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July Sketch Out!

From our Sketch Out coordinator, Kim (Contact: kjm.sketchout@gmail.com):

Our next Sketch Out will be Sat, July 13th from 10 am to 2 pm. This will be an en plein air event and take place at the Botanical Gardens (New Location!). No refreshments will be provided at this event.

Sketch Out details below:

• Date: Saturday, July 13th 2024
• Time: 10 am to 2 pm
• Location:
NJ Botanical Gardens
E Cottage Rd
Ringwood, NJ 07456
• Meeting spot: Parking Lot A
(We will be there at 10 am and again at 2 pm… you can find us sketching on the grounds in between those times.)

Please note:
(1) NJ State parks are collecting entrance fees as of July 1st. Please plan accordingly.
(2) No refreshments will be offered as the Botanical Gardens does not allow picnicking; however, please stay hydrated and bring sustenance as we will be creating through lunch time.

Sketch Out is an artist gathering, en plein air style, for sketching/painting. All skill levels/ages are welcome. Bring your own supplies. Please plan for the weather. We will take a group picture with our sketches/paintings at around 2 pm by parking lot A.

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

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

Looking forward to seeing you there!

July 18 – Free Concert in the Park – 6:30pm

Join us on July 18 @ 6:30pm for a FREE concert on the porch of the Manor House in Ringwood Manor State Park, sponsored by the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts!

As part of their Summer Concert Series the North Jersey Concert Band will be performing on the front porch of the Manor House at Ringwood Manor State Park.
Seating will be on the lawn of the manor house, so bring your own blankets and chairs.

Thanks to Diane Bossard for the wonderful artwork on the flyer below. We hope to see you there!

“Them Barn Rats” – Saturday, Nov. 4 – 3pm

Join us on Saturday, November 4th, for a concert at the Carriage Barn Gallery. Enjoy acoustic Americana roots-style music performed by the lively band Them Barn Rats featuring Brissol, Gerard Fee, and Joey Black.


• Date: Saturday, November 4th 2023

• Time: 3:30 pm (doors open at 3:00 pm)

• Location:
Ringwood Manor Carriage Barn Gallery
1304 Sloatsburg Rd
Ringwood, NJ 07456

• Suggested Donation of $5

Hot apple cider and treats will be available. Dress warm and bring your friends!

10/14/23 – En Plein Air Art in the Park

En Plein Air Art in the Park Day will be Saturday, October 14th, beginning at 8 am.
This event is similar to our Sketch Out but will be judged, and you must register and get your paper/canvas stamped prior to beginning your art.

This is open to all: Free for our members and $10 for non-members.


Barn doors open at 8 am for registration and will continue until 11 am. You must have your work handed in before 2 pm for Judging. Immediately after Awards at 2:30 pm we will have a FREE Watercolor Demo by artist and instructor Arthur Gilmore.

  • Date: Saturday, October 14th
  • Time: 8 am to 2:30 pm
  • Location: Barn Gallery
    1304 Sloatsburg Road
    Ringwood, NJ 07456
  • Schedule:
    • 8 am – Registration Begins at the Barn Gallery
    • 2 pm – Judging Begins – Art must be handed in prior to 2 pm
    • 2:30 pm – Awards followed by Watercolor Demo

Find the event on Facebook!

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 (https://form.jotform.com/232094595944164)

  • 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

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: https://www.northjerseyconcertband.org/p/current-program.html

JEB’S OPEN MIC SUMMER SERIES

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!

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:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plein-air-at-ringwood-state-park-tickets-430444159067