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This article is brought to you in partnership with Bechtler Museum of Modern Art.

New Year’s is a time to reflect, rejoice and look forward to what life has in store, just around the corner! Start your new year off on the right foot at Bechtler by Night, with free admission into the museum the third Friday of every month from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. —and an extra magic hour this month to enjoy live music from the Colby Dobbs Band.

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Here’s to a New Year

This month, take an inside look into the world of a curator and learn how elements of curatorial design can influence the art’s meaning and aesthetic value in our second-floor exhibition, Framing It! After viewing the exhibition, apply your knowledge learned from the exhibit to create a personalized picture frame in our second-floor classroom.

Design unique snowflakes in our lobby as you sip on a cranberry mimosa while enjoying a refreshing blend of rock, jazz, soul and pop music performed by the Colby Dobbs Band beginning at 7 p.m.

“The Colby Dobbs Band is a local well-rounded group with depth that takes them a step further than many groups that do ‘the funk thing.’ No stand out rock stars or crazy antics. Mostly authentic vintage mood and good songwriting,” says Charlotte Musicblog.

  • Free admission from 5-10 p.m.
  • Exhibitions on view: 2 – Framing It!; 4 – Bechtler Unseen
  • Gallery games and scavenger hunts
  • Bechtler BINGO – Raffle prize!
  • Enjoy light bites and a cash bar located in our lobby
  • Lobby: Snowflake creations
  • Classroom: Design your own picture frame
  • Featured cocktail: Cranberry Mimosa
  • Band – Colby Dobbs Band – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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Admission to Bechtler by Night is always free the third Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The artwork on view at the Bechtler is meant to be shared with the entire community, and the museum delivers on that commitment by opening the galleries free to the public every third Friday of the month. Combine that with interactive art activities, games, live entertainment and a full bar and you’ve got Bechtler By Night!

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Gather friends and view the extensive Bechtler collection under the cover of the night sky!


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