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.
NOTE: I have just been to Barber's Orchard and
picked the best apples to give to you .This year's white oak
split basket will have Red and Yellow Delicious ,Gala and Cameo
apples. They will be in the chiller until show week when I will
pile high the split oak basket for you to pick up . It is part of the Christmas
celebration that mountain children
always got a stocking with an apple, orange and hard candy ,no
matter how lean the year was. The best toys were hand made with
care . The "Hard Candy Christmas ' celebrates the faith of past
generations that passed to us strength to go forth to
the blessings we enjoy now . Let us be thankful for today.
Outside: The sidewalk leading up to the big Catamount door entrance
has a sample
of the quality artisans inside. Look for the following
- Doreyl Ammons, catch the spirit,
(Jackson County's own) will be demonstrating pastel paintings.
She is designing two murals in the upcoming
- You can own some of her
artist's sketches . She will have originals
and prints under non-reflective
glass on a stand. The art includes details from 'On Hallowed
Ground "mural: trillium, larkspur, butterflies, birds, horses and
groundhogs.? What fun.
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back. (It
is never burned or too salty)
- John Bauknecht, Bear
chain saw animal carver, will have his yellow trailer overflowing with carvings, signs and walking sticks. Brother
Fred will have a project on the chain saw carving
- Henry and Alice Hoover Hoover Folk Instruments
back with their Southern canjos and Folk Musical
They can teach you how to play pretty good music from a spam
- If you smell homemade bread baking,
That will be Backwoods Bakery firing up the wood stove oven
outside to show you how grandma did it. Golden loaves will be ready for all that
- Sculpture, artist, Jim Gunter
be back again with his
- Michele Allen will have dried fruit orange
ropes and new this year: cinnamon ornaments that smell
good for years.
- Susan Camera's Ramble Wood Ridge rustic wagon will be
on the corner with recycled folk art. Check her web page
for more mountain makings.
- Dale Nash recycles granite drops
and turns then into lazy Susans and cutting boards .Lovely
addition to your kitchen .
- Molly McCurdy ,dulcimer maker and
player and Joshua Grant ,gourd banjo maker will
be showing you how easy it is to play .
- Johnetta Heil Plaid Sheep
Weavings will be bring her fall collection of
Come inside . The entrance tunnel has some exciting
- First artisan inside the door is favored potter,
Sue Malsnee. She has many area collectors of her work. They will be glad to find
her newest designs and original glazes.
- Tree grower and fresh wreath maker, Larry
Haskett , will be showing off his creations for your home
.He will also have vine everlasting wreaths too. The big tree in the lobby
comes from his A&E Tree Farm ,Tuckasegee, NC. each
- Dogwood Crafters from
Dillsboro will be selling samples from their unique shop.
They feature handcrafts from the mountain area.
- Steven Rich and David Walker
recycle planks from yesterday's barns into fun
birdhouses and feeders.
- No one can turn a gasoline can into a
piece of folk art like Bobby
Bearden World of Smiles ! He will be back with his pigs and cat recycled inventions. He has a new owl,
just for this show .
- Good live music brings cheer! There will be live guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's
Ronnie Evans. Everyone will get the Christmas
spirit as he plays the old
tunes we grew up with. He will be selling his cd's
to enjoy all year.
The pottery section includes :
All you Mike Hart Hart Works fans will be able to
add to your table settings. His stoneware with pinecone
impressions are hot sellers.
Larry Moore Softwinds Pottery is
new this year. You are going to find some different designs
that will be a hit
Ashley Poston BlueMountainClay pottery
has a blue glaze you are going to enjoy in your
Pottery from Saluda is
coming with new designs.
Specialty foods and sweets :
- Good News! Scotty Ellis
Toffee is going to be at this show. Remember
the delicious mint chips coated with luscious chocolate ? They will have 9 flavors to
enjoy ! (My German in-laws are going to get several
bags of this for Christmas !)
- Kathy Cirka
BackwoodsBakery will be our featured artist this year. This talented young lady has baked up our gingerbread church.
Someone is going to win a little masterpiece ! Go by
her booth and sign up for the drawing. Drawing will be at the show's end. You
do not have to be present to win, but ,it needs to be
hand carried home ! She will be baking up other
gingerbread goodies as well as her specialty
organic bread and cookies. How about pretzels, bagels, brownies and caramel popcorn .
- Kathy Nash Serendipity
will be back with her
heirloom nut brittle goodies. It is a fast seller.
- Terri Cook's Delightful Dips
was a hit last show and will be back with her homemade dips, mixes and
southern meat rubs.
