Mountain Artisans presents the 31st Annual

                     'Hard Candy Christmas' Art and Craft Show

New Date : Saturday , December 1 and Sunday December 2

located in the (WCU) Ramsey Center ,Catamount Drive,  Cullowhee, N.C.             

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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. 
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.

     Mountain Artisans 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 me. 

     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.




       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 :  

  • Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture handcrafts 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. She is
  • staying home for this show instead of heading south .
  • Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain  delicious kettle popcorn will be back.  New, this year is crispy Pork Skins .
  • Ed Hudgin's Sawmill Tables are favorites .If you missed getting one last year ,here is another chance.
  • I expect Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery will be on the corner with Gingerbread cookies, organic bread and sugarplum treats to dream about.


  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors: Larry Haskett and Evelyn Sanborn
  • from A&E Tree Farm and Awe Natural  bring the fresh wreaths and garlands for your house. They bring the big 'Har CAndy Christmas 'tree that starts the Christmas holiday spirit each year .


  • Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter who has many area collectors .She will be returning next year 's 'Summertime Show ,June 29-30 2019 .
  • .Meanwhile,  look for a new exhibitor in her place :Jane Willis from Burnsville, NC.
Jane Willis MasterPottersClay is a mountain artisan who imprints faith on her work.


  •  Looks like Bobby Bearden's Original Yard Art is going to be inside the tunnel this time. He creates Recycled Pieces that are such fun.
  • Neal Hearn Boxes by Neal will be on the corner with his Christmas collection of his unique boxes.
  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with samples from their Dillsboro shop .
  •  Featured Artist Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece  Intarsia will have a gorgeous Christmas collection.


  • 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 CD's 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 Christmas  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 Christmas  luminaries and snowmen  .
  • Cory Plott  award wining PlottWearPottery will be moving inside for this show .He will have his Christmas collection  for his customers.

Specialty foods and  sweets:

     Terrie Cook Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes, Homemade dips and Rubs.

      Betty Davis Cranberry Hollow has her customers who love her dips and mixes ,too.

      Tim Trescott Beelite Candles features only genuine beeswax candles and this year's mountain honey .

  •  Scotty Ellis Cold Mountain Toffee is back with Peppermint Bark  just 'n time for Christmas giving and eating !
  •  Lin Johnson Mimi's Mountain Mixes is Beer Baking Mixes . Who would have thought ! Stock up while they are here .

      Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming back with his popular goat milk soap and his personal grooming accessories.
  • Laura Craig  Shade Tree Farm soap maker, will have some new, delicious new flavors.
  •       Doll Makers:
  • 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 Bears .too. 
  • Elly Davey Bird in Hand is will be back for the Christmas  show. She is almost 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 each show.

Other special crafts :

   Roberta Brown Roberts Pressed Flower Art has the  flowers of summer drying for her framed pictures...Her garden has produced pansy, roses and daisy blooms for new dried  Petal Paintings .    

  •  David Pruitt  Another Place In Time  is working on  Little White Churches for the Christmas customers. Also , nativity Scenes. Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her handwork.  
  •  Roy Owenby is coming with his mountain stories and his latest Novels .
  • Denny and Bonnie Wallace Greasy Branch Crafts  are bringing their Christmas collection of  Wreaths and lighted Boxes .Denny's  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 .
  • Renee Hockensmith Hockensmith Mountain Art has her summer collection of Alcohol Ink, Resin, and Polymer Art. Welcome Renee.
  • Wendy Griffith hand paints  art on wood and glass . She will be back with her Christmas  collection  of Animals, Birds and Flowers .


  • Fabric and Fiber category includes :
  • They are back ! Susan and Mark Kennedy has been out with a wrist repair for Susan.
  • Let's welcome her back with good sales for her hand quilted purses and Mark's photography !
  • Bev Borchardt has a following who watches for her latest quilted  wall hanging and accessories.
  • Linda Levy is coming to this year's show with her quilted hangings, quilts and more.

      Ginger Rutland Gingerbread Land features hand quilted holiday decorations . Customers love her original table runners, wall hangings   and ornaments .

  • Debbie and Larry Bennett Out of the Drawer Quilts specializes in neck purses . (I have several that I wear to keep up with myself )!
  • 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.
  • Knot Just Country Nina M Hutchins is a fine seamstress who will bring baby items, kitchen accessories,bears and dolls.
  • Donna McCarthyAlpaca Tierra will be back with Alpaca socks and Fiber art .
  • Barbara Quinn J&C Crafts Towels ,Aprons, fabric bowls; great, practical ,gifts .
  •  Nancy and Thomas Smith JeNan Wood and Fiber hand  make  a variety of items for knitters, spinners and fabric artists .
  • Look for project bags for the perfect gift .
  • Jim Boxerman's leather Craft will have a wide variety of hand tooled leather goods. Gun holsters ,purses and more.

     Linda and Ed Barton creators of Felt Ornaments are coming back with a wide variety of your favorite school colors !

  • Brenda Fuqua Lindsay'sLoft is coming back for Christmas !The Grandchildren will love this play area at Grammy's house.
  •     Other Artists :
  • 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 .
  • William Menyas will be back with his Soapstone Carvings  .
  • Dick Covalinski/Wil Baker .This talented duo dazzles with stained glass sun catchers and ornaments
  • Monika Hoerl's  Rosemaling is so special. She is working right  now on traditional plates ,ornaments and plaques.
  •  Bill Radford LittleFeather has genuine Cherokee art . Carvings on jewelry and knives make special gifts. 
  • Mike Wilson Wilson Knives .When you get a Wilson knife ,you are getting a lifetime of fine craftsmanship . Made
  • one at a time .

 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.
  • Steve Waldroop will be back with his cowboy theme  
  • 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 ! He will have rocking horses  for Christmas giving .
  • Another form of 'painting with wood' is Marquetry . Beth and Allen Woody make small, decorative wood turning pictures that are wonderful.

    Dennis and Judy Wilkie bring fine wood turned  writing  pens, ice cream scoops ,seam rippers and more that sell like hot cakes .

     Tonia & John  Cannon  Balsam Mountain Woodworks will have new woodwork items for your house .


     Jason Rizzo Jason Rizzo Fine Art is an artist with the camera.



We have some of the most skilled jewelers from our area and far away:

      Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a holiday favorite with her fused glass ornaments and jewelry . Here she comes .

  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is back this year with Hand Stamped  Jewelry in  cool designs for the 20 something crowd.
  • Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell,  Master Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles, also.
  • Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry  creations  from vintage silverware. 
  • Jean Covington Bead in Love is presenting her  custom  hand made bead work.
  • Becky Smith Silver Work and Design won Best of Show at Mountain Heritage Day (last.

        Her original designs will be here . 

  • Kim Plotkin HumbleBumbleBeads is a magician  with Fused Glass Beads .
  • Marleen DeNardo LittleWoodLander has cool Leather Jewelry, hand stamped .
  • Shelia Bowers Wire wrapping and neat Folk Painting .
  • Kelli Perry Wintersun Fused Glass Jewelry .



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