Artists! Art Walk 2015 wants you!

Artists and Artisans, if you are looking for a chance to showcase your artwork or original craft pieces, Art Walk is a great way to do it. Your creations will be on display in a local business for six weeks this summer and will be the attraction that brings local and other visitors to town and to the businesses. You will be featured in the Art Walk Passport and promoted through this Chamber of Commerce program. Get your application in to Fran at Doctors Eye Care by Friday, May 28.

Merritt Art Walk 2015 will be held from July 1-Aug 15.
More Info: 2015 Merritt Art Walk Info for Artists
Application form: 2015 Merritt Art Walk Artist Application

Community Art Show – Winners !

Congratulations to all the artists who brought their work to show at the Community Art Show 2015. That made it truly our biggest and finest show to date at the Courthouse Art Gallery.

Here are the winners of the People’s Choice (voting by visitors) and Judging decisions:

People’s Choice Award ($100):   Claire Burnham – Gold Martini

1st Place ($100):  Cassandra Dolen – Alone with the Mountain
 2nd Place ($50):  Shareen Wood – Gothic Girl
 3rd Place ($50):  Kim Leclair – Seattle World’s Fair
 Honourable Mentions:
 1 – Marise Sasges – Blue Darner
 2 – Georgina Beatty – Wapes
 3 – Rodney Boesel – Nevermore
 4 – Murphy Shewchuk – Horses at Sunset
 5 – Natalie Rostad-Desjarlais – Roundance

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the participants.

Gardening the Courthouse – May 23

Marigolds and More!

Saturday, May 23 starting at 9 am.

MarigoldsLove To Dance Garden Day at the THE OLDE COURTHOUSE

“Let’s make Merritt a beautiful town!”

Let’s make The Olde Courthouse a landmark in the city of Merritt again – A place we can be proud of and enjoyed by everyone visiting Merritt, the Art Gallery and the Dance studio. Volunteers will help  plant seedlings, donate additional plants, clean the flower beds, fertilizer and compost, make garden patch markers, etc.

Enquiries: Merritt Dance Society – 250 378-9898 or

The Dungbeatles CD Release Party

Friday, April 24, 2015,  Culture Club

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With special guests River City Magic AND R. McClure and the Sweet Thangs
Doors open at 7 pm.  Music starts at 8 pm.
$15 adults, $10 students.  Tickets available at Brambles Bakery, Black’s Pharmacy and The Nicola Valley Medical Centre. Buy 2 tickets and get a free CD!!

9th Annual Community Art Show

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April 10 – May 2

Local artists and artisans are welcome to enter works in the show.
Submit works April 7 & 8, from 1 pm. to 4 pm.
Cash prizes will be awarded.
For more information contact or call 250-378-6515

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not join us at the Courthouse Art Gallery. We have a variety of new and established local artists presenting their original art work for sale.

Opening Reception- Friday April 10, 2015 from 5 pm. to 7 pm.

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

Dance Art show – March 13

LTD BigD bevelMarch 13, 5:30-7:30  Artists’ Reception for Dance to the Rhythm of my Heart.  Everyone welcome!

March 14-28  Dance to the Rhythm of my Heart  2015 Dance Art Competition – Love to Dance Academy in collaboration with the Courthouse Art Gallery, NVCAC.  Prizes in two categories: Fine Artwork (Visual Art, Sculpture, Photography) and Costume Design; and in 3 categories: Age 4-12, 13-18 and Adult.
Entry form: Dance Art Entry Order 2015
Exhibition Agreement: Dance Art Exhibit Agree 2015

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

“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.