Theatre In the Raw’s The Western Sky One-Act Tour
Saturday June 22nd
The Culture Club
Doors 6:30 pm
Curtain 7:30 pm
$16 – General
$12 – Seniors, Students, and Merritt Live Theatre Society Members (Please present appropriate card for discount)
Tickets are available at Country Bug Books or at the Door.
In June 2013 Theatre In the Raw will be producing and touring a series of original One-Act Plays. The Western Sky One-Act Tour will aim to present a variety of dramatic tones, performances, and styles and we have found that series of this nature have been a successful method of launching never before produced award winning works. This particular series will consist of three one-acts and a musical interlude. The plays selected are:
Talk Medicine by Sheryl Melnyk – The monologue centres on a man reminiscing after suffering a heart attack, and his need to talk to ease his stress. The play focuses on the development of his moral character and the various ethical ‘forks in the road’ that he has faced. This presentation is an adaptation of TITR’s twenty-third original radio play recently presented and broadcast on Vancouver Co-Op Radio’s Arts Rational program.
Maybe Miles by Joe Lauinger – The play focuses on an awkward encounter between a University professor and one of his former masters students at a strip club he is patronizing and where she happens to work.
The Suspect by Andrzej Jar - The Suspect is a piece focused on a man being harassed by a group of supposed government agents and radical anarchists. His lifestyle collapses around him as he becomes increasingly withdrawn and angry, realizing he has been made the mark for some political subterfuge and deception far beyond him.
Michelle Richard and accompanist Zi Paris have also agreed to come on board with the tour and perform their songs from Blues for the Road – opening each evening. They will also add live incidental music throughout each play.
The Courthouse Art Gallery is proud to host the Valley Visual Artists (VVA) for the June Show. The show will run June 1st to 29th so stop by the Gallery and check out their work. Gallery is open Thursdays 4-8pm, Friday & Saturday Noon-6pm.
The VVA will also be hosting a Reception Friday June 7th from 6:00 – 8:00pm and their Open House will be held on both June 8 and 9, from 10:00 – 5:00pm. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and enter to win many door prizes. For more information call Fran at 250-378-4230 . Everyone is welcome!
The Valley Visual Artists’ mission is to develop the visual arts in Merritt and the Nicola Valley.
The group encourages artists of all levels, working in any medium, to participate through its membershipand to develop each individual’s creative abilities. Monthly Creative sessions give each member the opportunity to learn from each other and develop new techniques.
For a local perspective on art and culture or to explore what your hidden talents may be, stop by the Gallery, enjoy the show and talk to one of our local artists during this unique event.
Libby Dybikowski enjoying a Plein Air outing on the Nicola River
Fran McMurchy at a Creative Sessions
Kim Visi-Carmen, at a creative session enjoying the outdoors, throwing paint on her canvas
The Nicola Valley Arts Council in partnership with the City of Merritt will be hosting “Art in the Park” this family centered venue will run from 10 am till 1 pm at Rotary Park. Local artisans are invited to come and share their talents with the community.
The Arts Council will be providing free table space under canopies for you to showcase your talents. We have a total of 8 spots available and preference will be given to artists that are demonstrating their skills in a fun and interactive way. Registration is required by June 22nd. Two artists per table. We are looking forward to seeing you do demonstrations and you are more than welcome to display works for sale.
Don’t wait for us to call you! Get on board for this exciting event and let us know if you are interested as spaces will be limited. Contact person Meriel Barber at 250 280 2787 after 6 pm, please leave a message or text me. You can also email email@example.com for more information.
We have just finalized the Art Walk Information and Application forms for artists that are interested in participating in Merritt’s Art Walk. The goal 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 an opportunity for individual artists and artist associations to market and promote themselves in highly visible venues. The event runs from July 1st to August 5th, 2013.
Forms are here below, click to open. Merritt Art Walk Information artist form final 2013
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 an opportunity for individual artists and artist associations to market and promote themselves in highly visible venues. The event runs from July 1st to August 5th, 2013.
