Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 17, 2014

Emotional parallels

One year later, local mom's images lend support to Boston Strong


McNeeley’s spontaneous photographs of the Boston Marathon memorial set up randomly by people following the tragedy are featured in an exhibit on the library’s first floor.

A professional painter, McNeeley found herself visiting the finish line about two weeks after the bombings in search of artistic inspiration. The scene that day was “quiet and peaceful” and she was touched by the outpouring of tributes that lined the area around the site of the bombings, she said.

She started taking photographs on her iPhone and the exhibit idea soon developed. Seventeen of those photos are on display.

McNeeley is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the photographs to the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation. The matted and framed, 8-by-10- and 11-by-14-inch images are priced from $85 to $100. So far, two of the photographs have sold.

The gesture is her way of contributing to Boston Strong. McNeeley, who is not running in this year’s Boston Marathon because she says bibs were very hard to come by, lives on Main Street with her husband, Mike, who, in addition to Max and Angela, are also parents to Luke, 6, and Jessica, 4.

She is also a licensed elementary art educator whose work is influenced by the portraits of John Singer Sargent and Gustav Klimt. Her paintings have been commissioned by several Massachusetts businesses and a few of her acrylic works are on exhibit at the library as well.

But it is her moving photographs that she hopes captures people’s attention. The exhibit runs through April 30 and McNeeley is aiming to sell every photograph before the month is over.

She feels good knowing the money she raises will be invested in the areas of education, athletics and community by the foundation (Team MR8) set up in memory of young Martin Richard.

“I just wanted to do something for the Richard family and I’m a strong supporter of their foundation in their son’s memory,” she said. “I really believe in what this foundation is doing.”

For more information on the foundation, visit To contact McNeeley, email her at

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