Past Visual Arts


The 2020 "Here and Now" sketching program is now completed.

Check out the artists' work here!



If you "only draw stick men" or "can't draw a straight line" or just "can't draw" - give this a try! It only takes about 15 minutes and could change your mind. 

 Kathleen Kinasewich of Soul Circle Mandalas, a healing mandala facilitator, does sacred mandala work and led us through a day of mandala art in August..
This was a great workshop!


We are taking names for the next one! Contact Us!
The workshop will be limited to
8 participants. Price to be determined.

Kids Art! 2 August Workshops!


Wednesday Aug 12

Nature Mandalas

(More info coming)



Wednesday, Aug 19

Beeswax Candlemaking

6-12 yrs $5 

1-3pm Limit 8


NVCAC is teaming up with the

City of Merritt to put on some exciting Arts Programs!


Programs at the Courthouse:

Jan-Mar - Art Buds, for budding artists

Learn and explore a variety of art skills and mediums

Ages 6-10 yrs

Thursdays, January 30-March 5 (6 weeks)

Cost $90


Feb 16- Family Weekend Art Activity for the Whole Family!

 Create art with the theme of the February 2020 Gallery Show "Children in Art & Art for Children"

Sunday, February 16, 1-4pm

Cost $20/family


Feb 29- Gallery Makerspace

(May be moved to Civic Centre)

Try an art activity! All ages.

Adults, $5 for tea and art materials

February 29/20


Mar 7 - Scarf Felting Workshop with Cindilla Trent!

Make your own wearable piece of art, using beautifully dyed raw wool.

Saturday, March 7, 10 am to 2 pm

Cost $60


Pottery Lessons with Mud Therapy Studio

Program 1:
Creative Clay (Ages 11 to 15) 
Join Mud Therapy Pottery Studio to learn hand building, underglazing, and glazing techniques to create 2-3 ceramic projects.   
3 Saturdays 1 to 4pm 
Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8 (Pick up projects on Friday Feb 14)
Max 6 students
Materials required: a smock, apron, or old shirt
Location: NV Arts Gallery Craft Room
No experience required
Minimum students to run is 6
Program 2:
Mud Therapy for Adults (Ages 16+)
Join Mud Therapy Pottery Studio for 3 Saturdays to create 3-4 ceramic projects. Learn pottery techniques of hand slab building, underglazing,  sgraffito, mishima, and glazing.
3 Saturdays 6 to 9pm
Max 8 students
Dates: Jan 25, Feb 1, Feb 8 (Pick up projects on Friday Feb 14)
Location: NV Arts Gallery Craft Room
Materials required: a smock, apron, or old shirt
No experience required
Minimum students to run is 6
Program 3:
Kids Creative Clay (Ages 6 to 10) 
 Join Mud Therapy Pottery Studio to learn underglazing and glazing techniques to create a ceramic bowl or cup.   
1 Saturday 10am to noon 
Date: Feb 8 (Pick up projects on Friday Feb 14)
Max 12 students
Location: NV Arts Gallery Craft Room
Materials required: a smock, apron, or old shirt
No experience required
Minimum students to run is 6
For more info on the Pottery Lessons
Contact Jennifer and Sean
Mud Therapy Pottery Studio
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For more info on the other programs, Contact Us

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NVCAC Makerspace Day for all ages!


What is a makerspace?

a place in which people with shared interests... (like ART!) can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.


We like having our Saturday afternoon Makerspaces (usually for adults) at the old Courthouse west side.

There's lots of art supplies.


But we have been invited to the Civic Centre that day for our all ages Makerspace.

Stay tuned for our plans...


Hey, Painters!

Start the New Year right!

5 Day Painting Challenge

(Need a last minute gift for an artist?)

January 4-8 (Friday to Tuesday)

from 9:30-11:30 am

Space for only 12 painters

$50 Registration fee 

Pay online, non-refundable


We are hosting the “5-Day Painting Challenge” at the Courthouse Arts Gallery. 

Simple as 1-2-3:


We will be using Mike Svob’s set of online videos to get us started each day. He is an excellent teacher and paints in bright bold colours. A facilitator (not instructor) will be on site each day to make sure everything goes smoothly. Artists aged 14 and under must come with an adult artist, both registered , as this is an adult program, not like the Art Buds children’s program.


Sketching for Brain Health

Saturday, Feb 9, 1-4 pm

at the Courthouse Arts Centre


Instructor - Jean Kiegerl, local artist

All materials will be provided. 

Class size - 4 minimum to 12 maximum.

Cost - $30 with 2019 NVCAC membership.

Online registration      Membership


 See it - Draw it. It is that simple.

The hard part is the seeing, since we are used to just glancing, identifying, naming and moving on.  This 3 hour class will change the way you see, connect that seeing with sketching and help you discover your hidden artistic skills. 

