Little Gem #150 by Nancy Lamb will be one of many works by local artists auctioned at Art to Dine For.

Public opinion remains divided on topics like climate change and border walls, but we can all agree on one thing — the visual arts are pretty rad. If you follow the local art scene, you’re probably familiar with Art Tooth, a new hybrid art gallery. Art Tooth directors Aimee Cardoso, Dee Lara, and Shasta Haubrich are the visionary minds that brought the 817 Amuse-Bouche, Exhibitionists, and Viva La Vulva!

Now, these artists are asking you to give back. And party.

Art to Dine For (6:30pm on Thursday, May 18 at BRIK Venue) will feature signature spirits from Acre Distillery, the craftiest suds from Near Southside-based The Collective Brewing Project, plated dinners and passed hors d’oeuvres (depending on ticket levels) from local caterer Victor Villarreal, and the smooth jams of Ronnie Heart.

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Proceeds from the event will fund a new Art Tooth grant initiative, Mind the Gap, which awards $5,000 (collectively) to artists who meet panel guidelines of “exploring the ways in which artists can navigate the current socio-political climate” of divisive rhetoric.

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The event includes an opening reception with cocktails followed by dinner, prominent guest speakers, a live art auction (featuring works by Marshall Harris, Carol Ivey, Nancy Lamb, and others), and an after-party (10-12pm) at Acre Distillery.

Ticket and event information are available here.