Project Description


BerkshireNow: CATA

On view Friday, December 2 , 2016, through Sunday, February 19, 2017

Explore the work of three unique artists with disabilities who have created large-scale paintings in CATA visual arts workshops throughout the year. The paintings in the exhibit were created in CATA’s Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) painting workshops. Developed by artist Tim Lefens, A.R.T. is an adaptive painting technique that allows individuals with significant physical disabilities to precisely execute their creative vision with the help of a trained tracker, who acts as the hands of the artist. Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, CATA trained faculty as A.R.T. trackers in 2005 and has been leading A.R.T. workshops in Berkshire County ever since.

David Gardner, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 47" x 52"

David Gardner, Untitled, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 47″ x 52″

“Each of the artists in this exhibit–Katrina Couture, David Gardner, and Myles Tosk– has worked with CATA for a decade, using the A.R.T. technique to develop their own signature style. This innovative approach has opened the door for each of them to share their considerable artistic talents–to communicate to the world something that might otherwise have gone unsaid or unseen. We are thrilled to be partnering with Berkshire Museum to share the talents of these artists with the wider community. The beautiful BerkshireNow Gallery is the ideal space to exhibit these striking, large-scale works,” says Margaret Keller, CATA Executive Director.

All three CATA artists featured in this exhibit were recently recognized in a grant from the Artist’s Resource Trust, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. All artwork is for sale, with CATA artists receiving a commission on all artworks sold.

Katrina Couture, Beach, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 47" x 52"

Katrina Couture, Beach, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 47″ x 52″

CATA provides visual and performing arts workshops to 600 people with disabilities across Berkshire County. This exhibit is a part of CATA’s Art on Tour program, where original works of art created by CATA artists travels throughout the year to museums, galleries, community centers, and other venues in Berkshire County. To learn more about CATA programs and events, visit

BerkshireNow features four exhibits each year ranging from solo artists to group shows. Outfitting the nine-hundred-square-foot gallery space for the new exhibition series was made possible in part by a grant from the Pittsfield Cultural Council.