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Our Stan on Our Covers

Readers respond to BW's cover art.


Each week, Boise Weekly Circulation Manager Stan "The Man" Jackson--along with our beloved distribution crew--delivers hot-off-the-press editions of BW to hundreds of locations across the Treasure Valley. Jackson, who is always easy-going, friendly and professional, has worked for BW for nearly 20 years and for many of the businesses and stores that carry BW, he is the face of the BW. He is also the eyes and ears for us back here at the BWHQ, so we asked him what people have said about some of this year's Boise Weekly covers.

Please join us Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Visual Arts Collective for our 12th annual Cover Art Auction. The auction starts promptly at 6 p.m., cover is $5.

"Remnants of Former Greatness" by Eli Craven features a hooded sweatshirt, though apparently given shape by a human body, with a bouquet of flowers in place of a face. Readers told Jackson it reminded them of the rebirth of spring, a vacuum or a snowboarder at Bogus Basin.

"Possibilities," an oil and acrylic painting on canvas by Bob Edgerly, depicts a peacock, proudly displaying his plumage. Readers told Jackson they loved the blues, greens and yellows that gave the cover its vibrant, standout quality. As is easy with Jackson, the conversation turned to a larger discussion: why the peahen--the female peacock--has such a dull color scheme. If you're curious, the answer is that peacocks (like most birds, only more so) woo with their plumage, and the peahens choose their mates based on extravagance.

"The Storm," a mixed acrylic and oil pastel work by Storie Grubb, combines a sense of line reminiscent of children's book illustrations with images of the London Blitz. Sandwiched between an unsuspecting town and waves of bombers is a white elephant. Some viewers caught a whiff of political allegory, others responded to the color scheme and surreal imagery--a few told Jackson it reminded them of Dante's "Inferno." This cover appeared nearly a month before a shutdown curtailed most of the federal government's routine operations, adding an air of mystery to this potentially political work.

JanyRae Seda's "Boise Bicycle" has an autumnal color pallette: casual reds, pastel yellows and creams, blacks mottled by overlaid color. Readers told Jackson they appreciated the artistic merit of Seda's work, and how some were reminded of childhoods in the 1950s. It's an homage to one of Boise's favorite pastimes and, as it came on the heels of the second of two cyclists' deaths in Boise, it serves as a memorial to them as well.