Skaneateles native selected for art exhibition

Photo of Skaneateles Lake chosen from 400 entries

"Home for the Holidays" by John Ridgeway

"Home for the Holidays" by John Ridgeway

— A photograph of broken cloud cover over Skaneateles Lake, taken by a Skaneateles native, has been selected for a nationally-renowned juried art exhibit and will compete for award-winning recognition next week.

The photo, “Home for the Holidays,” was taken by John Ridgeway, a new media digital marketing consultant who lives in Fair Haven, N.J., but was born and raised in Skaneateles.

“I was very excited about it,” Ridgeway said of his photo being chosen for inclusion in the 33rd annual juried art exhibition at the Monmouth Museum. “A lot of my high school friends have commented on it and said it makes them homesick about not being in Skaneateles for the holidays.”

The Monmouth Museum juried art exhibition has been showcasing and selecting artwork since 1979. This year, juror Island Weiss, a respected artist and art dealer of the Island Weiss Gallery in New York City, accepted work from 68 artists out of 400 entries submitted. The contest was opened to all artistic mediums except film/video.

The accepted artists were announced Dec. 22. The exhibition opening and announcement of four monetary juror awards and four honorable mentions will take place Jan. 14 at the Monmouth Museum.

“It was especially exciting to be part of the selection made by such a high-caliber artist as Island Weiss,” Ridgeway said. “I’m eager to meet him on the 14th.”

Ridgeway’s accepted artwork was a 4.5-by-6.5-inch, 35 mm photograph of Skaneateles Lake, which he took during Thanksgiving 2010. It was the only entry he submitted.

In his submitted artist’s statement, Ridgeway wrote, “I am constantly recording images with either a camera or my sketchbooks. One of my favorite subjects are the clouds in Upstate New York, the home of ‘lake effect,’ where the cold grey winters will suck the life out of anything. This photograph was taken while we were walking to Skaneateles on a Thanksgiving afternoon and the [John] Constable-like sky was really cooperating that particular day. I was trying to capture the immense scale of the sky, lake and boathouses along the lake’s shoreline.”

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