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.

Sharon Strine - Vice Chair

Sharon embodies a wealth of knowledge crucial to the success of a show like 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 longtime passion for the non-profit arena, Sharon offers her skills for building community bonds as the Vice- Chair of the RSFAA Board.

Lila Turjanski.Villard - Secretary

Lila studied clay sculpture privately in her country of origin, Argentina, for many years. After moving to the US she expanded her sculptural work to include mixed media, which led her to participate in various art shows and galleries across the eastern part of the country for more than a decade. She has been an exhibitor at Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show since 2012. In addition to her work as a sculptor, Lila’s background includes varied experience in the nonprofit field that serve her well in the role of Secretary.  

Amy Leigh Carstensen - Treasurer

Amy Leigh Carstensen's considerable expertise brings insight and practical skills to her roll as Treasurer of the RSFAA. A Self-taught artist, Amy is an award-winning abstract painter who regularly exhibits at the top festivals across the country. Prior to becoming a painter, Amy practiced law for many years, specializing in business law, business planning, and non-profit law. No stranger to hands-on work with non-profits, Amy has served on various boards, including time with Susan G. Komen Foundation Race for the Cure.

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.

Lisa Muller

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 adjunct professor. 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 road warrior in the art industry, he draws from a wealth of experience and insight to help shape the decisions of the Rittenhouse board.

Jeanne Petrosky

Jeanne is a veteran of the most respected art festivals in the country. Working with her husband and collaborator, Dennis Guzenski, she has developed a signature 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.

Rinal Parikh

A biochemist by training, Rinal has been a professional artist for more than 10 years. During that time she has gathered skills well beyond mastering the traditional painting styles of her native India.  Rinal is a regular exhibitor in the Philadelphia area, winning honors such as the Loos Award for Works on Paper at the Philadelphia Sketch Club, and having work published in the Rathalla Review and Philadelphia Stories magazines. In addition Rinal is a social media maven, applying her knowledge to help increase the online visibility of our Fine Art shows. 

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.

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Steve Oliver

Executive Director

To produce a seamless three day event, the RSFAA 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 show 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 wildlife paintings. A signature member of the international Society of Animal Artists, he is the recipient of their Award of Excellence.

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. 


Maeve Daly

Hospitality Coordinator

A Connecticut native, Maeve moved to Philadelphia to attend La Salle University where she studied Communication and Art History.  As a lover of all things art, she found a natural fit in a city famous for its wealth of culture and decided to make Philadelphia her home after graduation. Through her work running the annual Historic Yellow Springs Art Show in nearby Chester County, Maeve found an outlet for her belief in connecting people with the arts. The rich experience acquired during her four years at Yellow Springs pointed the way to becoming the Studio Manager at the popular Teresa Haag Studio & Gallery in Phoenixville. Maeve is thrilled to join our historic show!   



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."


June 4-6, 2021
September 17-19, 2021
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