Vincent and Laura Barletta live and work in the Boston area, where they run a family business. They have been a part of the community in New Salem, Massachusetts for several generations.
Sharing a passion for the arts, they started their collection in 2005 with the oil painting by Michael Klein titled “Leaving Home,” depicting Klein’s wife, Nelida Klein. That painting planted the seed for the collaboration among the two couples, the Barlettas and the Kleins, in founding the New Salem Museum and Academy of Fine Art (NSMA). Since then, the Barlettas have also collected Barbizon School paintings by the 19th Century French pioneers of Naturalism (Plein air landscape painting).
Vincent Barletta is the manager of NSMA, overseeing every decision in establishing the museum and the academy.
Laura Barletta is one of the curators of the museum and the designer of the NSMA. Running her own interior design business, she is very conscious of how surrounding oneself with objects of significance reflects one’s personality and creates a more profound and enjoyable living space. She considers the presence of beauty essential for having a sense of peace in one’s life.
The founders of NSMA are inspired by Isabella Stewart Gardner and Peggy Guggenheim who left a legacy for us to enjoy. Like these visionaries, Laura Barletta stands among the greats.
Her keen aesthetic and clear insight into artists’ ways of thinking make her one of the most influential collectors in the Contemporary Realist art market today.
“A collection of art is about more than decorating your walls or making a financial investment… it’s celebrating the gift of the artist and the joy felt when you find one-of-a-kind works that speak to your soul.” - Laura Barletta
Michael Klein, an award-winning and internationally-renown realist artist is the director of the museum, and he is assisting in forming the academy’s curriculum.
Throughout his career, Michael has passionately committed himself to collaborating with other painters and sculptors, promoting their work and documenting ongoing branches of representational/realist art.
Michael believes it is important that paintings do not go straight from the gallery wall into a private collection. He hopes the general public will learn more about contemporary realism. “If the public doesn’t get access to admire some of the incredible contemporary works being done, they will never know it’s happening,” he says.
Michael is also dedicated to helping collectors understand contemporary realist works in the making. “It’s just as essential to know about what makes a work of art successful as it is to simply love it,” he says.
The Barlettas and the Kleins celebrating Laura’s birthday touring NSMA.