- Jessica DeMarco Copper
will have homemade jams, jellies and pickles.
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap. And his personal grooming accessories.
- Tim & Penny Trescott
Beelite Candles will have a line of bees wax candles
and ornaments . Also, you will find soy
candles,and homemade soaps. Tim has a good
selection of mountain honey, maybe some sourwood.
- Elizabeth Lilley Spread the love
Lip Balm is the queen of the all natural lip balms.
Get ready for some scrumptious flavors..
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker will have some new
delicious new flavors .
- All you customers of Carmen O'Dell
By Willing Hands will be able to stock up on her
artisans soap for sensitive skin.
- Corn shuck flowers date back to the
early settlers. Artisan, Betty Cabe ,is preserving this
heritage craft. She will demonstrating and selling her colorful
bouquets. Maybe Christmas angels ?
- Elly Davey bird in hand makes little folk
figure and whimsies. She has many
collectors who look for new creations
- Let's see what folk artist Alva Houston
will have for us. Folk figures from
gourds and Christmas ornaments and more!.
- Valerie Holden will be
back with her everlasting bow wreaths to dress up your porch and kitchen.
- Breaking news: Bonnie and Denny
Wallace Greasy Creek Crafts create a
wide variety of holiday decorations .They are bringing lighted boxes, table settings and
cheerful accents. Denny has woodturnings . Welcome back to the Wallaces!
- Marcia Roland is a scherenschnitte' artist. It is a 3D
paper craft from the old
world that is hard to find. She will be demonstrating and
- Linda Miller is new this year .She
also, has paper art silhouttes .Her family is
the mountain craft of bark bucket making .
- Tommy Hill with his quality
leatherwork, will be back in time to replace that old worn
- Mike Malak will be back with his
antler art lamps and accessories.
- Danny Robinson Ex Files Knives
recycles old files and saw blades to make handmade knives.
- Come see what Tennessee sculpture Billy Reynolds
will be bringing this year. He always
wows us with his original mountain carvings
- Chris Turnier Fisheyeart
also a Tennessee artist , does amazing barn wood sculpture ,
fish watercolor paintings.
- JoAnn Lazaro The Basket Lady
coming with a good selection of functional baskets for
- Mike Merritt makes designer
birdhouses. They are almost too lovely for the birds. They
dress up your garden and porch .
- We are honored to have Macon County
native and author Roy Owenby. He
signing his new book: Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage Caricature of Southern Appalachian life .
Owenby takes you down the byways of the Appalachian
Mountains with stories of the soul of the mountain people. What a great gift !
- Another author, Marcia Riley,The Pillow
Fairy has a children's book ,just in time for Christmas
- Marker Mountain Frank and Darlene Marker
are coming back with candles, spices, and good things from
their mountain herb and flower garden.
- Vikki Tabor Christmas Boxes
has sold out each year .Get there early to her booth.
We have attracted some wonderful
fine artists and painters for this show such as:
- Carolyn Cordell Metal Paintings
artist missed the summer show but will be in a grand
space to show off her fall collection.
- Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings
will have her winter paintings and charming
feline art. Hint" she is a cat rescuer.
- Mary Cinnamon Gert's Kid
is a gourd artist. She paints her little masterpieces on natural surfaces. I
saw her 4 year's ago and said that she must come to my
show. It will be worth the wait. (She is
busy working on Christmas ornaments right now ). Welcome Mary
- Tennessee artist Alice Shamblin is coming
with her quaint rural scenes that can be personalized.
How about a cozy fireplace with the stockings all hung. She
can put your children or grandchildren's names on them .
The fabric and Fiber art category is looking is
Ginger Rutland Gingerbreadland has a
wonderful collection of Christmas quilts, wall hangings and
ornaments . She features gingerbread themes but has
snowmen and Santa ,too .Welcome ,Ginger.
Ann Eastabrooks the scarf lady
is coming back with her popular scarves .
- Donna McCarthy Alpaca Tina
Alpaca and shares her weaving, felting, and yarns with us.
- Sue Dial also a fiber artist is
coming back with wearables, dolls and jewelry.
- Martha Shanks, Nozama Hats
creator of designer, felted hats is coming back.
- Mary Ann Zelinsky Morzel weaving
is a master weaver from Johnson City Tn. She will have
scarves, hats and accessories.
- Virginia Bobian 's scarves, shawls
and hats will be there.
- Do you want a tea towel with the recipe
of how to bake possum? Joy Garcia embroideries
handed down recipes
for fun gifts. She has antique handkerchief angels
- Linda and Bill Van Order Beary Hill Bears
are returning with their Christmas collection and home
- Susan Kennedy: quilted designer
purses and Mark's photography.
