Note November 14, 2007 

Larry Craig sells art. No, not the guy himself. I'm talking about the idea of Craig. Specifically, Craig as a cowboy ... on a movie poster ... a movie called Gunfight at Brokeback Outhouse.

It all went down at the 2007 Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction, held last week at the Idaho State Historical Museum. We sold off all the original cover art from the last year of BW covers.

Initial math done on a tequila-soaked cocktail napkin shows that we pulled in $15,116, which includes $241 from raffle sales. The money will go toward the creation of a new local arts grant. In the six years we've been doing this auction, we've raised about $50,000 for local art projects. (Last year, we raised $13,175.)

Bidding was hot and heavy, especially after we cleverly set the thermostat in the Idaho Historical Museum to "sweltering." The shots of Patron we offered to higher bidders didn't hurt, either. For four wild hours, people bid fiercely on pieces by local artists such as Bill Carman, Grant Olsen, Ben Wilson, Mike Flinn and Nancy Brossman, to name a few.

Bid prices were all over the map. But it was Gunfight at Brokeback Outhouse, the piece by mystery artist Timothy Shawn Burnicle (the name is fake), that was the night's big attraction.

The piece, which made light of the sex scandal involving U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, sold for $1,900 to Sarah Read of Boise.

The bidders have helped create a vibrant new source of funding for local artists in this great art town of ours. To the artists who make us look so good week after week, thank you and thank you again. Thanks also to our sponsors, including: the Idaho State Historical Museum, AAtronics, Art Hodge, Boise Blue Art Supply, O' Michael's Pub & Grill, Johnna Wells, Raggleday Studios, Rick Jackson, Sockeye Brewery, Wyndstone Winery, Boise Contemporary Theater, Bogus Basin, Boise Little Theatre, Downtown Boise Association, Ella's Room, Flicks, Idaho Botanical Gardens, The MilkyWay, the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, True West Cinema Festival and Zoo Boise.

—Shea Andersen

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