Second Nature: CATA at Mass Audubon Pleasant Valley


 Painting of sunflowers by artist Laurie Sunderland

Laurie Sunderland “Sunshine” (2023)


An exhibit of paintings, drawings, and photographs by artists with disabilities inspired by the natural landscape of the Berkshires.

WHERE: Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
472 W Mountain Road, Lenox, MA – map

EXHIBIT: October 17 – November 19, 2023
Gallery Hours: Daily from 9-4pm (free)

Tuesday, October 24 from 3-5pm
Free! Drop in any time, all are welcome Click here to RSVP.



About the Exhibit:


SECOND NATURE features vibrant paintings, drawings, and photographs created by artists with disabilities from Community Access to the Arts. Many of the works were created on​-​site​ at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary​ as part of a​n ongoing​ partnership between CATA and Mass Audubon. CATA artists toured Pleasant Valley’s “All Persons Trail”, working with naturalists from Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and creating artwork en plein air.

The exhibit also includes work created by CATA artists ​at day programs and residences serving people with disabilities, as well as in CATA’s studios in Great Barrington. The exhibit includes botanical studies, landscapes, abstract paintings, and photography ranging 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 the individual artists.

Join us for a fun and free opening celebration on Tuesday, October 24 from 3-5pm! Drop in any time to meet and celebrate with the artists. Free refreshments will be provided. All are welcome! Click here to RSVP.

This event is made possible thanks to Frames on Wheels, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and generous supporters like you. 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.



Know Before You Go:


CATA’s exhibit takes place at the historic barn at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, located at 472 West Mountain Road in Lenox, MA. Free accessible parking is available a short distance from the barn. The exhibit space and restrooms in the barn are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit Mass Audubon’s Accessibility @ Pleasant Valley guide.

If you have specific accessibility needs or questions about the exhibit, please contact CATA at 413-528-5485 or email [email protected].

PARKING at the Exhibit Celebration on 10/24:
Follow the CATA lawn signs on W Mountain Road, which will lead you to the parking area. The historic barn is a short distance from the parking lot. Friendly CATA staff will be at the entrance to greet you!


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