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!

Dinner for Three

Our first segment of “Party of Three” is dedicated to Murphy’s Chophouse and the nationally renowned chef/owner, Chef James Reaux. As recent winner of our Forks and Corks – Local Savor event for “Best Food” by popular vote this promised a culinary experience for our crew. I mean, if so many folks voted for them what better place to start? 

Arriving on time for our reservation we were pleasantly greeted at the door and shown to our table immediately. Our server, Karen, arrived promptly sharing the specials and offering advice on menu items. Of course we ordered right away as we were starving; calamari and salads all around. Now we were down to serious business…the entrees. I jumped in and ordered the Surf and Turf. How could I not with Karen promising perfection? I went for the Filet Mignon and lobster.  Ronda followed suit with her selection of a mid-rare Ribeye finished with a Port wine reduction paired with succulent scallops. Becca did not hesitate to double down with a Filet Mignon topped with baby Bella mushrooms and a sweet potato. What can I say, we girls like our steak. This was paired with an excellent 2017 Gascon Malbec which complimented the beef superbly. 

The timing of the food was perfect. Courses arrived to the table just when we were finishing the previous dish. Deliciousness all around. I would like to say we enjoyed stimulating and thought provoking conversation, but we couldn’t stop eating long enough for that to happen. In the end, “to- go” boxes were delivered because no one was willing to leave even a bite behind. We’ll be sure to save room for dessert next time! See you next month at Red Brick Deli.