Paint-out and lunch

at Corbett Lake Lodge

July 2, 10 am-3 pm
"Plein aire painting" just means painting outside,

so anyone can do it!

Or just come for lunch and think about painting that beautiful scenery. 


Call Corbett Lake Lodge (250 378-4334) to register for lunch. (Ann is opening just for us that day, so reservations are required.) 

Lunch is $25+tax and the painting is free - bring your art gear and hang out with us.


Art Buds!


Children's Art Program!

At the Courthouse Arts Galler



6-10 year olds

(Limited space)

With Renee Hartwig Bauwens


Thursdays 3:30-5pm







Children's Art Program...Create The Cat Came Back art inspired by Fred Penner's music!


Renee Hartwig Bauwens will lead several 6-10 year olds in a Cat Came Back  artproject.

 Friday, Sept 29 only!  3:30-5pm

$5 for this session 

At the Courthouse Arts Gallery, 1840 Nicola Ave

 Supplies provided 

 Call 250-378-0922 to sign up - Limited space!

 -  We'd love to see your child there!

Renee is beginning a series of art programs for children at the Courthouse Arts Gallery

 Art Walk 2018

Our 6th annual Art Walk Show & Sale

A celebration of local talent

and community spirit!  

Art Walk kicks off on Canada Day at Central Park (10 am to 1pm) and continues in the community locations from July 3rd to 31st.


In August there is a wrap up party at the Courthouse Arts Gallery on 1840  Nicola Avenue. 


Art Walk is a great opportunity to explore our community and check out local artists. Art Walk is a partnership between the Merritt & District Chamber of Commerce and the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council. 


19 Artists have signed up to show their work in Art Walk 2018.

17 Venues are on board to display artists' work, including the Courthouse Arts Gallery


Paint-In Day at Corbett Lake Lodge - Summer 2017

A fabulous Paint-In Day at Corbett Lake Lodge!  On July 25, 2017, twelve artists gathered to paint outdoors in this lovely location. It was a perfect summer day - sunny, 25 C., no wind and no bugs. The scenery was inspiring and we all got to work. The Lodge staff served a delicious luncheon on the deck at noon. Then we were anxious to get back to painting for the afternoon. Then August 15 was just as beautiful - the wildfire smoke disappeared. Eight artists had a wonderful time and a really great lunch. 

Now we are looking forward to the last Paint-In day - August 29, and hoping for the same wonderful weather.

July 25/17 Photos

August 15/17 Photos

The "Stick Man" Challenge:

Rotary Park - June 21 (Aboriginal Day) and July 1 (Canada Day) 2017

Every year we work in partnership with the City of Merritt and the Chamber of  Commerce to host Art in the Park event during Canada Day festivities at Rotary Park.  The event runs from 10am to 1pm and will be hosted under the Arts Council’s canopy tents and feature information about the Arts Council including ways to get involved, art demonstrations (paintings, printing making and Art Trading Cards, button or magnet making).  In addition, this event allows enables  artists to connect with each other, discuss new projects and activities or establish new partnerships. Also, it provides them with an opportunity to market themselves and their work in a highly visible venue.


Art in the Park encourages artists to come out and paint en plein air or provide interactive art demonstrations to the community. The goal of our event is to provide a forum for the community to tap into their creative spirit and learn new forms of artistic expression. Since 2013, Art in the Park, we have found that by providing a fun, free day of interactive arts activities for all ages during the Canada Day festivities and now June 21st for National Aboriginal Day we drew a diverse crowd of art enthusiasts.


 Art in the Park  June 21, 2017   in conjunction with Aboriginal Day at Central Park

 Art in the Park July 1, 2017  in conjunction with Canada Day at Central Park

 Art in the Park  Sept 23/24, 2017  in conjunction with the Lower Nicola Garlic  Festival

This is especially for all those people who say "I only draw stick people." In less than 10 minutes, Jean Kiegerl will teach you the secret known to artists since the Middle Ages and recently explained by modern brain research. The examples below are from Jean's session at Art in the Park on June 21 at Rotary Park. The before and after drawings below were done by ordinary people who claimed they could not draw. They were quite surprised that this only took them a few minutes. Try it yourself next time -  upcoming opportunities:

- July 1 from 11am-1pm at the Art in the Park tent at Central Park, as part of the Canada Day events.

- Aug 3 from 4 to 6 pm at the Courthouse Gallery, as part of the Art Walk Wrap Up Event.



Chair  Walk is here!


The chairs are in their business locations, pick up a program/map, have a look at all the chairs, bid to win your favourites, bring in your completed program form to win a prize!


July 10 - Aug. 7


Proceeds will be shared between the Arts Council and the Theatre Society.