- Gretchen Branning:
purses; each one created from a man's neck tie.
- Norma Jean Corhn:
18' inch doll dresses, holiday ornaments and more.
- Returning is Linda Owens with unique tie dyed clothing for young and old. Also house wares
just made for you.
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her winter and
- holiday collection
- Linda Jackson is an artist on silk
scarves. What a neat gift for the lady with everything. She
will have painted glassware.
- Kathy Bolen Seasons to sew
will be hit for those looking for pot holders,
casserole carriers, bottle aprons and coasters.
- Jo Bolt is a craftswoman who make
wrap skirts. Check out her creations .
- Robyn Brechbill MountainCreek
Creations is sewing some handbags and ladies
- Ashley Houston, batik clothing.
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
and Jo Crowder's tree sculpture inside various wood
circles is coming back for this show !
- (Customers looked for them last year but a
new grandchild took precedent ).They use southern hardwoods
and some chestnut for their art.
- David Hedrick makes "gin.u.wine"
wood toys .He had a great show last year from parents who
are tired of plastic under the tree. He will have a lovely
selection this year of trucks, cars and trains.
- Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts is coming from
Tennessee to bring their handcrafted log furniture. Gerald and Ruth Bleniek
- Dennis and Judy Wilkey are
favorites each show with fine wood turnings, gifts and jewelry.
- Ron Thompson is a master
turner from regional wood. (I treasure a set of his apple wood bowls).
- Ken Rudd's customers buys his tables, potato boxes and waste cans like
crazy. They are hard to find .
- Steve Simonelli is a fine, fine
wood crafter who is famous for his beautiful rocker chairs
- Collett will have her Christmas decorations .
- Gary Morris is going to be at this
show with his popular scroll saw puzzles and art.
- Arden Hopper &family are
woodworkers who will be showing cutting boards, ornaments,
and candle holders.
- David Pruitt will be back
with his hand crafted log house replications. His wife,
makes little tea towels that button in the kitchen for quick clean ups
- Are you looking for a quality quilt rack? Fine woodworker,
Steve Waldroop, is working on them
right now. He will have other inventory and sewing
crafts from his sister.
The knitters are in vogue right now:
With winter coming on ,new hats and scarves are in order.
Tolotti: Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats
- William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories.
- Connie Anderson's colorful hairpin lace scarves
are a hit. She will be back with
shawls, and necklaces, too.
- Linda Jackson paints on silk
scarves .You are going to enjoy giving this gift. She
has glassware ,too.
- Mary Jo Brown will be back with
quality hand knitted mittens, hats, and scarves.
- Susan Dodd hand sews bottle
covers to dress up your table. She has other hand crafted
- Susan Gunter hand knits shawls,
hats, mitts and sweaters. They are going to feel good about January!
- Alexandra Cassell , Katlin Alexandra will have some
neat crocheted knitted accessories such as mittens, hats, and wraps.
- Ernestine Plemmons with
fiber/crocheted gift items .How about something special for
the new baby?
The Glass artists are unique:
- Kristin Munzo Morning Star Glass
will be making glass globes and demonstrating blowing orbs.
- Coming only for this show is Katie
Knopp Katie did it with her 3D hanging glass
- Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass
is coming back with
her original glass art both fused and slumped. Her
new line of jewelry is dichroic glass accented with
swarovski crystals. So lovely necklaces and
- I peeped into Lynn Grady's
product page. You are going to love her art! It is
whimsical paintings on rocks and things at hand. She
will have some fused glass, too.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
- Coming back is the James Ledbetter
Alabama with their popular jewelry from antique silverware.
- Also back is Janet L.
Simons Dean Victorian Traditions. She is a hat maker and vintage jewelry
- Ellen Speed makes
amazing jewelry accessories from soda cans. (The Coke ones
are favorite). What fun!
- Returning is Donna
Art workz studio
with her fine wire wrapping. She will have a
whole booth with her photography,also.
- Virginia Bohanan Ginny's Jewelry specializes
in ladies and children's jewelry.
- Jennifer Clem is popular with her
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique cool designs .
- I had many jewelers to choose from this
year. The one I picked to close the
jewelry category was Tom and Sherry Jones. Their work is more like wearable
art. Tom draws his design inspiration from his Cherokee heritage.
- Shep and Marge Shepherd will be having their last show, before retiring, with us.
They will be selling fossils and beads used in their craft. And maybe some tools that they will not
- Dennis and Judy Wilkey will share
a booth with his fine woodworking and her jewelry.