continued Ridgeway grew up in Skaneateles and graduated from Skaneateles High School in 1977. He has studied fine arts, art history, graphic design and illustration; he also has a master’s degree in integrated marketing. He has worked as a senior executive in the digital marketing industry for companies such as Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan Chase and Vonage, and currently has his own consulting business, John Ridgeway Designs.
He moved to the New Jersey/New York City area to be closer to the advertising and marketing center of the East Coast. His mother and two of his siblings still live in town.
“I love the town,” Ridgeway said, adding that he returns home to visit on holidays and during the summer as often as he and his family can. He has several notebooks of artwork concerning Skaneateles, the lake, the town and surrounding area, which he has created through the years.
Photography and drawing is “a passion more than a hobby,” he said, and is something he did in high school and college. “It’s always been my desire to pursue the arts on a full-time basis. It’s a long-term interest of mine.”
Ridgeway’s photograph, “Home for the Holidays,” will be for sale for $250 at the Monmouth Museum exhibit, and prints also are available for sale by contacting him directly.
To contact John Ridgeway email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website at johnridgewaydesign.com.
For more information on the Monmouth Museum exhibit, visit monmouthmuseum.org.
Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.