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.
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 Cain, catch the spirit,
(Jackson County's own), will be demonstrating pastel paintings.
She is designing two murals in the upcoming
year. You can own some of her
artist's sketches. She will also have new:
'Laughing Locust " which is nature art on slabs of locust
wood cut from her forest preserve.
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back. (It
is never burned or too salty)
- Nina Fette's recycled glass
mobiles will be catching the sparking sun outside . She is
an artist who specialized in lots of color .
- Jan Kleinrath all things canvas
will be back .
Stop by her place before you head to the shore. Her
canvas hats , beach bags and accessories are essentials for
- Brad Greenwood ,BradGreenwoodDesigns,Tennessee
blacksmith and copper artist, will be new this year. He
customizes stair railing, window boxes, and fireplace
brackets. His copper line of botanical sprays add so much
to your cabin walls.
- Kyle Carpenter Green Thumb
Pottery will offer the gardeners interesting ,original display
- Jimmy and
Marlene Hopkin's bright yard art will be back . Remember the big
sunflower and stick down garden pierces ? Flying pigs
from gas cans! All these and more.
- 'Smack Yo Mamma' gourmet barbeque
sauce is going to be a hit with the cooks. Kim and Mike will
have 8 sauces and a delicious meat rub to dress up
your summertime feasts.
- George West will be making the
sparks fly with his blacksmithing demonstration under
the front porch overhang. He will have his creations for
- Cory Houston Plott will be
demonstrating throwing pots just outside the door .If you
are a would be potter, this will interest you !
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.
- Jim Watts CreateSomethingAmazing
, fine artist, has many collectors in our area. He
will have his summertime display collection of
watercolors, acrylics and oils
- Dogwood Crafters will be selling
samples from their unique shop.
They feature handcrafts from the mountain area. Visit their shop in Dillsboro, NC.
- Dearly cherished is Harold Sims; Catman2. His
kind heart started a no kill rescue and adoption home that
has aided hundreds of felines. Go by and donate generously. He
does much good.
- Steven Rich and David
Walker's functional birdhouses will back for our
feathered friends. They are log cabins and churches
- Tom Livingston Piece by Piece Intarsia
takes many kinds of wood and shapes them into amazing
- 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.
The pottery section includes :
- Ashley Poston Blue
Mountain Clay pottery
has a blue glaze you are going to enjoy in your
- Debbie Dowdy Muddy Goat is
a Georgia potter that we are glad to welcome.
- Kim Von Hedemann ClayCritters
Adorable lady bugs, cats and bears and more
on mugs and trinket boxes. You are
going to have to have three of these ! Great holiday gifts!
Specialty foods and sweets :
- Scotty Ellis
Toffee is coming back. Remember
the delicious mint chips coated with luscious chocolate ? They will have 9 flavors to
- Kathy Cirka
Backwoods Bakery will be baking her specialty
organic bread and cookies. How about pretzels, bagels, brownies and
cinnamon raisin swirl..
- Kathy Nash Serendipity
will be back with her
heirloom nut brittle goodies. It is always 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.
- Renae Allison will be welcomed
with Honey Roasted Peanuts, Almonds and Pecans.
- 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.
- New this year is Debbie Porch
Turtle River Soaps with as variety of natural ingredient
soaps and lip balm .
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker will have some new
delicious new flavors.
- Tom and Janet Jenkins Crackling
Candles have a new
idea: crackling candles ! They are the ultimate
candle burning experience .Imagine the soothing sound of a
crackling fire with the scent of your favorite candle . Not
your thing ,then choose from 350 other soy candles with wood wicks
and yummy scents .
- Rivers Marchesoni makes ointments
for poison oak healing and various other salves and soaps.
- 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 and dolls . You don't have to wait for
Christmas for angels, either!
- Elly Davey bird in hand makes little folk
figure and whimsies. She has many
collectors who look for new creations
- Alva Houston
lives on Caney Fork here in Jackson County, North
Carolina. She is our 'Featured
Artist" with her mountain folk dolls and gourd art.
Come see what her skillful hands have been making for you .
crafts : For years I have admired pressed flower
by Roberta Brown-Roberts Flower art. She lived too
far away to make it down to Cullowhee .Guess what ? Her house sold
and she is close enough to get to our show this year ! You are going to
love her framed bouquets of pressed flowers grown in her own garden .
