November 30, 2022
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CATA PRESENTS “A WINDOW INSIDE OF YOU”—An Exhibit by Artists with Disabilities at Good Purpose Gallery 

LEE, MA—Community Access to the Arts (CATA) ​​​presents A Window Inside of You, an exhibit of paintings by artists with disabilities at Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, MA. The exhibit highlights the work of artists who participate in CATA’s adaptive painting workshop.

A free, opening celebration will be held at Good Purpose Gallery on Tuesday, December 6 from 5-6pm. All are welcome and free refreshments will be provided.

The artists featured in the exhibit created their work through CATA’s innovative adaptive painting workshops—one of many visual and performing arts programs that CATA provides for artists with disabilities across the Berkshires. The workshop is inspired by a technique called Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.), originally developed by artist Tim Lefens. Working one-on-one with CATA faculty, the artists use color wheels and a specialized series of yes/no questions to guide their creative decisions. Artists who are not able to manipulate a paintbrush instead use a laser pointer to direct the movement of the brush on the canvas. This exhibition showcases an extraordinary range of work created through this adaptive program—from bold and exuberant abstract paintings, to meditative reflections on the artists’ experiences and the world around us.

“We’re proud to continue our partnership with Good Purpose Gallery to highlight this incredible work by CATA artists,” says CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller. “Each artist has created profoundly expressive work. Exhibits like this make it possible for our artists with disabilities to share their talents with the wider community, drawing us into their life experiences through vibrant works of art.”

The exhibition will be on display from December 1 through January 30, 2023. The gallery, located at 40 Main Street in Lee, MA (next to the Starving Artist Cafe), is open Thursday-Monday from 9am-3pm.

All works in the exhibit are professionally matted, framed, and available for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for the individual artists. The abstract paintings, each in acrylic on canvas, range widely in stylistic expression and scale of size. This exhibit 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 ​and Columbia counties.

CATA Art on Tour exhibits are sponsored by Frames on Wheels, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and by individual community members who step forward to support creative inclusion.

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 50 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