Arts Crawl kicks off two nights of celebrating the arts at Bates

Hikaru Asao ’16 performs with the Bates Jazz Combo during the 2013 Arts Crawl. Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.

In its third year in 2013, the Arts Crawl at Bates has become a signature event, a campus tour that showcases student expressive work across disciplines.

So if you were at Bates for the 2013 Crawl, late in the day on Jan. 25, you might have heard classic jazz or original poetry. You might have seen artists in their studios or dancers on a Memorial Commons stage. You might have lingered around the “All Things Chocolate” station in Olin Arts Center and admired the luminarias that lined campus walkways.

Some things are common across cultures: Here’s the bachelor party segment from Asia Night’s “Great South Asian Wedding.” Photograph by Michael Brady/Bates College.

This year, though, the Arts Crawl seemed to take on a new role, as the anchor for a weekend in the arts at Bates. As always, Friday night’s Crawl was followed that night and on Saturday by performances of the funny, electric variety show known as Asia Night, sponsored by the student organization Sangai Asia.

But this time there was still another treat in store: Saturday night’s opening of an exhibition by acclaimed textile-installation artist Fransje Killaars.

Receptions at both the Bates College Museum of Art and downtown Lewiston’s Museum L-A, which are collaborating on Killaars’ exhibition Color at the Center, provided a sense of critical mass that really made the weekend something special for folks invested in the arts.

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