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Joel Popadics and Rick Perez Student Works Exhibit at the Ridgewood Art Institute


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Ridgewood NJ, The fourth in a series of art exhibits showcasing work done in class.
Artwork will be on view daily from 11am-3pm
Sunday, September 8, 2019 2:00 PM
Saturday, September 28, 2019 3:00 PM
RECEPTION Sunday, September 15th 2pm -5pm.

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Ridgewood NJ,THE RIDGEWOOD ART INSTITUTE’S 2019 MEMBERS SUMMER INVITATIONAL SHOW from JUNE 23rd – SEPTEMBER 1st, features selected works by Ridgewood Art Institute member artists. Displayed are many beautiful landscape, seascape, still life, floral and figurative drawings in oil, watercolor and pastel. Works are offered for sale and are framed, wired and ready to hang. The Ridgewood Art Institute galleries are open to the public from 11-3pm daily and located at 12 E. Glen Ave., corner of Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information check our website at

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Summer Sessions at the Ridgewood Art Institute

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Ridgewood NJ, Summertime is officially here! There are still spaces available for our Summer Sessions.
These workshops are suitable for younger students just beginning their Art Journey, as well as older students working on a portfolio for college applications. All students are taught in direct relation to their own personal skill level.

Why not give your child the Gift of Art this summer?

12 E Glen Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Call (201) 652-9615

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The Origins of Fathers Day

the Ridgewood blog Wishes all the Dads a Happy Fathers day !!!

The Origins of Fathers Day

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day. However, many men continued to disdain the day. As one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products–often paid for by the father himself.”

…In 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.  Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.

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Ridgewood Art Institute Features Many Demonstrations

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Ridgewood NJ, Theresa Troise Heidel did a watercolor demonstration today, at the Ridgewood Art Institute following the Annual Members Meeting. Theresa is primarily a Plein Air Painter, but for this demo she worked from a photo and value sketches she had done on location. One of the most valuable perks of being an RAI Member, is what we can learn from each other as an Art Community.

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A Short History of Memorial Day


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May 28,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, On May 5, 1868, General John A. Logan, leader of an organization for Northern Civil War veterans, called for a nationwide day of remembrance . “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.

The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Many Northern states held similar commemorative events and reprised the tradition in subsequent years; by 1890 each one had made Decoration Day an official state holiday. Southern states, on the other hand, continued to honor their dead on separate days until after World War I.

Memorial Day, as Decoration Day gradually came to be known, originally honored only those lost while fighting in the Civil War. But during World War I the United States found itself embroiled in another major conflict, and the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars.

For many decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan had selected for the first Decoration Day. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees; the change went into effect in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

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The Ridgewood Art Institute’s 60th Annual Young People’s Scholarship Exhibition: Call For Entries


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Ridgewood NJ, Do you know a Young Aspiring Artist between the ages of 8 and 17? What a perfect opportunity to introduce them to the Ridgewood Art Institute Their work will be hung in our beautiful galleries and family members and friends can view the work at our Opening Reception, where awards will be also be announced. Original artwork, done either independently or at school is welcome.

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LAST day to create your “wish list”, the Ridgewood Art Institute Gala Drawing

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Ridgewood NJ, Tomorrow is the LAST day to create your “wish list”, Ridgewood Art Institute Gala Drawing is Friday.

Becoming a Sponsor helps to support The Ridgewood Art Institute, a non profit organization dedicated to the perpetuation of Classical Realism in today’s world. The Institute has graced our community with some of the finest instruction in a variety of mediums, as well as hosting events where artists are welcome to exhibit their work. A gift to the Art Institute is a gift to the community. There is still time to become a Sponsor before our Gala Drawing on May 3rd. $275 is the cost of Sponsorship. At the end of the evening, all Sponsors will be the happy recipient of a beautifully framed piece of artwork. All artwork has been graciously donated by members and all proceeds directly benefit The Ridgewood Art Institute.
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Today is Founders day for the Ridgewood blog

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James J Foytlin founder of the Ridgewood Blog

The Ridgewood blog was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger . Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .

Ridgewood NJ, – Oct. 26, 2009 – RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — The Ridgewood blog ( ) was founded in March of 2006 by James J Foytlin aka PJ Blogger .[1] Mr. Foytlin was born and raised in Ridgewood ,New Jersey and is a graduate of Ridgewood High School .[2] [3]

After many years living in New York City[4] Mr Foytlin returned to Ridgewood after a divorce and the tragic events of 9/11 . Once he settled in he noticed a lack of sufficient news coverage of local events . One day a friend from Brazil[5] showed him her home town on the internet and to Mr. Foytlin’s great surprise when he tried to reciprocate he was utterly dismayed at the absolute lake coverage of his home town. After all Ridgewood is only 18 miles from midtown Manhattan[6] the media capitol of world and there was not a single picture of Ridgewood to be found . How could this be? Ridgewood is a picturesque upper middle class village of around 25,000 located in Bergen county in northern New Jersey[7] . Founded by Dutch settlers before it became an English colony[8] . The town or village as its called is steeped in  rich history and tradition .Known for a large amount of Victorian era housing , a quality school system and a family friendly atmosphere.

Though busy getting reacquainted with his home town the fact that the Village of Ridgewood  was so under represented on the internet  continued to disturb Mr. Foytlin. Mr. Foytlin had been writing news letters for his job in financial services since the mid 1990’s . The popular flip, off beat investment strategy news letters had become email blasts with the advent of readily accessible internet.[9] By 2004 the email blasts were converted into blog format for the One Small Voice blog ( ). [10]

Around that time the Village of Ridgewood had finally completed it’s much anticipated and long delayed renovation of the Village hall which has been flooded out due to Hurricane Floyd.[11] The renovation was marred by huge cost over runs and lengthy delays. In 2005 it opened with great fan fare , was once again flooded with the very first rain . Mr. Foytlin was more shocked by the abject lack of responsibility taken by elected officials than the fact that the $9 million dollar renovation had to some extent been a failure . That was the breaking point and Mr. Foytlin had had enough so he decided to give , citizen journalism a go and created the Ridgewood blog in March of 2006. [12]

The birth of PJ Blogger .By this time Blogging its seems had become quite the rage and mainstream news anchors such as Dan Rather had questioned the validity of information from non professionals sitting around in their Pajama’s blogging.[13] Mr. Foytlin not a fan of Dan Rather or any of the mainstream media decided to blog under the name PJ Blogger as a play on words and to plant himself firmly in the camp of the new digital media.

Innovations by the Ridgewood blog to citizen journalism.

“The Fly” is a column on the Ridgewood blog the originates from the expression ,”I’d like to be a fly on the wall “ . The idea is that every citizen has both a unique perspective and experience and these two factors can be used to gather news and opinions about local issues. Originally only of handful of people in town participated but with time the Ridgewood blog can now count on 20–40 semi regular contributors. These post are both anonymous and signed and are largely opinion as well a breaking news.[14]

The Ridgewood blog brings a free market lassie fare point of view to local issues . Mr. Foytlin aka PJ Blogger has stated that for local issues there are only two kinds of people ;the ones who say spend what every you want because I will not be around to pay the bill and the second group which are more focused on the ,”be careful this is my money your spending” . The Ridgewood blog is dedicated to the interplay of there two groups.[15]

[1][12] the Ridgewood blog website
[2] Birth Certificate born in Valley Hospital , Ridgewood 04/09/1962
[3] Ridgewood High School Class 1980
[4] 444 East 86th street ,530 East 72nd
[5] Monica Rocha
[6] Mapquest
[7] United States 2000 Census, the village population was 24,936.
[9] Fahnestock & Co. now Oppenheimer & Co.
[14] [15] James J Foytlin

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Ridgewood Art Institute’s 67th Annual Sponsor Show

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Ridgewood NJ, The Sponsor Show is the most popular annual event at the Ridgewood Art Institute, providing sponsors an opportunity to acquire a beautifully framed original painting, from the collection donated by our outstanding artists and instructors. In addition to wonderful landscapes and still lifes, several of our professional artists offer the chance to commission a portrait or pet painting. On the night of the Gala Drawing, the name of each sponsor is randomly called to choose their favorite painting. For only $275, become a sponsor and begin creating your painting “wish list” at our Opening Reception, or anytime during the exhibition dates. Proceeds from the show go directly toward the Institute’s efforts to promote fine arts in our community.

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