At our annual Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction on Wednesday, Nov. 18, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on every original piece of art that has given you come-hither looks from the window of our little red boxes during the past year. Were you beguiled by Ben Wilson’s whimsical Neko Finds Her Dad’s Record Collection? Were you in love with Benjamin Love’s Suffix? Did you think Robert Templeman’s Cat was the cat’s meow? Head over to the Idaho State Historical Museum at 6 p.m. sharp for a chance to put your money where your heart is.
All of the proceeds from the BW cover art auction—which, during the last eight years, have amounted to more than $75,000—are donated back to the arts community in the form of grants. Last year, the whopping $12,820 in net proceeds was distributed five ways: $5,400 to the Basque Arborglyph Mural Project, $1,000 to the Mend Project, $2,500 to the Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, $600 to the Cabin and $500 to Thee Art Of.
The Basque Project, which received the largest lump sum, used the funds to study local Aspen trees, which were long-ago painstakingly carved with Basque sheepherder’s names, poetry and pictures. With the help of the BW cover auction grant, digital images of the tree carvings have been created and will be incorporated into a mural. The mural will soon adorn the yard of the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga house on the Basque Block. The Mend Project, the second largest grant recipient, used the funds to put on their Spectacled event, through which 1,000 pairs of glasses were donated to the non profit Unite for Sight. The Boise Open Studios Collective Organization used their cash to put on their annual Open Studios event the weekend of Oct. 2-4, 2009, while The Cabin used their grant to hire artist Bill Carman to design the covers of The Cabin’s Idaho Writing Camps annual student anthology. Last but not least, Thee Art Of pumped their BW grant bucks into the annual Boise Creative and Improvisational Music Festival.
For more info on these grants, check out the nifty video put together by BW intern Blair Davison: