The Gallery and Artisan Gift Shop is one open space and the focal point of the Nicola Valley Arts Centre. Powered by creative energy and a passion for making a difference in the community, this non-profit organization is operated by the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council. 

Curious about the Arts? 
The original art exhibits feature local talent and originality. The gift shop is where you'll discover exquisite and useful creations that reflect the local region's talent.

Drop in and visit us Wednesdays to Saturdays, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays, 12 pm to 4 pm. 

Our Exhibits Every Year

February Community Show

MSS Seniors  


Annual artisan show and craft sale means we focus on supporting the artisans of the Nicola Valley...buying local, handmade arts and crafts during the holiday season

Your Gallery Curator

Jano Howarth  curator 

Local Artist Jean Kiegerl's  book 

We've been so pleased with the response to Jean Kiegerl's 2021 photobook about her local sketches and paintings. This beautiful hardcover book is perfect for a housewarming gift and depicts the beauty of our  region.

Jean is generously giving the profits to support the Nicola Valley Arts Centre

In the Gift Shop

Over 30 Artists and Artisans...

  • Cindilla Trent
  • Sharon Pawliuk
  • Grimshire Apiaries
  • Twin Willows
  • Leonard George
  • Angelina Brooymans
  • Joel Reid
  • Herta Klassen
  • Angela Ho
  • Kathleen Kinasewich: Soul Circle Mandalas
  • Jeff Bloom Books
  • Lakeshore Creations Pebble Art
  • Sharon Antoine
  • Cassandra Dolen
and more...

Art Shows Schedule 

The Gallery is always the place to be...
Here's what we're planning next...

2023 Gallery Shows

January 19-2.  Class Acts
February 2-Mar 12. Still Life: Beyond Fruit
Mar 16-April 16. Fibre Lovers
April-May. Linda Suzuki, Art Educator
June. Merritt Senior Secondary Senior's Show
July. 1st Summer Artisan Show
Aug-Sept. Artist Arnold Mosley (Confirming)
Sept-Oct.  Artist Wyatt Collins
Oct-Nov. Dark & Dreams Community Show (Planning Stages) 
Nov-Mid Jan. 24. 8th Winter Artisan Show

Archives 2022

January 26-March 13, 2022 Community Show: "Creature Comforts"

Honouring our animal companions...Calling for wall art, 3D, mixed media, photography, written word and music. 
Our focus is what has happened with our creatures during the challenges of 2021...dogs, cats, rabbits, livestock, fish, and the wild. And, what our fellow Earthlings mean to us.


Where we've been in 2021...our archives of gallery exhibitions

Oct 13-Nov 7, 2021: "Baskets & Bowls

Evelyn Armstrong's vintage baskets, weavers Irene Mills and Cathy Tombe, Leonard George and wood carving with Pat Tombe and  Andrew Ruigrok from Brookmere

Sept 8-Oct 10, 2021: "Merritt Naturally""

Artists Bruce Walter and Frank Ritcey are featuring their photography, soundscapes and videos of the Nicola Valley. 

Aug 4-Sept 5, 2021: "The Art of Clothing"

"The best fashion show is definitely on the street. Always has been. Always will be." - BILL CUNNINGHAM

Love creative fashion? Are you a screen printer, sewer, beader, crocheter? Come see the creative fashion community show on now.

Jun 30-Aug 1, 2021: 

"BODY ART: Living Art of Tattoo & Body Adornment"

NVCAC is showing off a summer body of art!

Featuring local tattoo artists, Brian Wheeler from Sin on Skin Tattoos and Marco Merulla from Mom’s Tattoos  

showing their body of work including designs, photos, process, and their tools of the craft.  

May 25-June 27, 2021:  "Pencil Paintings" ~ The original works of artist Judy Young

Pencil Paintings is the theme of this exhibit. 
"What inspires me? Everything. There are potential pictures to draw and paint everywhere I look." - Judy Young

May 6 -May 23, 2021 : "Clubhouse Art"

A vibrant and hopeful collection of paintings, mosaics, and pottery from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Clubhouse group. The group of artists gathered a few days a week at the Nicola Valley Arts Centre studio through our Forging Connections program. 

Mar 10-Apr 11, 2021 : "Looking Forward Now"

LOOKING FORWARD NOW!  Quilts, paintings, felted pieces, and mosaics, all crafted by local artists Cindilla Trent and Kim Leclair. 

Feb 3-Mar 3, 2021 : "Creativity Persists: the Art of COVID"

We're asking what you've been up to creatively during this time of COVID. Most of us are spending more time at home and maybe the pandemic has given you the opportunity to work on your favourite art expression? Or maybe you're trying a new art expression. Wall art, mixed media, fibre art, 3D, written word, music, digital work...Get ready to share!

Creative Call Outs 2021

2021 is nearly full up for booked art exhibitions at our new Nicola Valley Arts Centre! We have three community shows in the year and you're invited to submit plans to participate. Space is limited so let your intentions be known as soon as possible. 

Interested in participating? 

Join the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council

For an affordable annual membership donation of $20. Tax Receipt included!