Board of Directors 

 PresidentMary Szesman BestMixed Media, Fiber artist
 Vice PresidentMary TaddieMixed media artist, ceramic mosaics
 TreasurerMurray Lee
Managing Partner, Next Exec Inc.
 SecretaryJeff FolgerPhotographer, Writer
 Board MemberJames BostickPhotographer, Designer, Author of Salem Arcanum Tarot
 Board MemberEllen HardyArtist, Designer, President of Hardy House, Past Salem Arts Association President
 Board MemberRebecca DeVriesArtist, Designer, Co-owner Scarlet Letter Press
 Board MemberSusan Mazzarella Fiscal Compliance Analyst, MA Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education
 Board MemberMary MelilliChair, Art + Design Department, Salem State University
 Board MemberGaret WohlArtist, President at BAKER / WOHL ARCHITECTS, Inc
 Board MemberSandra HeaphyDirector, Kensington-Stobart Gallery

Salem Arts is seeking board members who are energetic and qualified to help us guide the association in to the future. Contact with referrals.

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
  • Mary Szesman Best, President
  • Mary Taddie, Vice President
  • Murray Lee, Treasurer
  • Jeff Folger, 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
  • 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

  • Jim Bostick, Board Membercommittee 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

Gallery Committee

  • develops procedures & policies for retail operations
  • manages & maintains retail space
  • trains retail shop volunteers
  • Manage gallery volunteer schedule

Education Committee

  • manage workshops and other learning opportunities
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