What’s Blooming on Harrison

May Event

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Building on the success of its autumn event, Art on Harrison, the Oak Park Arts District launched “What’s Blooming on Harrison” in 1999.  Over the years, this family-oriented May event has highlighted the District through artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair featuring select guest artists and local crafts people.  2017’s festival kicks off with a Third Friday Gallery Walk on May 19th.  On Saturday, May 20th, “What’s Blooming” moves outside taking over Harrison Street, from Cuyler Avenue to Humphrey, with the art fair and other Family Fun Activities including a children’s carnival, live music, dance, craft demonstrations and hands-on workshops. The  festival begins at 11 am with the art fair running until 7 pm. There will be an after party at the Taylor Ave. Beer Garden and main stage.

The 2017 What’s Blooming on Harrison participants include:  Amanda Turnbull, Andria Green, Crafty Creations by Angle Ah (Angela Lee), Ms. Anna Face Painting (Anna Todaro), Audrey Herrington, Avery Art (Avery Andersen), Artenimai (Romina Miller), Peach & Mr. Pink (Bobbie Albrecht), Twisted Metal Designs (Carla Huber Garcia), Good Morning Tiger (Carla Trudell), Jems for Jackie (Carol Musial), Celina Bright, Asunder Art (Christina Beller), David Tepper Photography, Studio D (Dianna Mosely), Alice’s Cat (Dinah Miller), Corner Studio (Donna Schroeder), Daffodil by Donna (Donna Steele), Eddie Cortes, Attitudes Clothing (Eduardo and Linda Reyes), Evaly Jerome, Gretchen Colavito, Goblin Gurley Knits & Hooks (Michelle Akin), Urban Edges (Jacque Manakee), James P. Rowan Photography, Black Sheep Weaving (Jennifer Louisigna), Logan (Jill DeBardelaben), Crosslyne (Julie Crosson), Root of Five (Kinga Walker-McCraven), Petite Wanderer Photography (Kristie Marcelle), Random Acts of Kindness, Crass Stitching (Lisa Connery), Petina Paintings by Mael (Mael Cabarrus), Baltic Amber (Margaret Rogowski), Margaux Bijoux (Margaux Mays), Markas Odom, Pennies for Art (Marlene Williamson), Mary Wells Design, MASHALLAH (Mashallah Gouleh), Vina’s Millinery (Melvina Stemley), Artsy MK (Minar Kalyango), Nicole Designs All Inc. (Nicole Harry), Nic.Nac.DesignZ (Nicole Renee), Life Baubles (Pat Methven), Unca Raffy (Rafael Nieves), Raymond Chen, Kenza Collection (Robin Holmer), Palette Earth Designs (Robin Nathan), RedAva Designs (Roslyn Broder), Moonlight Designs (Sandra Schwarzbeck), Polyester Soul (Sekile Nzinga-Johnson), Technicolor Coffee Studio (Shelby Gilliland), Studio Schmidt (Shelley Schmidt), *SUSAN*HAT* (Susan Abelson), SunshineIs Happiness (Susan Lechner), Susan Wisniewski, Drame Designs (Valerie Drame), Serenity Acupuncture, Sandpiper Imports, doTerra Essential Oils, Steve & Kate’s Camps, Tulia’s Artisan Gallery, Easter Seals Chicago, Thresholds, North Berwyn Park District, OPPL Book Mobile, Rebuilding Exchange, SugarBeet Schoolhouse, St. Roger Abbey, European Homemade Goodies, Organo Gold Coffee, Smokey Spikes BBQ and Grill, The Animal Care League, Starved Rock Brewing Company, Pretty Peculiar Pet Portraits (Jen Reise), Wonder Works Children Museum, Ava Fashions (Marco Andon), The Brown Cow and Big Guys Sausage Stand. Thanks to everyone who has participated in prior years and to all of our new artists and vendors! More names coming soon.

Check back in May for Friday evening’s and Saturday’s special events.

Interested in participating in What’s Blooming in 2017? We accept applications from Artists, For Profit Vendors, Not For Profit Vendors, Vintage Resellers, Food Vendors and Food Trucks. There is a Boothshare option for Artists and Vintage Resellers. Boothsharing must be arranged by the interested parties. We are also looking for Musicians to perform on our main stage. If interested please fill out the form below and we will get back to you regarding the details of performing.

Musician Information Request Form

Ready to Apply? The application process is easy. Click on the Application link below that applies to you, read through the information and when you’re ready, submit the form. After completing your application, please use the Paypal feature below to submit your participation fee. Questions you may have about the process can be emailed to Laurel Wolff at whatsblooming@oakparkartsdistrict.com. The application deadline was Monday, March 13, 2017. After this date, please email directly for consideration and next steps.

Call for Participants General Information Letter

Artist Application

Vintage Reseller Application

For Profit and Not For Profit Vendor Application

Food Vendor/Food Truck Application


Application Fees



Looking for other ways to participate in What’s Blooming on Harrison? We can’t run the festival without a great crew of volunteers. If interested please click the link below:

Volunteer Form