The Valley River Arts Guild,  a non-profit organization, located in Murphy, N.C., was formed to serve the artistic community of the region.  Our primary purpose, to encourage public participation in the arts and sponsor educational events, has come to fruition with the creation and execution of the First Friday Art Walk and the annual Spring Student Art Show. The Guild sponsored  Student Art Show, where students from Andrews, Murphy and Hiawassee Dam show their talent, marks it's 5th year in 2016.      
If you are interested in joining our active artist community, please click the following link for more information on joining our guild.  Jury Information 2016                     




The Valley River Arts Guild hosted the opening reception for its

2016 Spring Student Art Show

    at the Valley River Arts Gallery, 33 Valley River Ave., in downtown Murphy.


David Vowel, Director of the Cherokee County Arts Council,one of the show judges, and Brandon Clonts, art teacher Murphy HS (shown right)


Student Exibit to be on display in the Gallery through April!



Congratulations to Breanna Orr (below), recipient of the $500 Scholarship from Valley River Artists Guild.





A sampling of winning art and artists from left to right:


Trevor Larcy's Best in Show (3D), Melinda Wilke's & her winning Drawing (4th), Kylie Gibson's Drawing (1st), Cameron Fitzgerald Drawing (2nd).


Local high school students, grades 9-12, participated in this juried show. Prizes were awarded to 1st through 4th place winners at the reception. A bonus prize was awarded to the art department of the school with the most winners and a , (pictured above). Winners in each category are as follows:


Best of Show:

Trevor Larcy

Category #1 - drawing, painting, mixed media:

1st:  Kylie Gibson

2nd: Cameron Fitzgerald

3rd:  Gabrielle Handcock

4th:  Melinda Wilkes

Category #2 - 3 dimensional in any media

1st:  Noah Pinkleton

2nd: Ethan Sneed

3rd: Alex Pinkleton

4th: Allie Pratt

Category #3 - Photography,graphic arts,computer arts

1st:  Breanna Orr

2nd: Milla Hates

3rd: Rayen Hirch

4th: Jade Majercik

Bonus Prize (school with most winners)

Murphy High School

VRAG $500 Scholarship 

Breanna Orr, Andrews High School

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