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Valentine for AIDS Is Still Going Strong in Year 26


If your dearly beloved is an artsy type, there's no better place to score a (slightly belated) Valentine's Day gift this year than at Valentine for AIDS, Flying M Coffeehouse's annual love-themed silent art auction. In addition to bringing out more than 250 of the Treasure Valley's best artists across all mediums—contributions in past years have ranged from textiles and jewelry to paintings and sculptures—the fundraiser has donated nearly half a million dollars to local programs dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy since it got its start in 1993. This year, proceeds will once again benefit the Safety Net for AIDS Program (SNAP), which helps people living with HIV/AIDS pay for housing, groceries, utilities and medical insurance.

Though a list of artists hasn't been specifically announced—their work will appear on the walls of the downtown Boise Flying M for bidding starting Thursday, Feb. 7—local painter Suzanne Lee Chetwood has already offered a sneak peak of the acrylic painting she plans to donate on her Instagram (@suzanneleechetwood). Called "Snow Love," it depicts snow-covered mountains in monochrome blue, and has, according to the artist, 13 hearts hidden in the snow. Meanwhile on her own Instagram (@darcynutt), Chalice Tattoo Studio Owner Darcy Nutt previewed a very different painting, which centers on a dagger thrust through a realistic, blood-red heart. Those two works are just a taste of the pieces to come.

The auction will close at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17, giving collectors 10 days to scope out the selection. Stop by Flying M during business hours (9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday) to stake a claim on your favorites.