Goldhagen Glass

People are always impressed by the number of artists living in and around Cherokee County. From live music at local establishments to our very own Goldhagen Art Glass Studio, we’re an experience that simply can’t be replicated.

While you can find David Goldhagen’s art glass in places like New York and Philadelphia, it’s all created in his studio right here in Hayesville, North Carolina. To watch this process is truly amazing…

David Goldhagen presenting the process of his Art Glass at the Folk School. Visit his own studio just up the road in Hayesville, North Carolina.

You can schedule a time to tour his studio and watch from the viewing balcony as he creates, just give him a call to schedule a tour. BUT… I highly recommend his Hot Summer Nights concert series. Get to know locals and visitors as you enjoy live music and truly experience David’s time-honored techniques as he produces bold, vibrant sculptures along the shores of Lake Chatuge.

You’ll definitely want to take home a souvenir so be sure to explore the Goldhagen Gallery during your visit. David’s sculptures, fused glass, ornaments, platters, and all of his creations make a truly one-of-a-kind gift that is sure to be a conversation piece. If you’re traveling, no worries! Goldhagen Art Glass Studio will happily ship your items for you.

August 10th – Troy Underwood
August 31st – Monica Spears
September 28th – Wyatt Espalin

Summer Art Around Town

School may be out…but The MAC Summer Art Program is in! Throughout July, art classes are offered to kids in downtown Murphy. An exhibition featuring these young artists and their work will be Friday August 2, 5:00-8:00 pm during the Murphy Art Walk.

Student Art Exhibit Saturday August 2nd, 5:00-8:00pm in Murphy

The kids aren’t the only ones to enjoy art, the Valley River Arts Guild hosts a variety of classes for adults at The MAC throughout the year. From guitar lessons to watercolor, the opportunities to express yourself creatively are endless. Just across the street at Trudy’s Creations, you can also enjoy acrylic pouring classes or purchase one of many handcrafted designs. If you’re looking for a unique conversation piece for your home or that one-of-a-kind gift, be sure to explore our locally owned shops at the August 2nd Art Walk.

Black & White Market is a picker’s dream come true with vintage and locally crafted pieces that are unique to Murphy. Just a few doors down you’ll find impressive wooden creations, local photography, jewelry, and pottery at Gallery 26. Around the corner, Marketplace Antiques and Lotsa Memories Antiques & More have an eclectic mix of collectibles and vintage finds.

You’ll find local art for sale on the walls of Bistro 29, Daily Grind and Wine, and The BakeShop… not to mention all the artists set up at Rumors Clothing, Curiosity Shop, Simply Sweet Baby Boutique, and Serenity Mountain Gift Shop. So put a reminder in your calendar for First Friday Art Walk and enjoy this amazing community’s creativity on display for the Murphy Art Walk. We’ll see you August 2nd from 5:00-8:00 pm!

Business Cards & Bojangles’

Each month Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce hosts an AfterHours networking event. Bojangles’ will be our host on July 18th in Murphy from 5:00 – 7:00pm. We invite our members, local businesses, and entrepreneurs to join us! We offer door prizes and select our Member of the Month and Ambassador of the Month from those in attendance. Be sure to bring your business cards and stay a while!

Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners!
Brad Bruce of Olde Town Brokers: Valley River RV Resort two-night stay
John Reynolds of Valley River Humane Society: Mike Lalone Pottery

Thursday, June 13th Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce AfterHours at Valley River RV Resort in Murphy. Many thanks to our hosts: Jean-Marie Harrison – Resort General Manager, Billy Harrison – Operations Manager, Loren Snyder and Ron & Judy Schweitzer.

Joining us were Murphy Mayor Rick Ramsey, Murphy Town Council Gail Walker Stansell, WKRKMcNabb PropertiesThe Whole StoreCherokee ScoutValley River Humane SocietyREACHCherokee County Arts CouncilOlde Town Brokers, Bear Creek Adventures Mini Golf and Gem Mining Co., Gaines Concealed CarryCherokee County Master Gardeners, and Chamber Ambassadors: Sherry Palmer, Cory Bailey, and Elo-ly Bailey.

Congrats to our Member of the Month: Dr. George Gaines of Gaines Concealed Carry and Ambassador of the Month: Elo-ly Harris of Cherokee County Arts Council & Cherokee County Master Gardeners!

Join us for your chance to be our Member or Ambassador of the Month!

For the Five

Chick-fil-A may be located in Blairsville, Georgia but they’re great neighbors that reach out in their community and the surrounding counties: Cherokee, Clay, Towns, and Fannin. They truly are “For the Five!” You’ll see their sandwiches at the concession stand at local ball games, in community schools, and they even treated all 80 of our golfers to a complimentary lunch at our Chamber Golf Classic at Mountain Harbour Golf Club.

When you visit Chick-fil-A in Blairsville, you’ll be impressed by the ever-efficient drive-thru, seasonal milk shakes, friendly service, and you’ll always get exactly what you ordered. If you can’t make it to Blairsville, no worries! They cater and you know your guests will be happy to “eat mor chikin” at your event. Stop by to see them at Forks and Corks – Local Savor for a taste of that infamous chicken and chat about all they offer For the Five!

Debbie Bruce of Creative Designs

Introducing our May 2019 Ambassador of the month; Debbie Bruce, owner of Creative Designs here in Murphy and recently retired Instructor at Tri-County Community College teaching esthetics. Being the owner of a successful full service beauty salon and a full time teacher you might wonder how Debbie finds the time to be an Ambassador for the Chamber. Well, it is because Debbie not only has seemingly boundless energy but she is an unfailing supporter of our Chamber of Commerce and the community.

Moving to the area in 1979, Debbie has seen the region’s ups and downs but always believed she was lucky to live here. Married to John Bruce of Mountain Insurance, Debbie raised a family here and understands the value of small town living. We encourage you to meet Debbie if you are one of the few who do not know her. Come to one of our events – you are so sure to see her there… because she is newly retired. Congratulations Debbie!