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 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?


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 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!

2019 Mystery Art Cover Artist
Heavy Metal Love
Laura Gillis


2020 Home & Garden Featured Artist
Best Symbolism
Fly Fishin’
Cynthia Westbrook

250-2018 Beep-Beep-- A View-Master Presentation
Best of Show
Beep Beep- A View Master Presentation
Larry Hamilton

242-2018 Frog on a Leaf

Youth Best of Show
Frog on a Leaf
Vy Tran

217-2018 Portrait Of Jason
Best Portrait
Juror’s Choice
Portrait of Jason
Sharon Gibson

249-2018 A Bucolic Region of Amarillo
Best Landscape
A Bucolic Region of Amarillo
Larry Hamilton

075-2018 Party Girl
Best Abstract
Party Girl
Cynthia Procknow

125-2018 Shadow
Best Floral
Rae Paris

056-2018 The Studio
Best Still Life
The Studio
Tom Biggs

124-2018 Cuckoo Bird
Best Animal
Cookoo Bird
Laura Gillis

234-2018 Texas Summer
Juror’s Choice
Texas Summer
Lori Kirwin

190-2018 200 Meeting
Juror’s Choice
2:00 Meeting
Glen Bacus