It ain't easy being an artist. Trying to make a living while being devoted to creating art has been a goal of artists since the first humans started painting the walls of caves. (We imagine a scene where Og tries to convince Bog that his excellently rendered image of a bull entitles him to a share of the mammoth.)
In the old days, artists had to find a wealthy patron. Now, there is the almighty grant, and it just so happens that the deadline for Boise Weekly's Cover Auction Grant is fast approaching.
Artists and arts organizations have until 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, to submit their applications for the chance to be awarded a share of the proceeds from the annual auction.
Where does the money come from? All the original artwork printed on the cover of Boise Weekly is auctioned off once a year, with the money going to support the valley's arts community.
This year, BW teamed with Idaho Shakespeare Festival, which received 20 percent of the funds from the auction. The rest will be doled out by a panel of judges to deserving grant applicants.
Both arts organizations and individual artists are eligible to apply, and at least two individual artists will be awarded $1,000 grants named in the memory of frequent BW cover artists P.J. Dean and Surel Mitchell.
You can get more specific details on the grant program, as well as how to apply and what is expected of you should you be given a grant, by clicking on the "Cover Auction Grant" button at boiseweekly.com or go straight to we.boiseweekly.com.
Since we're all about art in its many forms, you'll also find a guide to all sorts of movie viewing at Boise's own art house movie theater, The Flicks. The pullout guide in the center of this issue is designed for readers to save, so they make sure not to miss any of the films BW's own cinemaphile, George Prentice, is sure to review in the coming months.