Featuring the talents of the Baerreis family and friends
Gallery 26 is the latest iteration of the Baerreis family’s collaborative art space. Each member of the family (as well as various guest artists) is represented in a curated collection of their work. Collectively, the family and friends space showcases decades of experience across many different types of media.
Martha and Phil Baerreis began making their living with their wood art in 1972, raising three children who have each spent their adult lives as professional artists as well. Nathan is a photographer, Elisabeth creates unique jewelry using various glass and metalworking techniques, and George is a musician. In 2000, the family opened a studio in Brasstown after suffering a fire that took a lifetime of inventory. In 2013, the studio, with expanded gallery space, moved to its current location on River Avenue in Murphy.
Gallery 26 features a wide range of items including functional sculpted wood art boxes, glass and metal jewelry, sun catchers, mobiles, kitchenware, wood bowls, pottery of all sorts, paintings, photography, knit and crocheted items, traditional Appalachian basketry, woven art baskets, collaborative pieces, and much more. All are available for sale through the downtown Murphy shop and more can be see in the online store.
Gallery 26 promises a personalized experience. Visitors are greeted by one of the artists whose work is for sale. There is no gap between visitor and creator. Nearby is a nice balance of shops, great restaurants, and activities. A beautiful walking trail winds along the Hiwassee River.