meet the organization

Sandra Sedmak Engel - Chairman

Leadership involves a rare combination of skills that Sandy has honed as an artist and business owner. A Maryland native, she earned her BFA with honors from the University of Maryland and maintains her home studio in Baltimore. She has long combined artistic goals with those of the community. When serving on the board of School 33 Arts Center as the Artist Representative, she was an integral part of initiating the Member's Gallery at the center. Before her role as Chairman Sandy served on the RSFAA board for several years, helping to shepherd the show through re-branding and expansion of our social media presence along with other progressive changes. Her richly layered encaustic paintings can be seen at an impressive list of annual shows in the northeastern United States. She is an honorary member of The Creative Alliance in Baltimore and  brings her myriad skills, good humor, and graphic design experience to bear in guiding the team toward new goals.

Charles Joyce - Vice Chairman

To say that Charles is devoted to the Rittenhouse show would be an understatement. An exhibitor for more than fifteen years, Chuck has also served on the board for eleven years and performed the duties of Secretary for three of those years prior to his role as Vice Chairman. As a full-time practicing attorney Chuck provides informal legal counsel relevant to the the board’s interactions, adding insight and perspective to the logistics of running the organization. A love of history and the stories behind the American scenery he embraces distinguish Chuck’s paintings. His richly articulated oil and acrylic landscapes are infused with a luminosity that speaks to the heart.

Jeanne Petrosky - Treasurer

Jeanne is a long-time veteran of the art festival business, working with her husband and collaborator, Dennis Guzenski, realizing a unique and creative approach to hand-made paper art. Their artwork shows an appreciation of subtlety and the expansiveness of simplicity. As a board member, she brings a great perspective from her professional business experience and artistic vision and creativity.

Lisa Muller - Secretary

Lisa has been an artist and art educator for more than two decades. During that time she has exhibited in galleries, fairs, and festivals across the country. Several of her large-scale ceramic murals are permanently installed in area schools. Her varied experience includes education director, curator, show organizer and teacher. A longtime interest in community building found voice as a member of the group that founded the popular Phoenixville Firebird Festival. Lisa brings a collaborative style and deep belief in the transformative power of public art to her work with the board.

David Oleski

David began exhibiting at outdoor festivals  in 1999, and has served on the RSFAA board since 2000. He travels extensively throughout the year to show his colorful still-life and abstract oil paintings at many of the top festivals on the national circuit. His involvement with the local art scene includes painting classes, art business workshops and collaborative efforts to help create a lively artist community with many of his contemporaries from the local galleries and national festivals. As a veteran and road warrior in the art industry, he draws from a wealth of experience and insight to help shape the decisions of the Rittenhouse board.

Kerry Sacco

A native Pennsylvanian, Kerry received her BA from Millersville University in 1982. She continued her studies there with graduate level classes and later attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, focusing on lithography and oil painting. Since that time Kerry has traveled the world to capture the striking light and shadow effects that illuminate her work. She has been honored with multiple awards in the tri-state area including 1st place at the Bucks County Gallery’s Local Color Plein Air Festival. A frequent exhibitor, Kerry brings an insider’s knowledge of the nuanced logistics involved in organizing a successful fine art show.

Christopher Buonomo

Chris' enthusiasm for the arts is infectious and as the owner of “13 Degrees Studios" in Philadelphia his professional roots in the area run deep. A BFA from the University of the Arts launched his career as a full time sculptor, creating architectural ornament and commissioned sculpture in the Philadelphia region, across the United States, and in the Czech Republic. He refined his carving skills as an apprenticeship with a master stone carver in Prague, executing many permanent public works in that city. Chris's varied experience lends itself to the show's central tenet as an artist-run event.

Sharon Strine

Sharon embodies a wealth of knowledge crucial to the success of a show such as ours. A member of numerous boards, Sharon’s background includes first hand experience in steering economic development, urban revitalization, strategic marketing and small business advancement. In her life as a painter, Sharon annually travels to a select number of top shows in the country from her home in New York City. Acting on a lifelong passion for the non-profit arena, Sharon brings to the board her talent for strengthening community bonds through the arts.

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Steve Oliver

Executive Director

For a seamless three day event, the RSFAS depends on the strength of its partnership with the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Steve has nurtured this alliance during his 23 years of work on the board, evidenced by the community support the show continues to enjoy. A combined 15 years of experience as Marketing Director and Board Chairman prior to becoming Executive Director `has helped Steve gain an intimate knowledge of the show’s framework and a deep appreciation for its idiosyncrasies. Never one to direct solely from behind the scenes, Steve also makes himself available throughout the RSFAS to welcome visitors and address questions or concerns. As you walk the perimeter of the park enjoying the artwork, make sure to stop and say hello to Steve. He can be found during the show, well… everywhere. A frequent exhibitor of his own work, travel is a key source of inspiration for his highly detailed nature and wildlife paintings. A signature member of the international Society of Animal Artists, he is the recipient of their Award of Excellence.

Teresa Haag

Marketing Director

Formerly the RSFAA Board Chairman, Teresa is intimately familiar with the promotional needs of the show. Working closely with board members and her own marketing team, Teresa develops the show's compelling features into an irresistible message aimed at all who love the arts. Her background in marketing and years of experience successfully managing both public and private projects make Teresa the clear choice to steer the show's multi-layered marketing efforts.  

Kris McKercher

Student Coordinator

Kris develops relationships with art colleges and universities across the Delaware Valley and beyond. She oversees the planning and detailed orchestration of the student section of our show ensuring a smooth event for all involved. Kris has a talent for interacting with students at all points along the way, providing the structure and information needed for success. The student exhibit in the center of the park is a historic and integral portion of our shows. 

 

Katie Naber

Hospitality Coordinator

 

Katie loves connecting people with the arts. Through her work as the founding director for the Gallery at Franklin Commons in Phoenixville PA, Katie curated multi media group shows, managed installations, and hosted lively monthly receptions for artists and collectors. An avid traveler and hiker Katie’s perspective is shaped by experiences in Nepal, Peru, Cuba, India, and the United Arab Emirates. The Curated Art Walks Katie leads during the shows have become an important part of what RSFAS offers to educate and engage visitors.

 

association

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association is a non-profit organization.

 

Its board of directors is comprised solely of artists

who also participate in the show.

 

Autonomous and independent, the RSFAA receives

no public or private funding to conduct the event.

 

 

"Art is our life. Let it be a part of yours."

                                    RSFAA