What is Mystery Art Fest?
- Mystery Art is an annual exhibit and auction of works 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 weeks
- At the end of the exhibit, artwork is auctioned at Mystery Art Fest Auction Night
How does it work?
Step 1: Artists from all over the region and beyond donate art that is 8″ x 10″
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.
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 pieces with a maximum bid. Unlock the mystery and discover the artist behind the art.
Can I see this year’s artwork?
Yes! Click the link to see all the artwork submitted this year.
How do I bid on artwork?
You can bid on artwork in person in the gallery during all open hours. Ask at the front desk or in the gallery for assistance in getting a bid number and bidding stickers.
If you can’t get to the gallery during the exhibit but would like to make a bid, we can also take online bids. Please click the link below to complete the online bid form. (We will make every effort to log your online bid in a timely manner, but please be aware that online bidding is slower than in-person bidding and we can’t guarantee that an online bid will be placed before an in-person bid is posted. It is highly recommended that you make an in-person bid if at all possible.)
Who won this Year’s Awards?
This year’s award winners will be posted after the October 11 Artist Reception!