I Am a Part of Art: CATA’s Annual Art Exhibit returns!


June 1, 2017
Contact: Sarah Carpenter
(413) 528-5485
Images available on request


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. For the second time, the annual art show will be presented at 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 7 – July 31. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, July 13 from 5-7pm. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5pm.

CATA will also showcase artwork at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA from July 1-August 22 with a Meet the Artists event on Thursday, July 20th from 1-2pm. The Clark Art Institute is open Tuesday through Saturday,  10-5pm.

“These vibrant exhibits are a testament to the abilities of our artists with disabilities,” says Margaret Keller, CATA executive director.. “In these pieces, CATA artists are giving expression to their perspectives and experiences, drawing us into their worlds. Their work speaks to the power of art— to reveal and to connect.”

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, offering people with disabilities opportunities to 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.

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