The mission of the Arts Council is to nurture and strengthen the artistic, cultural, and educational quality of the community and surrounding areas.

Mystery Art Fest

What is Mystery Art Fest?

-Mystery Art is an annual exhibit and auction by local and regional artists of all levels.
-Artwork is donated by the artist and their name is hidden and becomes a mystery.
-On the first day of the exhibit, artwork is judged and awards are given.
-Artwork is then displayed in the NorthLight Gallery for 3 to 4 weeks in autumn.
-At the end of the exhibit, artwork is auctioned at Mystery Art Fest Auction Night.

Click the links below or scroll down the page to learn more!
How Does It Work?
When Does All This Happen?
Who Are The Award-Winners This Year?
How Do I See The Artwork?
Can I See Award-Winners From Other Years?

 

How does it work?

Step 1:   Artists from all over the region and beyond donate art that is 8″ x 10″ (see artist guidelines here).
Step 2:   Artwork is exhibited in the NorthLight Gallery and awards are made.
Step 3:   Throughout the exhibit we have many fun evening events (see the full calendar here).
Step 4:   During the exhibit patrons bid on artwork by silent auction using Proxy Bids (online here or on paper in the gallery).
Step 5:   On Auction Night, the gallery is open for a competitive hour of silent auction bidding.
Step 6:   If a piece meets the highest silent auction bid possible, it goes to the live auction.
Step 7:   During the live auction patrons make a bid and solve the mystery: who created their newly-purchased art?

 

When does all this happen?

Along with the art auction, Mystery Art encompasses a month-long series of events in the gallery. (For a complete listing of dates and deadlines, please click here.)

 

Who are the award-winners this year?

These people won the following awards in 2017. Congratulations!

2018 Mystery Art Cover Artist

2018 Mystery Art Cover Artist
#57 “Growin’ Up Country”
Emily Fossum

2019 Home and Garden Featured Artist

2019 Home and Garden Featured Artist
#230 “Closed Heart”
Trish Jones

Best of Show

Best Of Show
#115 “Eclipse”
Glen Bacus

Best Abstract

Best Abstract
#236 “Let Your Spirit Soar”
Jerry Nabors

Best Animal

Best Animal
#076 “Siblings”
Grace Kline

Best Floral

Best Floral
#080 “Blown Away”
Patty Nabors

Best Landscape

Best Floral
#248 “Jackson Hole Wy”
Beth Prichard

Best Persona

Best Persona
#055 “Femme Fatal”
Jeffrey Sweatt

Best Sculpture

Best Sculpture
#141 “Sunrise”
Kathy Smyers

Best Still Life

Best Still Life
#250 “Red Pitcher”
Teresa Matney

Best Symbolism

Best Symbolism
#048 “Sunflower Angel”
Kristine Thueson

Judge's Choice

Judge’s Choice
#263 “Happy Mother’s Day”
Linda Addison

 

How do I see the artwork online?

Click here to see ALL the 2017 Mystery Art on one page or scroll through the slideshow below to browse. (NOTE: clicking the “All Artwork” link may be very slow to load as it has over 320 images on it!)

001 - Sunset and Sunflowers

001 - Sunset and Sunflowers
Picture 1 of 322

 

Can I see the award winners from other years?

Yes! Click this link to view award winners from 2016 and 2015.