Current Events...

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 Annual General Meeting 

Oct. 23, 7 pm at the Old Courthouse


Here is your very own chance

to help "Build Community through the Arts"

 Arts and culture makes our Nicola Valley fun and interesting for residents and visitors.

Be part of the action!


Find the Meeting documents here.




The Mayor's Gala for the Arts

The Gala on Sept. 28 was sold out!   See the photos online here:

Merritt Herald and  Merritt Gala 2019 and the NVCAC Facebook pages. 


Special thanks to all the Sponsors whose financial support not only made the Gala happen, but ensured that the Arts Council will be able to collaborate on projects, events and programs  with even more community groups in town in the coming months.


We would love to hear your feedback. Email your comments and suggestions to Compliments look great in our grant applications and suggestions will improve any future events. 

Nicola Valley Arts Gallery

1840 Nicola Ave (Old Courthouse)


Fractured Reflections

Oct 11-Nov 9/19


Fred Tomlin works with wood and mirrors for a stunning display of work-for-sale and pieces from private collections...


Come and join us for the Reception this Friday, October 11, 4-7pm



Our Ongoing  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


Check our NV Arts Gallery Facebook page!


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
MUSIC CIRCLE AT THE COURT HOUSE ART GALLERY  - 6:30 PM on 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!

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.

Courthouse Gallery  -  Show Schedule 

Plans in the works for shows right through to 2020!

  • October-November  "Fractured Reflections" with Fred Tomlin
  • November-December "Winter Artisan"
  • January  Wait and see
  • February Community Art Show - Theme to be announced
  • 3 Shows booked for the spring! 

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

Or email

Other Community Events

October 17, 7 pm, Library
Nicola Valley Museum & Archives Author Talk at
7 pm, October 17,1675 Tutill Court 
Once Well Beloved . . .
Remembering a British Columbia Great War Sacrifice,
by Michael Sasges.
This book profiles 12 of the 44 Nicola Valley men who died soldiering in the First World War and who are memorialized on the Merritt cenotaph. 

October 25, 7 pm, CMHF

Country Music Hall of Fame hosts


Johnny & June Tribute Show

with Doug Thoms and Kyrst Hogan


Friday October 25, Doors open at 7 pm

Snacks and Cash Bar


Tickets at the Hall of Fame, 2025B Quilchena Ave

or call 250 378-9569 or 378-5957 

 Nov. 13, 20, 27, 6 pm, Library

Merritt Public Library - Guest Speaker series   sponsored by the TNRD


Peter Clark on

"Energy Transitions, Materials and the Future of Humankind"

Wednesdays - Nov. 13, 20, 27          6:00-7:45 pm

Are you a writer or aspiring author?

Have you started collecting ideas and want some feedback?

Come chat with the TNRL Library's first writer in residence, Deryn Collier! Deryn will be visiting the Merritt Library on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to offer meetings and give a presentation. Call to book a 30 min. appointment with Deryn between 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Deryn will also be offering a lively, multimedia presentation, The Aunt June Files: Turning Family History into Fiction, at 6 p.m. To find out more and to book your appointment, call the Merritt Library at 250-378-4737 or visit ,  


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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