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The "Hard Candy Christmas " is not really about candy at all. It harkens back to the time when .as growing up, most  mountain children received, at least, Christmas  stocking with an apple, orange and sticks of hard candy; peppermint being the favorite. The best presents were handcrafted  and the Christmas tree was a cedar, found along the roadside. Fancy spruce trees like we have today were unheard of .

A lot has changed over the years but memories of gingerbread cookies, twinkling lights and family gatherings still  inspire  Doris Hunter, show producer and mountain girl. She still believes the best presents are  handcrafted with love, one piece at a time.  She has worked to  preserve  the mountain Christmas  traditions by filling a basket of apples from Barber Orchard and offering a family candy  jar filled with wrapped peppermint candies at the "Hard Candy Christmas " ticket  table. The fresh wreath's aroma  from A&E Tree Farm fills the air.  Approximately 100 local and regional artisans bring their best work to share with you for that special gift.  Local favorite musician  Ronnie Evans strums many of the carols we grew up singing. He has preserved songs like the Gene Autry favorite "Here comes' Santa Claus" and others that we don't hear anymore.

 Fresh cut evergreens ,good music ,and the finest arts and crafts around make this event a "Mountain Christmas Tradition". Come pick up a Cameo apple and peppermint candy piece and you are sure to catch the Christmas Spirit.!

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Featured Artist  for 2019 show is Jeanne Mack , Jeanne Mack Art  .



   Jeanne Mack was born in North Atlanta area when it was still country. She grew up knowing that she would follow in her Mother's footsteps and  be an artist someday.

She dreamed  of  painting  the numerous cats  and wildlife around her house. Sure enough ,she now lives on 50 acres of old  buildings, cows and of course, one of  her  favorite subjects : cats .    


She and her husband  have been full time exhibitors for 45 years. They travel widely selling her art work  to nature enthusiast.

Her  paintings  expresses her love of rural life and  animals. It has been used by Coco-Cola, greeting card and needlework companies. 

She has an exciting collection of  watercolor and acrylics for Christmas gifts and your house .   Be the first to get a 8x10 numbered print of her 'Hard Candy Christmas ' Frosty !



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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 are alive and well in this area.  Many of the heritage crafts are handed down from the older generation. 
The quilting,  clay art,  corn shuck flowers,  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; one piece at a time .. 
  • Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things Canvas handcrafts  Hats, Travel Purses and accessories. 
  • Janette Franich DesignsbyJanette has delicate , feminine jewelry she designed herself .
  •  Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo will be back for Christmas  with his artistic eye mountain photography.

     A.W. Ruff is the chief Blue Bird House maker. He is still making old fashioned mountain toys and cutting boards .

     Jim Gunter  Stone Dreamer is celebrating  his native  stone art .

     Sara Shields Starrblaze Glassworks will have her blown globes, icicles and pendants .  


      Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery will be on the corner with her Artisan Organic Breads , Gingerbread and Sugarplums to dream about . Order early if you want a gingerbread house !     

 You  have to have  an  Ed Hudgins Sawmill Plank Tables for that mountain house ! 

 Margaret and Barb St.Germain make Holiday Wreaths and Fluffy Snowmen ! 

         Teresa J. Watson  Teresa's Chimes makes wonderful Vintage Wind Chimes using found vintage items .

       Randy Blackwell Aloha will serve up goodies for the snackers among us : cotton candy and more .

       Cheryl  Hyatt   Knots of Love is popular with fleece blankets for cozy lounging for the kids and  beds for your pets .

       Chris Topher Peaceful Valley Wood Works specializes in unique woodwork: Mantles, Lamps ,Tables and interesting finds . He is bringing an amazing Show Stopper Lamp !

     Cassandra NquyenDesigned byCassi is personalizing fun ornaments for your family while you wait! She has fun ,scented earrings ,too.

     Are you needing a new belt ? Mindy Jo Britt Britts Belt Co. is coming to town with a big selection !You can get the perfect size . Look for wallets, phone  holders and gun holsters.

       Tneshia RichardsAll Things Steel has some long lasting  metal signs for your home and business.


       Amanda Watkins Crafty Crafter has adorable wood burned ornaments she can personalize just for you !                             

        Kenneth and Judy EdwardsPetals and Blooms transform vintage plates and saucers into bird feeders .

        Vernon MathisBirdRiderArt takes antique wood and makes unique Little Cabins that are Incense burners. 

        Becky Watty from Cherokee weaves Baskets around Gourds . Her husband has leather makings.

         Lynn and Bob Hushion  TheBurningRock has Slate Oil Lamps, Sea Urchin Led Lights , Starfish Oil Lamps .



  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:
  •  It would not be Christmas without Larry and Evelyn's  fresh Awe Natural Wreaths. They will be bringing our big 'Hard Candy Christmas " Christmas Tree . The smell of cut evergreens brings back good memories .
  • Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter who has many area collectors. She will return for Christmas gifts. Look for her with new ,exciting designs .
  •  Tonia Cannon Balsammtnwoodwork will be showing off her Christmas  collection of wood accessories .
  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with their new Cook Book  and samples from their Dillsboro shop.
  •  Featured Artist Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece  Intarsia will have a Christmas selection  with his best work of the year .




  • Christmas 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 CD's to enjoy all year. He brings  some of the music  we grew up with.
  •  He will be signing copies of his new book 'Frankie -A Life Interrupted" . A true story about the unsolved death of his beautiful cousin in 1963. It happened right in my neighborhood in Franklin, NC. Has he disclosed the killer? (Proceeds benefit REACH  house .)

        The pottery section includes :

 Customers of Mike and Cindy Hart Hart Works Pottery are going to be happy to know the Pine Design Pottery they collect is coming

 this show . Look for lamps .plates and all the trimmings !  

       Milton's Mugs  Face Jugs and more. Robby Railey at his best! 

  • Kim vonHedemann Critters by Kim is moving to Colorado ! We will miss her adorable lady bugs, cats and bears .

      Specialty foods and  sweets:  

      Terrie Cook Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes, Mixes and  Rubs for your holiday meals .    

      Jessica DeMarco Copper pot Traditions is bringing  Strawberry Jams, Pickles and more .

      Joe  Scott Postra Carmel's New this year .Delicious handmade caramels. 

       Just heard Chayse Davis 'Cranberry Hollow " dips, mixes and more is on the way . Yummy !  

       Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming 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.
  • Tina Wilson Dixie Soap Works is new this year with a lovely collection  of scrumptious  scrubs.
  •       Doll Makers:

      Sharon Blaine Turner   Christmas Elf and LoozyFloozy Dolls Stephanie Dupuy mixed media will have a  fun collection.

  •  Heritage Artisan, Betty Cabe, is back  with Corns Shuck Dolls, Flowers and Vintage Santa's . I bet some Smoky Mountain Bears will be there too! How about a Corn Shuck Angel for an Old Fashioned 'Tree Topper' ?

    Other special Christmas crafts :

     Tom McCurry paints Santas on long neck gourds . The necks are crafted to be' quenchers " to water live trees. Clever and collector's ornaments !

  Denny and Bonnie Wallace are going to wow you this year with their wreaths, lighted boxes and Denny's wood turnings !

  Betty Spivey Old World Santa's  She's back with new collector's pieces.

  Belenda Slate and hubby make  Father Christmas and one of a kind  Holiday Characters.

   Alva Houston is making  Hickory Nut head dolls and  Christmas Gourd Art. Her "Frosty "ornament starts out as a LIGHT BULB FROSTY   .

    Blue Ribbon Winner Connie Gregory is making Pinecone Wreaths right now to have plenty  for your door. 

  • . David Pruitt  Another Place In Time  is working on  Nativity Scenes for his collectors .Also, little white churches and
  • some Country Stores .Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her handwork.  
  • Suzanne Summers Original Suzanne Art always  delights your eye with her explosion of color.

    New! this show is Autumn Wilkins Doodad Mosaics .You are going to love her  lovely designs in glass.

    Monika Hoerl Folk Rosemaling Artist in her native Scandinavian art  .

     Gary Cunningham is a master knife maker . He also creates leather sheaths to hold them .

    We are honored to have Pam Milat ;teacher and artist .She will be demonstrating her basket  and home decor weaving   .

    Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles will be the perfect glow to light up the winter with her collection.

    Dorothy Owen is natural talent with clay sculpture . Her animals are adorable and Original ..

    Larry and Michelle Cooper River Birch Bees Presenting Honey ,Beeswax Candles and  holiday gift bags .

  • Dick Covalinski and Wil Baker : Stained Glass Sun Catchers and Mixed Media Art .
  • Rebeka JoyBrownRebekaJoyStudio has amazing Egg Carvings : Ostrich, Duck and smaller chicken sizes.
  • Darla Friedrich Cold Mountain Crafts will be bringing her knitted ponchos and Pocket Scarves.
  •  Martha Savage  is  a  ceramic artist  . Let's see what she has dreamed up for us this season.

      Bayley Hooper This Little Light makes long lasting  100% soy wax candles. 

       Shanna Conner Birdsofafeather will be bringing Rag Rugs ! Also scrubbies and seasonal decor . Welcome Shanna .

       Remon Bebawy Oriental leather Art will be demonstrating and selling  his unique art style at this show !

       Johnny  Miller is new this year with fun Mini Corn Hole Games, handcrafted beef jerky and more .

        Tom BakerThe Hawk and The Dove presents two Novels for Christmas reading and giving .

       Wendy Converse Clay Sculpture is a blue ribbon winner !

         Gail Cooper- Casey Stillwell  uses recycles to paint their art on . This talented duo will have some things you like.

        Roy Owenby ,almost famous for his popular mysteries set in the mountains he loves. The Owl Knows is a favorite .

        What did he see no one else did ?     

         Susan Mick Bark Picture Frames  are the perfect back drop for your  fine Christmas framed    art.   She will have a grand display for your special pictures. She was featured in the October issue of Maine Antique Digest .   

        Linda Brown Yummy Fruit Candles that last . Perfect for teacher's gifts !

