Artists of all types are invited to submit their work to be displayed and for sale at the Courthouse Art Gallery during the gallery’s annual community arts show.

Up to three pieces per artist can be submitted for consideration for $2 apiece.

Nicola Valley artists in all media and of all ages are encouraged to submit their original work.

Anyone from professional artists to first-time exhibitors are encouraged to bring their pieces to the gallery to be entered into the show on April 7 and 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

“It can be sculpture, it can be pottery, painting, drawing, woodwork, photography, mosaics, art quilts,” Nicola Valley Community Arts Council board member and local artist Shirley Reynolds said.

“We’re encouraging the general public, people in the community who have talents to bring their work out next week,” she said.

The display will also feature a wall of work by Reynolds’ art students, whom she taught through a City of Merritt art program, which will be a nod to budding artists.

There will also be prizes in several categories awarded at the end of the juried show.

She said the show is an attempt to raise the profile of arts and culture in the community, and bring art out of hobby status among people in the Nicola Valley.

“It’s an exciting opportunity – take advantage. We want to celebrate what’s happening in our community and showcase your talents,” she said.

The exhibit begins April 10 with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. and runs until May 2.

Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The gallery is located at 1840 Nicola Ave.

For more information, email [email protected].