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?


How does it work?

Step 1:   Artists from all over the region and beyond donate art that is 8″ x 10″


You can also pick up registration forms and guidelines at The Kemp!

Step 2:   Artwork is exhibited in the NorthLight Gallery and awards are made.
Step 3:   Throughout the exhibit we have many fun evening events (full calendar coming soon).
Step 4:   During the exhibit patrons bid on artwork by silent auction.
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 over three weeks of FREE events in the gallery.

October 4 – 5:30pm
After Hours Artwalk: Exhibit Open To The Public
Be the first to view the exhibit and visit other local art hot spots downtown for a community-wide celebration.

October 11 – 5:30pm
Art On Tap: Artists’ Reception
Join the artists as we celebrate their achievements and make some bids on your favorite pieces.

October 18 – 5:30pm
Art On Tap: Mystery Spirits
Sample champagne, spirits and treats while perusing hundreds of pieces of art.

October 25 – 5:30pm
Art On Tap: Gallery Talk
Meet Steve Hilton, a ceramic artist and professor at MSU. Enjoy a few brews, visit with other art-lovers, and make your bid on pieces in the gallery.

October 26
Mystery Art Fest and Live Auction
6:30pm Silent auction open for ONE HOUR (and bidding is fierce).
7:30pm Live auction begins on the highest-bid pieces. Unlock the mystery and discover the artist behind the art.


Who were the award-winners last year?

Last year’s Cover Artist Award winner was Emily Fossum.  Congratulations, Emily!  Her work will be featured on the print invitation for the event this year.

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


How do I see the artwork online?

Artwork for 2018 will be available online after October 4!