Lily Lee and her husband grow Bonsai
trees . Each one is patiently shaped for a beautiful place
in your home .Welcome to the Lees.
New this year : Lynnis Evans
Lynnie's Paper Art : realistic butterflies and
dragonflies made from paper.
Valerie Holden , will have all
-occasion mesh wreaths to dress up your inside and covered
- Bonnie and Denny
Wallace Greasy Creek Crafts create a
wide variety of home decorations. They are bringing warm
weather , table settings and
- Denny has wood turnings, too .
- Connie Gregory is new this show.
Let's see what she has created with pinecone wreaths
,woodcrafts and painting.
- Christine Grimes is new this year
with her floral designs and natural material arrangements .
- Linda Miller will be back for the
'Hard Candy ' show with
her paper art silhouettes. Also bark
buckets. Her family is
this vanishing mountain craft .
- Tommy Hill with his quality
leatherwork, will be back in time to replace that old worn
- Thomas Slavicek
BlackEagleLeather is new this year with leather pouches
and bags .
- Mike and Sharon Smithwick
will be back. Their customers will be happy to
recycled wine bottle lanterns and etched glass .
- Greg Scott makes kitchen and
outdoor cutlery from the finest materials. He is new this
- just in time to make your summer cooking
- Molly McCurdy DulcimersbyMolly
will be returning .If you ever wanted to play , now is a
good time to explore .
- Remember the little log homes that David
Pruitt & Silvia Anotherplaceintime had at the Christmas show last year ? Well, he is
back with more cabins. Some are for your walls ! Silvia will
have hanging kitchen towels and coasters ;a perfect gift for
the neighbor who has fed the dog while you are in the
- Mary Ellen and Cindy
2 SistersColor Creations will be back with cheery
designs in mosaics tiles .They do original paintings with
mosaic frames and inspirational sayings .
- Debbie Hagstrom is going to excite
you with her fused glass and clay wall pieces .She has funky
art for the off the beaten path taste.
- Brooke Cannon is new this year
with personalized wreaths vinyl cutouts and baby
- Author, Roy Owenby is coming with
his mountain stories and latest novel.
- 'Woody" Bridwell makes 'one of a kind '
knifes. He is going to join us with his 'collectors
- style work. Welcome 'Woody".
We have attracted some wonderful
fine artists and painters for this show such as:
Collectors of Brenda & Ken Nicholson
Nicholson Ridge will be glad to know this
popular wild life art will be at this show . Ken turns the wood
bowls and Brenda paints and wood
burns the designs .Pick from
ornaments and magnets, too. Brenda will be demonstrating on
a big bowl at this show .
Michael M Rogers , favorite
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
Noel Tarnpol will be back with her original animal designs
cotton sweaters, jackets and t's.
Moore , popular folk artist, will be demonstrating weaving baskets
colorful windows, and gourd art . She will be working on a piece
at this show .
- Elizabeth McAfee is coming back
with her animal caper paintings . The cats will be
golfing, cooking and making us smile all day.
- Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings
will have her summer paintings and charming
feline art. Hint: she is a cat rescuer.
- New this year is Jim and Carolyn
Teague .This artist team produce originals ,prints and
tiles in watercolors and acrylic medium .Welcome to the
- Carolyn Cordell , metal
paintings originals will have her summer collection for
all her customers. Her latest inspiration is big metal
flowers for your garden .
- Alan Young wonderful wild life
bird art will be flying back to the summer show .He will have
originals and prints .
- Jason Rizzo Jason's Fine Art
is new this year .He will have a mix of animal
photography, mixed media and prints .
- Pamela Pace will dress up your
flower pots with bright nature art on terra
cotta pots ,birdhouses and vintage windows.
- Robert Travis Fine art
Photography has some presentations of regional
photography from an artistic view.
- Brandi Harvey OliveInk uses
old vinyl records to create her art . You have to see it to
believe it .
The fabric and Fiber art category is looking is
- Linda Levy ,master quilter, is
busy these spring days ,working on wall hangings and baby
quilts right now .
- Susan Kennedy: quilted designer
purses and Mark's photography.
- Gretchen Branning:
purses; each one created from a man's neck tie will not be at
this show .She will be back at the 'Hard Candy Christmas '
show in November.
