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Join Us October 1 For A Concert & Painting Unveiling!

Join us as we celebrate the restoration and return to Ringwood Manor of the Martha Wood Belcher painting “Abram Hewitt Estate”. Come get a first look at the newly restored painting and enjoy a concert featuring classical music of the era with works by Aaron Copeland, Samuel Barber and more.

The concert will be performed by a talented quartet of artists, Julianne Froehlich, Amanda McGarry Shawn David Dey & Mark Uhlemann accompanied by pianist Garah Landes. The concert will be held in the Carriage Barn gallery on Sunday, October 1 at 3pm, doors open at 2:30pm.

Tickets are $10 in advance, and $15 at the door.
Get your advance tickets here:

The Painting:

Martha Wood Belcher was a young woman before her time, studying art at the college level and selling landscapes to help support her family. Belcher studied her craft at Cooper Union and potentially acted as a nanny to the Hewitt family so her ties to the property are strong. The painting is in the style of the Hudson River school, which like the Cooper-Hewitt family is notable for its inclusion of women both in education and exhibition.

The painting is of the earliest images of the historic Ringwood Manor property, circa 1865, near the time the Cooper-Hewitt family acquired the property, but prior to their many renovations. Completed in an age before landscape photography was available, the painting depicts a view of the estate and surrounding area, showing roads and structures that no longer exist.

The Performers:

Julianne Froehlich, soprano:

Soprano Julianne Froehlich has been performing around New Jersey and New York. Roles include Fiordiligi (Cosi fan Tutte),  The Witch (Into the Woods), Rose/Mazeppa (Gypsy), 1st Lady (The Magic Flute), Inez (Il Trovatore) Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Countess Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Giovanna/Il Paggio (Rigoletto) and Alice (Le Comte de Ory). Julianne has performed with companies like The Lighthouse Opera Company, Opera 691, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Opera Theatre of Montclair, North Star Theatre Company, Drama Geek Studios, Eccentric Theater Company, Spooky Goose Opera Company,  New Jersey Vocal Arts Collaborative and New York Opera Forum.

Amanda McGarry, mezzo-soprano:

Mezzo-soprano Amanda McGarry has been seen as Tisbe (Cenerentola), Second Lady and Papagena (The Magic Flute), Dinah (Trouble in Tahiti), Sally (A Hand of Bridge), and in the chorus of Madama Butterfly.  She has performed with companies including: Sarasota Opera, Salt Marsh Opera, and College Light Opera Company. Ms. McGarry graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University. She is currently
the alto section leader at Upper Ridgewood Community Church and, when she is not singing, is employed as a project manager.  

Shawn David Dey, tenor:

Shawn David Dey is the tenor section leader at the Upper Ridgewood Community Church.He has been the same for St. John the Divine and St. Francis of Assisi churches in Manhattan. Shawn also worked singing at many venues on O’ahu and throughout the state of Hawaii. He has his Bachelor of Music in Ethnomusicology from the Wheaton Conservatory of music, completing his field work in Papua New Guinea. His Master of Music in Vocal Performance is from the University of Hawaii. Shawn is currently an instrumental and vocal music teacher in the Montclair public school system

Mark Uhlemann, bass-baritone:

Mark Uhlemann, bass-baritone, has performed around the world with such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, Seattle Opera, and the Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aspen Music Festivals.  As a narrator, he loves bringing life to nonfiction works like audiobooks, documentaries, and e-learnings.  To hear more, visit or

Garah Landes, pianist/accompanist:

Garah Landes is a pianist, composer, arranger, organist and choral director. A native of Westchester County, NY, Garah made a critically acclaimed New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall. His debut recording, music of Liszt, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, was released on the Stradivari Classics label. KOCH International Classics released his CD devoted to American composers Charles Griffes and Edward MacDowell.

In 1997, Garah and his brother, Gregory Landes formed the Piano and Percussion duo, Synchronicity, for which Garah has composed numerous works, including the Royal Banners, and the Double Concerto which premiered in New York.  In 2019, Synchronicity gave the U.S. premier of the Double Concerto for Piano, Percussion and Strings, “Illumination” by Kevin Lau.  Recent projects include EP recording with renowned jazz trombonist, Robin Eubanks.  Garah and Gregory began a series of collaborations with the Grammy-award winning clarinetist, Paquito D’Rivera. Concerts include Symphony Space, Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. Garah is a core member of the Pit Stop Players in New York, a large chamber group devoted to commissioning new music in the contemporary classical and jazz genres. Garah is the organist and choirmaster at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

2024 RMAA Wall Calendar Call For Entries!

Photography of Ringwood State ParkShare your photography of Ringwood State Park and help us create a calendar reflecting the beauty of the Park throughout the seasons!  The Ringwood State Park Calendar Contest is open to any photographer who loves Ringwood State Park.

