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Small Beginnings :
The Mountain Artisans Art & Craft Shows started in
Macon County in 1987. Only 8 artisans exhibited at
the first Christmas show in Franklin, NC.
We never imagined that,
down the road, we were headed to the wonderful Ramsey
Center on the Western Carolina University campus in
Cullowhee, North Carolina!
It is a dream come
true. As the years have flown by, more and more artisans
wanted a good place to sell their hand work and
joined us. So many of our small businesses have been sent overseas, but there are no
imports here. The southern craftsman is alive and
well in this area. Many of the heritage crafts
are handed down from the older generation.
Look for heritage
crafts such as quilting, clay art, folk
dolls, corn shuck flowers, goat milk soap and primitive furniture
that was inspired
from past generations. A heritage broom straw
maker will be here this year .
You will find it all here.
Art and Crafts Shows provide a
marketplace for customers and artisans to meet. It is an amazing
collection under one roof. You would have to visit dozens
of shows to
find what I have gathered at one place.
Cullowhee, North Carolina is home
to the Western Carolina University. On the campus is the Ramsey
Center arena that boasts 18,000 square feet of climate controlled
comfort for everyone. It is home to the Catamount's
basketball games but two times each year, they move over for
our craft shows. A great set up crew makes it all look easy for
Quaint Cullowhee Valley nestles off Highway 107
that runs up to Cashiers, North Carolina from Sylva. It is a
stop off the Southern
Highroads Trail highway. All around are big, soft mountains. A foot bridge crosses the Cullowhee Creek to get
to the show from the parking lot. It is peaceful to your soul
just to be here. Click on the map to see how to get
to Cullowhee NC from Asheville, Cherokee, and Atlanta.
WHAT IS A 'HARD CANDY
CHRISTMAS' ,ANYWAY? Christmas in the mountains has always
been celebrated with many traditions from our Scotch
Irish and German ancestors. Money was scarce so imagination had
to be depended on for gifts for each other .Many of the
children born after the Great War ,remember lean
Christmases. But no matter ,we always got a stocking (or shoe
box) filled with apples, oranges ,nuts and always hard candy. At
our house ,when
we became more prosperous , a big tin of ribbon candy, in different flavors, came
mail order, from Sears and Roebuck. We waited with
great anticipation for the Sears Christmas catalog to arrive .
It became common
,of this period , to call it a 'Hard Candy Christmas "
if money was scarce.
Parents planned all year to make special gifts
using materials at hand. What a delight to
receive a box of Granny's Tea Cakes . They have never been
duplicated .One year ,she made
my Dad a stack dried apple cake using a recipe that was passed down from
her mother. Our Christmas trees were cedars from the neighbor's
sagebrush patch or road side. Our house was cleaned for a week
before the evergreens and holly from the fields were
brought in to decorate the old farm house I grew up in . I
remember the year my brothers came home from the war and brought
the first bubble lights ,I ever saw. It was during this time
that I knew Jesus was the Savior and understood why Christmas
was so important for the world. The Christmas Spirit came to me,
just a little girl, and wrapped me in love . Because of
this wonderful season ,I want to preserve and share
the traditions of a mountain Christmas like I grew
up with :fresh greenery ,gingerbread baking and hand crafted
items ,made one at a time . The 'Hard Candy Christmas ' was born
in my heart .There is no event like it ,anywhere;
but it did not happen in a day .Thank you for all you
customers who have appreciated and supported my efforts
over the last 30 years It has been a joy to bring this
show to you .
Joy to the world, the Lord has come . Doris
Hunter, mountain girl artist and show producer
ATTENTION SHOPPERS: SOMEONE LEFT TWO GLOBES THAT WERE
PURCHASED FROM AN ARTIST AT THE SHOW . IF THIS IS YOUR
MERCHANDISE, I HAVE SAVED IT FOR YOU .CALL
828 -524 3405 ,Doris
The show consists of craftsmen inside and
outside the Ramsey Center building:
Outside Artists: The sidewalk and surrounding
area leading up to the big Catamount door entrance has a sample
of the quality artisans inside. Look for the following
- First up is Woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture, with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds )and patio furniture . All constructed with Western Red
Cedar and Cypress wood and stainless steel nails, will be on the corner again with a
quality selection for your
Redmon Red Rock Photo Art captures the mountain area
with an artistic eye. Look for his Christmas collection of the
- Kathy Cirkus BackWoods Bakery's specialty is
fine, organic, Artisan Bread made with stone-milled flour and baked in a wood
fired oven. She will have special offerings for this
gingerbread houses and cookies, sugar plums drops to dream about and more .
- Kyle Owen Mountain chainsaw man
with wood carvings and rustic furniture .
- Pam Fullerton /
Larry Young Sweet Pea Crafters is a duo that will
bring carved walking sticks and Pam's neatly sewn
bags and more.
- Wallace and Donna Cole
Gourds Galore take the simple gourd
turns them into little masterpieces of fancy birdhouses and
- Ed Hudgins Saw Mill Tables is
here again with his beautiful, rustic tables ,priced right .
- MaixueVangLeeCraft is new
this year with Beanie Babies and amazing hand crafted
- . David Dick David's
Handi Work is
very unique pots and vases, draped in concrete. Also wood trays .(Hand draped Concrete Jardinie'res
- Sara Shields StarrBlazeGlassWorks
is a master glass blower and will have globes and more for the collectors .
Wood Turned Bowls, Trays, Cutting Boards is new this show .
Welcome Rick .
I looked everywhere
for a Mountain Bee keeper and found Mike Gecewicz
CarolinaBeeFarm with sourwood, wild flower and the neatest
lye soap ever.
Remember Michelle Allen Scents of the
Universe ? She will be back with Cinnamon Dried fruit ropes and
Joe Bartlett makes
New England Country Furniture .Look for him on the sidewalk to
the right .
is new this year with his Cherokee Heritage Art. Look
for his Flutes, Carvings and more.
I was hoping Margaret
Suddereth and Barbara St .Germain would be back with
their Fluffy Snowmen Wreaths and Decorations . And here they
are ! Welcome .
BlueFlourBakery is a new holiday cookie, maker this
year. She is going to make our holidays sweeter .
Solid Cement Creations is new this year with
bowls,planters,votives and garden art .
Larry M. Hill (We do re do ) specializes in vintage
lamps, cedar tables and wall sconces and more .
DeRico's Smoky Mountain Kettle Corn is bringing delicious
popcorn that is always just right .
makes an interesting assortment of wood burning ornaments , She
will be personalizing and demonstrating her art while you watch .
Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
Larry Haskett and Evelyn Sanborn Awe
Natural Wreaths will be returning with fresh mountain
Greenery wreaths and more . This show, they will have more
everlasting wreaths to offer you . (Each year A&E
Tree Farm provides the big 'Hard Candy Christmas "tree in the lobby .)
- First artisan inside the door is favored
potter Sue Malsnee. She has many area collectors of her work
who look for her unique creations at this show. They will be glad to find
her nature designs and original glazes.
- Dogwood Crafters will be selling
samples from their unique shop.
They feature quality handcrafts from the mountain area. Visit their shop in Dillsboro, NC.
- Tom Livingston's
Piece by Piece Intarsia
takes many kinds of wood and shapes them into amazing
pictures. He will have some neat choices for special giving or dressing up
Bearden Recycled Yard Art ! Who turns gas cans into
fun pigs that fly better than Bobby Bearden ? He will have a
neat collection to bring smiles to your garden.
Hearn Boxes by Neal is coming back with his Christmas collection
of fused glass boxes and hanging panels with natural gemstones . He always sells out of his unique art
It is 18,000 sq feet of warm, comfortable shopping area.
- Good live music brings cheer!
There will be live, guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's Ronnie Evans. He plays the old songs that we
remember. He will be selling his
to enjoy all year.
The pottery section
- Customers looking for Kim von Hedemann
will be so happy to find
her love of cartoons and animals for this adorable art.
She captures a whole menagerie with clay
on mugs and trinket boxes.
- Balsam Mountain's Ann Suggs Stone house Pottery
will be here with her Christmas collection ! She is
working on some snowmen luminaries right now .
Mike and Cindy Hart Hartworks
will be back for all their collectors.
- Robby RalleyMilton's Mugs
is talent galore ! He will have new face jugs and
- his blue glazed pieces
- Award winning Cory Plott Plottware Pottery
coming back for this show His cream and blue pieces are sharp
this year !
Specialty foods and sweets:
- Terri Cook's Delightful Dips
customers line up for more of Terri's homemade dips, mixes and
southern meat rubs.
Mimi's Mountain Mixes is back with beer baking mixes .
Scotty M. Ellis
Cold Mountain Toffee presents delicious toffee from a secret
family recipe. Her peppermint flavor only comes out for Christmas !
CranberryHollow customers will be glad to stock up for the
holidays from her tasty mixes .
Honey Roasted Nuts are the perfect size to tuck into stockings for a
crunchy treat .
Jessica De Marco
CopperPotTraditions is a favorite with strawberry
jam, pickles and other yummy treats.
- Pamela Reagan Maple Springs
Confectionery specializes in Maple candy and yummies
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap and personal grooming accessories .
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker always has delicious new flavors
- Cindi and Randy Beaver SleepyHollowFarm specializes in
Goldenseals and many things
herbal : soaps ,herbal oils,
extracts and natural products for your well being .
Other special crafts :
Bonnie and Denny Wallace have a big selection of lighted
Christmas boxes ,wreaths and wood turning by Denny.
Jusbclause has hand painted pet ornaments and hydrostone
Connie Gregory makes hard to find pinecone wreaths and
other just Connie creations.
Michael K Malak
Antler Mike will be back with his Antler Art ,Lamps and
MountainCarverwill be 'wowing' us with his latest
DesertSonProductions has digital Photography, decorative frames and 'Life
- Heritage Artisan
is making adorable Smoky Mountain Boutique Bears this
year . Momma and all the cousins will be coming
for the bear collectors. She will have some corn
shuck flowers and dolls, too.
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
almost famous for little folk
figure with hickory nut heads and don't forget her whimsies. She has many
collectors who look for new creations
- Alva Houston
was our 'Featured
Artist" last 2016 "Summertime " show. Her
little mountain folk dolls will be joined with snowmen gourd art
and fresh canned jams and jellies from her summer garden.
- Roberta Brown-Roberts Pressed Flower
Art is our Featured Artist this 2017
"Summertime" show. She has the garden lovers favorite! They are going to love
framed bouquets of pressed flowers, grown in her own garden.
- Look for Tommy Hill with his hand tooled
leatherwork. Replace that old wallet with a new one.
- Just in : David Pruitt has
something new for a few customers" Nativity Scenes !
This specialty collection has several sizes to choose from.
- He will also have his Christmas
collection of little log
homes and churches
. He was
(2016 Featured Artist! Another Place In Time
.Wife Silvia Pruitt ,will
have hard to find hanging kitchen towels and coasters.
- Suzanne Summers has a flair to swirl brilliant colors using
ink and alcohol . Here comes her Christmas collection
- Polly Wells Bread Clay
Ornaments and miniatures creates little masterpieces
with dough clay .
- Bud Werdelin makes an assortment
of Christmas ornaments and decorations.
- Mike Wilson Blade Maker is
a master knife maker . His tomato slicer is a favorite and
mainstay for summer canning.
- Blue Ribbon Winner Bill Radford
presents his Cherokee heritage craft : Shown his gorget
shell carving . knives and
pendants,also. He won 5 ribbons at the 2017 Cherokee Fall
Fair. Congratulations ,Bill.
- Karen H. Monteith presents
Redrick Raccoon and the Christmas Mystery .Get a signed copy.
- Sandy Jackson presents
greeting cards and his publications .
- Monica Hoerl Rosemaling
will be back with European Folk Painting.
- Dan Donaldson Broom Brothers
is a master broom maker . He will have Cob
Sweepers ,Bridal Brooms and decorative brooms
- James BoxermanJim'sLeathercraft
has a good selection of all things leather .
- Phyllis Lambert
Bloomin'Plates creates garden art using vintage plates
and saucers .
- Heather and Matthew Lowder will be
introducing soy candles scented with your favorite essential oils
- Linda Brown yummy soy candles with
- Marker Mountain Herb
Farm will be bring soaps ,candles, tea and
gleaning from their mountain farm.
are honored to have Carolina authors with their productions
- Roy Owenby Mountain Author
"The Owl Knows" is a mystery thriller set on the Blue Ridge
Parkway. What does the owl know?
- Karen Monteith author of Christmas
children's books . Redrick Raccoon and the Christmas
Mystery. Get an autographed copy
- Sandy Jackson also has his publishings,
cards and more .
will be back with her original window
paintings and ornaments.
