Featured Event: Exhibition Opening Night // When the widowed Hester Bateman took over her husband's silver workshop in 1761, she faced the challenge of running a business at a time when domestic service was the only female-friendly industry. Hester proved to be a savvy businesswoman, creating beautiful works of silver for the British upper class. See the exhibition Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise on opening night!

5-9PM // Open Galleries // Come see what's new at the BMA! 

5-9PM // Tapas and Cocktails // Unwind in Oscar's Caf´┐Ż with an array of tapas dishes and drinks! See the menu here

6PM // Curator-Led Gallery Tour // Be the first to learn about the enterprising silversmith Hester Bateman from our Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch. 

6:30PM // Drop-in and Draw // Be inspired by the intricate etchings found on Hester Bateman's pieces of silver and draw some of your own!

7PM // Wine Tasting // Find your new favorite wine for summertime!

7PM // Live Music // Enjoy live music in the garden from Sanders Bohlke, presented by Communicating Vessels. 

7PM // Film Screening // Hester Bateman's silver was commonly made for the British upper class. Take a look at the lifestyles of the 18th-century elite in The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley.

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The Duchess photo from erasofelegance.com