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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Karin Vander Schaaf, President

Terry Bromfield, Treasurer, Chairman, Membership Committee

Amy Marks, Co-Chair of Programs and Education Committee

Cathleen Newsham, Website Manager, Exhibitions Committee
Karen Giarrusso, Co-Chair Marketing Committee
Jess Regelson, Exhibitions Committee

Isabel Margolin, Vice President

Laurie Frazer, Secretary

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

Nikki Sullivan, Co-Chair Exhibitions Committee


Beth Goulet,Co-Chair Marketing Committee bgoulet13@gmail.com

Michael J. Ferreira, Exhibitions Committee