meet the organization

Board of Directors

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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 maintains her home studio in Baltimore. Her encaustic paintings can be seen at an impressive list of annual shows in the northeastern United States. Before her role as Chairman Sandy served on the RSFAA board for several years, helping to shepherd the show through re-branding and the expansion of our social media presence. She brings her myriad skills, good humor, and graphic design experience when guiding the team toward new goals.

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Sharon Strine- Vice Chairman

Sharon brings 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.  

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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.   

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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.  

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Lynn Lemyre

Lynn is a surreal artist and arts administrator, currently balancing her time between artmaking and her position as Art & Cultural Affairs Coordinator for Burlington County, New Jersey. She has been an exhibitor, with her husband and collaborative partner Jim, at the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show since 1989. Over thirty years of working in the arts field, both as an artist, community activist and director of three nonprofit organizations has impressed on her the importance of creativity, community, and collaboration in the success of any endeavor. 

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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.  

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Sarah Pollock

A former color stylist for Walt Disney Feature Animation who now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sarah has been a full-time fine artist since 2003. She exhibits in outdoor art shows throughout the East and Midwest. Sarah is also a University of Tennessee Extension Master Gardener, currently working on a series of plein air landscapes from the Great Smoky Mountains as part of a Bailey Opportunity Grant from the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance. Sarah brings her leadership experience to the board having worked with multiple arts organizations, including the Maryland Pastel Society, and the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania. 

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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.  

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Kerry Sacco

A native Pennsylvanian, Kerry 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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About the Association

The Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Association is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of running the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show twice annually. 

 

Its board of directors is comprised solely of artists

who also participate in the shows.

Autonomous and independent, the RSFAA receives

no public or private funding to conduct these events.

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

RSFAA  Staff

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Chris Buonomo - Managing Director

Chris has served on the board since 2018, and he brings a wealth of artistic and managerial experience to the position. He served as a sculptor's apprentice in Prague, after earning a BFA from the University of the Arts. His management skills included being co-owner of a local union HVAC company, serving the tri-state area, before forming 13 Degrees Studios in Philadelphia. As an exhibitor at the show since 2016, his organic stone and wood sculptures, and abstract paintings, revealing an ambitious and creative course of study.   

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Jeanne Petrosky - Managing Director's Assistant
 
Jeanne Petrosky is no stranger to the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show. Throughout her 35 years as a full-time artist, she has participated in 27 of our shows. Having also been on the board for several terms over the years, she is the perfect choice to help make sure everything runs smoothly during show weekends. Look for Jeanne on the Square in June and September. She's always happy to help!

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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. 

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Parris Bacai - Hospitality Coordinator
 
A Philadelphia-based interior designer, Parris brings her considerable talents as a business owner to her work with RSFAS. With over 14 years of experience making her customers happy, we are thrilled to have Parris' enthusiasm and skills as she orchestrates the best experience for our artists and patrons.

Parris holds a BFA in interior design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and an MFA In interior design From Parsons New School, in New York. She is the owner and principal designer at Urban Poetic Design.