Nicola Valley Arts Council is temporarily closing

the Courthouse Gallery and Art Space, and all Programs and Events.



Check back for changes to these new "social distancing" protocols.

We will continue posting inspiring and creative ideas

on our Instagram and Facebook.

"The Nicola Valley Community Arts Council is here to play a role in helping the immediate efforts in sustaining the vital healthcare and safety of our people and emergency care.


With the COVID-19 situation intensifying, we want to be in communication with you."



The old Courthouse Arts Gallery, Shop, and Arts Space are temporarily closed until Apr 2.



Ongoing Programs (Fibre Lovers, Merritt Drum Connection, Ukulele Circle and Art Buds)

are postponed.

Open Mic is cancelled for now.

A word on COVID-19 and our temporary closure

The Nicola Valley Community Arts Council is here to play a role in helping the immediate efforts in sustaining the vital healthcare and safety of our people and emergency care. With the COVID-19 situation intensifying, we want to be in communication with you.

As the risk to British Columbians is affirmed at the highest level, health authorities are strongly advocating the use of “social distancing” as a way to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, and calling on all community organizations to seek out alternatives to large social gatherings.

We believe in the power of gathering face-to-face; but we also believe in protecting our community for the greater good! These are extraordinary circumstances, and after deliberation, and discussions with our community partners, NVCAC has decided to make some temporary, but significant changes to our programming.

NVCAC Headquarters, the old Courthouse Arts Gallery at 1840 Nicola Avenue will close temporarily until Thursday, April 2nd. All programming, art classes, music meet ups, including Merritt Drum Connection, Ukulele Circle, will be suspended until at least April 2nd, while Open Mic at the Kekuli Café will be postponed, and hopefully resume on Friday, April 17th.

Your NVCAC Board cares deeply about your health, and the safety of the broader community, and feel it is more important than ever to find ways to connect and celebrate creativity, culture, conversation, and community. Please stay tuned for ways you can engage the creative mind for your personal wellbeing.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to building our collective creative future!

Onwards and upwards, together,

Directors of your Nicola Valley Community Arts Council

***Hoping to re-open on Thursday, April 2 ***

Current Events...

To see what's going on in town, or what has been cancelled or postponed, go to Tourism Merritt's  Weekly Calendar of Events 

Also check Q101's daily heads up.

Are you on a mobile device?  Scroll down to see hot buttons for donations, memberships and tickets.

The Nicola Valley Arts council is currently discussing

how we can interact with our creative arts community.


For instance, artist Jean Kiegerl has taken her current Watercolour class online, using Facebook.


Stay tuned for more info!

Upcoming Events and Programs

Please check back for updates on events put on by the community!

Thank you!

Merritt Dance Society and Love to Dance's Yard Sale, March 28, is postponed.

Home Routes Concerts, scheduled for March 25 and April 22nd, are cancelled.



Check back

for upcoming programs,

like Art Buds in April!


Look for our new Arts Programs in the Spring-Summer Recreation Guide.


April Art Buds Program

currently postponed!

Our Ongoing  Programs

Courthouse Gallery Artisan Shop

Temporarily closed...

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


Check our NV Arts Gallery Facebook page!


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.

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

Merritt Drum Connection
Postponed for now!
6:30 PM on Tuesdays!
Contact Raven to register at (250) 318-0963
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!

Fibre Lovers and Merritt Ukulele Circle are postponed.

April/May Show postponed, pending new NVCAC decisions...

Courthouse Gallery  -  Show Schedule 

Plans in the works for shows right through to the end of 2020!

  • Mar-April Sun Valley Art with Robert Moretti and Lin Butler Buchanan
  • May SD58 High School Art Show
  • June Individual Artists Show booked for the spring! 
  • Community Show "Bees" for the summer
  • September Community Show (theme to be announced)
  • Fall Individual Artists Show
  • 2020 Winter Artisan Show

If you are interested in having a show at the Nicola Valley Arts Gallery, come see us!

Or email

Other Community Events

Arts Events in the Community? Music? Performing Arts? Let us know!

Check here...

The Nicola Valley Arts Interviews

By Catherine Oborne   A 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    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 community blogging website, Experience Nicola Valley, showcases what is happening in Merritt.  Jano Howarth and more local writers write about arts and culture in the valley....

You know artist Fred Tomlin? Read about his Gallery show in the blog by Jano Howarth: Fine Woodworking in "Fractured Reflections"- Art in Merritt, BC

Past blogs:

Check out the Art of Sound Blog post from last February, featuring several of the 25 artists  Read more...

And catch up on the 2019 shows, since Art of Sound!  "Merritt and Nicola Valley Art Shows"


Did you miss something?

Check our past events...