Board of Directors 

 President Mary Szesman Best Mixed Media, Fiber
 Vice President Rebecca DeVries Artist, Designer, Co-owner Scarlet Letter Press
 Treasurer Cheryl Frary Artist/Frary Bookkeeping
 Secretary Peggy Farrell Artist
 Board Member James Bostick Photographer, Designer, Author of Salem Arcanum Tarot
 Board Member Ellen Hardy Artist, Designer, President of Hardy House, Past Salem Arts Association President
 Board Member Sandra Heaphy Director of Kensington Stobart Gallery
 Board Member Murray Lee 
 Board Member Leslie Levesque Director of Admissions, The Phoenix School, Salem MA
 Board Member Susan Mazzarella  Fiscal Compliance Analyst, MA Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education
 Board Member Sandra McLaughlin 
 Board Member Mary Melilli Chair, Art + Design Department, Salem State University
 Board Member Garet Wohl Artist

Salem Arts in entirely operated by volunteers. If you are interested in helping please contact any committee chairperson listed below to see who you can participate. 


Executive Committee

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Operations Committee

  • Operations Committee

Communications Committee

  • identifies and pursues alternative ways to create a buzz
  • produces and distributes marketing materials, newsletters, etc
  • writes and distributes press releases

Development Committee

  • researches and writes grants
  • solicits cash & in-kind donations
  • identifies and pursues sponsorship & other fundraising opportunities

Events Committee

  • plans and executes all exhibitions & screenings, including gallery shows
  • plans and executes all performing arts events (music, dance, theater, etc.)
  • plans and executes all literary events (readings, storytelling, etc.)
  • plans and executes all special events (e.g., Open Studios.)
  • arranges and oversees demonstrations, lectures, workshops, etc.
  • develops event-specific educational programming & materials

  •    Annette Sykescommittee chairperson
  •    ad hoc - committee is formed for each event

IT Committee

  • Creates and maintains the website; trains and supports committees in Website updates
  • administers Wild Apricot (our website & membership management system)
  • plans for, manages, and documents our IT infrastructure
  • SAA-related technical assistance & training to Board & Committee members
  • works with committees to assess the IT needs of our programs & activities

Membership Committee

  • processes new applications & renewals
  • recruits new members
  • works with other committees to recruit & coordinate volunteers

  • Susan Dodgecommittee chairperson
  • (email also goes to Treasurer for finances)

Finance Committee

  • all things money

Volunteer Coordination

  • tracks volunteer opportunities and matches volunteers to tasks
  • supplies updates for web pages related to volunteering
  • responds to members' questions and offers to volunteer
(does not include retail or event staffing)

  •   Susie Mazarrella, Board member, Committee Chairperson

Retail Committee

  • collects demographic data on visitors
  • develops procedures & policies for retail operations
  • manages & maintains retail space
  • trains retail shop volunteers

Education Committee

  • manage workshops and other learning opportunities
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Gallery Address: 179 Essex Street, Salem MA 01970
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