FINAL BIDDING FOR 2011 MUNNY SILENT AUCTION IS TONIGHT AT RADIO BOISE PRACTICE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY!

ONLINE BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED – FINAL BIDDING TONIGHT UNTIL 11 P.M. AT RADIO BOISE PRACTICE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY!!!

The Record Exchange is proud to announce our sixth annual MUNNY Silent Auction Fundraiser! This year’s fundraiser is a benefit for Radio Boise (KRBX 89.9 FM), the Treasure Valley’s new community radio station.

The MUNNYs were unveiled at The Record Exchange on First Thursday, Nov. 3, and will remain on display for bidding through Friday, Dec. 2. Then on Saturday, Dec. 3, the MUNNYs will travel to the Empire Building (10th and Idaho streets) for final bidding at Radio Boise’s Practice New Year’s Eve Party (6:30 p.m.).

Bids are in $5 increments (but you may bid more than $5 above the current bid).

Online bidding is once again available this year! Scroll down to bid on specific MUNNYs, all designed locally by some of Boise’s most talented artists! Note: Online bidding ends at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 — 1 hour before the start of the Practice New Year’s Eve Party.

THE MUNNYS

ARTIST: Misty Benson (morbidlyadorable.com)

CURRENT BID: $320

EMAIL YOUR BID HERE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Misty Benson loves all things sweetly spooky, spitefully cute, and most of all, morbidly adorable! She has a penchant for shiny things and stuffed animals that frown much like her newest creation – the Morbidly Adorable Octo-MUNNY! With one tentacled arm she adds pretty coral to her hair while she clutches her beloved one-eyed bear with the other! Remember, here at Morbidly Adorable creations, life leaves us feeling a little haunted but always enchanted. This is a place where beauty borders on strange and the strange is beautiful. Take my hand. Come in and play. Just make sure you leave all rational thoughts at the door.

ARTIST: Karen Bubb (facebook.com/karen.bubb)

CURRENT BID: $50

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Karen Bubb is Public Arts Manager for the Boise City Department of Arts & History and the downtown redevelopment agency. She is also an Affiliate for Boise State University’s (BSU) Centre for Creativity and Innovation in the College of Business and Economics. She has a Masters in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate for Regional and Community Planning from BSU and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Oregon. Bubb works in many mediums, including stained glass, encaustic painting, ceramics, printmaking and collage. Her art is represented in numerous private collections and the permanent collection of the Boise Art Museum.

Artist Statement: Aurora is the Roman goddess of sunrise and is also used as the equivalent of the dawn. This gilded, slyly smiling creature greets friends and foes with her bright, shiny countenance, ready to meet whatever comes at her.

ARTIST: Erin Cunningham (blackhunger.com)

CURRENT BID: $75

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erin Cunningham lives in Boise. She is also known as Ernie Canningclams. Her friends call her Clams, and some call her Big Ern. She is a founding member of Black Hunger Studios. She lives with her wiener dog Tito, who she affectionately calls Sir Poos A Lot. One day she will disappear in a flurry of mist. Until then, she is an artist.

ARTIST: Erica Sparlin Dryden (ericasparlindryden.com)

CURRENT BID: $50

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erica Sparlin Dryden is a photographer, designer and artist. For 20 years, capturing compelling images with a camera has been her calling. Bringing together her other interests into a cohesive career has been her destiny.

Born in Boulder, Colorado, Erica loves to breathe in what life is about. For her, that means art, music, nature, and culture. Erica experienced living in Colorado and New England before moving to Boise. Erica spends her time doing what she loves: dancing, enjoying live music, taking photographs, drawing, painting, design, traveling, exercise and staying connected with family and friends. She is grateful every day for her handsome and amazing husband and their daughter who makes them laugh daily. She and her husband are the creatives of Bandwagon PR and Photography and enjoy every day not being in a cube.

Visit ericasparlindryden.com for more imagery, inspiration and …

ARTIST: Noble Hardesty (facebook.com/drawguerilla)

CURRENT BID: $35

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Noble Hardesty is a contemporary Northwest artist who resides in Boise. Whose main goal is to be as prolific as possible, and is no stranger to clawing up the side of a mountain. Also feels that most things, especially the passionate and special, should be covered in blood.

ARTIST: Wil Kirkman (facebook.com/pages/Rocket-Neon/134116209974027)

CURRENT BID: $175

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Wil Kirkman is a local artist and owner of Rocket Neon in Boise.

ARTIST: Kelly Knopp (knoppart.blogspot.com)

CURRENT BID: $45

EMAIL YOUR BID HERE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kelly Knopp is an artist-illustrator currently residing in Boise, Idaho. His works can be seen in many publications, on skateboards and snowboards as well as occasional art exhibits. Kelly has also illustrated a number of education books for children with autism. As an artist, Kelly has created works for private collections as well as commercial enterprises ranging from painting to graphic design. Kelly specializes in illustration with a passion for creative and often strange subject matters.

