“Meet the Artists” reception on May 25

WILLIAMSTOWN — April 18, 2017 — For their next “Art on Tour” stop, Community Access to the Arts (CATA) presents to the Northern Berkshires a lively exhibit of diverse work by 25 artists with disabilities. The pieces will remain on display at Tunnel City Coffee now until June 29.

To celebrate the new installation, community members are invited to meet the artists and learn about their work on Thursday, May 25, from noon to 2 p.m., under the awnings at 100 Spring St., in Williamstown. Light fare will be served and cafe items will be available for purchase.

Inside the coffee shop, nearly 30 lambent paintings created with assistive technology and artist drawings are on view, created with media such as acrylic, tempera, watercolor, oil and chalk pastel, charcoal, and mixed media. All pieces are for sale, professionally matted and framed, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists.

In addition, Tunnel City staff will select an artist’s image to be reproduced on a limited edition run of custom coffee bags.

The CATA “Art on Tour” exhibit will be on view during regular Tunnel City Coffee hours, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

For more information, visit http://cataarts.org/events

About Community Access to the Arts:

CATA workshops take place all across the Berkshires and in Columbia County, and are led by talented faculty who are also artists themselves; Jeff Gagnon, Pat Hogan, Marlene Marshall, Janice Shields, Kara Smith, Stefanie Weber, and Michael Wolski.

Funds to support the exhibit are made possible by Irene and James Hunter Charitable Fund at Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, October Mountain Financial Advisors and other advocates.

CATA also brought art to The Good Purpose Gallery in Lee, Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, New Marlborough Meeting House in New Marlborough, and the MountainOne Gallery as part of Downstreet Art in North Adams.   

About Tunnel City Coffee:

Tunnel City Coffee has been pulling espresso shots in the small college town of Williamstown since 1992. Along with making top quality espresso drinks, Tunnel City is known for roasting specialty sustainable green coffee in the Berkshires with trails, streams and timeless vistas as a backdrop. The company is also a purveyor of pastries made daily in its scratch bakery. Over the past 25 years, the company has grown in sales, locations and employee base. With the addition of a cafe on the MASS MoCA campus in the edgy, artistic town of nearby North Adams, Tunnel City will begin serving beverages out of the new Spring Street Bookstore in fall 2017.

For more information and to learn more about retail and wholesale opportunities, visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call (413) 458-5010.