes place May 14 & 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2016
Contact: Emily Bronson
(413) 528-5485
Digital Images Available

CATA PERFORMANCE SHOWCASES TALENTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES “WALLFLOWERS” Annual Performance takes place May 14 & 15

GREAT BARRINGTON — Community Access to the Arts presents “WALLFLOWERS,” CATA’s Annual Performance & Gala on Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox.

“WALLFLOWERS” features CATA’s performing artists with disabilities in a powerful showcase of talent in theatre, dance, music and more. Saturday’s Gala festivities begin at 5 p.m., with a performance at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. The Sunday matinee begins at 1 p.m. Tickets for both performances are available online at communityaccesstothearts.org or by calling CATA at (413) 528-5485.

Annual Performance is the culmination of hundreds of performing arts workshops which CATA provides to 600 people with disabilities across Berkshire County. CATA artists hone their talents throughout the year, then share them with the community through this joyful performance weekend that includes a gala evening, CATA’s largest fundraising event.

This year’s “WALLFLOWERS” theme—developed by Program & Artistic Director Dawn Lane—explores what it means to be a part of or apart from, to choose to be seen or not seen.

“Our Annual Performance is an explosively creative celebration, where we invite the public in to witness the remarkable artistry of our CATA performers,” says Margaret Keller, Executive Director of CATA.  “The performance is at the heart of CATA’s mission to nurture and celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities. Every year, we hear from new audience members that the CATA performance opened their eyes to a new perspective on disability and even, a new perspective on the importance of art in all of our lives.”

“WALLFLOWERS” will feature seven new pieces including “In The Dust,” choreographed by Dawn Lane, and the return of Scott Thomas, CATA’s own standup comedian. Local actors Diane Prusha and Barby Cardillo direct CATA’s Shakespeare’s Players in a riff on the audition process, while troubadour JoAnne Spies premieres a new song inspired by hundreds of encounters with elders from Berkshire Healthcare residences.

The annual performance is attended by nearly 800 people from the Berkshire community and beyond.  CATA’s performing arts workshops for people with disabilities and the culminating performance are made possible by many generous individuals, businesses, and foundations, including:

Underwriters: Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation, Blue Q, Coolidge Hill Foundation, Joan & Jim Hunter, Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne, Claudia & Steven Perles Family Foundation, Emily Rechnitz & John Paladino, Carol & Joseph Reich, Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation, Liz & Mark Williams

Producers: ARC Investment Planning & Management, Sandra Baron & Greg Diskant, Ann & Weston Hicks, Marisa Labozzetta & Martin Wohl, Kate & Joel Millonzi, Linda & Frank Russell

Corporate Sponsors: Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Canyon Ranch, Alexandra Dest Capital Management, Domaney’s Liquors & Fine Wines, Gogel & Gogel Law Firm, Greylock Federal Credit Union, Kwik Print, Mahaiwe Tent, Merit, MountainOne, Shopper’s Guide,  Smith, Watson & Co., Synqware, TD Bank

Sponsors:  Lisa Atkin & Tony Kiser, Kathleen & Neil Chrisman, Linda & Reggie Cooper, The Feigenbaum Foundation, Anne Fredericks & Marc Fasteau, Dr. & Mrs. John George, Jami & Ira Grossman, Heather Wells Heim & Matthew Heim, Hillcrest Educational Foundation, Nancy K. Kalodner, Joyce Linde, Elizabeth A. Maher, Hillery & Neal Maxymillian, Julie & David McCarthy, Sharon & Matthew Mozian, Elaine Radiss & Rich Petrino, Mary Ann & Bruno Quinson, Elaine and Bernard Roberts, Martha Sauer & David Rosenthal, Deborah & Bill Ryan, Leslie & Stephen Shatz, Anne Schnesel, Elaine & Ben Silberstein, Maria Sirois, Kathleen & John Zutter

Tickets for “WALLFLOWERS” are available online at communityaccesstohearts.org or by calling (413) 528-5485.

