What is The New England Mosaic Society?

The New England Mosaic Society began when 10 mosaicists came together at Mosaic Oasis in Arlington, MA and started the discussion to form the society.


The mission of the New England Mosaic Society (NEMS) is to promote contemporary mosaic art while preserving traditional techniques. NEMS is committed to building a diverse and welcoming community of artists of all ability levels, as well as lovers and supporters of mosaic art.

The New England Mosaic Society (NEMS) is a volunteer organization that promotes and supports mosaics as a fine art. Membership is open to all New England mosaic artists including amateurs, professionals and mosaic suppliers. Members are encouraged to grow through education, sharing of information and involvement in exhibitions and community events.

Founding Members:

Deb Aldo, Glynda Benham, Cheryl Cohen, Karen Edlund, Cynthia Fisher, Carrie Fradkin, Amy Marks, Cathleen Newsham, Suzanne Owayda, Pam Stratton.

Click here to read the SAMA Article about New England Mosaic Society’s 5th Anniversary.

New England Mosaic Society Committee Descriptions

Executive Board:  The Executive Board (EB) oversees the general functions of NEMS.  EB maintains adherence to the by-laws, manages finances, holds monthly planning meetings, and plans and runs the annual meeting.  Individual roles within the EB are responsible for managing financial accounts; directing communications between members and with outside organizations; creating and maintaining membership lists, forms and renewals; and other administrative tasks. The EB also solicits vendors for  member benefits and works to recruit new members.

Karen Stark, President

Isabel Margolin, Vice President, Newsletter Author

Beth Klingher, Treasurer

Jamie Tessler, Secretary



Programs/ Education:  This committee sets the overall structure for NEMS educational programs including lectures, walking tours, hands-on workshops and critiques, and conferences. The committee sets the schedule for meetings and events and works closely with the marketing committee to promote events. Work with webmaster to get registration forms up on the website.

Amy Marks, Co-Chair of Programs and Education Committee

Emily Bhargava, Co-Chair of the Programs and Education Committee emily@connectionlab.org



Exhibitions/ Community Service: The exhibitions and community service committee researches venues for NEMS exhibits. This committee writes proposals, acts as liaison between NEMS and exhibit venues, assists in hanging and dismantling exhibits, writes and distributes the call for art and juries the art, organizes exhibit receptions and other special events in conjunctions with shows. The committee also researches community services projects for its members. 

Cathleen Newsham, Exhibitions Committee Co-Chair
Jess Regelson, Exhibitions Committee Co-Chair



Membership:  This committee is responsible for creating and maintaining the membership list, updating members’ mailing list on MailChimp, creating application and renewal forms, writing and sending new members welcome emails, and sending out renewal notices. The committee also develops new member benefits and works with marketing to recruit new members

Cynthia Stanton  Membership Coordinator




Publicity/Marketing:  This committee is responsible for promoting NEMS events and exhibitions, writing the newsletter, creating press releases and distributing to the appropriate media,  managing the NEMS Facebook page and other social media assets. This committee works closely with the Webmaster and Programs committee.

Jamie Tessler, Faacebook Manager

Nikki Sullivan, Instagram Manager


Angel Cacciola, Workshop Marketing Manager



Webmaster: The webmaster is responsible for designing the website, purchasing and maintaining software tools used to build the site, site navigation, and updating content. The webmaster works closely with members of all committees to get updated content for the site, build registration forms and maintain the members’ directory and gallery.

Cathleen Newsham, Webmaster