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Boise Weekly Cover Auction

Get your bid on at the 13th annual art auction

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In case you didn't notice, we think the Boise Weekly Cover Auction is a big deal. We've been reminding readers about it for months, with everything from Facebook posts and ads to slideshows and mentions in this Editor's Note space.

The time is nigh. The 13th annual Cover Auction is set for Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m., at Gallery Five18, located at 518 S. Americana Blvd.

Ten bucks gets you in, and you'll be happy you parted with that Hamilton. Not only is the Cover Auction an opportunity to acquire some of the best local art in Boise, but proceeds benefit a bevy of worthy causes:

First, the artists themselves, who take home 30 percent of proceeds from the sale of work published between Jan. 1-Sept. 17;

Second, local artists in general, who can apply for individual grants from Boise Weekly, supported by Cover Auction sales (communityfund.boiseweekly.com);

Third, BW itself, which puts some of the money toward BW Watchdogs, a long-form investigative journalism fund (boiseweekly.com/boise/BWWatchdogs/Page).

If that wasn't enough to give you the auction itch, remember that we're throwing a party, too. Bonefish Grill caters the Cover Auction, with wine from Bitner Vineyards and beer from Highlands Hollow Brewhouse.

Art, food and booze—it's hard to go wrong with that combination. Even better that it raises a ton of cash to help keep the arts healthy in our fair city—to date, that includes more than $120,000 to direct support for various artistic endeavors around Boise.

Check out a slideshow of the past year's work, make plans with your friends and join us Oct. 16. Remember: bid early, bid often.