We like to think of Boise Weekly's cover as a sort of gallery--one that every week for 12 years has featured work by local artists. And in the interest of improving this iconic part of the paper, we're now striving for more "finished" work: original pieces--not prints. One-off or small run prints BW will consider include woodcut, engraving, etching, mezzotint, aquatint, drypoint, lithography, screenprinting or monotype printing. Digital designs and photographs will be considered if the artist provides a professionally framed or finished item reproduced on high quality substrate, sealed (if applicable), mounted (when necessary) and matted (if need be).
We know that sometimes a piece is as much about the way the medium warps, skews and tarnishes the substrate--when considering a piece like that, our question is: "How would the artist finish the final product to show in a gallery?"
Finally, we are requesting that art be presented on more archival substrates, i.e., canvas, linen, wood; with varnished, polished, finely finished pieces to give more impact to the ultimate goal--raising up the arts community with the annual auction. In that vein, we are changing our framing policy as well: We're asking artists to present their work for auction in high-quality, custom frames. We think that will not only give the auction a museum-style quality, but yield higher bids from collectors, thus, a bigger payoff for artists who will this year receive 30 percent of the proceeds from sale of their piece.
We realize these are big changes, but the goal is to improve the overall auction experience in order to increase the benefits for local artists.
And speaking of highlighting the good work of local luminaries, BW is proud to nominate Debi Hedden-Nicely and Carole Skinner for the Women's and Children's Alliance Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN).
Hedden-Nicely is not only head teacher at Marian Pritchett High School, but occupies a special place in BW's heart as one of the paper's founders in 1992. Skinner many will know as the driving force behind The Flicks, Boise's beloved art house theater and all-around cultural institution.
WCA's TWIN honor goes to women who have "excelled in their fields and made significant contributions" to the Treasure Valley community. Now in its 22nd year, the 2014 TWIN luncheon will take place at noon, Thursday, March 13, at the Boise Centre.