Bee-Dub Lub for the Arts
Our Fifth-Annual Cover Art Auction was held on Saturday, November 4, at the Boise Art Museum. It's been an amazing event each year, and this year was no exception.
If you don't know what the cover auction is, here's a brief review: Each week we choose works of art created by local artists to grace the cover of the Boise Weekly. We have several repeat artists--Tim Andreae usually helps us celebrate our Chinese New Year issue with a cover; Bill Carman's work has been featured several times on our Thanksgiving issue; Bingo Barnes, P.J. Dean and Kelly Knopp all have had multiple pieces on our covers over the last few years. We've had covers by some of our regular illustrators and cartoonists as well, including Erin Ruiz and Mike Flinn. And then we welcome a slew of up-and-coming and established artists to the Boise Weekly family over the course of 52 weeks. Artists are paid $150 for their pieces and asked to donate the originals to us. We then take all of that original artwork, have it professionally framed and auction it off each November. This year the money raised will go toward the production of a piece of public art to be displayed on the corner of 6th and Broad streets. Four artists have been chosen to submit proposals for this work of art: Matt Laurance, Reham Aarti Jacobsen, Michael Cordell and Kelly Packer (who had a piece in this year's auction). The winning artist will receive some of the funds from the auction to create the public art. And, boy are there funds.
This year's auction was our biggest to date. The museum figures show that over 250 people attended the event. We had one additional 3-D piece donated to the auction and the 53 pieces total brought in over $13,000.
Thank you to the contributing artists and the art-loving community for your support of this great event. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.
She Blinded Me With Metaphors and Symbolism
It may be no surprise to see a poet on a bus, but you probably don't expect to see the poet's work on the side of said bus. Nevertheless, you will soon due to the return of the Poetry in Motion Contest.
Made possible by a collaboration of the Boise City Arts Commission, ValleyRide, the Log Cabin Literary Center, the Poetry Society of America, the Boise State Art Department and a sponsorship by Olay (the "Oil Of" people), this program will give four winners $175 each and a one-year membership to the Poetry Society of America. Their winning poems will also be printed on posters and then displayed on ValleyRide buses in place of the usually featured commercial advertisements.
Billy Collins, the 2001 U.S. Poet Laureate, will choose the winning poems. Collins has authored several books of poetry, and was the recipient of the Mark Twain Award for humorous poetry in 2004. He just recently retired from Lehman College, City University of New York, after teaching English for the last 30 years.
The Poetry in Motion contest is divided into a child category (14 years of age and younger) and an adult category (15 years of age and older). The winning entries will include three poems from the adult category and one from the child category. The four winners will be asked to read their poems at a public event at The Log Cabin Literary Center in 2007. Submissions will be accepted by The Log Cabin through December 8.
For more information, submission guidelines and the required entry form, call 331-8000 or visit the Web site at http://thecabinidaho.org. Log Cabin Literary Center, 801 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-8000.