St. Catherine of Bologna
Ringwood Manor
Ringwood Library Exhibits



The curators of the St. Catherine of Bologna Patron of the Arts Association along with the Ringwood Public Library present the art of Elaine Simoneau This wonderful work is on display in the main floor gallery from January 2, 2020 until February 14th.

About Elaine:

I love to capture the beauty and moods of the natural world painting scenery, wildlife and the landscape in the four seasons. Composing still life from interesting objects, flowers, fruit and vegetables as forms of art are also things I like to paint.

I was born in Paterson, New Jersey and moved to West Milford, New Jersey in 1967 where I raised my two children. I started painting in oils in 1973 at the age of 31 and have not stopped for 47 years, although I have changed mediums, and now paint exclusively with acrylic paints.

I am mostly self-taught, but have taken formal lessons from Virginia Falconieri-Murphy of Hawthorne, New Jersey, Barbara Van der Sluys of Ringwood, New Jersey and Edward Fitzgerald of New York City. The Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts was the art organization where I volunteered and was also an officer of the organization for five years.

I participated in many group and one-person shows in North Jersey including the Bergen County Wildlife Center in Wyckoff, the Nabisco Research Center in Fairlawn, and various libraries, banks and outdoor shows in towns including West Paterson, Totowa Boro, Wayne, Ringwood, Riverdale, Little Falls, Greenwood Lake and Newfoundland.

In 2004, I retired and moved to Manteo, North Carolina where I was a member and volunteer at the Dare County Association of the Arts where I displayed and sold my art. I helped to maintain the gallery displays interacting with staff and artists. Also helped to hang the major shows in the area including the Frank Stick and the Mollie Fearing shows. At the Frank Stick Show in 2016, one of my paintings was selected for the cover of the area’s Beach Book Restaurant Guide, In August of 2017,

I moved back to West Milford, New Jersey and am once again affiliated with the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts and have participated in all the area shows. My paintings are in many private collections including New Jersey, New York, Pennslyvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Virgina and Florida. My passion for photography began shortly after my return from a year deployment to Iraq in 2007.

Searching for a means to help me cope with some post-deployment stresses, I quickly found photography filled that need. Although I do enjoy sharing a photo shoot with friends, it is only when I am alone that I find my center-of-gravity as a calming peace overcomes me, grounding my thoughts and bringing me closer to subject I am shooting.

Although I am often drawn towards landscape photography, I have begun to expand my art into portraits/fashion/art. Both provide similar sensations of accomplishment and artistic expression, yet I feel the portraits allow for more creativity and growth. And both require similar and different skills sets that can cross-over and enhance the other when done correctly. My artwork has been featured several dozen times on local news segments, on several covers for the NJ Journal magazine, advertising and social media platforms and I am currently a finalist in the NJ Monthly December cover contest. I live in Lincoln Park with my wife and two daughters. I am currently in the US Navy Reserve, where I have served on and off active duty for the past 29 years.

Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts

Chartered by the State of New Jersey in 1966, Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts(RMAA) is a non-profit, non-political organization with over 250 members. Membership categories are designed to give all members a chance to participate in the organization, which is dedicated to providing visual arts opportunities for interested persons of all ages. RMAA has an international membership, with the majority of our members coming from Northern New Jersey and neighboring New York state. All officers and directors are volunteers who donate their time and energy to further the Association, as do many of our members. With its home in historic Ringwood State Park, RMAA an Officially Recognized Friends Organization (O.R.F.O.) of the NJ State Park System. The Barn Gallery is located in Ringwood Manor’s Carriage House and offers a showcase for artists of all media. RMAA always welcomes new members and artists.


Friends of Wallisch Homestead

The Wallisch Homestead was bequeathed to the West Milford Township, Board of Education and Library to be used for general recreation and education. It is one of the last remaining properties that reflects Northern New Jersey’s agricultural heritage and West Milford’s past. The Friends of Wallisch Homestead was started in 2013 as a non-profit volunteer organization that seeks to raise public awareness of the historic importance and beauty of the Homestead and its value to our community for future use as a cultural, recreational, and educational center. We believe the Wallisch Homestead has the potential to offer a wide variety of historic, cultural, and recreational uses for both residents and visitors.


West Milford Camera Club

The West Milford Camera Club was founded 1987. Thier purpose is to bring together photographers from West Milford and surrounding communities for a mutual sharing of information and inspiration. They are also happy to respond to requests from our town and participate in its endeavors. During the year they hold meetings at 8:00 PM on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at The West Milford Presbyterian Church at 1452 Union Valley Road in the center of town. A wide range of photographic interests are shared by the members and we keep an open mind toward the various means of creative expression. Exhibitions, workshops, speakers and field trips are some of the ways we keep ourselves involved in the craft. 

Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council


We are a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to foster and promote the artistic and cultural vitality of Sussex County. We do this by: Providing an art gallery where our members and other artists can display and sell their art Arranging art exhibits in other local galleries and businesses Supporting 21 Sussex County organizations with programs in visual arts, history, music, theater and social welfare by allocating and administering grant funding provided by the State of New Jersey.

SCAHC / RMAA Partnership Exhibition
Join us as we welcome artists of the Ringwood Manor Association of the Arts
Receiving: Sunday Jan 26 12 to 4pm and Tues Jan 28 10.30am to 4.30pm

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