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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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ALL RISE: Court Dance PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24th-26th AT SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY

FOR RELEASE
August 12, 2015
Contact: Liana Toscanini
(413) 528-5485

ALL RISE: Court Dance PREMIERES SEPTEMBER 24th-26th AT SHAKESPEARE & COMPANY

GREAT BARRINGTON – Community Access to the Arts is pleased to present ALL RISE: Court Dance, a new work choreographed by Dawn Lane.  Created in part during a Creative Development Residency at Jacob’s Pillow, with support from the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Initiative, ALL RISE uses the structures, procedures and protocols of the judicial system as a source for choreography.  The hour-long work premieres Thursday, September 24th at 8 p.m., with additional performances on September 25th and September 26th at 8 p.m. at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

The hour-long piece features a cast of 11 performers, a commissioned sound score, video projection, and a set that is constructed and deconstructed by the performers.  The cast includes Lorimer Burns, Kelsey MacEachern, Leslie Nelson, Diane Prusha, Olivia Wilber, and members of CATA’s Moving Company.

Known for her humor and use of props, Dawn Lane has been making work in the Berkshires for thirty years.  ALL RISE: Court Dance is her sixth full-length evening of work.  Jacob’s Pillow Creative Development Residencies, in which dance companies and choreographers are invited to live and work at the Pillow and enjoy unlimited studio time during non-Festival months, support visionary choreographers as they create new work or re-stage existing dance work.  Says Lane, “I have been connected with the Pillow for thirty years and feel extremely fortunate as a local choreographer to have their support and endorsement.”  Ella Baff, Executive Director of Jacob’s Pillow, said “What makes Dawn an incredible choreographer and dancer…is her ability to actively and continually redefine dance…”

In addition to her choreographic work, Lane is Community Access to the Arts’ Program and Artistic Director, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellow, and a teaching artist for the nationally recognized program, Jacob’s Pillow Curriculum in Motion®.  Committed to democracy in art, Lane reveals that ALL RISE was influenced by several experiences she encountered in the courtroom.  Lane reflects, “Sometimes the good guys can be bad, and bad guys can be good.” 

Community Access to the Arts (CATA) nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.  CATA serves 600 people with disabilities throughout Berkshire County.  For more information about ALL RISE: Court Dance, visit communityaccesstothearts.org.

ALL RISE: Court Dance is sponsored in part by Berkshire Magazine and individual donors.  To purchase tickets, call the Shakespeare & Company box office Monday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at (413) 637-3353.

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CATA TO EXHIBIT AT LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS THIS SUMMER

FOR RELEASE
May 28, 2015
Contact: Brittany Brouker
(413) 528-5485

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS THIS SUMMER
Opening Reception is July 9 at 5 p.m.

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA – Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents “I Am a Part of Art,” a celebration of CATA’s visual artists and writers. The month-long exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield features over 100 works of art created by artists with disabilities from Berkshire County.  The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is Thursday, July 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“This art show is the culmination of the program year for CATA’s many visual artists, who have been developing their artistry in workshops in painting, drawing, and sculpture all year long. CATA’s exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is a tremendous opportunity for us to share this vibrant work with the public, and to realize CATA’s mission of shining a light on the capabilities of people with disabilities,” reflects CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller.

The exhibit includes a variety of media such as acrylic, tempera, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, India ink, and mixed media, and features abstract and representational paintings and drawings. CATA artists receive a commission on all works sold, and proceeds will also support CATA visual arts programs. CATA visual arts faculty members are artists in their own right: Jeff Gagnon, Pat Hogan, Marlene Marshall, Janice Shields, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

CATA offers a wide range of visual and performing arts workshops, serving 600 people with disabilities in 38 residences, day programs, and schools throughout Berkshire County as well as in CATA’s studio space in Great Barrington.

CATA will also hold a poetry reading on Friday, July 24th at 5 p.m. that includes selected works from CATA’s Writers Workshop. Three writing faculty rotate throughout the year to offer CATA’s writers with disabilities a rich and varied experience in creative writing and poetry.

“I Am a Part of Art” is made possible by Berkshire Gas, Rita Kasky & Bill Cohn, Frames on Wheels, Kate & Joel Millonzi, Pittsfield Cultural Council, TD Bank and our generous individual supporters.

The exhibit runs through July 25th at the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District. It is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12 – 5 p.m.

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

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CATA TO EXHIBIT AT LAUREN CLARK WITH SPRING THEME

FOR RELEASE
February 11, 2015
Contact: Liana Toscanini
(413) 528-5485

CATA TO EXHIBIT AT LAUREN CLARK WITH SPRING THEME

GREAT BARRINGTON – Community Access to the Arts (CATA) has been nurturing the artistic talent of people with disabilities for over 20 years. Those talents will be on display at Lauren Clark Fine Arts on Railroad Street in Great Barrington from March 14 through 23, when the gallery hosts a spring show featuring paintings by 14 CATA visual artists.

The opening reception is Saturday, March 14th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Paintings featured in the show were created in visual arts workshops held by CATA over the past year and led by CATA’s Faculty Artists, all local artists in their own right. These workshops in painting, drawing, and sculpture are part of a larger group of 1,000 CATA arts workshops held annually, which serve 600 people with disabilities across Berkshire County. Workshops focus on both the visual and performing arts and include modern dance, tap, movement, yoga, singing/drumming, juggling, and creative writing.

Curated by gallery owner Lauren Clark, the exhibit includes paintings with spring themes and landscapes, including a weeping willow by CATA artist, Eric Schumann, best known for his painterly brush strokes. Schumann is one of CATA’s most prolific artists and uses the commission he earns on the sale of his artwork to pay for the many CATA workshops he takes throughout the year.

Established in 2006, Lauren Clark Fine Arts features fine art and contemporary craft by regional and internationally recognized artists in all media, with an emphasis on local artists and community.

“CATA’s core mission is to shine a light on the artistry of people with disabilities. We are thrilled that the public will be able to encounter the extraordinary work of our CATA artists in the beautiful space that is Lauren Clark Fine Arts,” says CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller.

All artwork is for sale, with proceeds split between individual CATA artists and the CATA programs that support them.

The inclusion of CATA’s artists with disabilities in the local arts community takes on particular significance in March, which is National Developmental Disability Awareness Month. CATA is also participating in the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers on March 19. For more information about these events, visit www.communityaccesstotheARTS.org or call 413-528-5485.

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