Close Up and Far Away: CATA at Berkshire Botanical Garden


“Close Up and Far Away”
Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Leonhardt Gallery
5 W Stockbridge Rd (Rt. 102), Stockbridge, MA 01262 (map)

RECEPTION: March 3 from 3-5pm (RSVP here)
EXHIBIT: March 3 – 27, 2022 (FREE)

See “Know Before You Go” below for information about accessibility, parking, COVID safety, and more.

Image description: Painting of a yellow butterfly with orange and pink spots on a green branch with a blue background

Henry Demski “Butterfly” (2021); tempera on paper

CLOSE UP AND FAR AWAY features a stunning collection of paintings and drawings inspired by nature, created by artists with disabilities from Community Access to the Arts (CATA). Throughout the summer and fall of 2020 and 2021, CATA artists visited the Berkshire Botanical Gardens for weekly workshops, creating work reflecting the natural landscape of the Berkshires. This exhibit includes work created onsite at the Berkshire Botanical Gardens, as well as paintings and drawings by artists with disabilities from across the Berkshires and Columbia County, NY.

A free, opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 3 from 3-5pm. RSVP’s are requested (sign up here). Masks and vaccinations required. 

All paintings will be available for sale! Buy stunning artwork and support CATA artists. Every work sold provides a commission to the individual artist and supports CATA’s life-changing programs. To purchase artwork, please contact Kara Smith at [email protected].

Close Up and Far Away is made possible thanks to Frames on Wheels, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and generous supporters like YOU.

Click the artwork below to preview the exhibit:



Know Before You Go:


The Berkshire Botanical Garden Center House Galleries and bathrooms are wheelchair accessible. Chairs and benches are available in the gallery and reception area.

Free, accessible parking is available in the main parking lot, across the street from the Berkshire Botanical Garden “Center House”  (the red and tan building where CATA’s exhibit is taking place). A gravel path leads from the parking lot to a crosswalk, which will take you across the street to the Center House. Visitors can also pull into the short Center House driveway to unload, before continuing on to park across the street. During the Opening Reception on March 3, 2022, friendly CATA staff will assist visitors with parking and entry to the gallery.

COVID Safety:
Masks are required at all times in the Center House Galleries. Please note: Vaccinations and masks are required for the Opening Reception on March 3.

Please note that cell service is limited in the gardens and galleries.

When arriving at the Berkshire Botanical Garden from Main Street in Stockbridge, the entrance to the parking lot will be on your left. When driving from West Stockbridge, the parking lot will be on your right.

From the parking lot, a gravel path will lead you to a cross walk, which will take you from the parking area to the Center House, where CATA’s exhibit is on display (see photo below).

When you enter the Center House, you will see a beautiful “living” wall (see photo below). To your right will be a visitor’s desk to check in, and to your left will be CATA’s exhibit in the Leonhardt Gallery.

Image description: A gravel pathway leads to a crosswalk. Across the street is the Center House at Berkshire Botanical Garden.

From the main parking lot, a gravel pathway leads to a crosswalk. Across the street is the Center House.

Image description: Green plants growing decoratively on a "living wall" in the BBG entryway.

The main entry at Berkshire Botanical Garden. CATA’s exhibit will be to your left, and a welcome desk will be to your right.


Image description: A gallery with big windows and art hanging on the walls

The Leonhardt Galleries, where CATA’s exhibit will take place.

Your support helps to share the talents of CATA artists with our community. Please join us by making a gift today.