Covering the Cover Auction 

TMP's lovely Lauren Edson gives Vanna White a run for her money (and helps us make some).

Jessi Strong

TMP's lovely Lauren Edson gives Vanna White a run for her money (and helps us make some).

Phew. That's the sound of a collective sigh blowing through BWHQ. We wrapped up our annual Cover Auction on Nov. 17, and as usual had more fun than any group of people really should. With the help of benefit auctioneer Larry Flynn, we brought in more than $17,000 with the sale of pieces like E.J. Pettinger's "Stay Cool," that went for a cool $850.

As we return to our office--and the now-empty walls where all of the art once hung--we'll begin the process of assembling a panel of arts experts to help us decide what to do with the money. OK, that's not exactly true. We know what we're going to do with the money. We're going to give it away in the form of arts grants. We'll soon begin asking for proposals from local arts organizations that explain how they think they can best spend this money. In years past, we've seen the proceeds of our auction go toward a number of projects that have enhanced our community, and we're very proud to have been a part of them.

This year, for the second time, we will set aside some of the proceeds from the festivities for the PJ Dean Grant, which is awarded to individual artists.

More information on how to apply for grants is available at boiseweekly.com and will be printed in an upcoming edition of Boise Weekly. If you missed the event, check out this sweet video re-cap.

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Thanks to our sponsors and supporters 44 North, Keith Nyquist, New Belgium Brewing, Solid Grill and Bar, Eli's Italian Deli, Idaho State Historical Museum, DL Evans Bank for hosting our First Thursday viewing in October, our good friend Rick Jackson at Blue Dog Framing for his own artistic contributions, auctioneer Larry Flynn, Hillfolk Noir, the always gorgeous Trey McIntyre Project dancers, BW staff, everyone who attended and especially all of our cover artists for creating the incredible work that graces the cover of each and every Boise Weekly.

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