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!

Let the Summer Road Trips Begin

Fastop Market #309 is located in Murphy on what is locally known as “the four lane”. While the highway number may change, this road goes from the Ocoee White Water Center in Tennessee to the Nantahala Outdoor Center, running right through Cherokee County. We’re the perfect place for a road trip to take in the mountains where North Carolina begins, so visit our Cherokee County Welcome Center for free local maps and fuel up at Fastop Market!

This carnival style grand opening of Fastop Market was free to the community and dedicated to one of the founders and owners, Steven Walker Isaacs who passed away about a month after the actual project started. Steve was well respected in the industry and is missed daily. Bobby Moore- District Manager and Randy Byers- Director of Retail (center with scissors) hope to keep his legacy alive with this dedication. Joining them are (L to R) Will Higgs-Murphy Store Manager, Sherry Palmer-Chamber Ambassador, Tom Maynard-USHealth Advisors, Elo-ly Bailey-Chamber Ambassador/ Cherokee County Arts Council, Sherry Raines-Chamber Director, Lawrence McNabb-McNabb Properties, Corey Bailey-Chamber Ambassador/ Master Gardeners, Murphy High School cheerleaders, and Linze Valle-Murphy Assistant Manager. Stop by to fill up, grab a bite, and ask about their loyalty program at 650 US Hwy 64 West in Murphy.