Current Events...

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Watercolour for Serious Beginners 

For people who really want

to learn to paint. 

Instructor: Jean Kiegerl

March 4-April 1, 2020

Register Here

Registration deadline is

Feb. 23, with a minimum class size of 10.

Five Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 (two workshops and three coaching sessions)


$300 includes a professional level paint kit of the supplies needed for this course - to keep!

- Plus refundable deposit on textbook - $50, OR
bring your own copy of Watercolour in 10 Steps by Patricia Seligman.

NVCAC membership required ($15/year - online at


Additional workshop information on our page: Visual Arts Resources

Children in Art, Art for Children

Feb 7-Mar 14, 2020


Join us for our Reception

on Friday, Feb 7, 4-7pm



This show is about children and how we inspire them to take their own path-
maybe art, maybe another passion.
Beauty, fun, curiosity...inspiration.
What will be a part of our exhibition?
Could on the wall, mixed media, digital art, 3D offerings, eg sculpture, lego forms, wood models, ceiling hangings, hand crafted toys... Music, stories, quotes to live by...
Stimulate the imagination.
Art OF children, of course...


Musicians in the valley...Alert!


City of Merritt

"2020 Music in the Park"

is looking for musicians!



Thursdays in July-August 

in Spirit Square

Application Deadline:

Feb 14/20

For info and application form

call Leisure Services  250-315-1050


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!


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!

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
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!

Courthouse Gallery  -  Show Schedule 

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

  • 2 Individual Artists Shows 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"


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