Art on Tour at MCLA Window Gallery

Community Access to the Arts presents an exhibit of artwork by CATA visual artists with disabilities at the MCLA Window Gallery at 49 Main Street in North Adams.

CATA “Art on Tour” at the MCLA Window Gallery at 49 Main
WHEN: November 1 – December 2, 2018
WHERE: Window Gallery at MCLA Design Lab – 49 Main Street, North Adams, MA

The exhibit runs from November 1 through December 2 and features a series of large-scale paintings created by artists from BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources) using the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique. The paintings will be accompanied by an installation of three-dimensional, hanging “CATApillars,” which were constructed by Berkshire county students with disabilities.

Click the images below for a preview of the exhibit:

The paintings in this exhibit were created by North County artists with disabilities using Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.). This adaptive technique, developed by artist Tim Lefens, gives full artistic control to people with profound physical disabilities who do not have the dexterity to apply paint brush to canvas. Through this technique, artists use a laser pointer and the aid of a trained “tracker” to create stunning, original works of art.

The colorful “CATApillar” sculptures, which will be suspended throughout the gallery space, were created by students with disabilities at Lee Middle and High School and the Pittsfield High School Transition Program at Boys & Girls Club through CATA’s programs in the schools. CATA provides dynamic and intensive arts workshops to students in special education programs in seven school districts throughout Berkshire County.

All paintings in the exhibit are professionally framed and available for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists. This event is part of CATA’s “Art on Tour” program, where original works of art created by CATA artists travel throughout the year to museums, galleries, community centers, and other venues in Berkshire County.

The window gallery at 49 Main St. promotes the work of regional artists and is a project of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center. More information can be found at For any social media outreach, tag @mclabcrc.

The exhibit is funded by October Mountain Financial Advisors, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other generous supporters.