“Back & Forth”

A Community Access to the Arts Virtual Art show

Welcome to cata’s virtual art show “Back & Forth”!

This multimedia exhibit features 15 paintings by 15 CATA artists—each created through CATA workshops using an adaptive method called Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.). Through the use of a laser pointer and close collaboration with a trained assistant who acts as the artist’s hands, this technique gives full artistic control to individuals with significant physical disabilities—and expands the range of possibilities for artists of all abilities. Some CATA artists working in this technique are non-verbal, or verbal language is not their primary mode of communication. In these cases, painting can provide a particularly meaningful mode of communication.


HOW TO TOUR THE EXHIBIT: Simply select a painting from the gallery below or click “Tour the Exhibit” to start at the beginning. Each page includes bonus videos, photos, and more, to take you behind the scenes and give you a closer look at the artists and their work.


And don’t forget! Each painting is available for sale! Buy a piece of CATA art and support CATA artists. Every work sold provides a commission to the artist and supports year-round CATA programs for people with disabilities.

Virtual “meet the artists” reception

Watch the replay of our fun, virtual “Meet the Artists” reception! In this half-hour event, you’ll hear from CATA’s Executive Director Margaret Keller, CATA artists John Chapdelaine and Carol Neuhaus, and our exhibit curators Kara Smith and Jeff Gagnon to bring you closer to our artists and their work. Just click the button to watch!

Virtual Reception Video

Exhibit at a glance

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4 entries.
delightful paintings and wonderful presentation at the Opening
John Chapdelaine (CATA artist) from Westfield
Thank you for having me. I appreciate the time and effort that was put into everything.
Linda Greenhouse from Stockbridge
A beautiful exhibit that channels the life force we all share.
This work is amazing and truly inspiring!! What an honor to work with you guys!!!

Back & Forth is sponsored by:

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and supporters like you