The NVCAC is looking for artists of all mediums (inclusive of, but not exclusive to: metalwork, textile arts, woodwork, paint, photography, sculpture, multimedia, decorative food art, decorative flora, film, cultural art, hair art, 3 dimensional, fractal, digital, et cetera).
This inaugural event is brought to the community by the City of Merritt, the Chamber of Commerce and the NVCAC.
Registration is $45.00 per displaying artist or association, or $35 for NVCAC members. The application will be available soon on our website: www.nvartscouncil.com.
To view the 2012 Williams Lake ARTWALK for an idea of what this project is all about, check out the video at: johndell.ca/DemoReel.html (lower right) or below:
For more information contact
Chelsea or Anya at firstname.lastname@example.org call the office at 250-378-6515 or via phone/text 250.315.5336 (Anya)
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council and the 30th Anniversary Planning Committee, I would like to say Thank You to the Community for coming out in such great numbers to celebrate on Friday, April 26th at the Civic Centre. We could not have imagined a better turn out and party! We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the wonderful performances, the stunning artwork, the scrumptious appetizers by Dorothy Molnar and Brambles Bakery and Cafe, the fabulous cupcakes by Michele Shaw, and the donated Starbucks coffee. We thank you all for making it a night to remember!
The scrapbooks, now updated to 2012, are available for perusal at the Courthouse Gallery.
Please note that the Black and White Art Show will be moving to the Courthouse Art Gallery and there will be an opening on May 2nd. The Gallery is open Thursdays from 4-8pm, Friday and Saturday
While you’re at the Art Gallery, please consider taking out a Membership in the NVCAC to help support the Arts Council’s programs that so enhance the lives of the people of the Nicola Valley. After all, as Picasso said, “The purpose of Art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”
We would like you to participate in the “Sponsor a Marigold Garden Patch for $10-00”
You will get ten Marigold plants from the Merritt Dance Society to be planted in your “own” garden patch of approximately 1 metre x ½ metre in the Olde Courthouse garden. We will plant your marigolds and maintain your patch on your behalf but you are also most welcome to join in and plant your own plants or seedlings of your choice.
“Let’s make Merritt a beautiful town!”
This Garden Day will take place on Saturday 11 May 2013, starting at 9am. Volunteers are needed to help clean the flower beds, plant seedlings, donate additional plants, fertiliser and compost, make garden patch markers, etc.
Let’s make The Olde Courthouse a landmark in the city of Merritt again – A place which all Merrittonians can be proud of and which can be enjoyed by everyone visiting Merritt, the Art Gallery and the Dance studio.
Enquiries: Merritt Dance Society – 250 378-9898 or info@DanceLovers.ca
While we would have loved Bruce Vogt’s live accompaniment to old black & white movies, we will also love to see our old friend Ken Leinweber at the keyboard of our grand piano again. Bruce, who was instrumental in fundraising events for the grand piano many years ago, had a serious health setback a few months back. And while on the road to recovery, he had to reconsider next week’s engagement. Lucky for us, we have Ken in our back pocket — on a recall from his performance at the 20th anniversary Arts Council event. Ken is beloved for his old-time boogie woogie piano playing at all sorts of community events, including seniors homes, Baillie House, Lilac Festival and many other Arts Council events. Ken headlines next week’s 30th anniversary gala event, along with the MSS Jazz Band & the Nicola Valley Community Band. Admission is free, there is also a ‘Black & White’ art exhibit, dancing, refreshments — a grand celebration!
We hope you have marked your calendar and plan to join us on Friday, April 26th at 7pm at the Merritt Civic Centre. This is event is free for everyone in the community as we want to say Thank You for your support of the arts and culture in Merritt and the Nicola Valley. The night will feature pianist Ken Leinweber, MSS Senior Jazz Band and the Nicola Valley Community Band. Plus check out the Black and White Art Show, cupcakes and so much more!