        Debbie Fouts Pebble Art is very unique! How about pictures made with found pebbles with personality ?!                                                               



  • The Fine Art Category includes :
  •  New this year :  Hand Cut Paper Art by Amy Shahparast ! Very original and lovely . Welcome Amy !
  • Wendy Griffith  paints  art on wood and glass. She will be back with her Christmas collection  of Animals, Birds and Flowers.
  •  Dennis Deitz Country Illustrations is a natural talent. He has a way of bringing the mountains and it's people to life.

       Jeanne Mack Southern Scenes is our "Featured Artist " this show .

        Jason Rizzo Fine Art Photography is a favorite with mountain  and wildlife lovers.

         Sandy DeNiear Originals Let's see what ornaments, pillows and fun stuff Sandy has painted on vintage bases. for us this year .

         Regenia Ford MountainMemories Art will be painting  originals while you watch . Mountain and wildlife painting on recycled wood .

         Tracie Luther BlueWatercolorStudio  Artist and Illustrator is new this year. We are honored to have her coastal themed  paintings

  • Fabric and Fiber category includes :
  • They are back ! Susan and Mark Kennedy with Susan's Quilted Purses and Mark's Photography !
  • Dora D Reynolds
  •  favorite of collectors with her  Designer fabric glass plates . She will have her Christmas Red Birds  and winter  pieces.
  • Bev Borchardt has a following who watches for her latest Quilted Wall Hanging ,Quilts and accessories.
  • Look for Debbie and Larry Bennett Out of the Drawer Quilts, who  specializes in neck purses. I wear one everywhere so I don't lose my stuff" ! Ask about a t-shirt quilt they make to preserve your memories .
  • Karen Allen SewUnique will bring her quilts, Ornaments and more. She will have a limited bars of her Mother's Christmas Fudge .
  • Ginger Rutland Gingerbreadland is famous for  Hand quilted  Quilts, Hangings ,and  Ornaments .
  • Barbara Quinn J and C Crafts Embroidered Towels, Aprons, Table Runners, and Baseball Caps .
  • Hannah Adcock has a baby now and is switching her handcraft to Baby Toys and Ornaments .
  • Carol M .Pitts GaCowgirl will be demonstrating Appalachian  basket weaving and  bringing her unique Book FoldingCrafts .
  • Nina Hutchins KnotJustCountry is making American Doll Clothes, Baby items, ornaments  and more.
  • Rhonda Barnes Appalachian Handworks crocheted baby items, blankets and afghans.
  • Kaysea Crowe Just in time for the holidays: Christmas Stockings, Cross Stitched Ornaments  and  essentials !
  •  Sharon Drewyor Hand Knitted Winter snuggles stuff .
  •  Jolene Tomaro and Mary Holland The Homespun Cabin are a talented duo who complement each other's art .
  •  Clay sculpture just fits into the beautiful quilted items so perfect for one of a kind heirlooms.
  • Bonnie Abbott  Dyes and paints on clothing . Her creations are wonderful .


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

      Beth Woody is a Marquetry Artist . Also she has Wood Turnings and Pens.

    Steve Waldroop fine crafter of  Western Themes, Essential Oil holders and  Quilt Racks .

   Nathan Robbins   is  a recycle craftsman who will bring small tables, small furniture and chopping boards .

      David S . Hedrick  has been making wood toys for a long time . He will have heirloom trucks, cars and all required to make that little      one's   eyes shine !

      Larry M. Hill 'We do Redo " has a way with recycled sewing machines

      David Hurd David Hurd Crafts has quality Cutting Boards for that fine kitchen .

      John and Jan Benton Wesley Wood Art John will be demonstrating wood turning and presenting ornaments, bowls and vessels .

      Dennis Wilkey  customers love his wood turned scoops, seam rippers and letter openers and more . 

      Kate  and Ron Baker  Bowerbird Woodworking will have original wood art wine racks, Seasonal snowmen, trees and  santas

      Carl Winter WinterLatheWoodWorking has Fabulous Platters, Bowls and Plates .

      Barb Haun Wood Crafts ,Burlap Bags and lazy Susans .



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

     Magda Fox Mermaid Accessories was a hit in the 'Summertime' show . She will be back with her bejeweled headbands ,perfect for gifts .

  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is coming with Hand Stamped  Jewelry in  cool designs.
  •  Jacolyn Campbell,  Master Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles, also.
  • Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry  creations  from vintage silverware. 
  • Madga Fox Mermaid Accessories makes  headbands that are little treasures. She uses semiprecious stones, Austrian and Czech crystals and Mother of Pearls.
  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a yearly favorite with her  fused jewelry and fused glass ornaments art .
  • Bill Radford  Blue Ribbon Stone Carvings ,Bone Necklaces ,Custom Knives .

      Marleene DeNardoLittleWoodlander  has Leather Stamped  Jewelry .

      Letha Eller AhShucks Oyster Shell Jewelry ornaments and nite lites .

      Karen Vick MyFavoriteThings oxidized brass/ natural stones .

       Colleen Dickey's Stix'nStones Jewelry ,here  it comes for Christmas giving .

      Robin Grasty Inspired Designs by Rob makes nice charm bracelets .




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