Mountain Artisans presents

The 32nd Annual 'Hard Candy Christmas "

Arts and Crafts Show

Always the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving

Friday November 29th and Saturday November 30th 

Hours are 10-5 each day

stay tuned as the show fills with 100 artisans ,some old and some new . always exciting .

About Mountain Artisans
Show Schedule
Show Information
Featured Artists
Area Links
Exhibitor info
doris hunter originals
Current Show Exhibitors
Current Show Map

   Where is Cullowhee??









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




Current Show Exhibitor List


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,  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 will be back with her Hats, Travel Purses and more.
  •  Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo will be back for Christmas  with his artistic eye photography .

    A.W. Ruff is the chief Blue Bird House maker . He is coming back with his mountain toys and cutting boards .

     Jim Gunter  Stone Dreamer will be on the corner with native stone art .

      Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery will be on the corner with her Organic Breads . Gingerbread and Sugarplums .

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

         Teresa J. Watson   makes wonderful wind chimes using found vintage items .


  •      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 samples from their Dillsboro shop.
  •  Featured Artist Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece  Intarsia will have a Christmas selection  to  remember  .


        NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS : Front Street Arts and Crafts Show  in Dillsboro is looking for a few good crafters. Date is one day only : first Sat in October .  Contact Brenda Anders

  for info . 




  • 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?

        The pottery section includes :

       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, Homemade Dips and Rubs .

      Miriah Sanders Now That's Fudge makes yummy Fudge in 45 flavors ! 

      Cold Mountain Toffee is coming back with the usual favorites and  holiday Peppermint Bark  !

      Jessica DeMarco Copperpot Traditions is bringing  Jams and Pickles and more .

      Joe  Scott Postra Carmels New this year .Delicious handmade caramels .



       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 new, delicious new flavors.
  • Tina Wilson Dixie Soapworks is new this year with a lovely collection  of scrumptious  scrubs .
  •       Doll Makers:

      Sharon Turner and Stephanie Dupuy  LoozyFloozy Dolls will have a  fun collection .

  •  Corn shuck flowers date back to the early settlers. Heritage Artisan, Betty Cabe, is preserving this vanishing  craft.  She is coming back  with Dolls, Flowers and Vintage Santas . I bet some Smoky Mountain Bears will be there too!
  • Heritage Folk Artist Elly Davey BirdinHand has been charming collectors for years with her tiny dolls with Hickory Nut heads . We are sad to report Elly's passing . She will be missed .

    Other special Christmas crafts :

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

  Betty SpiveyOld World Santas  She's back with new collector's pieces.

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

   Alva Houston is making  Hickory Nut head dolls and  Christmas Gourd Art .

   Connie Gregory is making pinecone wreaths right now to have plenty  for your door. 

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

    New! this show is Autumn Wilkins DoodadMosaics .You are gonna love her  lovely designs in glass.

    Monika Hoerl is a folk Painter who is returning with Original Rosemaling painting .

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

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

    Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles were a hit for 'Summertime' . She will have a nice Christmas collection .

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

    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.
  • Paula Friedrich mixed media .
  •  Martha Savage ceramics .

      Bayley Hooper 100% soy wax candles


  • The Fine Art Category includes :
  • 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.
  •   Alan R. Young Wildlife Paintings will present art as only he can do it .
  • Grail Hall StillMomentsArt captures our Lord Jesus and Christmas in paintings  like no other.

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

        Jason Rizzo Photography Fine Art is coming .

         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 lovely work .

  • Fabric and Fiber category includes :
  • They are back ! Susan and Mark Kennedy with Susan's quilted purses and Mark's Photography !
  • Dora D Reynolds is a favorite of collectors with her 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.
  • Linda Levy is coming to this year's show with her Quilted Hangings, Baby Quilts and more.
  • Look for Debbie and Larry Bennett Out of the Drawer Quilts, who  specializes in neck purses.
  • Leah Scroggin Dogwood Pet Wear will delight pet owners with garments and leashes for your four legged friends. Also neat embroidered  towels. 
  • Karen Allen SewUnique will bring her quilts, Ornaments and more.
  • Ginger Rutland Gingerbreadland  Hand quilted  Quilts, Hangings, Ornaments .
  • Barbara Quinn J and C Crafts Towels, Aprons, Table Runners, 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 basket weaving and  bringing her unique Book Crafts .
  • 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 themed  Fabric Art .
  •  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.


     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 Wilkie 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 far,

     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 Cech crystals and Mother of Pearls.
  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a yearly favorite with her  fused jewelry and art .
  • Bill Radford Stone Carvings ,Bone Necklaces ,Custom Knives .

      Marleene DeNardoLittleWoodlander  has Leather Jewelry .

      Karen Vick original   jewelry .



Home - About Mountain Artisans - Show Schedule - Show Information - Featured Artists - Area Links - Directions  

Exhibitor Info - Doris Hunter Originals - Contact


Copyright 2015 Mountain Artisans Show Promotions