28 Jun CATA ANNUAL ART SHOW OPENS AT THE CLARK AND LICHTENSTEIN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2023
Contact: Chris Watford
Digital images available here
CATA’S ANNUAL ART SHOW OPENS AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE AND THE LICHTENSTEIN CENTER FOR THE ARTS—Celebrating the work of artists with disabilities
PITTSFIELD & WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents its annual art show, I Am a Part of Art, featuring a vibrant collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures by more than 150 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. Each work is available for sale, with proceeds benefiting CATA programs, as well as individual artists.
CATA’s exhibit at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts runs from June 30-August 23, 2023. A free opening celebration will be held on Wednesday, July 12 from 5-7 with many of the artists in attendance. Refreshments will be provided. The gallery, located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, is open Wednesday through Friday from 11-3 and by appointment. Admission is free.
CATA’s exhibit at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill runs from July 15 through October 29, 2023. A free “Meet the Artists” and Community Art Making event will be held on Tuesday, August 22 from 1-3pm with CATA artists in attendance. Art supplies will be available for visitors to create their own work of art inspired by the exhibit. The Lunder Center, located at 227 South Street, Williamstown, MA, is open daily from 10am-5pm. Admission to CATA’s exhibit at the Lunder Center is free.
“I Am a Part of Art offers a window into the imagination of artists with disabilities,” says CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller. “This exhibit is the essence of CATA’s mission: Our artists have created stunning work all year long in CATA workshops. And now, our wider community has the opportunity to revel in these incredible paintings, drawings, and sculptures. All works are available for sale, with commissions supporting individual artists. You are sure to find a piece to fall in love with!”
This annual exhibition is the culmination of hundreds of visual arts workshops that CATA holds throughout the year for teens, adults, and elders with disabilities across Berkshire County, Massachusetts, and Columbia County, New York. Through these workshops, CATA artists with disabilities grow creatively, learn new techniques, and find community. Works in the exhibit are professionally matted and framed, and available for sale, with proceeds providing commissions to the individual artists. The curated exhibit features a wide range of styles, including abstract and representational paintings, drawings, photographs, collage, sculpture, and printmaking.
I Am a Part of Art is sponsored by October Mountain Financial Advisors, Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation, Berkshire Magazine, 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 more than 50 partner organizations to bring visual and performing arts programs to 950 people with disabilities across Berkshire County, Massachusetts and Columbia County, New York. Learn more at CATAarts.org.