Check out the entry details below and enter HERE (

  • Entries Close September 15th 11:00pm EST The contest is FREE! & open to everyone.
  • Entries should reflect Ringwood State Park (Ringwood Manor, Skylands, Long Pond, NJ State Botanical Garden or Shephard’s Lake).
  • The submitter must own the copyright to the photo and will retain it after the contest.
  • Up to 5 entries are permitted.
  • Photos must be color, clear, and of good quality and high resolution — 300 dpi or higher in PNG or JPG format — and no greater than 5MB. If image resolution is too low you will be asked to supply another photo. If a high resolution image is unavailable, another photo may be selected to take its place in the calendar.
  • Photos should be landscape in orientation.  Quality photos that display the unique features of the park, different viewpoints and various seasons are more to be selected. Heavily manipulated photos are discouraged. 
  • The final images for the calendar will be selected by a panel of RMAA Board Members and/or persons desginated by the Board to help with the selections. All Decisions are final. 
  • Artists whose photos are chosen for the calendar will receive a free copy of the calendar and the photos displayed in the gallery for the month of October  2023.
  • All entries will be included in an online presentation of the photography shared via Youtube and social media. 
  • All funds raised from the sale of the calendar will be dedicated to the restoration of the Carriage Barn.
  • Photos included in previous RSP calendars are not eligible.

Our 2023 Calendar with cover photo by Tara Kolton

Sketch Out – Sat. Aug 23, 2023 – Carriage Barn

Sketch Out is an artist gathering, en plein air style, for sketching/painting. All skill levels/ages are welcome. Bring your own supplies. There will be refreshments (while they last)!

Sketch Out details below:

• Date: Sat, August 12th
(rain date Aug 13th)
• Time: 10 am to 2 pm
• Location: Carriage Barn at Ringwood Manor
1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456

Refreshments will be offered at arrival (10 am) and we will be taking a group picture with our sketches/paintings at around 2 pm.

What to bring:
• Yourself
• Sketch/paint supplies (none will be provided)
• Accessories (optional): chair, easel, hat, sunscreen, bug spray, etc.
• Your smile!

To sketch/paint and meet fellow artists in the area. No pressure/no judgement… show up when you want, leave when you want.

NOTE: This is not a class or workshop.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions, please contact Kim at

Free Concert with the North Jersey Concert Band

The Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts is delighted to bring to the North Jersey Concert Band to Ringwood Manor Park!

Join us on the Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm for the FREE EVENT: Music at the Manor

On the beautiful summertime grounds of the park, the North Jersey Concert Band will be bringing us a wide variety of music, ranging from famous film score composer John Williams (Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and many other iconic films) to the composer of popular American marches, John Phillip Sousa, Henry Mancini and many more!

We look forward to seeing you for a fantastic evening the park!

You can see the full program here:


Join us for three evenings in the park for Jeb’s Open Mic Summer Series!
Following up on the success of 2022’s open mic nights on the porch, the series continues into 2023!

Head to the park with a chair/blanket for three Saturday evenings of open mic entertainment:

May 13th
June 17th
July 15th

Signups to perform are from 5:00-5:30pm with performances from 5:30-8:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing all of the fantastic performers!

2023 Wall Calendar Now Available

The RMAA’s 2023 wall calendar is now available for online ordering!

Highlighting the beauty of Ringwood State Park for the entire year, our 2023 wall calendar is filled with a selection of work from our talented photographers. The perfect gift for any park lover and local arts supporter!

The calendar is $12 (+$3 shipping) and available for purchase at the button below. Profits support the RMAA Carriage Barn Gallery Restoration Fund.

(NOTE: If you would like to order more than 4 calendars, please contact RingwoodManorArts[at] for bulk shipping. )

Holiday Season Happenings at the RMAA

With the 2022 Holiday Season fast approaching, the RMAA has several events planned for the season.

With the Barn Gallery in the process of its long-awaited roof replacement, we continue to have events in other parts of the park while we wait for our 2023 re-opening of the Barn. Our program of rotating artists at the manor coffee shop continues as we begin our year-end holiday planning.

We are now accepting entries for our 2023 Wall Calendar contest showcasing the beauty of Ringwood State Park.
Find all the details here:

The RMAA will also be having a show and sale during the park’s popular Victorian Christmas event.
We will be exhibiting in the manor’s Coffee Shop. Space is very limited in the shop, so please register early at the link:

As usual, keep an eye on our social media and website for the latest updates.

We look forward to seeing you and especially look forward to a gallery re-opening in 2023!

Saturday October 8 – Plein Air at Ringwood State Park

Join us for a day celebrating Plein Air painting in Ringwood State Park. Artists can welcome fall to the park by painting any day between September 22nd – October 8th.

We hope you will join us for the full day of painting on October 8th, but understand not everyone can make that date. Entries for competition should be delivered to the Coffee Shop at Ringwood Manor between 10am-2:30pm (2 Entries per Artist !). We will also have an art exhibition and drinks/snacks available all day in the Coffee Shop. Please visit with us and support our local artists.

Awards will be announced at 3:15pm – 1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75 and 3rd Place $50.

Register for FREE at the link: