Mountain Artisans presents
"HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS"
ART AND CRAFT SHOW
(WCU) RAMSEY CENTER
HWY 107 ADMISSION :
$4.50 adults Children under 12
Hours 10-5 each day
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'Hard Candy Christmas ' EXHIBITORS
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.
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.
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
- Doreyl Ammons Cain,
(Jackson County's own), will be demonstrating pastel paintings.
She will have her new " Laughing Locust "collection: nature art on slabs of locust
wood cut from her forest preserve. Her Christmas
presentation will include "Winter Gold": finches on a
winter branch . Another slab, painted with two cardinals in the snow, is named,
'Early Snow ".
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back. (It
is never burned or too salty).
- Jimmy and Marlene Hopkins bright yard art was the top show seller
at the Summer show. Thanks to all of their customers who made
this happen. They will be back next year with more stick
down sunflowers and garden pierces? Flying pigs
from gas cans! All these and more in 2016!)
- Meanwhile, Bryan and Kristy Adams
Adams Crafty Creations will be back with their brand of metal yard art that was so
popular last year
- Jenny Stanley FarmHouseHerbals
and CuteAsAButton Jewelry. She is making wonderful,
personal creams and salves for your beauty, too.
- Wesley Angel ,blacksmith
artist, will be on the corner with his hand forged spiral
candlesticks, leaf design art and accessories.
- We can't forget John and Fred Bauknecht
Bear Necessities chain saw carvers
extraordinaire .Fred always has a project on the
carving block. John has his almost famous walking sticks, personalized signs
and his classic bears.
- Kathy Cirka BackwoodsBakery&
CakeWorks will be serving up organic breads, cookies
and miniature Gingerbread Houses. (Come early to get one of
- Jim Gunter StoneDreamer
carves native, nature designs into local rocks. You will have
a good selection of his art this year.
- Rivers Marchesoni MountainSunflower
for poison oak healing and various other salves and soaps.
- Donna and Wallace Cole are going
to make the scene with their gourd art birdhouses.
- Stephen Oliver AffinityArts
silk screened t-shirts with the Peace sign designed on
them .Welcome Stephen.
- Averil and Pete Peters
WoodsGiftFarm are also
craftsmen from Tennessee . This talented duo are
something creative all the time .They make jams and
jellies .(Averil's floral jellies features dandelion, violet
and pansy . She has curd toppings and her scrumptious
pumpkin rolls .Her Old Fashioned Fruit cake has red and
green cherries and pecans; No citron ,raisins or other
'fillers'. How about some small sizes of rag dolls and
Pete's unique carved walking sticks and staffs? Look for
them on the right side of the front entrance toward
the outside stairs.
- Beside them, is woodcraftsman, Jerry
StanleyNCMountainsOutdoor Furniture with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds ) and more. All constructed with Western Red
Cedar, stainless steel nails and quality,quality.
- Tim and Karen ChambersThose
KookyChickens are bringing their gourd Folk Art to this
show ! They have screen art ,too. It is going to cheer up
- Are you looking for a cedar chest for
your heirloom linens or a 'hope chest " for your daughter ?
We have a master classman coming that is tops. The Man of
Chests is his byline. More later as this develops.
Ornament glass balls with the WCU logo on them
will be sold outside .David Rathbone is chair for the
project to raise scholarship money for the children and staff
(non- faculty ) employees. Buy several for a good cause.http://www.wcu.edu/faculty-staff/staff-senate/staff-senate-scholarship/
Come inside. The entrance tunnel has some exciting
Each year, tree farmer, Larry Haskett and Evelyn
Sanborn make the 'Hard Candy
Christmas' special with their fresh wreaths and arrangements. The A&E Tree Farm (located in Little
Canada area) provides the big tree in the lobby that get
us in the holiday mood. Would you like your picture taken
peeping through a gigantic
wreath for face book? It is being designed as we speak.
The smell of freshly cut evergreens
brings me back home when I was small . Then, my big sister, led the way
to bring home the family Christmas tree. It was always a cedar scrub
tree, picked from a neighbor's sagebrush field. She and I struggled through
the briars and over the creek with our treasure. (I remember the year my brother
came home from the War and brought bubble lights!
that annual tree was unforgettable. No matter how lean the
year had been, we got a stocking with an apple, orange, and, of
course, Hard Candy . The name of my show is centered around the
tradition of our mountain Christmas of celebrating Jesus'
birth. Truly, the most wonderful holiday of
the year !
Meanwhile, back in Cullowhee, in October, I will head over to Barber Orchard to put back bushels of mixed apples in the cooler until the week
of the show. Cameos, Delicious and Galas will be piled into the big basket on the
ticket table to share with our customers. Peppermint pieces and
mixed sweets will be in the antique candy jar to enjoy,
too. It is my way of preserving our mountain
- 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 holiday designs and original glazes.
- Barbara Taylor Woodall is an area
author who takes her life in the mountains and wraps you in the
way things were .A Time For Every Purpose and Not my
Mountain Anymore pulls back the curtain and gives you a
unique glimpse of our life .
- 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.
- Across the aisle, Carolyn Cordell ,Metal
Paintings ,will have
display of metal paintings and copper dancer mobiles.
- Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece Intarsia
takes many kinds of wood and shapes them into amazing
pictures. He will have some neat choices for Christmas giving
and dressing up your home.
Arena : Our featured artist for
the 28th 'Hard Candy Christmas' show is:
- Folk Artist , Bill Mc Kinnis,
Country Tin Shoppe, has been preserving the vanishing art of tin smithing for 12
years. He will have candle holders, ornaments and lanterns. Welcome Bill. A best seller is his 'strip art'. Come, see what
- Tennessee artist, Billy Reynolds,
and master sculpture, is next door. He always surprises us with turning
lake driftwood into eagles, bears, and birds.
- Good live music brings
Christmas 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 has found some of the Christmas
music we grew up with. Remember: "Here
comes Sante Clause" by Gene Autry and "It's
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"?
The pottery section includes :
- Mike and Cindy Hart HartworksStoneware
will be back with their pine cone
print stoneware pottery. Collectors will be glad to find dinner
accessories, lamps and Cindy's sheep items.
- Kim Von Hedemann Clay Critters
did so well at the summer show that she is coming back
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!
- Just in is Ann Suggs StonehousePottery.
We welcome Ann with her individual style
- Cory Plott PlottwarePottery
was outside in the summer show but he is moving inside
for this show. Remember his lovely work at great
prices ? Come on in for Christmas shopping.
- Also new this show is Anna Marie
Sullivan Morris TheMuddPrincess
with Folk, Functional and whimsical clay art.
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 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.
- Betty Davis Cranberry Hollow
be here with her cheese ball seasonings and winter soup
- Jessica DeMarco'sCopperPotTraditions gourmet
pickles, jams and jellies will be a hit again this show.
- 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 this year's crop of mountain honey.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker will have some new
delicious new flavors.
- Carmen O'Dell By Willing Hands
a unique line of non allergenic soap and personal products.
She only comes one time each year, so stock up!
- Elizabeth Lilly SpreadtheLoveLip Balm
is here with delicious flavors
perfect for stocking stuffers.
- 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. Christmas brings the perennial
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
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
- Alva Houston
was our 'Featured
Artist" at the summer show. Admiring her
little mountain folk dolls will show you why.
Come, see her snowmen, Santa's, and gourd art that her skillful hands have been making for you .
- Sharon PettersenLoozieFloozieDolls
always make us smile. They are making a comeback, just
in time for the holidays. Tara Melton Miller will be
sharing her space with mixed media art .
- Christy Edwards makes little sheep
from old quilts. She will be back with this year's
creations. Do you have an old family heirloom that you would
like to preserve? She might make something for you !
Are you looking for old fashioned rag rugs ?
Rena Wilkins will be demonstrating this vanishing art right at
the show. She will have a good selection of sizes and colors .
SacredWildernessBatiks will be having her hand crafted
designs on clothing.
- Just in is :Duncan and Jean SicklerWaterfallMountainArt. They have big, lovely stars, fun signs, and wine cork decor and
- Pillows,Pillows,Pillows ! Sara Bischoff
Pillow Presents is the Queen Pillow maker! You are going
to find the perfect accent at her booth!
- I Just now know that Katie Kopp
dimensional glass art is returning with her sparkling hanging
- What are Puzzle Lights ? Lova Stelly is bringing
them to brighten up your winter! Check out her Facebook.com/puzzle lights.
- Roberta Brown-Roberts Dried Flower Art
was so popular in the summer show that she is coming back with
more lovely selections for the garden lovers on your list ! They are going to
love her framed bouquets of pressed flowers, grown in her own garden.
- Bonnie and Denny Wallace GreasyCreekCrafts really shines for Christmas. Lighted gift boxes wreaths, arrangements and
table settings to dress up your home. Denny has wood
- Connie Gregory 's pinecone wreaths
were a hit at the summer show. She is coming back with
more holiday goodies and more pinecone wreaths.
- Linda Miller's paper
art silhouettes or schrenschnitta are coming for Christmas giving. She
will have a large selection. Also, bark
buckets for sale. Her family is
this vanishing mountain craft.
- Look for Tommy Hill with his quality
leatherwork. He has made the perfect
Christmas gift for someone special.
- Jim BoxermanJim'sLeatherCraft
is new this year with a wide variety of tooled leather
- Molly McCurdy DulcimersbyMolly
will be returning. If you ever wanted to play , now is a
good time to explore.
- The little log homes that David
Pruitt AnotherPlaceInTime make are
coming back with more cabins and styles. Some are for your walls!
Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her hanging kitchen towels, coasters and star ornaments.
- Roy Owenby is coming with
his mountain stories and his latest novel.
- Linda Barton's wonderful felt
ornaments are returning to this show. Customers
have missed her school and holiday themed
variety. Welcome back, Linda.
- Joy Garcia hand crafted tea
towels will tell you 'how to bake a "possum" among other
instructions! They always bring a smile.
- Darlene & Frank Marker Marker
Mountain Organic, Herb &Flower Farm will be back after a few years out. Their garden is the source of spices, candles and other
yummy flavorings Look for lotion with Lemongrass,
lavender scented and everyone's favorite: peppermint.
- We can't forget our pets: Mandy Cable
BowWowPet Wear will be here with hand crafted pet clothes and costumes.
- Mike and Sherry KoblisWhiskerBiscuitsSouth
have hand made doggie treats that are good for them .
- Mike Wilson
Master Knife Maker
has been crafting hunting and domestic knives for years. He is back with collectors choice. He
makes everything from kitchen paring knives to pocketknives. He
makes the handles ,too from exotic woods . He has sheaths in
leather and suede.
We have attracted some wonderful
fine artists and painters for this show such as:
- Regenia Ford 'MountainMemories"is
a Tennessee artist who hand paints barn wood and antique
windows. Look for her nativity scenes that were popular
last year .
- Lois Armstrong ArtsbyLois
is a nature lover .You will see this clearly on her prints, paintings and
note cards . Her scrimshaw jewelry is delicate carvings on bone and mother of pearl. Her animal
and bird paintings on leaves are special too. Welcome back, Lois.
- Kay Chatman paints wonderful scenes
on saw blades and other "finds". Hardly anyone paints like
that anymore. I have hoped for her to come to our show for a long time. I got my
wish this year. Welcome Kay.
- 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
- Mountain artist, Jim Watts CreateSomethingAmazing
a following . He was popular at the summer show with
watercolors, acrylics and oils. Here he comes for Christmas,
with winter and mountain scenes.
- Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings
always has new customers with her southern paintings and charming
- Carolyn Cordell , metal
paintings originals will have her winter collection for
all her customers. Her latest inspiration is big metal
flowers for year around cheer.
- Alan Young's Wild Life Bird Art
will be flying back to this show. He will have
originals and prints.
- Jason Rizzo Jason's Fine Art
is returning with an interesting mix of animal
photography, mixed media and prints.
