Current Events...

To see what's going on in town go to Tourism Merritt's  Weekly Calendar of 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:

No tickets available after Sept 21 so the chef knows how much food to prepare and the reserved seating can be mapped.


Wondering what's for dinner?

- barbecued beef, with vegetarian alternative 

- roasted potatoes and fall vegetables

- salad, bread basket and choice of two desserts (one is gluten free)


Let us know when you get your tickets if you prefer the vegetarian/gluten-free choices so we can make sure we have enough available.

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...
Nicola Valley Fall Fair - Photography 
Winners of the Photography categories will be displayed at the Courthouse Arts Gallery in September and at the Gala.
Past events: Chair Walk, Fan's Choice at CMHF

Nicola Valley Arts Gallery Show


Swing Into Fall!

September 13 - October 5


Reception Friday, September 20th, 4-7pm


Come and see:

  • Fall Fair Photography Exhibition Winners
  • Get-In-the-Mood for Fall Art
  • Swing Dance Display!


Art work, photography, and memorabilia

by several of our local artists and members!

Bev Veale, Robert Moretti, Wyatt Collins, Judy Young, Dave Barber, Jennifer Artibise

And Diane Wandler, Cindilla Trent, Barb Sayles, Bev Sidnick...

Art in the Park is back!


Sponsored by the

Nicola Valley Community Arts Council


Sept 28-29, 2019


Art activities for kids


Lower Nicola Garlic Festival

in Smith Pioneer Park

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. The BC Provincial Museum is the publisher, and the Nicola Valley Museum is the sponsor of the author talk.

Look for new programs coming for the Fall!

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


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!

Coming Events...


NVCAC Meeting Schedule:


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!

  • 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

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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