In December 2012, The Cabin debuted a collection of Idaho authors called Rooms: Writers in the Attic. Now, organizers are piecing together the 2013 edition of the anthology on the theme "detour." The competition is open to original stories 1,500 words or fewer submitted by those aged 18 and older. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 22, at 5 p.m. More information can be found at thecabinidaho.org.
In other lit news, GEM magazine, an arts publication founded by Boisean Melody English, has issued a call to artists for its third issue. Original articles, stories and art on the topic of climate change are due Friday, March 1. The new issue is scheduled to be printed Wednesday, March 20. For more information, visit cargocollective.com/gemcollective.
And speaking of awesome local publications, Boise Weekly just selected the 15 recipients of this year's annual Cover Art Auction Grants. Since 2002, Boise Weekly has featured the work of local artists on our covers, which we auction off to fund the grant program. A panel of judges parsed out a record $20,590 raised during our October 2012 cover auction.
A check for 20 percent, or $4,118, will be allocated to auction sponsor Idaho Shakespeare Festival, with the remaining funds awarded to local arts organizations and artists. The panel gave out $3,000 to Boise Old Time's Hermit Music Festival, $1,200 to Alley Repertory Theater, $2,500 to Boise Open Studios Collective Organization, $2,000 to Idaho Dance Theater, $2,000 to Ballet Idaho, $1,000 to Downtown Boise Association, $500 to Interior Designers of Idaho, $1,000 to Boise Contemporary Theater and $1,000 to The Cabin. Judges also awarded the PJ Dean and Surel Mitchell Artist Grants to a group of individual artists, including $500 to Noble Hardesty, $500 to J. Amber Conger, $500 to Erin Nelson, $500 to Belinda Isley and $272 to Steve Klamm.
Speaking of free money, while Antiques Roadshow won't roll into Boise until Saturday, June 29, the Idaho State Historical Society and Friends of the Historical Museum invite Idahoans to participate in another edition of What's it Worth? Sunday, Feb. 24. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors can bring in everything from grandma's dusty pearls to ornate grandfather clocks and have them assessed by evaluators. Think of it as homegrown version of Antiques Roadshow.
Visitors will also get a sneak peek at the museum's sesquicentennial exhibit before it opens Tuesday, March 5.