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Featured Artists 2015 Hard Candy Christmas Show

Donna McCarthy - Alpaca Fiber Arts


Kay Chatman - Painting 


Alva Houston - Dolls


Tim & Karen Chambers - "Those Kooky Chickens" -  Gourd Art


Betty Cabe - Corn Shuck Dolls


Sharon Petterson - Loozie Floozy 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 exhibitors:      

  •  Doreyl Ammons Cain, Doeryl's Art, (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)
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  •  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.
  • Wesley Angel ,  blacksmith artist, will be on the corner with his hand forged spiral candlesticks and  leaf design art. He makes  little
  • cheese cutter  knives and boards .
  • 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  Backwoods Bakery& Cake Works will be serving up organic breads, cookies and miniature Gingerbread Houses. (Come early to get one of these)
  • .Jim Gunter  Stone Dreamer carves native, nature designs into local rocks. You will have a good selection of his art this year.
  • Rivers Marchesoni Mountain Sunflower makes ointments 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 Affinity Arts silk screened t-shirts with the Peace sign designed  on them. Welcome Stephen.
  •  Have you been looking for a quality Adirondack chair ? Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture specializes  in them . And swings, birdhouses (for real birds) and more.  All constructed with Western Red Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality. 
  •  Barb StGermain & Marge Sudderth Daisy Creations will be bringing their puffy wreaths that last year after year. They have various shapes like candy canes too.
  • Jim Gilleland JCG Rustic Creations turns  native woods into unique cutting boards, tables and accessories. He is new to this area so get ready for some lovely selections for a special house!
  • Mr. Glen Williams makes  finely crafted little houses with tin roofs and rock chimneys. They are functional birdhouses, built to scale. He will be outside beside the chair maker  on the right side.
  •  Ed Hudgin's fabulous rustic benches were at Mountain Heritage Day this year . This is the chance to get another one . He will have a good selection to choose from .
  • Cyndi Gorski ArtisticBottleArt will have her hand painted, recycled  bottle lamps  and Paradise soap.
  •  Tracie Sell is a glass blower who will be bringing her terrariums with hand sculpted glow in the dark mushrooms . Also hanging/table planters. She will have hanging/tabletop planters  as well as globe decorations .
  • Terry Rogers EndlessCreations is a Folk Artist who reuses barbed wire in his designs.
  • David RathboneWCUStaffSenateSchlorship Committee is selling ornaments with the WCU logo on them as a fund raiser.Please buy several  for this good benefit.


Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:

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!  Wow!) Decorating 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 !


Soon, I will go to the Barber Orchard in Haywood County to pick up boxes of Christmas apples  for our basket at the ticket table. Cameos, Red and Yellow Delicious and Galas will  be heaped up to share with our customers. Peppermint pieces and mixed sweets will be in the antique candy jar to enjoy, too. It what the 'Hard Candy Christmas' is all about: Christmas stockings with an apples, orange and a piece

of   hard candy and gifts hand made with love !  Surely our mountain Christmas tradition.

  • 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 holiday designs and original glazes
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  • Barbara Taylor Woodall is an area author who takes her early 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 her holiday 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, will be demonstrating the vanishing art of tin smithing. He will have candle holders, ornaments and lanterns that were popular in the Early American times.. Welcome Bill. A best seller is his 'strip art'. Come, see what this is!
  •  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 CD's to enjoy all year. He has found some of the Christmas music we grew up with. Remember: "Here comes Santa Clause" by Gene Autry  and "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"?

The pottery section includes :

  • Mike and Cindy Hart Hartworks Stoneware 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 for Christmas. 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 Stonehouse Pottery. We welcome Ann with her individual style.
  • Cory Plott Plottware Pottery 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 The Mudd Princess with Folk, functional and whimsical clay art.

Specialty foods and  sweets:    

  • Scotty Ellis Cold Mountain Toffee is coming back.  Remember the delicious mint chips coated with luscious chocolate? They will have 9 flavors to enjoy ! 
  • 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 will be here with her cheese ball seasonings and winter soup mixes.
  • Jessica DeMarco's Copper Pot Traditions gourmet pickles, jams and jellies will be a hit again this show.

