Side Street Studio Arts presents 'Moments,' featuring the work of artist-interns

Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court in Elgin, will be host to an exhibit of artwork created by artist-interns Natalie Pivoney and Chloe Topf entitled "Moments." The exhibit is a culmination of the two artists' time as artist-interns at the studio.

It opens Friday, May 19, with a gallery reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Moments" includes Topf's drawings which focus on eliminating the boundaries of art by placing physical objects beyond handcrafted frames, and Pivoney's oil paintings, which use light and color to emphasize the emotions imparted on us by place. The exhibit will be on display in the gallery through Sunday, May 28.

"Working at Side Street," said Pivoney, "has introduced me to a community of artists and supportive people that I now call my friends."

Added Topf, "Not only have I experienced what it takes to run such an amazing non-profit organization, but I now know how good working hard and giving back can feel at the end of the day."

The Artist-Intern Program launched during the summer of 2013 and has since seen 15 young artists participate.

The professional practice program is designed to help young artists as they find and explore different entrepreneurship and artistic methods. At the culmination of the experience, with guidance from its directors and staff, an exhibition or production is created from an ongoing archive of each artist's work. Artist-interns explore best practices for managing, editing, and install of work, and become an integral part of the support staff.

Side Street Studio Arts was founded in 2013 by Tanner Melvin and Erin Rehberg as an outlet for the Elgin arts scene. Currently under the direction of Amanda Harris, Roberto Martinez, Melvin, and Rehberg, it provides educational and creative resources and an accessible space, run by artists. Its mission is to support the artist and artistic journey through collaboration. For information, visit, call (847) 429-2276 or email

A work in progress by Chloe Topf will be featured during Side Street Studio Arts' exhibit "Moments." Courtesy of Side Street Studio Arts
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