STONELEAF RETREAT is situated on 20 acres near the Catskill Mountains, just two hours north of New York City. Founded in 2017 by husband and wife, Eric Romano and Helen Toomer, STONELEAF is a warm and welcoming place for people to connect and collaborate. As an extension of the retreat, STONELEAF RESIDENCY provides a home for artists, for short, but immersive, periods of time. To learn more, click here.
HELEN TOOMER is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of STONELEAF RETREAT and the Fair Director of the IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair. Formerly, Toomer was the Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami and New York, and prior to that, the Director of Collective Design Fair. Toomer lectures on art fairs, social media and professional development at universities and arts organizations in the US and UK and was an Adjunct Professor at Sotheby's Institute for Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Toomer co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda, in New York, and graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Arts institute of Bournemouth, England.
ERIC ROMANO is Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT. He is the owner and founder of SPACE design + production and has designed and produced over 100 art and design fairs in the US and Europe including; Independent, UNTITLED, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, ARCOmadrid and Outsider Art Fair. He received an M.Sc and a B.A. from Boston University.
SPECIAL THANKS to our parents - Barbara Romano, Maggie & Trevor Toomer - without their support and hard work, STONELEAF would not be as magical as it is now.