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Bates artists blanket a wintery campus, and suddenly it's warm and wonderful

Story by Bates College February 17th, 2017

art works at Bates

Friday, Feb. 3, was a celebration of the activities and people that make the arts at Bates so vital and vibrant. From a cappella to art exhibits, from dance to theater, from spoken word to myriad styles of music, here's a sampling of the spontaneous spirit that makes Bates arts shine.

Colorful maps posted around campus directed visitors to the Arts Crawl venues.

fireplace lounge, commons

The energy and vocal sophistication of Bates' ever-popular a cappella ensembles attracted throngs of listeners to Commons.

Bates' oldest a cappella group, the Deansmen are shown here and below left.
The Crosstones take a bow after a lively set blending pop classics and current hits.
Walter Washington '19 of Fleetwood, N.Y., solos with the Deansmen.
Seen from Commons' Whelan Balcony Overlook, a cappella fans find plenty of ways to get comfortable.

The Chase (Hall) is on

While Commons hosted a cappella singing throughout the Arts Crawl, the action otherwise began in Chase Hall and later shifted to the Olin Arts Center.

Lecturer in the Humanities Bill Seeley oversees young Arts Crawl visitors as they add to a wall drawing inspired by Sol LeWitt.

Something for everybody

In an iconic Bates building on the campus' newly revitalized south side, Chase Hall Gallery, the Little Room, and Memorial Commons housed a cornucopia of creative work - visual art, literature, theater, dance, and music.

The poetry of Zaynab Tawil '17 of Edmonds, Wash., captivates listeners in Chase Hall's Little Room.
For a change, Asia Night didn't follow the Arts Crawl in 2017. But the Bollywood Team brought their Asia Night moves to Memorial Commons.
An offshoot of the Manic Optimists — aka "ManOps" — the Black Ops offer some stirring music in Memorial Commons.
Talia Martino '18 of Los Angeles and Emma Schiller '18 of Natick, Mass., harmonize in Memorial Commons.
Fergus Scott '17 of Thousand Oaks, Calif., takes a lead vocal during a ManOps set in Chase Hall.
Jason Lu '20 of Westborough, Mass., makes his mark in a collaborative drawing project, directed by Lecturer in the Humanities Bill Seeley.

Over to Olin

The Olin Arts Center showcased a diversity of arts similar to that in Chase Hall, but this facility designed for creative work gave visitors a different perspective on what students can really do.

Students in professor Pamela Johnson’s 300-level "Visual Meaning" course used Xerox images and handwritten text to create this piece.

museum and stage

A major Bates Museum of Art exhibition and open musical rehearsals afforded a variety of insights into the creative process.

Perusing the Museum of Art exhibition "Phantom Punch: Contemporary Art From Saudi Arabia in Lewiston."
Professor Hiroya Miura, center, consults with pianist Divyamaan Sahoo '17 of Kolkata as the Ensemble BLURB prepared to perform.
Lucas Wilson-Spiro ’15 rehearses with projected graphics on the Olin Arts stage for the Ensemble BLURB performance.
Madeline McLean ’17 of Hood River, Ore., participates in an open rehearsal of the Bates Gamelan Orchestra.
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Janet Bourne rehearses with the gamelan orchestra.

Come on In

Bates studio art majors opened their Olin Arts Center studios - and their creative processes - to Arts Crawl visitors.

Cuyler Hedlund ’17 of New Canaan, Conn., talks with visitors about the graphic novel she's creating for her studio art thesis.
A spectator scrutinizes the work of Joanie Oates ’17 of Charlotte, N.C., who shares a studio with Cuyler Hedlund.
Music professor Gina Fatone visits a studio used by portraitist Hanna Beyer ’17 of Greenwich, Conn.

Works in progress

Photographic portraiture by Calvin Reedy ’17 of Wilton, Conn., a studio art major preparing for the annual thesis exhibition.
Meha Jhajharia ’19 of Kolkata explains to visitors how she achieved detail in a painting.
Louisa Strong; her father, Robert Strong; and Ayanthi Reese look on as ceramist Julie Self ’18 of Emerald Hills, Calif., works in Olin.

end notes

Trombonist Alan Carr plays with the Bates Brass Ensemble, a versatile band that offered reggae, swing, and funk at the Arts Crawl.
The Bates Steel Pan Orchestra.
Pianist and applied music faculty Michael Beling and bassist Stuart Gurley play a piece by Wayne Shorter in the Olin Arts Center lobby.
Footnote: Produced by the Bates Communications Office with photography by Phyllis Graber Jensen and Josh Kuckens.