Board & Staff

 


Staff


Samantha Butler, Manager

Samantha is an arts organizer and multidisciplinary artist based out of Portland, Maine. She is passionate about actualizing innovative creative projects, building sustainable non-profit platforms, and developing engaging, artist-centric programming. Since 2016, she has worked with a number of arts organizations in Portland, including SPACE, Running with Scissors, and the Portland Museum of Art. She has also worked as a studio assistant for Sascha Braunig. When she is not working to support the TEMPOart’s projects, she is the Program Assistant at Surf Point Foundation and is part of the team at New System Exhibitions.

With an artistic practice spanning various media in the visual and performing arts, Samantha’s artwork is grounded in the heartfelt exploration and abstraction of interpersonal relationships. She has a deep appreciation for artwork that is tactile, architectural, and connects with the human body. She values collaborative and improvisational methods of making, and has worked as a set designer and art director for theatrical and commercial video productions.

Samantha holds a B.A. Cum Laude from Connecticut College where she studied the representation of gender and sexuality, American Studies, and Studio Art.


Current Board Members


Sarah Daignault, President

Sarah Daignault worked in the educational and non-profit worlds before retiring to Portland, Maine. She has served as an Executive Director and a Chief Financial Officer, and she taught at Teachers College in New York City. Sarah has served on a number of Boards as Treasurer and as the Board President. Since moving to Maine, she joined the Board of the Locker Project where she currently serves as President. In her spare time Sarah loves to practice yoga and play golf and tennis.


Colleen Donohoe is a graduate of Alfred University and Arizona State University. Prior to her most recent role as the Public Art Manager at Denver International Airport, Colleen worked with Scottsdale Public Art and taught studio art courses at Arizona State University, Yavapai College, and Benedictine University in Arizona. Colleen relocated to Maine in 2019 and is looking forward to engaging with the local arts community.


Alison Gibbs spent several years in the fields of journalism and corporate communications, working for news outlets such as NPR affiliate WBUR, CNBC, and Time Inc. and for firms including Bank of America and Public Consulting Group, before pursuing a personal passion in arts administration. She served for three years as Marketing Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and became increasingly interested in the intersection of the arts and community service. Since 2019, she’s been the Gallery and Communications Manager at LA Arts, the arts agency of Lewiston and Auburn. In this role, she works with the LA Arts Board of Directors to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. Alison holds a BA in Economics and French Literature from Duke University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She lives in Portland with her husband, daughter and two rescue pups.


Kate Howe

Kate Howe is an award-winning designer and brand strategist. She leads creative and strategy at Better Yet Studio, with a focus on translating user-centered insights into delightful and impactful communications for socially oriented organizations. As Head of Graphic Design for the NYC Dept. of Design & Construction, she led and expanded the biggest communication design group within the City of New York. Since relocating to Maine, Kate has led brand strategy and communications efforts for Maine’s forest industry, as well as other civic and cultural initiatives. Kate holds a BA in Economics & Political Science from Columbia University, an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University, and has been published in the New York Times. Honors include the SEGD Sylvia Harris Public Service Award.


Benjamin-Émile Le Hay started his career as a luxury lifestyle, travel, entertainment and celebrity journalist and fashion editor, contributing to BlackBook, Huffington Post, DOCUMENT, New York Times, Lifetime and A+E Networks, Refinery29, and most notably, as the “Shindigger” columnist for the New York Observer. In 2015, he transitioned from celebrity stylist to public relations and served as a press attaché of Tourism and Culture for the American market on behalf of France’s Foreign Ministry. In June 2016, he joined Quintessentially, where he served as Director of public relations. In 2018, he launched a boutique media and marketing consultancy. Benjamin, a graduate of Bowdoin College, studied at Università di Bologna in a joint program with Brown University. He suffers from wanderlust, is an expert alpine skier, and is fluent in French, Italian and English. He feels very much at home in Paris, Italy or Brooklyn, NY. Nowadays, he’s happily back in his hometown of Freeport, Maine, with his partner, Ben, and two young stepdaughters, Kora and Stella.


Photo of Yael Reinharz

Yael Reinharz is Executive Director of Surf Point Foundation, a new residency program in York, Maine that provides time, space and support for the visual arts community to think, connect and create. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Yael spent two decades working in the commercial and nonprofit visual art field in New York City. Prior to Surf Point, Yael directed Artis, a New York, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv-based nonprofit whose mission supports contemporary artists from Israel internationally. Previously, she held positions at the public art nonprofit Creative Time, the auction house Christie’s; Matthew Marks Gallery; Casey Kaplan Gallery; and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. In addition to her degree from Bowdoin, she holds an M.A. from New York University in Interdisciplinary Studies.

 


Board members Emeritus

Alice Spencer, Founder

Alice Spencer is a painter and print maker. Her work has been shown throughout New England and abroad. She has served on the boards of the Maine College of Art, Greater Portland Landmarks and the Waynflete School as well on as on the advisory boards of SPACE Gallery and Safe Space Radio. A founder of the Peregrine Press, a printmaking cooperative in Portland, she has taught printmaking at the Haystack School of Crafts, MECA’s Continuing Studies Program and in Tanzania and Mongolia. She served for 15 years on the City of Portland Public Art Committee, 12 years as its chair, and chaired the committee that wrote the city’s guidelines for temporary public art. In 2009 Spencer received the statewide Art Honors award for Leadership in the Arts and, in 2018, an honorary doctorate, both from the Maine College of Art. Spencer is the founder of TEMPOart and its first chair.

Click here for more information on Alice’s involvement with Public Art in Portland.


 Dick Spencer is an attorney with Drummond Woodsum and MacMahon in Portland specializing in land conservation, municipal law and public finance. He served in the state legislature where he chaired the House Judiciary Committee. Dick is a founder of Portland Trails and the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust.


 

Advisory Board

James Brady, Christopher Branson, George N. Campbell, Jr, Cyrus Hagge, Alison Hildreth, Pandora LaCasse, Ann Willauer, Caron Zand