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Celebrating the American craftsmen.

"WHERE ALL THE GOOD ARTISTS ARE "......You will find  the work of some of the area's most unique artisans. 

Mountain Artisans presents   



JUNE 27-28 2015




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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 craft 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.   

Outside: The sidewalk leading up to the big Catamount door entrance has a sample of the quality artisans inside.  Look for the following artists:

  • 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 have  originals and  prints under non-reflective glass on a stand. The art includes details from 'On Hallowed Ground "mural: trillium, larkspur, butterflies, birds, horses and  groundhogs.?
  • Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain  delicious kettle popcorn will be back.  (It is never burned or too salty)
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  • Dale  Nash recycles granite drops and turns then into lazy Susans and cutting boards that make lovely addition to your kitchen.
  • Johnetta Heil Plaid Sheep Weavings will be bringing  her summer collection  of accessories.
  •  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 favorites .
  •  Brad Greenwood ,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 are hard to find. 

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.  They will be glad to find her newest designs and original glazes.
  • David Hamilton Indian Ridge is a fused  glass artist .He will have a good selection of his art.
  • Dogwood Crafters from Dillsboro 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.

Arena :

  • 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 house.

Specialty foods and  sweets :

  • Scotty Ellis Cold Mountain Toffee is coming .  Remember the delicious mint chips coated with luscious chocolate ? They will have 9 flavors to enjoy ! 
  • Kathy Cirka  Backwoods Bakery will be  she will be baking up other gingerbread goodies as well as her specialty  organic bread and cookies.  How about pretzels, bagels, brownies and caramel popcorn.
  • 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. 

Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming back with his popular goat 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.

Doll Makers:

  • 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.
  • Elly Davey bird in hand makes little folk figure and whimsies.  She has many collectors who look for new creations each show. 
  • Let's see what folk artist Alva Houston will have for us.  Folk figures from gourds and Christmas ornaments and more!

Other special crafts : 

New this year : Lynnie Evans Lynnie's Paper Art  : realistic  butterflies and dragonflies made from paper.

 Valerie Holden , will have all -occasion wreaths to dress up your inside and covered porches .

  •  Bonnie and Denny Wallace Greasy Creek Crafts  create a wide variety of home  decorations.  They are bringing warm weather , table settings and cheerful accents.
  •  Denny has woodturnings .
  • Connie Gregory is new this show. Let's see what she has created with  pinecone wreaths ,woodcrafts and painting.
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  • Linda Miller is  coming back with her  paper art silhouettes. Also bark buckets.  Her family is preserving this  mountain craft .
  • Tommy Hill with his quality leatherwork, will be back in time to replace that old worn out wallet.
  • Thomas Slavicek BlackEagleLeather is new this year with leather pouches and bags .
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  • Mike and Sharon  Smithwick will be back. Their customers will be happy to see their recycled bottle lanterns and etched glass .
  • Greg Scott makes kitchen and outdoor cutlery from the finest materials. He is new this year
  • just in time to make your summer cooking easier.
  • Molly McCurdy DulcimersbyMolly will be returning .If you ever wanted to play , now is a good time to explore .

We have attracted some wonderful  fine artists and painters for this show such as:

       Ri Noel Tarnpol will be back with her hand painted animal designs on cotton sweaters, jackets and t's.

       Nancy Moore , popular folk artist, is already weaving baskets ,painting colorful windows, and recycled items . She will have gourd art also  .

  • Elizabeth McAfee is coming back with her animal caper paintings . The cats will be golfing, cooking and amusing us 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 Teagues.
  • Caroyln Cordell , metal paintings originals will have her summer collection for all her customers. .
  • 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 .

The fabric and Fiber art category is looking is looking good:

  • Linda Levy ,master quilter, is busy these winter days ,working on wall hangings right now .
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  • Susan Kennedy: quilted designer purses and Mark's photography.
  • Gretchen Branning: purses; each one created from a man's neck tie.
  • 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.\

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

  • Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts is coming from Tennessee to bring their handcrafted log furniture.  Gerald and Ruth Bleniek  owners.
  • Ron Thompson is a master turner from regional wood. He is off to explore the West  this summer  .He will be back for the November show .
  • 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 .

The knitters are in vogue right now:

  • Eva 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 will be here.

The Glass artists are unique:

  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is coming back with her  original glass art both 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 KimberlyAllynne Designs .She works in her Blue Ridge  studio making  fused glass art and decor for. She will have ornaments for early collectors.
  • Neal and Nanci Hearn only exhibit at this show . You collectors of Neal's fused glass boxes will  be excited with his summer collection. Nanci will have her original jewelry .

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

Joy WhitneyJoybeadswireandnature  is coming back with her original, nature themed  jewelry.

Lane and Shelvia Whitley will be back with their hand casted pewter ornaments, pendants and earings. 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.  

      Lynnell Dodge will be back with her original silver designs.

  • 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 is new this year with unique cool designs for the 20something crowd.
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  • 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 space reserved for Barb and Jim Runkle's Poor Boy's Opals . His lovely gems are mined in Australia . He has been a master jeweler for eons .
  • Stay tuned as the show fills ...
  • Macon County's own watercolorist, Michael M. Rogers http://www.sharethebeauty.tv   He is an avid hiker of the trails of our beautiful area. Come with him as he captures waterfalls,  flowers and views on canvas and video. You will  be able to take a piece of our mountains back home with you

  • Also: favorite artisan, Neal Hearn, glass boxes artist, will be back in the Summertime show.  Contact him at www.boxesbyneal.com

Promoter, artist, and White House Artisan, Doris Hunter, combs through many craft shows each year, looking for the best talent available.  She invites special artisans who make unusual craft.

Her own craft, pine cone birds, can be seen at her home studio in Franklin, N.C.  It is the only place in the world you can find her famous hummingbirds that graced the White House Christmas Tree in 2002.

Selective customers eagerly anticipate the wide assortment of original work from the hands of 100 + artists at the  "SUMMERTIME" (July 4 week end ) show and the perennial favorite the

"HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS" always the Friday and Saturday  after Thanksgiving! At both shows  you can purchase an original painting or a piece of rustic furniture for your mountain home and meet the artist who created  it!  

Some of the artist represented at the "Mountain Artisans" Shows

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