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Anthony Doerr Up For Big Prize, We No Longer Art Women

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Local author Anthony Doerr has been shortlisted to receive The Sunday Times EFG Private Band Short Story Award for 2011. He is one of six writers up for this impressive honor. Read more about Doerr in Citizen.

In less jubilant news, Thursday, April 14, will mark the last We Art Women art show. For more than 15 years, female visual artists from around the valley have donated their work to WAW, which raises money for the Women and Children's Alliance.

The event started under a different name as a small shindig held at Humpin' Hannah's in 1995, but it wasn't long before so many women wanted to participate that it grew into a huge event, with art in every nook and cranny of the bar. Last year, organizers moved the event to the more open space of Visual Arts Collective and, even then, it was like trying to work your way through Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras.

This final WAW will showcase hundreds of works of art. Forty-six pieces will be part of an exhibit, which opened on April 1, that will run through the month of May.

Event founder Rocci Johnson said that she's sorry to see the annual celebration end, but it's too time consuming to continue organizing it.

So to make sure that the final event goes out with a bang--and that VAC is as packed as a pub on 25-cent draft night--Johnson and her fellow Divas of Boise will put on one of their rare performances as part of the celebration. Peggy Jordan, Kathy Miller, Dana Oland, Carrie Padilla, Deb Sager, Rebecca Scott, Margaret Montrose Stigers, Sirah Storm, Mary Weaver and Johnson, who all came together for the first event in 1995, will perform two sets in this farewell to WAW. Gayle Chapman will also perform.

In addition, there will be some kick-ass items up for silent auction, including a weekend at a Manzanita, Mexico, beach house. Also, a group of grade-schoolers will create a Jackson Pollock-like canvas that will be "torn and turned into bracelets available for purchase."

The event is from 5-10 p.m. and a $20 tax-deductible suggested donation, all of which goes to the WCA, gets you in the door. Beer, wine and food from Smoky Mountain Pizza will be available for purchase.

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