- Ed Green MaconGreenPhoto has some of the best shots of the mountain in all seasons.
He has captured the eternal beauty of our
The fabric and Fiber art category is looking is
- Ginger Rutland Gingerbread Land is
coming back with cheerful, quilted wall hangings! New, this
holiday :Christmas Critters. Can't wait to see what these are.
Look for more selections for this year's
show, hand quilted by her and the elves.
They are working on goodies right now!
- Fiber artist, Sue Dial is on her
way with ,not only her fiber art, but polymer clay creations and
recycled fabric items.
- Donna McCarthyAlpaca Tiena
raises alpacas and prepares her fiber from them. She is an
outstanding fiber artist with a different style.
- Susan Kennedy's customers will be
thrilled with her quilted purses in new colors . Don't
forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
- Here come Gretchen Branning with
purses; each one created from a man's neck tie .She has original
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her Christmas collection of winter birds and
- Ernestine Plemmons Meme's
Creative Crochet makes charming
baby accessories. Need an heirloom gift for a new
grandchild ? She is working to have a good
selection from which to choose.
- Trudy McFerrin TheSnowmanStore
back with practical organizers :eye case, cell cases, and
- Hey, customers of Linda and Bill Van
Order BearyHill Bears! Here they come for their
once a year exhibit of new
furry friends and all the pet accessories lap pads that are
hard to find.
- Pam Lawing and Annette Harcourt
Grace and Glory Quilts are an amazing team that will
bring tree skirts, stockings, table runners and more.
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- I met Joe Adams The -Cut-Above
last October. He
is a Tennessee craftsman who makes Intarsia (wood art)
with a new twist. He has smaller sized pieces that are not so
expensive and different ornaments. He just had to
bring his creations to our show
- Scroll Saw Artist, Gary Morris has
a big selection of scroll saw art .His name puzzles are reasonably priced
for such high quality.
- Jerry Zay BlantonUnique Wood
Turnings shapes lovely bowls, birdhouses and miniatures from
Southern wood. His one of a kind creations are perfect gifts.
- 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.
has trays and oven tools too.
- John Brady BlueRidgeWood Crafter
had such a good summer show that he will be back with his holiday collection of small wood
accessories. Everything from cutting boards to hair dryer
holders. He has a good selection of wood kitchen accessories, wood spoons and forks.
- Gerald and Ruth Bleniek,
Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts are taking time
off for the holidays. They will be back next 'Summertime'
show 2016 with log furniture and portable drink coolers.
- Ron Thompson is a master
turner using regional wood. He will be here for his
customers with his bowls and turned canning jar
lids. New this year :wide mouth jar sizes and other
items that are just his creations.
- 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. Collette will have Christmas
wreaths and decorations.
- A.W. Ruff Mountain Toys will be
bringing mountain toys and cutting boards.
- Mark Harper OwassArt carvings is new this year with his animals and birds. He
makes Santa's from roots and burls, too. Welcome Mark and
- Greg Scott GDS Cutlery
makes kitchen and outdoor cutlery from the finest materials.
He had a great show in the summer so he is returning for
Christmas giving. Hey, how about your kitchen?
The knitters are in vogue right
Tolotti: Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats
and accessories will be back at this show! Just in time for
Christmas giving. And what about you ?
- William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories.
Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your
- Mary Jo Brown knits and crochets
warm mittens and hats.
She will be here, just in time, for winter winds.
- Susan Gunter and Company will have
a double booth of quilts, holiday accessories, and hand
knitted winter necessities. Susan has felted hats, mittens,
sweaters and shawls.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
- Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a favorite
artist in glass, She 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. How
about you ?
- New this year: Jessica Hall Bluebird Designs
is a blue bird fan and has
incorporated them in her enamel and silver jewelry. Welcome
- 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.
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Each year, James and Tracy Ledbetter drive from
Alabama, to bring their vintage Silver plated jewelry. Each year is a new collection.
Thank you for making 'The Hard Candy
Christmas' 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! Come, have a mountain apple, a piece of hard
candy and shop from the best. You are sure to catch the