"This art is so good, I bang my head against the wall to celebrate!" Those are the words of actor Luke Massengill of Idaho Shakespeare Festival as he literally bangs his head against the wall in a commercial for Boise Weekly's annual Cover Auction.
(If you haven't seen it, stop what you're doing right now and watch it by visiting boiseweekly.com and clicking on "Video.")
Though we have yet to witness any attendees at our annual auction bang their heads against the wall in an art fit, the idea of the auction is a bit crazy. Turn over the cover of a newspaper to a local artist every week rather than using it to pimp editorial content? Yep, crazy. Then turn around and sell off all the art every year to benefit the local arts community? Risky.
Fortunately, we have a great pool of local work to choose from, which ensures that our weekly cover is not only lovely to look at but that the original pieces sell like hotcakes at our annual Cover Auction, allowing us to raise somewhere in the neighborhood of $15,000 every year. Then we funnel that chunk of change into private art grants for individual artists and arts organizations.
Join us Wednesday, Oct. 17, for the 11th annual Cover Auction, when we'll sell off the last year's worth of artwork. Doors open at the Idaho State Historical Museum at 5 p.m. so prospective buyers can peruse the selection of work.
Auctioneer Joshua Houk will start the auction promptly at 6 p.m. Apprentices from Idaho Shakespeare Festival, which will receive 20 percent of this year's proceeds, will provide entertainment. Covers can also be previewed during regular museum hours anytime before the doors open for the auction, but regular museum admission rates will apply.
For a look at this year's covers, see the insert in this edition of Boise Weekly.