What’s Blooming On Harrison Street!
I’ve been a part of the Oak Park Arts District for over a decade. I first became involved with the Co-Op Art Gallery in what used to be called the Harrison Street Arts District . As a member of the Harrison Street Art Co-op for about 3 years I decided to rent studio space down the street. Initially renting studio space at 41 Harrison, I stayed there for about 4 years. In 2008 I was ready to expand my business and moved to 130 Harrison Street, offering more classes, lessons and retail offerings. In all of those years I’ve been a part of the annual “What’s Blooming On Harrison Street” event.
Each spring the Oak Park Arts District Business Association hosts a community event to showcase the artists galleries, invite guest artists to show, provide musical entertainment along the street and offer family friendly entertainment. For the past two years the Village of Oak Park has allowed the Arts District to close off a couple of blocks of Harrison Street to provide tent displays from visiting artists and food vendors. This year we had a wonderful event thanks to Olya Dailey of Eastgate Café. She was chairperson and coordinated the entire event. The weather cooperated as well and the community came out to support us. It was a wonderful way to kick off the summer season, show our community what the local businesses and artists have to offer and enjoy the Oak Park Arts District. If you missed it this year, please make a plan to attend next year. I can tell you that seeing the event grow and develop for over a decade, it just gets better every year!