Side Street Studio Arts (SSSA), located at 15 Ziegler Ct. in the heart of downtown Elgin, will open its 8th annual visual art exhibition Something Wicked, this weekend. Something Wicked will feature over 30 artists working in a variety of media, whose subject matter is meant to instill a combined sense of wonder, awe, and perhaps a little dread. The exhibition kicks off with the Opening Reception Friday, October 9 from 6-9pm, and will feature outdoor live music by The Waterfall King at 8pm. The event is open to the public and there is a $5 suggested donation at the door.
Featured artists include Abhay Sehgal, Alisa Duda, BaM!, Bobby Rowland, Brad Perkins, Christopher Block, Cynthia Palm, David Bremer, Douglas Hanson, Kimberly Witz, Erin Cramer, Evan Kuhn, Horror Floral, Jade Morem, James Bouwmeester, Jess Rocha, Jon Lennon, Jordan Pellegrini, Karen Janas, Karl Jahnke, Kathie Collinson, Kathryn Knox, Katherine Gregory, Kelly Swayne, Ken Simonsen, Kyle Dunlap, Leo Perez, Morgan Donahue, Pamela Seatter, Phil Seifritz, Reena Polepaka, Scott Cenkar, Sierra Findlay, Stephanie Monell, Beth O’Connor, featured poster artist Andrew Vo, and more. A new Oddball Art Labs’ Mobile Art Machine will also be onsite for the duration of the exhibition.
“Since opening in 2013, Something Wicked has been one of our most successful events,” said SSSA Founder and Executive Director Erin Rehberg. “October will be very different in Elgin this year, but we still wanted to make sure that we were able to bring attention to the artists and celebrate the season.”
“We have implemented enhanced cleaning strategies, limited capacity in all spaces, and will require properly-worn masks of all who enter. Visitors may have to wait to enter if we are at capacity.”
Additionally, SSSA will be holding a pumpkin-carving contest. Anyone can bring their pre-carved pumpkin to the opening of Something Wicked for a chance to win a Side Street prize package and to spread some Halloween cheer. The contest is open to all ages and is free of charge.
SSSA was founded by Tanner Melvin and Rehberg in 2013 as a non-profit outlet for the Elgin arts scene. Side Street provides educational and creative resources and an inclusive space, run by artists. Side Street’s mission is to support the artist and artistic journey through collaboration.
Something Wicked will run in the gallery through November 1. Free gallery hours are Fridays 12-6pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 11am-3pm. Limited capacity, distancing, and properly-worn face masks will also be required during regular gallery hours. For more information on Something Wicked or any of SSSA’s programs, call 847-429-2276 or visit sidestreetstudioarts.org.