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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.

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

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!

Women, Bikes, and Voting Rights!

How Ladies Found Freedom Through the Bicycle – A Celebration of Women’s Suffrage 

Sunday, September 25th 
10am to 3pm

“I think the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike.” -Susan B. Anthony, 1896.

Join Ringwood Manor & the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts for a day celebrating the historic bicycle and voting rights movement. Learn how the availability of the bicycle in the late 19th century and early 20th century helped give women a sense of freedom not previously available to them, and is often seen hand-in-hand with the fight for women’s suffrage. 


Throughout the Day: Antique Bicycle display on the front lawn of Ringwood Manor; Antique Suffrage Stamp & Postcard Display; cast your vote in our mock election. 

10am- 1pm: Bring your own bicycle to Ringwood Manor & decorate it with supplied materials for our bicycle parade! (see below)

11am-12pm: Lecture by author Sue Macy entitled, “Freedom on Two Wheels: Why Woman’s Suffragists Were Crazy About the Bicycle.” Q & A afterwards, books available to be signed and purchased. 

12pm-3pm: Guided interior tours of Ringwood Manor offered in the afternoon (additional fee). Learn about the Cooper & Hewitt families and find out why the Hewitt sisters were active in the Anti-Suffrage Movement!

1:00pm- 1:30pm: Bike Parade: Join our staff and other visitors for a bicycle parade through the Ringwood Manor section of Ringwood State Park! (note: helmets required)

1:30pm-3:00pm: Root Beer Float party by the Coffee Shop

2:30pm: Winner of our mock vote announced. 

Visit the Events page at Ringwood Manor for details on all of the park events.

*This program is made possible with funds from the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 

Found Art Project Retrospective Exhibit

(Ringwood, NJ) The Ringwood Public Library will be hosting a retrospective exhibition of the collaborative Found Art Project between the RMAA and the Sustainable Ringwood Green Team. The retrospective exhibition at the library runs March 23 – April 16, 2022.

Held in the fall of 2021, the Found Art Project included an outdoor art installation created specifically for the park by artist Kate Dodd, a workshop, and a juried exhibition. Check out the exhibition winners here!

Stop by the library and show your support if you are in the area!

Oct 9-16 – Found Art Juried Exhibition

Our Found Art Juried Exhibition is on display at the Ringwood Manor Barn Gallery starting Saturday,
October 9 through Sunday, October 16, 2021. Along with Kate Dodd’s outdoor
installation, “Understory,” it will serve as a visually impactful reminder of the effect each
of us has on our environment. The challenge to artists was to highlight themes of
reusing, repurposing, reclaiming, and reimagining what we throw away.

The program for this exhibit can is below and can be downloaded HERE.

2021_Found Art Project_ Juried Exhibition Program