- Bob Taylor is new this year with
embroidered kitchen towels.
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her summer flower garden and bird collection.\
- Ernestine Plemmons makes charming
baby accessories . Need an heirloom gift for a new
grandchild ? She is working to have a good
selection from which to choose.
- Donna Clemens is bringing her
original angels for early holiday shopping. She makes
crochet lace penny rugs ( fiber craft).
- Joan L. Stocker has the most
unusual craft . She weaves little wall hangings that are one of a
- Ann Warren is a master fiber
artist. She will have finished quilts and be demonstrating
rug hooking, stick weaving and quilting.
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
Jerry Zay BlantonUnique Wood
Turnings shapes lovely bowls ,birdhouses and miniatures from
Coming back : David Hedrick's Old
toys. A fine assortment of trucks, trains and push cars that will be handed down to the next generation. He
has trays and oven tools too.
John Brady BlueRidgeWood Crafter
will be bringing his summer collection of small wood
accessories. Everything from cutting boards to hair dryer
holders. He has a good selection of wood kitchen accessories and
wood spoons and forks.
- Gerald and Ruth Bleniek,
Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts is coming from
Tennessee to bring their handcrafted log furniture and
portable drink coolers.
- Ron Thompson is a master
turner from regional wood. He will be back for the Summertime
customers with his bowls and favorite turned canning jar
lids. New this year :wide mouth jar sizes.
- Ken Rudd's customers buys his tables, potato boxes and waste cans
as fast as he can get them up here . Hardly any woodcrafter
makes them anymore.
- Steve Simonelli's fine, fine
wood craft and his beautiful rocker chairs
and boxes will be here .
- Aw Ruff Mountain Toys will be
bringing Blue Bird houses and cutting boards.
- Jill Daniels ParkerStreet
Primatives creates home decor and yard art from
recycled and repurposed wood .Look at facebook.com/ParkerStreetPrimitives
for a hint of her work.
- Bill and Joni Evans
BandJMountainCreatons use repurposed red wine
barrels to make wonderful Adirondack chairs, barrel head
tables ,benches and so much more ,Check out facebook.com/bandjMountainCreations
to see their work.
The knitters are in vogue right now:
Tolotti: Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats
and accessories will taking off for summer but will be back
for the November show
- William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories.
Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your
The Glass artists are unique:
- Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass
is coming back with
her original glass art; fused and slumped. Her
new line of jewelry is diachronic glass accented with
Swarovski crystals. A fine gift for a lovely lady.
- New this show is Kimberly Tufts
Designs .She works in her Blue Ridge studio making
fused glass art and decor . She will have ornaments for
- Neal and Nanci Hearn
BoxesbyNeal only exhibit
at the summer show with us . You collectors of Neal's fused glass boxes
will be excited with his summer collection. Nanci
will have her original jewelry .
- Cyndi Gorski Bottle Art turns
recycled bottles into little works of art. I noticed some
razzle dazzle glycerine soap, too.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
coming back with her original, nature themed jewelry.
Lane and Shelvia Whitley will be back
with their hand casted pewter ornaments, pendants and ear rings.
Hand woven baskets by Lane ,too.
Peggy and Grady Nolan make jewelry and
wind chimes from antique silver plated dinnerware . Come
early for the best selection.
Dodge will be back with her original silver designs. She
is a master artisan .
- Ellen Speed makes
amazing jewelry accessories from soda cans. (The Coke ones
are favorite). What fun!
- Virginia Bohanan Ginny's Jewelry specializes
in ladies and children's jewelry.
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique cool designs for the 20something
- Dennis and Judy Wilkey will share
a booth with his fine turned woodcraft items :pens in various woods ,ice
cream scoops, woodworking art and Judy's jewelry.
- We have a treat this year because Barb and
Jim Runkle's Poor Boy's Opals are on the way . His lovely gems
are mined by himself in Australia . He is a master jeweler
and will have original
- New this show is Jacolyn Campbell,
a master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Esta and Tom Miller makes
Kumihimo jewelry-Japanese braid; Viking knit and off-loom
bead weaving. Very interesting and original .
- All spaces are taken Summertime 2015
season. It is some of the best artisans ever ! Thank you for shopping from American Artists and
Craftsmen. We still make beautiful things with our hands
just for you!