Current Events...

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Join us for a "Big Band" Gala  - the Mayor's Gala for the Arts on Sept 28!

The Mayor's Gala for the Arts

Get ready to Swing Dance!  Join us Sept 28 at the Merritt Civic Centre for an evening of dining and dancing.

More information on the Merritt Gala 2019 page and Facebook page.


Sponsorship and Tickets:




Communities are sustained and improved through arts programs and participation. This year the Mayor's Gala for the Arts has sparked collaboration among local organizations. The Arts Council is using the funds raised from Gala ticket sales to support a range of community arts programs this summer.
Chair Walk -  artistically modified chairs displayed in 15 businesses and sold by a lively month-long silent auction in July. The resulting funds were split between the NV Theatre Society and the Arts Council. Special thanks t all our local business sponsors and to Shirley Reynolds for creating this successful program!
Chair Walk Jeopardy - Know your local history? 15 questions were placed with the Chairs and a winner drawn from completed contest sheets. Congratulations our contest winner: Janet Roth, who received the $50 prize and dedicated her $150 charity portion to the Love to Dance AcademyThanks to Merritt Museum & Nlaka'Pamux for the trivia questions and to Nlaka'Pamux for handling the entries.
Nicola Valley Fall Fair - Photography -  winners of the Photography sections will be displayed at the Courthouse Arts Galley in September and at the Gala.
Country Hall of Fame  - Showcase of local musicians - Sept 13 "Fans' Choice" event.  $15 cover charge, Cash prizes.   Don't miss it. 

Art in the Park is back!


Sponsored by the

Nicola Valley Community Arts Council


Sept 28-29

12:30-2:30 Art activities for kids


Lower Nicola Garlic Festival

in Smith Pioneer Park

What a great idea - a databank

of the talented residents in this area! 

We can find others with our special interests in town

and start some new activities .

Art, music, knitting, wood carving, anything!

Beginners to experts!

 For more information and to become part of this innovative NVCAC project, see our Talent Network page.

Ongoing Events and Programs

Courthouse Gallery Artisan Shop

Courthouse Gallery Shop! 

The Artisans show their wares in the Gallery!

Weavings, jewelry, local creams, wooden bowls, pottery, honey...

We also have a selection of art cards by our local artists.  

Thursday to Saturday 12-6pm

Open Mic Night, an NVCAC program funded by donation - special thanks to our fans and donors!

Open Mic Night!  at Kekuli Cafe

Fridays -7 to 9 pm

 Music, Spoken Word...Sign-up 6:30 pm

                               Max 10 minutes per sign up performance

Featured artists weekly! Check who's featured this week...


Merritt Drum Connection
June 1st - Free Drum Circle at the Nicola Valley Farmer's Market 2240 Voght St.
June 4th and June 11th - MUSIC CIRCLE AT THE COURT HOUSE ART GALLERY  - 6:30 PM on these Tuesdays! Contact Raven to register at (250) 318-0963 or
These circle times involve time for play, skills, songs, and intention setting. It's a relaxed easy going play time. Hope you can join us!   Click here to check out the Merritt Drum Connection Facebook Page!

Coming Events...

NVCAC Meeting Schedule:

- Board meeting - Aug. 26, 7 pm at the Old Courthouse

- Board meeting - Oct. 7,  7 pm at the Old Courthouse 

- Annual General Meeting - TBA (week of Oct. 21-24)

Courthouse Gallery  -  Show Schedule 

Plans in the works for shows right through to 2020!

So far in 2019: 

  • August "Upcycle" "Community Show
  • September "Gala for the Arts"
  • October-November  In Progress
  • November-December "Winter Artisan" 

The Nicola Valley Arts Interviews

By Catherine Oborne   A new series of conversations with local creative people to inspire imagination

 Robert Bertrand

I was born and raised in Cape Breton....Music is my first ‘Art', and painting is a close second.  Finger picking inspiration came from John Fahey, and Leo Kottke.    Read more...

Pius Chong

“You can be creative in whatever you happen to be:  In your state of life, in whatever you're doing.”


Cassandra Dolen

Who were her creative influences?  
My artist life grows out of my spiritual life....We all admire other artists work and everything we love becomes incorporated into our own style eventually of course, Van Gogh skies or Emily Carr cedars, but my biggest inspiration is not a human. Read more.

Arts and Culture Blog Posts

The local communal website, Experience Nicola Valley, showcases what is happening in Merritt.  Jano Howarth and more local writers write about arts and culture in the valley....check out the Art of Sound Blog post, featuring several of the 25 artists on Experience Nicola Valley   Read more...


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