MAC- The Murphy Arts Center

By on October 7, 2022

What the Valley River Arts Guild does at The Murphy Art Center

Valley River Arts Guild was formed in 2010 and created the Murphy Art Center, downtown Murphy, NC. We grew from 15 members to over 50, nurturing many new developing artists.

Our organization produces First Friday Art Walk to showcase community music, arts, and crafts on the downtown sidewalks, a Kids’ Club program for art classes, Adult and Teen classes year-round, The MAX Project Murphy Art Xplosion, and an artist showcase gallery for all types of art and Appalachian crafts, all with our dedicated volunteers.

We invite everyone to stop and shop at our huge galleries of the Murphy Art Center, to enjoy the incredible quantity and quality of local Appalachian arts and crafts. We are busting at the seams with thousands of beautiful locally-produced artworks and also offer interesting classes for all ages in our classroom space. The MAC is run by the Valley River Arts Guild artists and is open every day including Sundays! 

One of our big projects created and produced by the Valley River Arts Guild at the Murphy Art Center is The MAX Project: Murphy Art Xplosion. This big Outdoor Art Gallery is a unique innovative project throughout downtown Murphy, North Carolina, showcasing seasonally changing art of Appalachian Mountain regional artists. The art is printed on large 5’ x 3’ outdoor canvases, mounted in frames attached to the outer brick walls of downtown historic buildings and can be viewed anytime, 24/7. The Murphy Art Xplosion is growing, and will include 70 beautiful framed art panels, located all over downtown bringing our many area “hidden gem” artists into the public eye along the Art Trail. We are a small mountain town with a big heart and big art!

Another large event held every month is First Friday Art Walk, produced by the Valley River Arts Guild, d/b/a The MAC, Murphy Art Center.  Art Walk happens every First Friday evening May through December in downtown Murphy, NC.  A huge variety of arts and crafts vendors, musicians, magicians, and art demonstrations fill the sidewalks all over downtown each month. The Valley River Arts Guild volunteers do all of the legwork needed to produce this huge event each month. 

Our goal as the Valley River Arts Guild at The Murphy Art Center is to promote the arts and artists of our region, to produce art events and classes for the community, and to create an arts destination in our region. We are a powerhouse in the community with our 50+ members and plan to continue growing and showcasing the arts in our town and region! 

The Murphy Art Center, (MAC)
The MAX Project: Murphy Art Explosion, and

The Valley River Arts Guild
In the Center of Downtown Murphy, NC 28906
(828) 360-3038   •
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 4pm
Friday: Open late until 8pm