Merritt residents will have the chance to showcase their artwork at the Courthouse Gallery in February during the fifth annual Community Arts Show, presented by the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council.
The theme of the show, which will kick off with a public reception on Feb. 4, will be “Winter in the Nicola Valley.”
“I want to see how everyone in the community celebrates the cold and the snow,” said Kathi Dahlquist-Gray, gallery coordinator.
Since the idea behind the show is to celebrate and encourage art and expression in the community, Dahlquist-Gray emphasized that anyone is eligible to submit artwork for the show. In the past, the youngest artist was three and submitted a piece done in crayon, she said.
The artwork can take any form and each person can submit three to five pieces depending on the size of the piece and the space available.
With sponsorship from Spirit Festivals BC and the Arts Councils of BC, the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council will be offering a cash prize for best of show in each category including adults (18 and over), teens (13-18 years old) and children (under 13).
Pieces will be judged by a panel of three judges from the community and there will also be a people’s choice award.
In addition to this, Dahlquist-Gray said that a recent grant received by the Arts Council specifies that some funds may be put towards beginning a permanent collection and so one of the pieces from the Community Art Show will be acquired by the Arts Council.
The theme for last year’s show was “Animals of the Nicola Valley.” Previous submissions have included paintings, drawings, photography, carving, jewelry, quilts and more.