Baxter St Family Retreat at STONELEAF

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York and STONELEAF RETREAT have joined forces, with the generous support of 7|G Foundation, to launch the inaugural Baxter St Family Retreat at STONELEAF.

The partnership evolved from conversations that Michi Jigarjian, President of Baxter St and Helen Toomer, Co-Founder of STONELEAF RETREAT had regarding the increased difficulties of working and parenting during a pandemic and how they, as working parents, wanted to further support artists with children. This family residency is in direct response to the needs of artists who are trying to raise children, work on their practice and/or their day job, and simply do not have the time or resources to do it all.

This family residency will provide the inaugural chosen artist with time, space and resources in July of this year. The artist will receive an unrestricted grant of $2,500, two weeks private accommodation for both themselves and their family at STONELEAF RETREAT, focused studio time and over 22 acres of private land to explore. They will also receive one-on-one critiques with members of Baxter St’s Art Advisory Board to support dialogue about her practice with peers in the field. 

Baxter St and STONELEAF are committed to continuing this partnership to support artists with families by providing them with time, resources and a support network to encourage advancement of the important work they are creating.


2020:* Megan Cotts, Liz Ikiriko, Langdon Graves, Carolyn Salas, Sonia Louise Davis, Qinza Najm, Betty Yu, The Next Epoch Seed Library (Ellie Irons & Anne Percoco), Nene Aïssatou Diallo, Dana Robinson and Tiffany Saint-Bunny *Rescheduled due to COVID-19.

2019: Delali Ayivor, Lizania Cruz, Tarah Douglas, Tamar Ettun, Alison McNulty, Anne Nowak, Keisha Scarville, Hiba Schahbaz and Sacha Vega.

2018: Mahwish Chishty, Theresa Chromati, Liz Collins, Rena Detrixhe, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Emma Kohlmann,  Camille Lee, Katiushka Melo, Mónica Palma, Elise Rasmussen, Rebecca Reeve and Sinta Tantra.

2017: Leah Dixon, Macon Reed and Mia Taylor.


STONELEAF RETREAT is an artist residency and creative space for women and families, set on over 20 acres of land in the Catskill Mountains of New York. It was founded in 2017 by Helen Toomer and Eric Romano to foster and support connection and community within a calm, natural setting. 

For further information please contact Co-Founder & Executive Director, Helen Toomer,

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Thank you to the Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation for support of the residency program.