Mystery Art Fest

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

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


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?

You can download the 2019 Artist Submission Packet HERE: MysteryArt2019_ArtistSubmissionPacket


When does all this happen?

Along with the art auction, Mystery Art encompasses over three weeks of FREE events in the gallery.

Check back for updates on all our other Mystery Art events!


Can I see this year’s artwork?

Yes! All artwork is listed here:2019 Mystery Art Exhibit


How do I bid on artwork?

You can bid on artwork in person in the gallery during all open hours by creating a Proxy Bid.  Ask at the front desk or in the gallery for assistance. If you can’t get to the gallery during the exhibit but would like to make a bid, we can also take proxy bids over the phone. Please call The Kemp at 940-767-2787. Proxy bids are posted the day before the final auction event in the order they were received.

Silent Auction bidding officially begins on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 pm!


Who won this year’s awards?

Awards have been made and will be posted after October 10. But you can see which pieces have won by stopping by the gallery today!