14th Annual BW Cover Art Auction 

The walls in our newsroom at BWHQ are about to be barren. All year we get to enjoy the original art that appears on our covers but when it comes time for Boise Weekly's annual Cover Art Auction we pull down all those pieces and take them to the auction block.

It's bittersweet—we miss being surrounded by work from some of the area's finest artists, but we know the auction benefits a number of worthy causes.

For one, a portion of the proceeds support our cover art grant program, which since 2001 has channeled more than $100,000 in direct contributions to local art. A few years back, we also instituted a profit-sharing system with individual artists, who now take home 30 percent of whatever their pieces bring at auction. Finally, we put the remainder toward supporting our long-form investigative journalism program, BW Watchdogs.

That's already a triple-win, but let's not forget the cover auction is also a kickass party, with food, beer and wine from sponsors Bonefish Grill, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse and Cinder Wines, and this year it's in the elegant environs of the ballroom at The Owyhee (also a sponsor).

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at bwca.boiseweekly.com.

We also can't forget to give a shout out to sponsors D.L. Evans Bank, Evermore Prints, and Van Dyck Frame and Design, as well as the amazing artists who contribute their work to the cover of BW each week.

Check out our guide to the works on offer at the 14th annual BW Cover Art Auction on Page 13, and start planning how you'll place your bids with auctioneer Josh Houk. If you don't come out a winner bidder, don't fret. This year we're also offering prints and postcards of cover pieces, so everybody can go home with some new art.

That's, like, a win-win-win-win-win.

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