Visual Arts Resources

There are many visual artists in the Nicola Valley, working in a variety of media.

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Local Resources

Merritt Public Library

  • Art magazines The Library handles the subscriptions funded by the NVCAC. The magazines are kept for 3 years so back issues are available to library card holders.  Current subscriptions include: Artist’s Magazine, Southwest Art, Watercolor Artist, Canadian Art, American Art Collector, Galleries West, International Artist, Arabella, and Magazin’Art. To contribute to this program, donate by cash or cheque to the Arts Council and  direct your donation to the “Art Magazine Program.”
  • Zinio is an online magazine subscription service carried by the TNRD Library and some art magazines are available.
  • Interlibrary Loans – books can be ordered from anywhere in the province through this program.Other art magazines can be accessed through the TNRD Library’s Zumio subscription.
  • Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale – watch for ads and flyers, this is a good opportunity to find book treasures for a dollar or two.


Online “Art as a Business” Resources:

  • Professional Guidelines for the Arts and Crafts Community – an amazing online collection of practical information, sample forms, contracts, etc created by artist Harriete Bergman.
  • Fine Art Tips by Lori McNee – a blog and collection of how-to painting and business information
  •  had a variety of free and paid resources, including a blog, an email signup for weekly tips and various study programs for artists in business.
  •  has a set of very practical short essays on art as a business – good informative advice.
  • Painter’s Keys – Robert and Sara Genn’s website – sign-up for twice-weekly email essays for artists, videos, great archives and art quotes,


Opportunities to exhibit your work

  •  Check the Artist Calls page on this website for local events that exhibit artwork.
  • Apply to the Courthouse Art Gallery for a solo or small group show – application forms are on the Courthouse Art Gallery page.


Attend a Workshop


Online Resources for the Visual Arts...


Art Tutor...Create Beautiful Artwork That Makes People Smile

Worth checking out!

Learn how to paint winter trees with Geoff Kersey. This video comes from Geoff's watercolour painting tutorial of Ashness Bridge in the Lake District.

On the Art Tutor website...


Photo by Chelsea Werrun