Nicola Valley Arts Council

Supporting Arts and Culture in the Nicola Valley

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Bev Veale, a longtime resident of our valley, has been painting, sketching, and carving for decades.

And we have an Exhibition of her art work!


Over 60 pieces- in water based oils, water colour, pencil sketches, and pastels...

On canvases, wood, and cupboard doors, from large to small.


We are gathered a corner of Bev's family photos and paintings, palettes and mementos from Bev's past.


And we know Bev has many friends in the valley, with lots of stories about Bev, her work and passions. So, come on in and share stories.

And enjoy Bev's art work!


Exhibtion from Friday Sept 1-23.

And our reception was on Friday, Sept 8, 4-7pm


More Photos...



Fred Penner Concert

in Merritt on Oct.7! 

Online ticket sales

start August 15

 for the performance on

October 7, 2017  at   2:00 pm  


Get your ticket now and save: 

  Children up to 4 years - $5  
  Children 5-12 years  - $10 
  13 and over - $15

(Last minute - $10/20/20 at the door)


Doors Open at 1:00 (General seating)


Civic Centre,  1950 Mamette Avenue, Merritt BC


Purchase ticket online

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Or - no online access? Paper tickets can be purchased at the office of 

Nicola Valley Community Futures at 2185B Voght Street (front of first floor of City Hall) 

Send questions to

Love to Dance Academy

Fall Dance Program

Register now, classes will start week of Sept. 11. Christmas concert practices will start week of Sept. 18. Variety of dance styles to choose from: Ballet, Modern Jazz, Spanish, Latin Line, Country line, Dance movement. Teeny Tots from age 2 years. Stretch & Strengthen for Golden girls, 60+ years.



Love to Dance Academy

, 1840 Nicola Ave.


Register now, classes will start week of Sept. 11. Christmas concert practices will start week of Sept. 18. Variety of dance styles to choose from: Ballet, Modern Jazz, Spanish, Latin Line, Country line, Dance movement. Teeny Tots from age 2 years. Stretch & Strengthen for Golden girls, 60+ years. FMI or

Nicola Valley Community Arts Council

Notice of

Special General Meeting

September 20, 2017 @ 7pm

Location 2185 Voght St (Community Room)

Agenda : (click on link below for documents)

Members are asked to attend.


Next Open Mic Night


Thursday, Sept. 21

7 to 9 pm

Kekuli Cafe

Sign-up 6:30 pm

max 10 minutes per performance


Music, spoken word...


What has the Arts Council done for you lately?


Actually, we have been working really hard!

Find out all about it in our Mid-Year Report as presented to Merritt City Council on June 27. You might be surprised at all the interesting events in our valley.

If you have a particular interest or skill to share, just contact us and see how to get involved in making this a great community. 

Coming Events...

 “LION”  Rated G is coming to Merritt!

Film Night:  Mon., Sept 18 at 7 pm at NVIT LECTURE THEATRE


Nicola Valley Film Society presents “LION”  Rated G on Monday, September 18th at 7:00 pm at the NVIT LECTURE THEATRE.  Tickets are $5.00 at the Door and Memberships for the 6 films in the 2017/18 season are $2.00.  At this screening Season Tickets are available.  Parking is FREE and there is no food or drink allowed in the theatre. 

For more info phone 378 3974

Season Schedule:

OCTOBER 16TH   2017:   “MAUDIE”  Rated:  PG   (Canada/Ireland  2016)

NOVEMBER:  20TH  2017:  “THEIR FINEST”   14A  (United Kingdom  2016)

JANUARY  15TH   2018:  “A MAN CALLED OVE”  PG  ( Sweden  2016)

FEBRUARY  19TH   2018:   “LAND OF MINE”  Rated: 14A   (Denmark/ Germany  2015)

MARCH 12TH  2018:  “THE GLASS CASTLE”  Rated PG    (USA  2017)

Ekphrastic Art Show exciting new show at the Courthouse

The Courthouse Arts Gallery will host the FAN exhibition from Sept 28 to Oct 28th.


