Watercolour Workshop with Harold Allanson – only 2 spaces left

Sunday, March 1 – The Courthouse Gallery will be hosting a one-day watercolour workshop in conjunction with Harold Allanson’s solo show. Harold will instruct intermediate and advanced artists. Registration is  $95 non-refundable. Only 2 spots are still available.  Registration deadline is Feb 26., 2015. Register with Fran at Doctors Eyecare,  2177 Quilchena, Merritt. Contact Fran at  bfholdings@telus.net

“Nicola Valley Ranch Life” Show at Courthouse Gallery

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The first art show of 2015 will be a solo show by watercolour painter, Harold Allanson, presenting his paintings of ranch life in the Nicola Valley. The show opens on Friday, February 27 from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Artist’s Reception from 5 to 7 pm the same evening. The show is only two weekends, closing on March 7, after which Harold will be showing his works at the Kamloops Cowboy Festival.  Everyone is welcome to come and meet Harold at the Reception and to see his beautiful artwork.

The Gallery will be open during its regular hours for this show – Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm.


NVCAC Local Artists List

CourthouseThe Courthouse Art Gallery is making it easier for local artists to find out about local and regional art activities well ahead of time. The artists who sign up for the  ‘Local Artists List’  will receive early notice of upcoming exhibitions, workshops and other art activities in time to apply or prepare artwork for entry. Artists can get on the list by sending an email with name, email, artist website (if any) and interests to merrittartists@gmail.com .

Gallery gets New Year’s Makeover

courthouse logo colThe Courthouse Gallery is getting a makeover – new paint, clean-up and new start for the New Year. Special thanks to Home Hardware for the donation of paint which was vital to make this project a reality. The action starts at 10 am on Wednesday, Jan. 7 (delayed due to weather from the planned start on Jan. 5) with an enthusiastic team from the Gallery Committee and volunteers from the NVCAC community. The first two days will be preparation work on the walls – filling, sanding, taping and then dust clean-up so it is ready for painting on the following days. Volunteers more than welcome :)

Gallery Committee – starting fresh in 2015

Volunteers_Needed_PhotoGallery Committee Meeting:
Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 5 PM at the Courthouse Gallery

Some exciting new plans are underway for the Courthouse Gallery in 2015 and the Committee is ready to get them going. If you are unable to attend, contact us so we can get information to you: 250 378=6515 or nicolavalleyartscouncil@gmail.com.

Courthouse Gallery – Jeff Wilson Art Show

Oct 3rd & 4th
Jeff Wilson Art Show
Courthouse Art Gallery
This show features Scottish-born Vancouver artist Jeff Wilson.  Works will include urban and rural landscapes, neon signage, and animal portraits from Canada and Scotland, including recent work from Merritt and the Shetland Islands. Gallery is open Friday 6-9pm & Saturday noon-6pm, admission is free.

And the Art Walk winners are….

Press Release – Art Walk Wraps Up and Announcement of Winners

August 1, 2014

Thank you to everyone that participated in this year’s Art Walk! We had an excellent turnout and plans are underway for Art Walk 2015! The winner of the wooden vase created by Andrew Ruigrok was Sheila Marshall.

The People’s Choice Award for Top Three Artists:
1st- Cassandra Dolen
2nd (tied) – Francis McMurchy, and Andrew Ruigrok
3rd – Silvia Rosenfelder-Schechtel 

The People’s Choice Award for Top Three Businesses:
1st – Home Hardware
2nd – Baillie House and Brambles Bakery
3rd – Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame 

Congratulations to all the winners! We hope you enjoyed Art Walk! A special thank you to all the volunteers that helped Thursday, July 31st with the Wrap Up Party.

Background Information

The intent of Art Walk is to provide an opportunity to develop a partnership between local businesses and their customers, visitors, and Merritt and the Nicola Valley’s creative community. This is was an opportunity for individual artists and artist associations to market and promote themselves in highly visible venues. The event ran from July 1st to 31st, 2013. There were 21 artists matched with 20 businesses in Merritt.

For more information contact

Anya McVean                                                               Etelka Gillespie
NVCAC  Vice- President                                                Manager, Chamber of Commerce
nicolavalleyartscouncil@gmail.com                            P: 250.378.5634


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Julie VanKoll Art Walk Artist # 1

 Art Walk 2014

Today marks the last day of Art Walk! We hope you had as much fun out walking as we did bringing this wonderful event back to Merritt! Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for the Art Walk Wrap Up Party at the Courthouse Gallery from 5-8pm. There will be live music, a make your own magnet/keychain craft, refreshments and much more! We hope to see you there!


Art Walk Artist #1- Julie VanKoll 

Julie VanKoll was so excited discovering her ‘new life’ in Merritt, the people, the skyscapes,the landscapes and the wildlife are magic for a photographer. You will always see her with her camera in hand. It is as much a part of her as is her heart. Through her images I hope to capture a restful moment – a meaningful experience that provides the viewer with a vehicle to enliven the imagination and enhance moments, which will be everlasting. Julie’s goal is to capture moments that reflect a passion for life, people and nature and share them with the world.



You can check out Julie’s work at Property Guys, open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

While you are there, be sure to get your passport stamped! Art Walk is intended to get everyone out enjoying local artists in the Nicola Valley while checking out local businesses too! Pick up a passport book at any participating business and get walking. Collect 16 out of the 21 and enter to win great prizes. Completed passports can be dropped off at the Chamber Office (at City Hall downstairs), the Baillie House or D & D Emporium. You can also vote for your favourite artists and businesses too! 

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