CATA AT THE BERKSHIRE MUSEUM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2016
Contact: Emily Bronson
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.