Acorn Gallery School of Acorn
photo Debra Highberger


With an education in early childhood development as well as fine art, Debra Freeman-Highberger founded the Acorn Gallery School of Art based on the understanding that a child’s involvement in the arts improves motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. Debra Freeman-Highberger studied painting independently and worked as a portrait artist in Ulm, Germany. During her time in Europe, she traveled through France, Germany, and Switzerland painting landscapes. Upon her return to the United States, Freeman-Highberger apprenticed with Joseph Luongo and studied the figure and foundations of painting with Jack Highberger. She is affiliated with and has exhibited at the Arts Forum Gallery (New York, NY), The Agora Gallery (New York, NY), and Boston Art Inc. (Boston, MA). Freeman-Highberger has exhibited internationally at the Museo de las Americas (Madrid, Spain), the Palacio Lizarde (Barcelona, Spain) and the Museo de Bella Artes (Seville, Spain). Her work is also held in private collections.  As founder of Acorn Gallery School of Art, Debra Freeman-Highberger teaches the after school classes for children ages 5-11, Pre-Portfolio classes, and the Acorn Summer Programs.


photo Jack Highberger

Jack Highberger received his BFA in painting from Boston University, attended graduate seminars with Philip Guston and studied at the Art Students League in New York. A nationally renowned artist, he has received awards such as the JD Ayers Art Diversified Award and The SIS Springfield Art League Award, as well as a prize for outstanding works in drawing from the Marblehead Arts Festival. Considered one of the best figure teachers in the greater Boston area, Highberger has exhibited his work at the Springfield Art League, Boston University, and locally in Marblehead. Highberger is the co-founder of the Acorn Art School and has been teaching Portfolio, Pre-Portfolio and Adult Classes since the school was opened in 1995.

photo AJ Rombach

A.J. Rombach is an artist, curator and gallerist living in Marblehead, MA. Rombach began painting at age 9 under Jack and Debra Highberger at Acorn Gallery where she was nurtured and encouraged to pursue her studies as a painter. She received her BFA from Boston University in 2010. Following graduation, she relocated to Philadelphia, where she and 3 others formed FJORD, a gallery and studio collective. In addition to co-directing FJORD on an administrative level, Rombach has made significant curatorial efforts within the space. Her own work has been selected for several solo and group shows including the 71st Annual Juried Show at the Woodmere Art Museum. In 2014, she curated the RISD Painting MFA program's summer show in Brooklyn. In the last 5 years, Rombach has painted 10 independent and group murals in Costa Rica, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Santa Fe and Minneapolis. After 7 years in Philadelphia, Rombach has recently relocated to her hometown.

photo Alexis Kereakoglow

Alexis Kereakoglow is the second-generation co-owner of The Acorn Gallery School of Art. Starting her art education at The Acorn Gallery at the age of seven, Kereakoglow also attended both Pre-Portfolio and Portfolio classes. She earned her BFA in painting from Lyme Academy College of Fine Art and apprenticed under master printer James Reed at Milestone Graphics in Bridgeport, CT.  In September of 2010, Kereakoglow exhibited her first solo show at the Marblehead Art Association. She has also exhibited her work at the Chauncey Stillman Gallery and Sill House Gallery in Old Lyme, CT. Kereakoglow is a recipient of the Best in Show award from the Saugus Rotary Art Show, the Scholastic Gold Key for Portfolio, and a four year recipient of the Wilhelmina Denning Jackson award.   Alexis Kereakoglow teaches the after school classes for children ages 5-11, Pre-Portfolio classes, Adult Classes, and the Acorn Summer programs.