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 Festival

2016 Mystery Art Gallery!

  • What Is Mystery Art?


    Mystery Art is an annual exhibit by local and regional artist of all levels. The artwork is donated by the artist and their name and the title of the work is hidden and becomes a mystery. Artwork is displayed in the NorthLight Gallery.

    Throughout the course of the exhibit, interested patrons may bid for artwork in silent auction.  If a piece meets the highest silent auction bid possible it goes to live auction on the night of Mystery Art Fest.  During the live auction patrons make a bid and solve the mystery: which artist created each piece of art.

    The funds from this event enhance our educational programs and help us to continue the promotion of the arts.

  • Schedule of Events

    whodunitAlong with the art auction, Mystery Art encompasses a month-long series of events in the gallery.  These events include:

    Artists’ Reception – Our Mystery Gallery opens with a traditional gallery reception for all the participating artists, their friends and family, and of course super-sleuths too!  This is also when Awards are announced.
    Art On Tap – each Thursday during Mystery Art the gallery will be open late for curious sleuths to seek out clues to who dunnit…. the artwork, that is!
    Gallery Talk – a gallery talk will be held one night during the event: learn more about art and get another chance to bid on the artwork on the walls.
    Mystery Spirits – One Art On Tap will feature “Mystery Spirits”: an opportunity to taste-test a variety of spirits and guess at flavors
    Studio Saturday, Mystery Style – our regular monthly kids’ studio day will be Mystery Art themed during Mystery Art Month
    Mystery Art Fest – This is your big (and final) chance to discover and purchase that special piece of artwork. Silent auction is fierce as the clock counts down 1 hour, and then those specially coveted pieces that make it to live auction go on the auction block.
    Artist Signing Party – The mystery is solved! Now that you know who your mystery artist is, meet them at the Artist Signing Party to get that special piece of art autographed.
  • 2016 Award Winners

    whodunit Each year awards are given in the entry categories.  The following slideshow features the 2016 Awards.  Congratulations to all the winners!

    2016 Mystery Art Award Winners

    2017 Mystery Art Cover Artist

    2017 Mystery Art Cover Artist
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    2017 Mystery Art Cover Artist - "Oval Ruffle Dish" – Sandy McElvain

    We also have slideshows featuring all the 2016 entries and the winners of the 2015 awards.  Click the links to view!

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