Supporting Arts and Culture in the Nicola Valley

Time to renew your membership for 2019

Current Events...

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

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Art of Sound:

The Creative Expression of Sound Through Sound and Art Mediums


Well attended Reception on  Friday, Feb 1, 2019

There was a lot of music, sound, and chat during the Reception as over twenty local artists displayed instruments, interactive dioramas, and art.


Enjoy this exhibition - until Mar 2, 2019

Thursday to Saturday, 12-6pm

Courthouse Gallery - 1840 Nicola Ave


Feb 27, Wednesday

For Art and Souls Related

'Singing Bowls, Drums, and More Sounds"

with Gale Simpson and Friends


Shari Ulrich Concert

Merritt Civic Centre

7:30 pm   Friday March 2nd,  doors open 7:00

$25.00  General Admission         
Youth and Students:   $20.00
Auditorium seating  ( ie:   Not cabaret style.)
Tickets online here:  Online Ticket Purchase


Tickets will also be available at Blacks Pharmacy in late February. 

Community Futures Nicola Valley presents


Community Engagement Fair

for local Non-Profit Organizations and Groups

Sat. March 23, 10 am-4 pm

Merritt Civic Centre 

Free admission


Meet your local volunteer leaders and

help make your community a wonderful place to live.


To book a table ($10) - email

And here comes another great idea!   

Nicola Valley Talent Network

A databank of the talented residents in this area!

More information here on what it will be and

how to become part of this amazing NVCAC project.

Love to Dance Academy has moved!


Look for them on Quilchena West,

 right to the centre of our community.


Best wishes and congrats on finding a dance floor the right size!

Ongoing Events and Programs

Courthouse Gallery Shop, an NVCAC program, run by a group of artisans

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. 


Come on by and check out the beautiful handcrafted items for sale. 

Thursday to Saturday 12-6pm

Open Mic Night, a self sufficient NVCAC program, by donation

Open Mic Night!

 Music, Spoken Word...

Fridays...7 to 9 pm

Kekuli Cafe

Sign-up 6:30 pm

                               Max 10 minutes per sign up performance

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


Creative Planning and Relaxation, an NVCAC program, with Jano Howarth

Art Buds, an art program for children, with Renee Hartwig Bauwens

Now in its early spring program, which is full up.


To get on a waiting list for the possible late spring program, contact Renee.

Coming Events...

Courthouse Arts Gallery Shows

Courthouse Gallery

Show Schedule


Feb 1-Mar 2 Community Show Art of Sound

March 8-30 Living Legends, Evelyn Armstrong, Doug Strand, Pius Chong, and Jackie Stibbards

April 4-27 Michelle Lonsdale

May 2-11 SD58 Arts Festival

Plans in the works for shows right through to 2020!


Arts Interviews

The Nicola Valley Arts Interviews

By Catherine Oborne 

A new series of conversations with local creative people in the Nicola Valley, designed to inspire imagination


Things to Know About Robert Bertrand, the Musician/Painter


CO - Interviewer Catherine Oborne

RB - Robert Bertrand

CO- Robert, tell us who influenced you.

RB- I was born and raised in Cape Breton.  My mom & dad were artists; musical & visual. My mom sang and my dad played the accordion, painted & worked with wood...



The Nicola Valley Arts Interviews

By Catherine Oborne 

A new series of conversations with local creative people in the Nicola Valley, designed to inspire imagination

Recently we sat down with artist Cassandra Dolen to discuss who were her creative influences....

Read more.

Arts and Culture Blog Posts

On the Experience Nicola Valley local communal website, Jano Howarth and more local writers write about arts and culture in the valley....

Art of Sound Blog post, featuring several of the 25 artists, and their submissions...


On Experience Nicola Valley, showcasing what is happening in Merritt.


For the month of February 2019, the Courthouse Arts Gallery is ringing with the sounds of singing bowls, Djembe drums, vinyl records, wooden flutes, Leonard George rattles, handmade stringed instruments, and original songs.

Even the art on the wall seems filled with sound and music!



Libby Dybikowski

on Experience Nicola Valley


When asked about the challenges she has encountered in pursuing her art, Libby talks about the importance of pleasing herself when she paints and not being affected by the opinions of others.

She believes that art stretches society, that it can help you see the world in a different way. “Bigger and better…bigger skies, deeper oceans.”


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