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Ridge Gallery, nestled in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, is a vibrant and dynamic hub for the local arts community. The gallery serves as a haven for both emerging and established artists to showcase their creative talents. Located in the heart of downtown, Ridge Gallery strives to promote cultural engagement and appreciation of the arts for the entire Spartanburg community. The gallery regularly hosts a variety of exhibits, workshops, and events, all designed to foster a sense of unity and collaboration among artists and art enthusiasts.

Stories are all around us, sometimes all it takes is an image to remind us they’re there.

Mike EthridgeOwner, MPE & Ridge Gallery

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Mike Ethridge

Mike Ethridge

Hello! I’m Mike Ethridge–photographer, lawyer, gallery owner, film maker, husband, and father—just not always in that order.  I consider myself a generalist, in both life and art. My lens doesn’t discriminate—it captures landscapes, people, city streets, families, and wildlife. I proudly identify with no particular school of photography, only with a love for images and the excitement which comes from freezing a story in a single frame.

I currently split my time between Charleston and  Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The South Carolina upstate, and Spartanburg in particular, is blessed with a rich and diverse art culture.  This culture, and a desire to amplify local artistic voices, was the inspiration for my opening Ridge Gallery–an art gallery located in downtown Spartanburg.  My hope is that Ridge Gallery will offer a bridge between imagination and community, and nurture a shared appreciation for creativity.

Photography is the art of observation…finding something interesting in an ordinary place…it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott ErwittFrench-American photographer