Local luminaries like Trey McIntyre and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter ducked into BWHQ on Feb. 16 to devour cheese plates and decide the fate of $10,400 in Cover Auction grant money. The panel deliberated for a couple of hours before whittling down the 33 applicants to 10 winners. Here are the 2011 Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction Grant recipients:
Dying Letter Office, $1,000; Bryan Moore, $500; Zach Voss, $500; Enso Artspace, $1,500; Boise Rock School, $1,000; Story Story Night, $1,500; Boise Old Time, $400; BOSCO, $1,000; Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts, $1,500; Empty Boat Theatre Co., $1,500.
Boise Rock School's grant will help upgrade recording studio equipment; Empty Boat's will help fund a new play, There are Chinese Tunnels Under Boise (and Other Local Legends); and Story Story Night's grant will finance a new, adult-themed series called Story Story Late Night.
Speaking of Story Story Night, the monthly live storytelling series is gearing up for Break Up: Stories of the End of the Affair at the Rose Room on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. The theme will include tales from Phil Bode, Jennifer Sanders Peterson and Bert Moeller. Admission is $5.
Artist Ed Anderson has a less tragic take on love. The Minnesota native has spent the past 10 years in Idaho and will soon debut A Sketch of Idaho, a dozen acrylic and ink depictions that are loveletters to the Gem State.
Like many who planned to just pass through Idaho, Anderson hasn't left yet. His new acquaintances--the Bitterroot, Snake, Salmon and Teton--convinced him to stay. However, his artistic abilities extend beyond landscapes. Anderson specializes in commissioned pieces like poster art and chalkboard advertisements. His exhibit will open at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Linen Building and will remain up until Thursday, April 19.
Another man who will soon be making a trip out West is Michael Shelden, biographer and author of Mark Twain: Man in White. Shelden is a professor at Indiana State University and Pulitzer Prize finalist. His visit to Boise Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. is part of the Read Me series, which replaced the Big Read. This year's Read Me selection is The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.