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  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 makes a unique line of non allergenic soap and personal products. She only comes one time each year, so stock up!
  • Elizabeth Lilly Spread the Love Lip Balm is here with delicious flavors perfect for stocking stuffers.

Doll Makers:

      Have you been thinking about how much you would like to have a Raggedy Ann and Andy doll?

        Janet Collins is coming from upper Tennessee to bring a wonderful assortment of this childhood favorite .Welcome  Janet .

  • Artisan, Betty Cabe's Heritage Creations corn shuck flowers date back to the early settlers. She is  preserving this heritage craft.  She will demonstrating and selling her colorful bouquets and dolls.  Christmas brings the perennial favorite:  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" 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 Pettersen Loozie Floozie Dolls 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!

Other special crafts :

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 .

 Ashley Houston Sacred Wilderness Batiks will be having her hand crafted designs on clothing.

  • Duncan and Jean Sickler Waterfall Mountain Art is new this year ! They have big, lovely stars, fun signs, and wine cork decor and more!
  • Pillows, Pillows, Pillows ! Sara Bischoff Pillow Presents is the Queen Pillow maker! You are going to find the perfect accent at her booth!
  •  Katie Kopp  Katiedidit three dimensional glass art is returning with her sparkling hanging stars.
  • What are Puzzle Lights ? Lova Stelly is bringing them to brighten  up your winter! Check out  her Facebook.com/puzzle lights
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  • 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 Greasy Creek Crafts really shines for  Christmas. Lighted gift boxes, wreaths, arrangements and table settings to dress up your home. Denny has wood turnings, too.
  • Connie Gregory 's pinecone wreaths were a hit at the summer show.  She is coming back with  more holiday goodies and more pinecone wreaths.
  • Tim and Karen ChambersThose KookyChickens are flying to the show . But they are gourds ! Everyone will have a smile .
  •  Look for Tommy Hill with his quality leatherwork. He has made the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.
  • Jim Boxerman Jim's Leather Craft is new this year with a wide variety of  tooled  leather goods.
  • 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 that David Pruitt  Another Place In Time 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 a local author . He writes about his beloved mountains . The Owl Knows is a mystery thriller set in the Blue Ridge Parkway .He will have a collection for the readers best gift .
  • 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  Bow Wow Pet Wear will be here with hand crafted pet clothes and costumes.
  • Mike and Sherry Koblis Whisker Biscuits South 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 'Mountain Memories is a Tennessee artist who hand paints barn wood and antique windows. Look for her nativity scenes that were popular last year.
  • 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.
  • Sorry,our Michael M Rogers ,will not be attending our show this year ,BUT you can find  favorite watercolorist and avid hiker Sharing the Beauty of  his beloved mountains and  his latest dvd of waterfalls and wild flowers. on his online store .Visit it at  www.michaelmrogersfineart.com You can purchase original art work, prints and photography on canvas.
  • Mountain artist, Jim Watts  Create Something Amazing has attracted 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 feline art.
  • 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 Macon Green Photo has some of the best shots of the mountain in all seasons. He has captured the  eternal  beauty of our mountain home.

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

  • 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 McCarthy Alpaca 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.
  •  Gretchen Branning with her fun  purses; each one created from a man's neck tie.  She has original ornaments too.
  • 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  holiday themes..
  • 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 The Snowman Store is back with practical organizers :eye case, cell cases, and snowman ornaments.
  • 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:

     New this year : JerryO's Wood Craft Jerry & Joann Ostrander present fine turnings from fine southern wood. They will have 'hard -to -find coffee mills .

  • 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 Blanton Unique 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 Fashioned Wood 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 Blue Ridgewood 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 Owass Art carvings is new this year with his animals and birds. He makes Santa's from roots and burls, too. Welcome Mark and Charlotte.
  • 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 now:    

  • Eva 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 projects.
  • 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 Jessica!   
  • Ellen Speed  makes amazing jewelry accessories from soda cans. (The Coke ones are the favorite). What fun! 
  • Virginia Bohanan Ginny's Jewelry specializes in ladies and children's jewelry.
  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is back this year with unique, cool designs for the 20something crowd.
  • 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, also.
  • Each year, James and Tracy Ledbetter drive from Alabama, to bring their vintage Silver plated jewelry. Each year is a new collection. 


 All spaces are taken for this year's show .

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 Christmas Spirit.

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