Last-minute gift ideas for the art lovers in your life

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC, USA. Tryon Street elevation showing main entry with column, cantilevered fourth-floor gallery and the Sol LeWitt ÒWall Drawing #995Ó visible inside atrium. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art photo by Gary O'Brien - gary@garyobrien.com

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

Finding the perfect gift is hard, and trying to find a parking spot at the mall this time of year is even harder.

Avoid the crowds and get your loved one an experience they’ll cherish instead. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art offers several pre- and post-holiday events that make perfect winter date nights and gifts in Uptown Charlotte.

Photo: Daniel Coston

Maybe you and your significant other aren’t spending Christmas together this year, but you want to plan a fun date night before you both head home for the holidays. The Friday before Christmas, get dolled up in your best ugly sweater and experience a winter wonderland at Bechtler by Night. Admission is free from 5-9 p.m.

If you will already be out of town for this one, don’t worry. There’s a Bechtler by Night series every month. Mark your calendar for the Jan. 18 event instead.  

For the art and music lovers in your life, the Bechtler offers delightful monthly programs that make for great gifts.

Photo: Daniel Coston

Purchase tickets to see the Ziad Jazz Quartet on Jan. 4 at “Jazz at the Bechtler: Post-Holiday Blues IX: Many Shades of Blue” or hear the sounds of famed composer Heitor Villa-Lobos on Jan. 13 at “Music and Museum: Bechtler Ensemble | Villa Lobos: String Quartet No. 1.”

Tickets to the Jazz at the Bechtler series are $16 to the public and $10 for museum members. Tickets for the Music and Museum program cost $14.

Give your film buff friend the perfect gift this year: tickets to the Jan. 24 screening of “Final Portrait” starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer as famed artist Alberto Giacometti and American art lover James Lord. A cash bar is available throughout the screening. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students.

Can’t make that event? Catch the Bechtler guest lecture series with award-winning filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn instead. Kahn will be screening his most recent project, “The Price of Everything” on Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Paralyzed by indecision? Why not gift a museum membership instead?

Membership to the Bechtler comes with free, unlimited general admission, invitations to opening exhibitions, museum store and program discounts and more. Learn more here.

Discover even more programs, events and exhibits to gift this year on the Bechtler website.

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