25 Jan “MAKING WAVES” – A NEW EXHIBIT BY CATA ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES AT GOOD PURPOSE
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January 22, 2019
Contact: Chris Watford
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MAKING WAVES: A NEW EXHIBIT BY CATA ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES AT GOOD PURPOSE GALLERY
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents “Making Waves,” an exhibit of artwork by CATA artists with disabilities at the Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, MA. The exhibit opens February 27 and features paintings by CATA artists who use the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique to create their work. A free, public art opening will be held on February 28 from 4:30-6:30pm with many of the artists in attendance.
Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) is an adaptive painting technique developed by artist Tim Lefens that gives full artistic control to people with profound physical disabilities. Through this technique, artists use a laser pointer and the aid of a trained art “tracker” to create stunning, original works of art. Since 2005, CATA has provided hundreds of A.R.T. workshops, allowing dozens of artists to transcend their physical limitations and reveal their creative spirits.
“Through the A.R.T. technique,” says CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller, “CATA artists who might not otherwise be able to manipulate a paintbrush are able to create deeply expressive works of art. We’re proud to bring attention to their incredible work. Exhibits like this make it possible for CATA artists to share their talents with the wider community, drawing us into their life experiences through vibrant works of art.”
“Making Waves” runs from February 27 through April 16 at Good Purpose Gallery at 40 Main Street in Lee, MA. The exhibit includes work by thirteen CATA artists with disabilities from Berkshire County Arc (BCArc), Berkshire Family & Individual Resources (BFAIR), and Columbia County Arc (Coarc). The paintings, each in acrylic on canvas, range widely in stylistic expression and scale of size.
All works in the exhibit are professionally matted, 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 exhibit is funded by October Mountain Financial Advisors, Frames on Wheels, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and other generous supporters.
About Community Access to the Arts: Community Access to the Arts (CATA) nurtures and celebrates the creativity of people with disabilities. Through dynamic arts workshops and public events, CATA artists tap into their potential, explore new talents, and share their unique points of view with the wider community. CATA collaborates with 49 partner organizations to bring visual and performing arts programs to 700 people with disabilities across Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York. Learn more at CATAarts.org.
About Good Purpose Gallery: The Good Purpose Gallery hosts professional artists and artisans with a range of neurodiversity and is connected to CIP (College Internship Program) and the Spectrum Playhouse. For more information, visit goodpurpose.org.