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About NRAS

Mission Statement

Board of Directors & Arts Committee

Member Benefits


Vision: Aspirations for the Future

We aspire to be a hub that nurtures creative life by inspiring people of all ages to love the arts and to explore how arts can enrich their lives.

Mission: How We’ll Go About Pursuing our Vision

Our mission is to create a bustling environment reflecting the pulse of the community in a wide variety of creative and artistic forms that will broaden our appeal and open doors. This vision will be carried out within a focused portfolio of art forms, making NRAS the “go to” place for the arts. Our activities will be open to all artists, aspiring artists, learners and hobbyists, “art appreciators,” students, or anyone interested in opening up to creative activity.

Established in 1968, the North River Arts Society (NRAS) is a grass roots non-profit organization fostering participation and appreciation of the arts. The Society is governed by a Board of Directors and resides at the G.A.R. Hall, 157 Old Main Street in Marshfield Hills.

The NRAS offers classes for adults and children, a Festival of the Arts, Members Show, Childrens' Day, Holiday Arts Sale, workshops, scholarships, financial aid, newsletters, discounts for classes and supplies, musical and theatrical performances at the hall, a writers workshop, and exhibits at Ventress Library Gallery, Dolphin Gallery, G.A.R. Gallery and the artists cooperative Little Gallery.


2015 Board of Directors

Nancy Sargent Howell, President
Jen McInerney, Vice President

Jack Haran, Treasurer

Mac Haran, Clerk

Carmine Bruno

Margaret Farrell Bruno

Cheryl Curran

Sally Dean

Judith Gray

Susan Kerrigan

Mary Marks

Paul F. McCarthy

Susan L. McCarthy

David Petty

Polly Ulichny

Patricia Walsh

2015 Arts Committee

Cheryl Curran & Susan Kerrigan - Co-Chairpersons

JoAnne Chittick

Laura Harvey

Nancy Howell

Gail Nathanson

Rachel Sheehan

Polly Ulichny

Member Benefits

Your membership dues go a long way toward fulfilling our mission of fostering participation in and appreciation of the arts at the community level. Please show your support for what we do at North River Arts Society and begin or renew your membership today.

•Members get discounts on NRAS classes and workshops as posted.

MFA Museum Passes

•NRAS offers MFA Museum passes which are available at the Ventress Library

•The local businesses listed below help our members by providing discounts on art- related purchases:

The Business Center of Marshfield


3 Webster Square, Marshfield

25% off wide format printing

Buttonwood Books & Toys


Shaws Plaza Rt. 3A, Cohasset

10% off

Fernwood Galleries
430 Washington St., Norwell
12% off custom framing and framed prints

Frame Center
152 Rockland Street, Route 139, Hanover
up to 50% off over 210 selected moldings
$25 off custom framing of $125 up/$10 off framing of $50 up

Framing Concepts


105 South Street, Hingham

30% off

Frantic framers
1592 Hancock St. Quincy
20% off custom framing

Golden Gull Studios
17 South Park Avenue, Plymouth
10% off art supplies & framing materials

Kennedy's Country Gardens


85 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy, Scituate

10% off plants

The Village Framer
296 Plain Street, Marshfield
20% discount on matting and framing

Wool Basket Yarns


19 Depot St., Duxbury

10% off


If you would like to volunteer contact Laura Harvey at

North River Arts Society | 157 Old Main Street, P.O. Box 307, Marshfield Hills, MA | 781-837-8091 |