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!

Award Winning Tastes

As you stroll down Main Street in Andrews you’ll find the FernCrest Winery tasting room. From April to mid-December, you can stop in Thursdays and Fridays, 12:30-6:30, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30-5:30, and every Thursday for Locals Night, 3:00-6:00 pm. You can meet the owners, enjoy award winning wine, and learn about their local vineyard in the Snowbird Mountains and partners throughout North Carolina.

Jan and Kurt Olson are quite active in the community, so you will often see FernCrest Winery at festivals in Andrews, Murphy, and throughout the region, including our very own Forks and Corks – Local Savor. We know you’ll love their wine once you try it, so you can now buy online! Simply explore their menu and click “buy now” to use the VinoShipper shopping site or better yet, just give them a call to order limited release wines.

Rod Brown of Farley Insurance

Rod Brown has been with Farley Insurance since 2001 and if you have been to a charity event, you’ve likely bid on a Farley Insurance donation in the silent auction. To say that Rod and Farley Insurance is invested in the community would be an understatement. After almost 20 years with Farley, Rod’s favorite part of his job is helping people after a catastrophe to help give them the much needed peace of mind.

A native of Andrews, Rod left Cherokee County to study at the University of Idaho, then returned to be close to his family and friends. He has proudly raised his son and daughter here in Cherokee County with his lovely wife, Amy. If you have a child that has attended Murphy High School, you know Mrs. Brown and her dedication to our local students. Rod loves the small town atmosphere and you will often see him outdoors, hiking and enjoying the lake with good company.

Rod’s favorite thing about being a Chamber of Commerce member is the friendly people at the AfterHours and stopping by the Welcome Center to visit. If you get a minute, share a craft beer with him and chat about the proper way to create the perfect grass fed burger.

His best advice as you seek to insure your family or business is to ask a lot of questions. Truly take the time to really look over your policy and ask all the questions, including: What type of claims are covered or not? What could happen if I have to make a claim? Better yet, give Rod and Farley Insurance a call to see how best they can protect your greatest investments. You may even get a discount as a Chamber member.