Reception Sept 28 2-7pm

24 Ekphrastic artists will be in attendance 2-4pm


The Fibre Art Network (FAN) is a western Canadian co-op arts group dedicated to promoting fibre as an art form. 


(Poster coming)


More info


 Art in the Park at the Garlic Festival in Lower Nicola - Sept 23,24


 "A Grand Affair"  

October 21, a Gala Evening on the theme of  

'Black and White with a Touch of Red'



- 25th Anniversary of our beautiful Grand Piano,

- 35th Anniversary of the NVCAC, and

- Canada 150.


The auditorium will be set up with round tables for eight.

Tickets: $50 (includes tax receipt for $30 donation)

 available soon. 

Oh, you just missed...

Bluebird Coffee House!

Saturday night, Sept 16, 7-10pm


We are looking forward to a fun event this Saturday! 

And we hope you will join us!


Denise and Al, our house band, will perform and host the event.


Willard, Quade , and Anna-Marie are our musical guests for the evening's country music theme.


We are expecting guests from the Netherlands! And they are line dance fans! So we have Lizette Nel, of the Love to Dance Academy joining us to lead some line dancing.

Of course we hope to enjoy our Dutch visitors and their line dancing!


We will provide savoury and sweet plates, with choices of (non-alcoholic) beverages. Coffee, of course!


Come join us!


Paint-In Days at

Corbett Lake Lodge

Plein Aire Paint-ins were great!

Maybe we should do it again next summer!

The first two sessions were spectacular days - see the  photos here.  We find our favourite view and paint from 10 am to 4 pm with luncheon served at noon in the Lodge. Online registration for specific days or all. Book early next summer.


Two Art Scholarships for Fall 2017 

In Recognition of the Canada 150 Celebrations, the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council will provide two $150 Scholarships to deserving youth who are participating in art and cultural programs, classes, lessons or workshops in the community during this calendar year. 

These scholarships will be awarded by the Arts Council in September.  Deadline to apply August 31, 2017.  Activities must take place before December 31, 2017. For more information contact Chelsea at 


For the Press Release, with more info...

 Art Walk Artists' Show!

Courthouse Arts Gallery

Aug 3rd-Aug 31st 


We have gathered art from Merritt Art Walk artists for our August Show!

It gives art lovers more time to enjoy the art that has been all around town in July.

We welcomed

Georgina Beatty

Janelle Gage

Leonard George

Faye Gustafson

Joan Jennings

Jean Kiegerl

Lakeshore Creations

Diane Lavoie

Michelle Lonsdale

Anya McVean

Silvia Rosenfelder-Schechtel

Gale Simpson

Spotted Horse Studio

Deb Towers

Bruce Walter

Chelsea Werrun

Hope you came by for a visit!



The Coffee House Crew  put on our third

Coffee House!

It was once again at the Country Music Hall of Fame...


Saturday, August 19 7:00-10:00 pm

Who's played...


Denise and Al 

Robert Bertrand

Paul Thomson


To hear these established and talented performers, check out our videos on the CMHF Facebook page!



Photos from the First Open Mic Night at Kekuli Cafe 


August 10 - what a great night!


Music, storytelling, poetry, and a surprise performance by Murray Porter, Juneau Award winner! 

Day Two  of our Art in the Park this year -  July 1

This is a special program at Central Park  in conjunction with July 1 with Canada Day. It is sponsored by NVCAC to encourage artists to show what they do and to engage with children to encourage interest and participation in visual arts. The "Stick Man" Challenge Art Trading Cards and more...

Day One of our  Art in the Park this year - June 21

 This is a special program at Rotary Park June 21 in conjunction with Aboriginal Days and July 1 with Canada Day.  

Website Banner Art by Shirley Reynolds

Thanks, Shirley!