Tom Livingston, 2018 Featured Artist, has
charmed everyone with his amazing Intarsia. It is pictures made from
various native wood. Each kind is a different color. He
absolutely 'paints with wood " .
Current Show Exhibitor
Alva Houston - Dolls 'Hard
Candy Christmas '
Betty Cabe - Corn Shuck Dolls
Sharon Petterson - Loozie Floozy Dolls
"Hard Candy Christmas "
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Current Show Exhibitor
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.
The quilting, blacksmithing, clay art, folk
dolls, corn shuck flowers, broom corn brooms, and primitive furniture were inspired
from past generations.
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.
Notes from the Show Promoter - The show consists of artists inside and
outside the 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
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back.
New, this year is crispy Pork Skins .
- Kathy Cirka Backwoods
Bakery& Cake Works will be serving up Organic Breads
baked in a wood fired oven and more .
- Beside them, is woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds) and more. He constructs all with Western Red
Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality.
- AW Ruff makes the best
Blue Bird boxes around .He also makes Mountain Toys and Cutting
Boards at the right price .
- Jan Kleinrath Jan's
All things Canvas will be back with her Hats, Travel Purses and
more. Check her booth before going to the beach !
- Stacy Redmon RedRock Photo will be featuring new snaps of North
Carolina's beauty .
- Michael Roberts
MrMetalWorks is a fine Metal Artisan . He
specializes in Wind Spinners and Unique Yard Art .
- Looks like Bobby Bearden's
Original Yard Art is going to make the scene this
time. He creates Recycled Pieces that are such fun. New this
year is his alligators .
- Artist Michelle Ellis
Mountain Art is framed in Chestnut wood .
I especially like her paintings of chickens and trains from the Bryson
City area. She will be here on Saturday only.
- Cory Plott award winning
will be right outside the door with a summer collection of
his fine wheel clay art.
- Marleen DeNardo
LittleWoodLander has cool Leather Jewelry ,hand stamped
- Shelia Bowers is a budding Folk
Artist ,wait and see. She is new to the scene but has some
interesting paintings to show off.
- Cowee Quilting Bee will be
show how it was done for generations . Someone will
win this year's raffle quilt .Buy several chances for a good
- Sam Johnson Bamboo Fly
. What can I say? We are honored to have a
demonstration of the fine art of heirloom rod making. It is
sure to fascinate and inspire the Serious Fly Fisherman
among us . He is a member of the Southern Highlands Guild
and often demonstrates for them . But ,we have him for one day .
He will be showing some of his secrets when he had rather be
testing his latest creation on the Tuck .
- Kyle J. Owen has made
some rustic mountain benches and more for your cabin .
- Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
- Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter . She has many area collectors
who look for her unique creations at this show. They will be glad to find
her romantic, summer 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.
- Kim and Laura DeWeese BareNaturals
are coming with
unique Rustic Tables, Benches, Cheese Boards and Lazy Susans.
- Kathy Kobos JiffyMom is a
super Crotchetier . She is working right now on fashion
items like ladies shawls, ponchos, and body dresses
just for you .
- Good live music brings
cheer! There will be live guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's
Ronnie Evans. He will be selling his
to enjoy all year. He brings some of the music we grew up with.
The pottery section includes :
- Kim Von Hedemann Clay Critters
are coming back for summer show :Adorable lady bugs, cats and bears and more
on mugs and trinket boxes. You are
going to have to have three of these!
- Ann Suggs Stonehouse Pottery.
We welcome Ann with her individual style for summer .
- Do you remember the
Pottery by Barb Bates from last year ? She is
returning with her summer collection .
- And lamps ,too ,will be here .
- Jane Willis
MasterPottersClay is a mountain artisan who imprints
faith on her work. She will be at the Christmas show .
Specialty foods and sweets:
- Don Mandlekorn GreenMountainMaple
. If you are out of delicious Maple Syrup, help is on
the way !
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap and his personal grooming accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm Soap Maker will have some new
delicious new flavors.
- Doll Makers:
- Janet Collins comes a long way to bring
her colorful Rag Dolls
,not just the red and blue style.
- Corn shuck flowers date back to the
early settlers. Heritage Artisan, Betty Cabe, is preserving this
vanishing craft. She will demonstrating and selling her Colorful
Bouquets and Dolls. I bet there will be Smoky Mountain
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
skipping this summer show but will be back for the November
show. She is amost famous for her little folk
figure with hickory nut heads and don't forget her whimsies. She has many
collectors who look for new creations
- Alva Houston
makes folk dolls with hickory nut
heads . She may be having surgery in summer but be back for Christmas .
crafts : Mike and Sharon Smithwick only come
to 'Summertime' show with their Wine Bottle Lanterns and wood
Roberta Brown Roberts
Pressed Flower Art is looking for the first flowers of summer
for her framed pictures...Her garden will be producing pansy, roses and daisy blooms for new
dried , Petal Paintings .
Neal Hearn BoxesByNeal
is already planning his summer collection of Handcrafted Boxes with
Gem Stones and Fused Glass Pieces. They sell fast so
- Look for Tommy Hill with his quality
Leatherwork. He has made the perfect
- gift for someone special. I love my neck purse he
made me last year.
- I hear that David
Pruitt Another Place In Time is
working on Little White Churches for the summer customers.
Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her hanging kitchen towels and coasters.
- Roy Owenby is coming with
his mountain stories and his latest Novels .
