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One of the 7,000 images taken across 10 months for the new exhibition, "side work."
One of the 7,000 images taken across 10 months for the new exhibition, "side work."

A delicious photo exhibition ... or two

For the sixth straight year, October is Dining Month on OnMilwaukee.com, presented by Concordia University. All month, we're stuffed with restaurant reviews, delectable features, chef profiles and unique articles on everything food, as well as the winners of our "Best of Dining 2012."

Anyone who's worked in a restaurant knows that their co-workers can comprise a pretty creative bunch. It's not a myth that lots of artists, photographers, musicians, actors and writers underwrite their life's work with the tips left on a table full of dirty dishes.

Two local restaurants are saluting the talent on their staffs this season with a three-month exhibit.

You can check out the work of four photographers, Megan Peters, Kathleen Hamilton, Heidi Spencer and Jamie Gellings – three of whom work at the restaurants – at Transfer Pizzeria Cafe, 101 W. Mitchell St., and VIA Downer, 2625 N. Downer Ave., through Jan. 13.

The show is called "side work" and the photographers shot more than 7,000 images of their co-workers and their workplaces over 10 months in preparation for the exhibition.

Co-owner John Rossetto says the idea came from his admiration and that of his co-owners Russell Rossetto and Krys Zielinski, for the artistic skills of their employees.

"Our teams are among the most creative people we’ve ever met," says John Rossetto. "Outside of work they are artists, students, community activists, entrepreneurs, musicians, actors, and photographers. They bring the same passion to their work with us as with their own endeavors, and we wanted to showcase that."

The exhibition kicks off on Thursday, Oct. 11 with an private preview party at 9 p.m. at VIA Downer. After that, the work will hang in both restaurants  – different work at each, of course – for three months.

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