In March of 2010 in Murphy, NC,  a group of local artists, of which two, Steve Zigich and Holly Chapman are still members, decided to form an art guild to benefit the local and regional artists and provide a location to show and sell their art.  They decided on a mission statement:

Our Mission is to serve the artistic community of the region by showcasing regional arts, providing opportunities for regional artists to show and sell their work, developing an artists' network and sponsoring monthly art events to establish the region as an arts destination.

The group went through the process of forming and incorporating the guild into a non-profit organization, writing a set of bylaws, searching for and finding a location suitable for a showroom gallery, and inviting other artists to become members.

The Guild is well on its way to fulfilling their mission.  An Art Walk has been established for downtown Murphy and is now in its 3rd year.  Art centered events are being planned for 2015 and future years.  Plein-air events have been held and Student Art Shows have been sponsored.

In May, 2014, a federal nonprofit status (501c3) was granted.  This will allow our organization to apply for grants to further our mission and also provide tax receipts for donations.

At present, the Guild has 30+ members and is always looking for more artists to bring their special talents to the Guild.

Would you like to become a member of the Guild?  Click on "Jury Application" here or on the MEMBERS page and submit to the Guild as indicated in the information packet.

Maybe you would like to sponsor some of the Guild's activities or events? We welcome your contributions.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Please stop by our gallery in the Valley River Merchants Building at 33 Valley River Ave., Murphy, NC 28906 and see the many displays of our talented artists.  Come on the first Friday of each month and experience Art Walk.  Bring your friends and visitors.  You will be pleasantly surprised with our little mountain town's efforts.

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