ARTIST: James Lloyd (jameslloydprojects.tumblr.com)

CURRENT BID: $45

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ARTIST: Shelley McCarl (shelleymccarl.com)

CURRENT BID: $300

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I am a Boise painter working in pastel and oil, and my usual subjects are panoramic landscapes and still life. I am particularly interested in depicting the play of light, whether it falls on open Idaho desert or on the various textures of objects I set up in a still life. The MUNNY project, which I have participated in for most of the years that The Record Exchange has sponsored it, gives me an opportunity to do something entirely different from my typical painting, and it’s also really fun. My work can be seen on my website, shelleymccarl.com, or by appointment by calling me at (208) 283-4158. — Shelly McCarl

ARTIST: Grant Olsen (facebook.com/pages/Mr-Olsen/109268559105623)

CURRENT BID: $40

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I make things from wool and other animal fibers as well as found objects. I also paint and print and have done a number of public works for the city of Boise and have been included in gallery shows throughout the United States. In 2003, I won a Fellowship Award from the Idaho Commission on the Arts. I also volunteer teaching English and sewing to refugees and I love fostering dogs from the Idaho Humane Society.

Artist Statement: This piece is made from un-spun and un-dyed wool roving from a local sheep farm.

ARTIST: Erik Payne (inkvisiontattoo.com)

CURRENT BID: $80

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erik Payne is a tattoo artist and owner of Inkvision Tattoo studio in Boise. His work can be seen all over the country on various body parts and at inkvisiontattoo.com.

ARTIST: E.J. Pettinger (facebook.com/pages/Mild-Abandon/132564740088842)

CURRENT BID: $80

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

E. J. Pettinger makes the cartoon “Mild Abandon.” See it in Boise Weekly or on Facebook.

ARTIST: Lisa Pisano (ensoartspace.com/artists/lisa-pisano)

CURRENT BID: $100

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Lisa Pisano is a local artist and founding member of Enso Artspace, an artists collective in Garden City. Her work is on view at the exhibition “the nature of things” at Enso until November 11.

ARTIST: Tony Rios (riosart.com)

CURRENT BID: $75

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

I was born at the White Memorial Hospital in 1959, Los Angeles, California. I grew up in South San Gabriel, which was weird because nobody knew where “North San Gabriel” was. I grew up watching my mother oil paint and knew that that is what I wanted to do … well, that and play with my Hot Wheels. So that is what I do. I paint and collect toys. While the majority of my life was spent in California, I also lived in various states and countries such as Arizona, Utah, England and now Idaho. I met my wife of 30 years in England and together we have raised 6 children, 5 girls and 1 boy.

I started out freelance illustrating for 12 years in L.A. Then I got a wild hair and went to work for a company called Wild West Designs doing monumental work and architectural bronze work from 94-96. I then started my own company called Tierra Bronze doing architectural bronze work, custom made ceramic tile back splashes, hotel lobby floors and single field tile. In that time, I had the opportunity to work with award winning designers and architects, such as Naomi Leff, Robert A.M. Stern and Paula Berg, from 93-03. My work can be seen across the United States from Mexico to Wyoming and as far East as New York. I also taught at the Utah Valley State College in ’99, teaching drawing, figure drawing, watercolor and understanding materials. I have had the opportunity to come full circle back to my first passion, drawing and painting.

I don’t attempt to explain my work, it can have more than one meaning. Art is so subjective, and views differ from one person to the next, so I leave it to the viewer to go away with whatever the images mean to them. I very rarely have an agenda or wish to pull the viewer to any opinion or belief of mine. I just hope that there is a reaction of some kind, either you hate the work, are inspired by it, or just laugh, so enjoy. — Tony Rios

ARTIST: Erin Ruiz (erinruiz.com)

CURRENT BID: $230

EMAIL YOUR BID HERE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Erin Ruiz is a freelance artist subsisting on a strict regiment of painting, a lack of sleep, and Ramen noodles. In her younger days, she chose to leave the comfort of hermitage to attend Savannah College of Art and Design, where, 2004, she graduated with an Undergraduate Award and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration. After living in Georgia for three years, she moved back home to Boise, Idaho to pursue a career in the arts. A drawer since birth, painter by trade, she now works in a variety of media of anything from oil paint to ballpoint pen. Her current work masquerades as inviting and soft – oftentimes melancholic, pop surrealistic images rife with subtext and layered with playful undertones of symbolism.

ARTIST: Kendall Vader (facebook.com/kendallvader)

CURRENT BID: $90

EMAIL YOUR BID HERE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Kendall Vader is a local artist who works at Inkvision Tattoo studio in Boise. You can see more of his work at facebook.com/kendallvader or inkvisiontattoo.com.

ARTIST: John Warfel (halfbasquejob.com)

CURRENT BID: $50

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

John Warfel was most definitely born. He works full-time as a graphic designer. When not working, John spends time making small sculptures out of found materials, painting, drawing and having lots of fun and hijinks with his wife and kids. Contact John at john@halfbasquejob.com.

Artist Statement: Boldly going where no MUNNY has gone before. FYI — American flag not to scale.

ARTIST: Ben Wilson (artofbenwilson.blogspot.com)

CURRENT BID: $150

EMAIL YOUR BID HERE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

artofbenwilson.blogspot.com
benwilsonart.com

Artist Statement: Mystery MUNNY says, “Bid on me and receive a Ben Wilson Mystery Tube containing 2 rock posters, 2 original Boise Weekly drawings and 1 art print.” Ben Wilson says: “This year’s MUNNY is merely a gateway to many other visual delights. Though he is not much to look at, the accompanying ‘Mystery Tube’ will hopefully make up for what Mystery MUNNY lacks.”

ARTIST: Sean Wyett (blackcatboise.com)

CURRENT BID: $175

EMAIL YOUR BID HERE

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sean Wyett is the owner and day laborer at Black Cat Tattoo (blackcatboise.com). Despised by many, misunderstood by all. Support brick and mortar businesses. Now BID!

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