- Barb Haun is a mixed media artist :Baskets,
Wood crafts and Glass engravings .
- Tina Clark Tinas Original makes Fountains
from Vintage Collectables. She has some surprises for this year's show .
- Denny and Bonnie Wallace Greasy Branch
Crafts are bringing their summer collection of Silk Arrangements
. Denny's rustic chairs with real flowers in the seat is a fast
seller. His Turned Vases are one of a kind .
- Connie Gregory Cat's Meow Pinecone
Creations are going to be back .Also fabric and wood items.
- Suzanne Summers Original Suzanne Art delights your eye with her explosion of color .
- Tonya Vannoy is a craftwoman in TinArt .
Look for Tonya's Tins on Facebook. Her Luminaries are special
- Tina BrownSavvySigns paints Bears and
Stuff you will love .
- Renee Hockensmith Hockensmith Mountain
Art has her summer collection of Alcohol Ink, Resin, and Polymer Art.
- Wendy Griffith hand paints art on wood and
glass . She will be back with her summer collection of Animals, Birds and
- John and Angela GrayTheBackyard Barn have
amazing Gourd Art ,Bowls and Birdhouses . You are going to love this .
We have attracted some wonderful
Ed Green Macon Photos is a creative photographer of
the Smoky Mountain elk herds and surrounding points of interest.
- Stacy Redmon RedRockPhoto
- Fabric and Fiber category includes :
- If I had small grandchildren
again, I would purchase a fun Teepee for them , from Brenda
Fuqua LindsaysLoft .She also crafts Canvas
Wall Banners and Baby Swings .
- Michael P. Riordan
HopeLeatherProducts is a leather slipper maker! His work is
superb. Welcome Mr and Mrs Riordan to Cullowhee.
- Lois Baker CreekSongQuilts will be new this year with lovely, fine quilts and Machine
- Bev Borchardt has a following who
watches for her latest quilted wall hanging and
- Linda Levy is always at the summer
show with her quilted hangings, quilts and more.
- Henri Moon lilywindgifts is a
skilled creator of Soft Bunnies ,Fur Babies, Hooded Towels
and baby gifts. Welcome Henri .
- Glenise Ward StoneBridgeLane makes Handcrafted Journals and
Original cards .
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright, colorful, Fabric Plates and bowls. She
will have her summer collection of birds and
summer flower themes.
- New this year is fabric artist ,Judy
Britton Firefly Cove Creations . Her Wildlife
pillows are original . Look for her Blue Ridge Mountain Wall
Hangings . Welcome, Judy .
- Knot Just
Country Nina M Hutchins is a fine seamstress who will
bring baby items, kitchen accessories and bears and dolls.
- Debby Eve
Loflin HandbagzandGladragz makes Leather Handbags
and Accessories . Check her web site .Welcome Debby .
- Dawn Wick Smoky Mountain
Studio has creations with her own Lamp Works Beads.
Slumped glass art and mixed media will be at this show .
- Dorothy Owen Grandmas Dot's
Critters has found her talent :Lions, bears .elephants,
and whimsical pigs will make you smile and make great
gifts . Her hubby is on his way with his wood burning
plaques that are perfect for the cabin .
- Diane Blazer Artistic Designs
makes decorated Visors and neat denim Neck Purses.
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- Ken Rudd's customers sells his tables, potato boxes and waste cans
as fast as he can get them up here. Hardly any woodcrafter
makes solid wood products ,anymore.
- Steve Simonelli's fine, fine
wood craft and his beautiful rocker chairs
and boxes will be here.
- New this year is Robert SetzerWood
Turnings by Robert . He makes hard to find
Rocking Horses as well as neat wood crafts.
- I have found a new woodcraftsman who
makes amazing children's toys, models and more. You are
going to be impressed with
- Mike Holden AWC
Woods has some handcrafted toys and models that you are not going
- to believe !
form of 'painting with wood' is Marquetry . Beth
and Allen Woody make small, decorative wood turning
pictures that are wonderful. . Welcome to Cullowhee!
- Eric Hanan Hanan's Carves
He is truly an artist in wood .
- Fred and Stephanie Kelly
Kelly Family Arts is coming with a treasure trove of
Handcrafted Wood Art. How about hand-chopped dough Bowls,
Walking Sticks, Wood Burned Ornaments and more .
- Greg and Rosemary RhodesPeakwoodworkingdesigns
make Wood Wall Decor . You can get a fine
replica of our Stars and Stripes
that lasts forever.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with Hand Stamped Jewelry in cool designs for the 20 something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, Master
Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Nancy Leigh Vivian and Silvias
will be back with her Copper Pounded Designs and original gemstone jewelry.
- Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry creations
from vintage silverware.
- Jean Covington Bead in Love is presenting
custom hand made bead work.
- Becky Smith
Silver Work and Design won Best of Show at Mountain Heritage Day (last
Saturday of September ,WCU Campus )last year .
original designs will be here . Welcome Becky .
- Kim Plotkin HumbleBumbleBeads
is a magician with Fused Glass Beads .
| Thank you for making 'Summertime' your first stop for original arts and
crafts at great prices! The American artists and craftsmen
are still making beautiful things with our hands and
our hearts just for you! See you there !
PS We have a major change of dates for
this year's 'Hard Candy Christmas' : Look for us the Saturday
,December 1 and Sunday 2 ,same time, same
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