Oak Park warms up for long-running arts festival

September 5, 2013 by  

Oak Park, Illinois, residents are no doubt looking forward to the 20th annual ‘Art on Harrison’ celebration, which acknowledges the importance of arts and artists to this community. Oak Park is famous for its association with legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who built a number of buildings here.

Art on Harrison began in 1995, when building and gallery owners, in conjunction with the Oak Park Arts Council, created it as a way to promote the new Arts District. The event was first thought of as an informal “gallery walk” to be held on a Friday evening. Since then, it has been held each September, widening in scope to include performances at various galleries and live entertainment.

At this year’s event, people can stop at Harrison Works to see the ‘Baseball as Art’ show, which has been extended. They can also meet artists and purchase their works. On Saturday, Flavor City Studios will set up an easel so anyone who wants to do so can try their hand at painting. All artists will be able to take their works home.

Other activities, from art exhibits to food sales, are planned at various venues on Harrison Street and at Buzz Cafe on Lombard Avenue. Art on Harrison is set for September 20 and 21, from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, and from noon to 8:00 pm on Saturday.

Festival organizers could work with poster printing experts to create a suitably artistic piece capturing the spirit of Art on Harrison. Copies could be placed throughout the village to call attention to the event.