Our local arts community has certainly taken a few big blows this year, with organizations in just about every form of artistic expression struggling to maintain past levels of funding from both public and private sources. Those circumstances make events like the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture’s annual gala and juried art auction ever more important to continue preserving the arts community. This annual event is fancy — it’s black-tie optional and takes place at the swanky Davenport Hotel. All work up for auction this year is by Inland Northwest-based artists, and each piece was personally selected by Chris Bruce, director of the WSU Museum of Art. Part of the proceeds from the art sale benefit the MAC’s mission.