Board of Directors

Bart Blumberg, President

Bart has been president of the Board of Directors since its formation in 2017.  He joined HA in 2014 and immediately began volunteering on several committees which helped prepare him for his role as president.  Before joining HA, Bart was an elementary school teacher for 20 years on the South Shore.  Before that, he had a career in healthcare policy, planning, and management holding various positions in academia, government, and for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations.  In addition to his Master’s degree in Teaching, he has an MBA.   Bart likes to say, “I’m an artist and photography is my medium.”  His photographs are displayed in local galleries and often in exhibitions throughout the South Shore.  Bart has lived in Hull since 2001.

Sandra Weeks, Secretary/Clerk

Sandra grew up in the small seaside town of Fairhaven, MA.  She graduated with a BFA in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art (MASS ART).  Throughout her career, she worked in corporate interior space planning and project management.  After many years in Hull, she and her husband, Bill, recently moved to Marshfield.

Sandra joined HA in 2014 and was president from 2016-2017.  She was on the planning team that formed the initial Board of Directors and since then has served on the Board as Secretary/Clerk.   She was instrumental in reorganizing Gallery Nantasket in 2018 and is the gallery’s Operations Manager.  Sandra also Chairs the Exhibits Committee.

Her artistic medium is colored pencils and she frequently displays her flora and fauna pictures at local exhibitions.  Her wonderful drawings of commissioned pet portraits are sought-after treasures.

Lara Williams, Treasurer

Lara is a contemporary abstract painter, and printmaker born and raised on Long Island, NY, now living in Hull, MA.  She studied Art History, Painting, and Printmaking earning a BA degree in fine arts, from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Her first couple of jobs were with Pearl Art & Craft, as a customer service representative and later as a bookkeeper.   All the while she maintained her artistic practices, showing her artwork publicly in Boston, Cambridge, and juried shows throughout Massachusetts.   Since 1997 Lara has been a licensed real estate agent and is currently a sales agent and manager.

In 2004, she took a hiatus from showing her art publicly following the birth of her twin sons.  In the spring of 2019, she re-emerged with her nature-inspired, emotionally charged encaustic paintings and works on paper.   Later that year, she also joined Hull Artists, eager to find a community of artists and creatives closer to home; especially excited by the opportunity to join and show at Gallery Nantasket.

She joined the Board in 2020 and led the initiative for HA to look beyond its membership to produce an annual Regional Juried show, open to all MA artists, first held in 2022.  She plays a key role in marketing HA and its members handling most of the social media posting.  Lara sees her position on the HA Board as an opportunity to give back to the community that continues to embrace and support her artistic journey.

Marianne F. Buckley Curran, Director

Marianne’s professional background is in teaching Physical Education and Visual Art which she taught since 2000 at the South Shore Charter Public School.  Marianne founded Locale Color, a sole proprietorship, that marketed and hosted art openings and events first in Canton and then in Hull.  She partnered with the Hull Chamber of Commerce to create the “Secret Garden Tour,” and coordinates the “Friday Plein Air Painting” program sponsored by the Hull Lifesaving Museum. 

Marianne lives in Hull where she has a busy studio painting and teaching classes in drawing and painting.  As an active practicing artist, she maintains memberships in several of the regional art associations and displays in local galleries.

Marianne’s membership in HA started in 1997 but she took a long hiatus to focus on her career and family, rejoining HA in 2014.  She joined the HA board in 2023 and expects to use her background to strengthen and develop HA’s community programming in Hull. 

Kim Draper, Director

For more than 25 years, Kim owned and managed an alternative health center offering massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture, all the while working full-time as a massage practitioner.  She retired in 2017 to devote more time to her love of family, friends, and travel.  Once retired, she also threw herself into her art creating polymer clay jewelry, bowls, and hanging mobiles that she has sold at Gallery Nantasket.

Kim joined Hull Artists in 2019 and soon after joined the board.  Besides her board responsibilities, Kim volunteers for HA primarily managing HA’s website as well as organizing membership events, hanging exhibits, and promoting HA, and members’ art through social media.  She believes that HA provides a perfect element to her life.

Michael Marlowe, Director

Michael has been shooting still and film photography since his teenage years. He took that love of the visual arts into college where he majored in Advertising and then went on to earn his Master’s degree in Film and Advertising at the UMass in Amherst. 

Michael spent time in advertising and production companies in New York City and Atlanta shooting stills and producing TV commercials and corporate films before coming to Boston in the mid 80’s. He spent the next 30+ years working for multiple advertising agencies and clients around the country as a freelance producer/director. Working for multiple companies honed his organizational, problem-solving, and people skills.

Michael and Pam have lived in Hull since 2013.  As a member of the Board and Chair of the Marketing Committee, Michael hopes to expand HA’s thriving membership to meet the needs of the artists’ and residents’ communities.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Taylor, Director

Betsy is a 1974 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Her first few professional jobs were as an advertising illustrator before becoming a freelance illustrator.  Joining a painting class at a local studio with a friend led her in a new artistic direction: painting and teaching.

In 1994, with a group of professional artists, Betsy took the reins of the Earth & Arts Center, an art school in upstate New York.  The Center then merged with the existing Mill Gallery which was reorganized as the Mill Art Center & Gallery, a nonprofit with art classes and a fantastic gallery.   She managed the Art Center, installed exhibits, and sold her works and the art of hundreds of artists.

During her time in New York, Betsy was active in her community, serving 20 years on the Village Planning Board and many school and arts committees.  Concurrently, while raising her family, Betsy taught drawing, figures, and painting classes, working with children and adults.  

She and her husband, Scott, have lived in Hull since 2014.  She joined Hull Artists as a starting point to connect with their new community.  As a board member since 2018, she has found an exciting role in helping to manage Gallery Nantasket along with curating its art and other HA exhibit venues.  Betsy has played a key role in HA’s pursuit of a permanent home for Hull Artists that will serve as a regional Art Center.

Lauri Waldner, Director

Lauri and her husband Mike moved from Indiana to Hull in the spring of 2023 and she joined Hull Artists within her first week anxious to continue her volunteer and community service work that she’d performed in Indiana.

Lauri retired after 30 years in the education field as a school psychologist, counselor, and adjunct professor at Butler University in Indianapolis.  Traditionally, her volunteer interests have centered around children of all ages, serving for 20 years on her local Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors.  She also worked within the court system as a guardian-ad-litem, and partnered with her therapy dog, Gus, to provide services to those who have experienced trauma and mental illness.  While not an artist, Lauri has viewed first-hand the positive impact of art within schools, communities, and mental health facilities.

Lauri’s background and expertise working with community programming, fundraising, membership development, planning, and marketing, as well as her enthusiasm and energy, made her a very strong candidate to join the board, which she did in the summer of 2023.  Within just a couple of months, she took on several projects including organizing a strategic planning process, writing an MA Cultural Council grant application for an event geared toward elementary-age children, and chairing the Membership Engagement Committee that implemented a membership survey to identify volunteers.