31 May CATA’S ANNUAL ART SHOW OPENS AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE AND THE LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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May 31, 2019
Contact: Chris Watford
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CATA’S ANNUAL ART SHOW OPENS AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE AND THE LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Featuring Work by 125 Artists with Disabilities
GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents its annual art show, I Am a Part of Art, featuring a vibrant collection of work by 125 artists with disabilities. The exhibit takes place in partnership with the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, MA.
The first exhibit runs from July 5-July 27 at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, with a free public reception on July 11 from 5-7pm. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 11-4pm.
The second exhibit hangs at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA from July 6-August 25, with a free “Meet the Artists” event on July 23 from 1-4pm. The Clark Art Institute is open daily from 10-5pm during the course of the exhibit.
“I Am a Part of Art offers a window into the imagination of our artists with disabilities,” says Margaret Keller, CATA’s Executive Director. “This year, many of the works explore the theme of “NEXUS”, inviting us to consider the ways we intersect and connect with each other and with our community. We’re thrilled to partner with the Clark Art Institute and with the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts to share this revelatory work with our community.”
I Am A Part of Art showcases more than 200 original works of art, representing artists with disabilities from across Berkshire and Columbia counties, and ranging from students to adults to elders. Works are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are available for sale, with proceeds providing commissions to the individual artists. The curated exhibits feature a wide range of styles, including abstract and representational paintings, drawings, sculpture, collage, and printmaking in a variety of media including acrylic, tempera, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, clay and mixed media. In addition, the exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will feature a collaborative sculptural installation created by 30 CATA artists using recycled materials.
This annual exhibition is the culmination of hundreds of visual arts workshops that CATA holds throughout the year across Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York in day programs, residences, schools, elder care settings, and in the CATA Studio. Through these year-round workshops, CATA artists with disabilities grow creatively, learn new techniques, and find community working side by side with others.
I Am a Part of Art is sponsored in part by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Berkshire Magazine, Pittsfield Cultural Council, Frames on Wheels, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Clark Art Institute, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, 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 800 people with disabilities across Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York. Learn more at CATAarts.org.