We thank our current (and past!) board members for the generous gift of their time to serve NESA.

Dr. Elisa Adams

PRESIDENT

Elisa began sculpting stone in 2005, primarily self taught, and over time her work has been in over 70 shows, has won numerous awards and is in galleries in Boston and Florida. Elisa became President of NESA in 2019 and has a bold vision to create local civic community via sculpture, to foster forums of discussion among our artist members, to increase our membership by bringing in younger members as well as seasoned artists, to create a social media presence and finally to increase the audience of our exhibits. Her studio is in Concord, MA.

www.elisaadamssculptor.com

Brad Matthews

VICE PRESIDENT

People, and humanity more broadly, are at the centering element of Brad’s work as a sculptor, educator and organizational development consultant. He has worked in 21 countries across industries, helping people work more effectively and rewardingly together. Throughout all this, he learned to notice the individualities and commonalities of people within and across places, organizations, and social groupings. It is this life experience that informs and energizes his sculptural work and his contributions to NESA.

www.bradmatthewsstudio.com

Mary Bouchard

Mary Bouchard

TREASURER

Mary Bouchard,  a recently retired financial management professional with experience from for-profit and non-profit companies, is pleased to join the board of NESA.

Zvi Goldman

Zvi Goldman

SECRETARY

Zvi is a contemplative and narrative driven abstract conceptual sculptor. It is his goal to balance intrinsic aesthetics and thought-provoking meaning, and express life, humanity, and the natural world. He works primarily with wood and clay.

Vicky Rodriguez

Vicky Rodriguez

ARTS DIRECTOR

Vicky Rodriguez is an artist and arts administrator with a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She primarily considers herself a problem-solver, and has used her project management skills to produce educational videos and print resources, visual and written digital content, websites, exhibitions, events, and large-scale fine craft trade shows. A lover of art and a maker of things, Vicky loves applying her organizational skills to build platforms through which other artists can also thrive.

Kevin Duffy

Kevin Duffy

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Kevin is both a stone carver and stone monument conservator. Examples of his sculpture are located, throughout the eastern U.S.  Kevin works primarily in granite. Kevin’s studio is currently located, in Waltham MA

Memy Ish Shalom

Memy Ish Shalom

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

As a new NESA member, Memy comes to us with experience as a former executive of high-tech startups and publicly traded companies. As a sculptor, he strives to capture motion and to express sensual and spiritual experiences through his works in wood, clay, and bronze.

Joshua Ruder

Joshua Ruder

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Joshua Ruder is primarily a figurative sculptor living and working in Greenfield, MA.  He studied Visual Art at Brown University, where he graduated with honors.  He creates sculptures using stone and metal that are considered scrap, looking beyond their dirty and cracked facades to imagine the beauty contained within, and then working to bring that out.

Derrick Te Paske

Derrick Te Paske

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Since moving from Iowa to New England in the late 1960’s, Derrick has worked as a carpenter, an English teacher, a photographer, a documentary filmmaker, and an art dealer. He has recently retired as Professor and Chair of the Communication Arts Department of Framingham State University, where he had served for 32 years. His artwork involves wood and other common materials, employs tools and processes which are decidedly low tech, and results in unique and very tangible objects.

Alan Weinstein

Alan Weinstein

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

Al worked as a public-school teacher and administrator for almost 40 years. During his educational career, however, he was also a student studying sculpture at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Mass Art for over 10 years. Presently he sculpts mostly in stone, but occasionally works in plaster, wood and pine cones. As a NESA member for the last 6 years, he looks forward to seeing the continued growth of the organization.

April Ranck Guzman

April Ranck Guzman

DIRECTOR AT LARGE

April moved to MA in 1978 and graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in philosophy and comparative religious movements. She has worked as a women’s health counselor, taught English as a Second Language and has had a 25-year career in property management. April recently concluded 6 years of employment with the Society of Arts + Crafts, working as their Business Manager and later as Director of Community and Strategic Partnerships. Co-founder of the Arlington Int’l Film Festival, now in its 11th year of production and as its Executive Director, April is focused on her work with the Festival and its mission of promoting cultural understanding through the art of independent film.