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CATA Exhibit at The Whitney Center for the Arts a part of Pittsfield First Fridays Artswalk

CATA Exhibit at The Whitney Center for the Arts a part of Pittsfield First Fridays Artswalk

FOR RELEASE
February 3, 2016
Contact: Brittany Brouker
(413) 528-5485
Digital images available

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT WHITNEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Opening reception to take place during First Fridays Artswalk.

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA —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.

 

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CATA Artists to Exhibit at Good Purpose Gallery in Lee

FOR RELEASE
December 9, 2015
Contact: Brittany Brouker
(413) 528-5485
Digital images available

CATA Artists to Exhibit at Good Purpose Gallery in Lee

GREAT BARRINGTON, 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 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.

Good Purpose Gallery is open 9am – 4pm every day, for more information visit: www.goodpurpose.org.

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CATA Board Changes

FOR RELEASE
November 23, 2015
Contact: Liana Toscanini
(413) 528-5485

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Four new trustees have been elected to Community Access to the Arts’ board of directors. John Katz, Sharon Mozian, Richard Petrino, and Linda Russell will serve three-year terms. Katz is an investment banker and business consultant who currently serves on both the Board of Assessors and the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Great Barrington, MA. Mozian is the Director of Mental Health Programs at Berkshire Health Systems. Petrino is an organizational development consultant and executive coach. Russell is a former English teacher and tutor who volunteers at CATA and The Literacy Network of South Berkshire.

The following officers were also elected: president, Steve Shatz; vice presidents, Heather Heim and Emily Rechnitz; treasurer; Melissa Lydon; secretary, Beverly Hosokawa. John Whalan stepped down as board president after serving for five years in that role. He will remain on the board.

HOLIDAY CARDS AND CALENDARS SUPPORT CATA’S ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES

FOR RELEASE

November 23, 2015
Contact: Liana Toscanini
(413) 528-5485
Digital Images Available of holiday cards and calendar

HOLIDAY CARDS AND CALENDARS SUPPORT CATA’S ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES     

GT. BARRINGTON – Holiday cards and 2016 calendars are now available from Community Access to the Arts (CATA), a nonprofit that provides arts programs for 600 people with disabilities in Berkshire County.

The cards and calendars feature images created in CATA’s visual arts workshops.  The artists earn a design fee if their image is used.  Proceeds from the sale of cards and calendars help fund CATA programs taking place in 37 settings across Berkshire County and in CATA’s studio on Railroad Street in Great Barrington.

CATA’s jewelry, cards and accessories are available in local retail stores, in the CATA boutique on the second floor of 40 Railroad Street, and online at cataarts.org

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CATA TO EXHIBIT AT NO. SIX DEPOT IN NOVEMBER

FOR RELEASE
October 16, 2015
Contact: Liana Toscanini
(413) 528-5485

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT NO. SIX DEPOT IN NOVEMBER

GREAT BARRINGTON — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) will be the featured exhibit in the No. Six Depot gallery in West Stockbridge from November 12 through November 30.  An informal “Meet the Artist” event takes place Monday, November 23 at 10:30 a.m.  

The exhibit 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 earning 50% commission on work sold.   

CATA provides hundreds of visual arts workshops to people with disabilities across Berkshire County, in addition to workshops in other genres including dance, theater, yoga, creative writing, and juggling.    Artwork travels across Berkshire County through a program called CATA Art on Tour and is also shared with the public at CATA’s annual art show each summer.   

Executive Director Margaret Keller says, “Shining a light on the artistry of people with disabilities is key to CATA’s mission. We are thrilled to partner with No. Six Depot, and we look forward to sharing the powerful work of our artists with the larger community. A great latte or lunch, combined with the chance to see and purchase striking art— it has all the makings of the perfect afternoon!” 

Located in the open central space of the historic train station, the No. Six Depot gallery is home to exhibits, performances and other special events.  CATA products featuring artwork will also be available during the exhibit, including note cards, holiday cards, and 2016 calendars. 

To learn more about CATA, visit communityaccesstotheARTS.org.

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