CATA Art on Tour travels to Tunnel City Coffee in Williamstown, hosts Meet the Artists Reception

June 28, 2017
Contact: Sarah Carpenter
(413) 528-5485
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WILLIAMSTOWN—Community Access to the Arts’s latest Art on Tour exhibit at Tunnel City Coffee is on view through June 29

A special Meet the Artists event will be held on Thursday, May 25, 12-2pm. Enjoy delicious coffee and a chance to talk with CATA artists about their work.

The exhibit is a display of creativity and inclusion that features over 30 vibrant paintings and drawings created by 25 CATA artists with disabilities.

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.

Works are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

“We are thrilled to partner with Tunnel City to share our CATA artists’ powerful artwork with the community. This exhibit feels particularly fitting since CATA’s programs in North County are in the midst of an exciting expansion, thanks to strong partnerships with BFAIR, United Cerebral Palsy, and other community organizations,” says Margaret Keller, CATA executive director.

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, Kara Smith, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

This exhibit is funded by the Irene and James Hunter Charitable Fund at Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, October Mountain Financial Advisors and other generous supporters.

About Community Access to the Arts:

Community Access to the Arts nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.

CATA provides innovative arts workshops to people with disabilities in a wide range of genres—painting, drawing, dance, theater, singing, drumming, juggling, yoga, and creative writing—and then shares their artistic creations with the community through our annual performance and year-round art shows. These public events shine a light on the talents of our CATA artists, drawing attention to the ability within disability.

CATA is based on a few groundbreaking ideas: that the arts can transcend difference, that creativity can be embraced by all of us, that tiny moments of connection can lead to tidal transformations.