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MOUNTAIN ARTISANS 

"SUMMERTIME"

Arts & Crafts Show

JUNE  24-25 2017

10 am -5 pm

Western Carolina University Ramsey Center

Cullowhee, NC

admission is adults $4.50 weekend pass Children under 12  free

 

Shows Featured Artist

  Dried Flower Artist Roberta- Brown Roberts  

 

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Betty Cabe - Corn Shuck Dolls

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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, pine needle baskets, blacksmithing, clay art, folk dolls, corn shuck flowers, broom corn brooms, carved spirit sticks, 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.

 

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 outside exhibitors: 

    

  • Doreyl Ammons Cain,  Click for larger imageDoreyl's Art, (Jackson County's own)  will be demonstrating pastel paintings. She will  have her Christmas birds   "Laughing Locust "collection: nature art on slices of locust wood cut from her forest preserve.

 

 

 

  • Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain Kettle Korn delicious kettle popcorn will be back.  (It is never burned or too salty).
  • Look for Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture, with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for real birds) and more.  All constructed with Western Red Cedar and Cypress wood,  and stainless steel nails .will be on the corner again with a wide selection for your house.

 

  • Dan Donaldson the Broom Brothers hand crafts decorative and functional brooms. Welcome Dan and Dixie.

Come inside.  The entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:

 

      
  • 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.
  • Amy Ammons Garza Spirit of Appalachia will be selling books for their not- for -profit organization .
  • Dogwood Crafters will be selling samples from their unique shop. They feature quality handcrafts from the mountain area. Visit their shop in Dillsboro, NC
  • Dearly cherished, 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.
  • Tom Livingston's Click for a larger imagePiece 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 your home.

 

  Arena: It is 18,000 sq feet of cool , 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 grew up with.  He will be selling his CD's to enjoy all year.
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The pottery section includes :

  •  Note : To the collectors of Kim von Hedemann Click for larger imageClay Critters who  combines her love of cartoons and animals for this adorable art.  She  captures a whole menagerie  with clay on mugs and trinket boxes. She will not be at this year's show because she is moving but will be back for  the 2017 "Summertime " show.
  • Balsam Mountain's Ann Suggs Stone house Pottery will be here with her Summer  collection !
  • Cory Plott Plot ware Pottery will be outside  this year with his demonstrations and summer collection ..
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Specialty foods and  sweets:

 

 Kathy Cirkus  BackWoods Bakery will have miniature gingerbread houses, holiday tins filled with traditional Christmas treats: peanut butter balls (buckeyes) pfeffernusse, German spiced cookies, hand- decorated sugar cookies, and yes, sugar plums worth having visions over! Breads made with stone-milled flour and baked in a wood fired oven.

  • Terri Cook's Delightful Dips was a hit last show and will be back with her homemade dips, mixes and southern meat rubs.
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  • Lin Johnson Carlson Mimi's Mountain Mixes will liven up your holiday cooking with beer baking mixes. Her mixes make pancakes, cookies, and soft pretzels easy.

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 delicious new flavors.

Other special crafts :

  • Bill Radford Little Feather brings Cherokee knife craft and  stone carving to this year's show. How about your name carved in the Cherokee language?         
  • Corn shuck flowers date back to the early settlers. Artisan Betty Cabe, Click for a larger imageis preserving this heritage craft.  She will demonstrating and selling her colorful bouquets and collector dolls. Christmas always brings angels, angels and more angels.

 

  • Elly Davey Bird in Hand 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.
  • Alva Houston was our 'Featured Artist" last summer show. Her little mountain folk dolls will be joined with snowmen gourd art and fresh canned jams and jellies from her summer garden.
  • Here comes 'Those Kooky Chickens"! Tim and Karen Chamber's Click for larger imagegourd art will make your kitchen smile.

 

 

 

 

  • Roberta Brown-Roberts Click for a larger imageDried Flower Art  is  our Featured Artist this 2017 "Summertime' show . She has  the garden lover' favorite ! They are going to love her 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.
  • Molly McCurdy Dulcimers by Molly will be returning.  If you ever wanted to play , now is a good time to explore.
  • The little log homes and churches that David Pruitt (This year's Featured Artist!) Another Place In Time make are  coming back with more cabins and styles. Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her hanging kitchen towels, coasters and  star ornaments.
  • Laura Williams makes wonderful hanging window  art using vintage cups, saucers and whimsical sun catchers.
  • Roy Owenby is returning with his mountain stories and his latest novel. His last year thriller The Owl Knows is set on the Parkway.
  • Gretchen Branning makes charming little purses from a single man's neck ties. Look for her Christmas  collection and  original ornaments .
  • y have wax ornaments and tapers too.
  • Lee Willis  has fun with soda cans. She turns them into little airplanes, mobiles and flashy earrings.

 

We have attracted some wonderful painters for this year :

  • Regenia Ford Mountain Memories is a Tennessee artist who paints originals  on barn wood.  She will be back for 'Hard Candy Christmas.      

 

 

 

  • Look online for my friend  Michael M Roger's , Click for a larger imagefavorite 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  www.michaelmrogersfineart.com You can purchase original art work, prints and photography on canvas.

  • Jason Rizzo Jason Rizzo Fine Art is fine art in photography. He captures all things lovely in this area with a new twist.
  • Photo artist Ed Green  Macon Green Photo is returning with his latest photo art Christmas collection.
  • Rob Travis Fine Art Photography will have his outstanding fall and winter photo art.
  • Deb Woodward Sea 'n Stars makes unique black coral shadowboxes. Also, hand-painted  team starfish. Welcome Deb to Cullowhee.

    The fabric and Fiber art category is looking good :

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  • Dora Reynolds Click for a larger image Designer Tableware is a hit each show with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls.  She will have her summer collection  of birds and  Snowmen.

 

  • Beverly Borchardt is a quilter who makes wall hangings. She has a good selection of quilted items for your home.
  • Susan Kennedy's quilted purses are collector's pieces. Drop by to see what's new for Christmas giving. Don't forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
  • Barbara Quinn J&C Crafts has embroidered towels, table runners and hats.

  The Glass Artists Category :

The wood craftsmen at this show are some of the best around:

  • Ron Thompson will have his lovely Christmas  bowls collection and smaller unique turnings for stocking stuffers .
  • John and Janice Benton Wesley's Wood Art From the Lathe will have lovely salad bowls, collectables, salt and pepper mills and some of  Janice's gift baskets and soap. 
  • Tonia Cannon Balsam Mountain Wood Works are coming back with scroll saw work and original designs. welcome Tonia.   

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

  • Kelli Perry Wintersun Jewelry is a diachroic artist. She is bringing a wide assortment of handcrafted selections.
  • Jaqueline Hatch Native American Jewelry artisan with original pieces and bullet bling.
  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is back this year with unique, cool designs for the 20 something crowd.
  • Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell,  Campbell Designs  master wire wrapper. She will have chain maille styles and gem trees also.
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  • Note for Janet Anderson customers  Wild Fired Glass  is a favorite artist in glass,  hope she is recovered enough to be here for. I  'Summertime'  with her original glass art; fused and slumped ornaments  and other creations. Her new line of jewelry is diachronic glass accented with Swarovski crystals. 
 Stay tuned as the 2017 show fills .These American craftsmen and artist are still making beautiful things with our hands, our eyes  and our hearts,

 just for you!  Thank you for shopping from us.

 

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