Southern Scenes collectors will be expecting her Christmas
collection . Her animal and landscapes go fast .
Wendy Griffin hand
paints on glass and wood . Holiday Art is her favorite.
- Look online for my friend Michael M Roger's
watercolorist and avid hiker, will be Sharing the Beauty of his beloved mountains in his latest
DVD of waterfalls
and wild flowers. Visit his new online store at
You can purchase original art work, prints and photography on
The Fabric and Fiber Art categories
are looking good
going to delight collectors with their talent .
placed 3rd in the Professional Doll Maker's Guild this Spring.
Congratulations and welcome ,Belinda and Dennis.
- Beverly Borchardt will have more space
for her Christmas
selection of quilted wall hangings and accessories.
- Susan Kennedy's quilted purses are
collector's pieces. Drop by to see what's new for giving or
you !. Don't
forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
- Sabrina Miller and Janet Bennett Beads and Bags Boutique team up to make
handcrafted bags, scarves and matching fun jewelry and more .
- Sharon K Drewyor is back for the
Christmas season with all things knitted.
Get warm stuff for winter chills.
- Alicia BoppLildarlindesigns
makes favorites for your Lil Darlin": hair bows, tutus,
bibs and baby accessories.
The Glass Artists Category :
- Cindy ParksCold Mountain Bling has
been delayed until 2018 Her Stained Glass, Jewelry and nite lites
are popular .
- Dick Covalinski and Wil Baker Stained
Glass and eclectic art
- Julie BoisseauWildPonyStudio
creates functional and wearable glass and clay .
- Carla M Beam
creates Broken Glass Suncatchers and Barnwood Bird Feeders
from reclaimed sources.
The wood craftsmen at this show :
Wood toys are coming: David S. Hedrick ,master
toy maker ,will have trucks, trains and more.
- Tonia Cannon Balsam Mountain Wood Works
will be here with scroll saw work and original designs.
- Ken Rudd's Custom Woodwork has a big
following. He has worked all year to have potato boxes, cans
and accessory furniture
- Steve Simonelli
Woodcraft always pleases his customers with fine wood pieces made one
at a time for them.
- Carson and Sonjia Gibson create
lovely stack jewelry boxes and snowmen .
- Steve and Karen Waldroop The Wagon
Peddler makes racks
for your essential oils , Aspen Candles and quilt racks ,too
- KeithWood Wood Pecker craft
presents fine tables and the most unique plant stands I have
ever seen .
- Big news! Dick Crowder is coming with
his wood silhouettes .
- Dennis and Judy Wilkey
Judy's Gems and Wood have the best 'turned' gift items to
be found, pens, ice cream scoopers and more
- Tammy Bellefeuil taught herself to
turn wood. Her Platters, bowls and vases are first class.
Photographers are 'tops"
- Ed Green Macon Green Photo has amazing shots of the Elk herds in the Smokies. He
has prints and greeting cards of many mountain themed views.
- Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo wows his
customers with mountain themes. Spring, summer, winter
and fall; small and large sizes. Look for him outside .
- Jason Rizzo Fine Art Photo
captures the mountain beauty with an artist eye.
- Gary C. Galbrecht Art, Photos
palm frond reindeer (let's see that is ) and sculpture.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away.
- Jaqueline Hatch Native
American Jewelry artisan with original pieces and bullet bling.
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique, cool designs for the 20 something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, Campbell Designs master wire wrapper. She will have chain
and gem trees,
- Lavada Anderson BornAgainCreations
has some fine vintage silverware (and found items)
creations .Welcome Billy and Lavada !
- Ciara DeNardo LittleWoodlander Leather Jewelry. The leather cuffs with metal
inset are hand stamped. They have cowhide clutches and fabric
bags with leather accents.
- Kelli PerryWinterSunRising has lovely
fused glass jewelry that are one of a kind .
- Big News !! Our favorite Janet Anderson
Wild Fired Glass Studio is coming back after a time off to
repair her back. Welcome .She has fused glass wearables and
ornaments . Welcome back ,Janet .
'Hard Candy Christmas " Crafts Show is filled for this year, I
believe it it the best one yet. I have outdone myself with quality
exhibitors . I can hardly wait for you to see it all together.. Thank you for shopping
from regional American artisans and craftsmen ! I wish you a
very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2018 !
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