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Art Night Heads Outside for the Fall Semester

Once a month, students across campus come together for a night of celebrating the arts.This past Friday from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Olivet held its first Art Night of the fall semester. While in years past Art Night filled Starbucks with music and chatter, this year the event looked a bit different.

Due to Starbuck’s limited capacity and the pandemic restrictions, the leaders of Art Night had to get creative. In order to keep within guidelines, they decided to move outdoors.

“It’s technically [still] at Starbucks,” said Junior Megan Mishler, “but it’s outside on the patio.”

Students are still encouraged to go inside and look at the month’s art, which has been meticulously curated by Mishler, who is in charge of the art side of the night.

“I pick the ones that best match each other,” she said.

Around fifteen pieces are displayed each month and all students are encouraged to submit, not just art majors.

Mishler is also in charge of the art talks. Art talks give the artists a chance to sit down and share about the process behind the piece being exhibited.

“[Art talks are] just a really cool opportunity for artists on Olivet’s campus to get their art out there,” said Junior art major Chloe Bogicevic, who also helps organize the event each month.

Bogicevic, who has been working with Art Night since the beginning of her sophomore year, focuses mainly on the music side of the event. People who wish to perform send her their music and she schedules them into the set list for the evening.

This past Art Night, there were nine performers, which consisted of music and non-music majors, as well as alumni. This number is a bit lower than in years past, mainly due to conflicting events, such as the Orpheus Variety Show.

Senior youth ministry major, Bradley Brackett, is in charge of making sure the performers’ performances run smoothly. As the person responsible for managing the sound and technology for the evening, Brackett does the majority of his work during the event itself.

He first joined the team his junior year, after being told by Neiry Alvarado, then the head leader of Art Night, that they were in search of a tech guy.

For him, the purpose of Art Night is to “allow the students on campus who have artistic capabilities…[the opportunity] to express and show their gifts and abilities given by God to their peers.”

Art Night will be held once a month from 7:00pm-9:00pm, weather pending.

“Come,” Brackett said, “have a good time, and support the artists.”

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