STONELEAF RETREAT was founded in 2017 by husband and wife, Eric Romano and Helen Toomer as a continued effort to develop the vibrant community they amassed over the past ten years in New York City.
Set on over 20 acres in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, STONELEAF RETREAT aims to provide a warm and welcoming place for people to connect, collaborate and share with each other and our neighboring communities. 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 STONELEAF RESIDENCY. She is an Adjunct Professor at Sotheby's Institute for Art, teaching Social Media and Marketing of the Arts and The Business of Art Fairs as part of the Art Business Masters program. Helen is the former Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, which she lead for three and a half years and originated the year-round events initiative PULSE360. Prior to this, Helen was the Director of Collective Design Fair which she helped launch in New York in 2013. Helen has guest lectured at New York Academy of the Arts, Bournemouth Arts University, Pratt Institute and Christie's Education, taken part in panel discussions with The Barnes Foundation, 21c Museum Hotel Group, Soho House, NeueHouse and Artsy, and previously taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2011 she co-founded and managed a contemporary art gallery, toomer labzda, which focused on emerging artists, in the Lower East Side of New York and closed in 2013. Toomer graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Arts institute of Bournemouth, England.
ERIC ROMANO is Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT and STONELEAF RESIDENCY. 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; Collective Design Fair, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair, ARCOmadrid and Outsider Art Fair. He received an M.Sc and a B.A. from Boston University.