Officers of Salem Arts Association Board
President of the Board: Heather Meri Stewart
Visual artist, writer, and sometime bass player
Assistant to the Executive Dean at John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Heather Meri Stewart is a visual artist, writer and sometime bass player living in coastal New England with her husband, the musician Greg Allen, and two black cats.
Heather's artwork has appeared in solo and group exhibits throughout the United States, including exhibits at the National Arts Club, the Colby College Art Museum, the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, and the Boston Center for the Arts. She has acted as a juror, curator or critic for exhibits at Harvard University, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Wentworth Institute, Bromfield Gallery/WCA Exhibit and Salem Arts Association. She holds certification as a Massachusetts art teacher and has taught at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a camp for seriously ill children, the Boston Architectural Center and Girls Rock Campaign Boston.
Heather holds a Masters of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Studio Arts and Film Studies from Harvard University. She also holds a BFA in Painting and a BA in Archaeological Studies from Boston University, and has studied extensively at the Boston Museum School and the Boston Architectural College.
Although she focuses on realist painting, Heather works in a variety of mediums; her portfolio includes abstract painting, drawing, illustration and sculpture. In all her work she complements her rigorous technical training with her imaginative interpretation of the visual world as she explores the possibilities of creative expression.
Vice President: Daniel Breslin
I stood next to my grandfather’s chair as he told a story about the carnival, drawing out the story’s path on a piece of paper with small, detailed scenes at each attraction. I was frozen in place watching his rough, coal miner’s hand deftly illustrate the scene his words were describing. I was hooked. I needed to make images.
I have made images – drawing, paintings, photographs – in one form or another as long as I can remember. I have a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. I have done commercial photography, graphic design, and web design work. Painting continues to be my main focus and remains my primary form of expression. In 2018 I relocated both my home and studio to Salem, Massachusetts.
Treasurer: Daryl Toomey
Daryl Toomey is a Salem Resident, current Restaurant Manager at Mercy Tavern in Salem, and an experienced banking professional. Daryl’s finance background includes working for many years in banking as a branch manager at Northeast Community Bank, Retail Business Development position at Salem Five Bank, and Personal Banker at Citizens Bank. Daryl studied at Salem State, Northshore Community College, and is a graduate of Danvers High School. His finance and business background will be a great asset to Salem Arts finance management needs.
Secretary: Jane Saunders
Jane Saunders is a ceramic artist who works out of The Clay School at the Lydia Pinkham building in Lynn. Her hand-built stoneware and porcelain pieces are functional but also illustrative in nature. She has enjoyed the interactions and collaborations that her membership at Salem Arts Association has fostered for five years and has served as secretary for 3 years.
Salem Arts Association Board of Directors
Salem Arts is seeking board members and committee persons who are energetic and qualified to help us guide the association in to the future.
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Board Member, 2021
Jennifer has been with the Harvard Art Museums since 2000 and became the Director of Collections Management in 2010. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Art History, she also holds a design degree from Baypath College.
Jennifer held the position of Curatorial Assistant in the Islamic and Later Indian Art Department before moving into Collections Management in 2002 as the Project Manager for the first collections inventory in over 20 years. In that role she led a team charged with the physical cataloging, photography, barcoding and rehousing of the Museums’ collection of 250,000 works of art. Her participation in the building renovation project included two successful collections moves, the logistical plan for the reinstallation of the galleries and art storage including design development, fabrication and installation. In addition, she worked with conservation on developing parameters for materials usage in all art storage or display spaces and developed the collections emergency response plan.
As a member of the senior leadership team at the Harvard Art Museums, she participates in several advisory groups tasked with identifying the museums’ critical strategic initiatives and developing a financial plan to support those goals. She continues to develop and refine operational procedures in order to better respond to the challenges associated with multiple museum sites and the need to ensure the museum’s work remains current and relevant within the University and beyond.
We’re honored to have Jennifer’s expertise to help guide our board and Salem Arts Association future vision.
Past President, Mentor
Board member since 2014
Photographer, User Experience Designer and Researcher, Arts Administrator
James Bostick is an active Salem artist with a focus on fine art photography. In his Gallows Hill studio Bostick creates images ranging from Infrared photographs inspired by historic landmarks to his theatrical “Salem Arcanum Tarot” project featuring Salem locals portraying the theme of the tarot cards. Other themes have included still life, studio figure photography, and experimental photo techniques. Images by James Bostick have been exhibited globally and are included in many prestigious private and public collections.
Bostick’s professional career spans more that 30-years leading cutting edge design projects involving user-centric practices to deliver communication strategies, state of the art software, and interactive experiences for Fortune 500 companies including Carrier Corp, United Technologies, Dell, EMC, Gateway Computers and Three Mile Island.
Board Member, 2019 - 2021
Tim also serves on the Executive Committee for the Peabody Cultural Collaborative, Peabody Main Streets Promotions Committee, Tillie’s Farm Education Committee, MA Innovative Task Force and the Massachusetts Partnership for Transition to Employment. Tim is on the Advisory Board for the Creative Collective, Behind You, Salem, Center for Public Representation’s Supported Decision Making Advisory Council and CuriousCity Pop-Up Children’s Museum. Tim also participates in six local and regional Chambers of Commerce and the New England Council. Director of Innovation and Strategy, Northeast ARC.
Tim’s passion has always been assisting people to succeed. Currently, Tim is the Director of Innovation and Strategy at the Northeast Arc, where he is part of a dynamic team that helps positively change the lives of 20,000 people with disabilities.
Tim’s tenure at the Northeast Arc spans over 28 years. Recent projects include the development of ArcWorks Community Art Center, Breaking Grounds Café and Peabody’s Black Box. Tim developed and implements the annual Arc Tank, an international social innovation challenge that has awarded over $650,000.
Tim frequently presents in regional, state and national conferences on topics including system change, collaboration and partnerships. An innovator and change leader, Tim has judged social innovation challenges for MassChallenge, the Social Innovation Forum and EforAll.
Tim accredits his success to a critical and analytical thought process, developing strong collaborations and partnerships and always willing to roll up his sleeve and be a part of the solution.
Board Member, 2019 - 2021
Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs , Montserrat College of Art
Nathan Lewis is a nationally exhibiting fine artist, curator, instructor, and lecturer. Currently, he is the Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Montserrat College of Art, where he has organized hundreds of exhibitions and associated programmed events that routinely received publication in Artscope Magazine, the Boston Globe, and more.
He received his BFA in studio art from the University of Texas–Austin and his MFA in Visual Studies–Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. His personal work deals with the paranormal and uses the uniqueness of photographic processes to allude to the otherworldly.
Board member since 2017
Douglas Major, composer, conductor and concert organist has been involved with the performing arts his whole career. He spent 28 years playing the organ and conducting the choirs at Washington National Cathedral, and has recently retired as Music Director of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Marblehead. His compositions for organ and choirs have been performed all across the US and in Europe and Japan. As a lover of and supporter of all the expressive media, whether music, art, photography, architecture or dance, Dr. Major brings enthusiasm and encouragement for all creative artists young and old, amateur and professional alike.
Board Member since 2016
Vice President 2016
Mary has been on the Salem Arts, Board of Directors for over 4 years and has been an active participant on various committees. For more than a decade, she was part of the senior leadership team at the American Red Cross. Mary has a studio/workshop with 10 other artists located in Marblehead, MA. Mary specializes in designing and creating large-scale mosaics and custom installations.
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.