Summertime Show Featured Artist
Pressed Flower Artist, Roberta- Brown
Roberts is an artist who paints pictures with flower petals !
For the last 18 years ,Roberta has created pressed flower art
that she learned from her grandmother while
growing up in southern Maine . It is amazing how the color and
texture is preserved with this traditional drying process. The
designs come from many different kinds of ferns, leaves and
petals that grow in her garden The
drying process takes many months depending on the thickness and
moisture in the material chosen ..Each piece is treated to be beautiful for years to
years ago she moved to northeast Tennessee for the longer growing
season for her flowers. She raises about 120 different varieties as
well as wild gatherings . Friends and neighbor's gardens add
to her collection each year .
Her love of nature
is apparent in each carefully framed arrangement. Some
inspirational lines are often added to her completed art :
The road to a Friends House is never long !
Alva Houston is the creator
of Folk Dolls with hickory nut heads . Look for her summer
Betty Cabe - Corn Shuck 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.
Look for heritage
crafts such as quilting, clay art, folk
dolls, corn shuck flowers, goat milk soap and primitive furniture
that was 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. Click on the map to see how to get
to Cullowhee NC from Asheville, Cherokee, and Atlanta.
The show consists of craftsmen inside and
outside the Ramsey Center 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
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain Kettle
Korn delicious kettle popcorn will be back. (It
is never burned or too salty).
- Look for Woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture, with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds) and more. All constructed with Western Red
Cedar and Cypress wood, and stainless steel nails will be on the corner again with a wide selection for your
- AW Ruff builds the best blue bird
houses around .Picky Mrs. blue bird is always happy with his
creations . He will also bring ,cutting boards at good prices.
- Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things
Canvas is back with her canvas collections of quality beach hats, totes and
accessories Check out her new products before heading off to the
- Steve Carter Carter's Driftwood Creations
will be back with furniture, bird houses and fountains for
your garden or house. He utilizes
- lake driftwood to make his
unusual creations. One of his best seller is Bee Traps that rid
your buildings of damaging carpenter bees.
Redmon Red Rock Photo Art captures the mountain area
with a hawk eye. Look for his summer collection..
BackWoods Bakery's speciality is
fine, organic Artisan Bread made with stone-milled flour and baked in a wood
paints miniature pictures. Each is an original . She will be here on
Saturday only .
Mary Jo Gayer
will be demonstration yarn spinning and having some of her creations
for sale : hand knitted and woven scarves, hand felted vessels
,spun yarns and more .
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
who look for her unique creations at this show. They will be glad to find
her nature designs and original glazes.
- Amy Ammons Garza Spirit of
Appalachia will be selling books for their not- for -profit
- 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.
- 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 special giving or dressing up
It is 18,000 sq feet of cool , comfortable shopping area.
- Good live music brings cheer!
There will be live, guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's Ronnie Evans. He plays the old songs that we
grew up with. He will be selling his
to enjoy all year.
The pottery section
- Customers looking for Kim von Hedemann
will be so happy to find
her love of cartoons and animals for this adorable art . She
captures a whole menagerie with clay,
on mugs and trinket boxes.
- Balsam Mountain's Ann Suggs Stone house Pottery
will be here with her Summer collection !
- Pamela Kohler Camp And Sara Laughed
will be featuring fine glazes on her hand shaped pottery
with nature themes. Welcome Patricia to Cullowhee.
Specialty foods and sweets:
- Terri Cook's Delightful Dips
customers line up for more of Terri's homemade dips, mixes and
southern meat rubs.
- Paul and Linda Schuette My
Pop Pops Nuts will be returning. That delicious whiff in the
air is their honey roasted nuts.
- Last year , B.D.Hitch
Organic Muscadine Juice sold a most delicious organic
squeezings from the Muscadine Grape .He is coming back to
fill orders from his many customers.
- Don Mandelkorn Green Mountain Maple
is bringing Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and Maple Cream Candy .Yum,yum..
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap and personal grooming accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker always has delicious new flavors
Other special crafts :
- Corn shuck flowers date back to the early
settlers. Artisan, Betty Cabe,
is preserving this
heritage craft. She will demonstrating and selling colorful
bouquets and collector dolls.
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
almost famous for 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" last summer show. Her
little mountain folk dolls will be joined with snowmen gourd art
and fresh canned jams and jellies from her summer garden.
- Roberta Brown-Roberts Pressed Flower
Art is our Featured Artist this 2017
"Summertime" show. She has the garden lovers favorite! They are going to love
framed bouquets of pressed flowers, grown in her own garden.
- Look for Tommy Hill with his hand tooled
leatherwork. Replace that old wallet with a new one.
- The little log homes and churches that David
Pruitt (2016 Featured Artist!) Another Place In Time
coming back . David is working now on new ideas. His wife,
Silvia Pruitt ,will
have hard to find hanging kitchen towels and coasters.
- Elizabeth Lilly Spread the Love
Lip Balm is bringing all natural gourmet lip balm and more.
- Lee Willis has fun with soda cans. She turns
them into little airplanes, mobiles and flashy earrings.:
- Here comes Ralph Monteith -
Lisa Breese with Post Office Door Keepsake Boxes .
GrandHeritage Creations Let's see what they have new
Carla Parvin Coloring
Book Mania has caught the coloring book fun and designed
her own .Also color-in-cards and prints of her art.
Some fine Painters
will be here :
Carolyn Kinnison is Mixed Media Artist who had inspirational
paintings and signs and more. Welcome Carolyn .
- Look online for my friend Michael M Roger's ,
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
The Fabric and Fiber Art categories
are looking good
: Just in :
Cowee Creek Quilters will be demonstrating an old fashioned
quilting bee the way Grand ma and her friends did it . They will be
selling chances on a lovely quilt . The donations will benefit their
Fire Department .
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her summer collection of birds and
flower prints .
- Beverly Borchardt will have a summer
selection of quilted wall hangings and accessories.
- Susan Kennedy's quilted purses are
collector's pieces. Drop by to see what's new for giving or
you !. Don't
forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
- Susan Peluso Crochet by Sue is
new this year with stylish handmade accessories and embroidered
towels. Welcome, Sue .
- Sabrina Miller and Janet Bennett Beads and Bags Boutique team up to make
handcrafted bags, scarves and matching fun jewelry and more .
- Patricia Spangler
TheLanguage ofLeaves is an
artist who transfers nature designs onto silk accessories.
The Glass Artists Category : Master
Glass Blower , Ken Curtiss will be demonstrating this
ancient art .His specialty is Sculpture
figurines, miniatures and
nature themes. Welcome Ken to Cullowhee!
Hearn Boxes by Neal is coming back with his summer collection
of fused glass boxes and hanging panels with natural gemstones . He always sells out of his unique art.
- Mike & Sharon Smithwick's Recycled Wine Bottles, Lanterns and etched glass
is on the way.
- Tina Clark is new this year with
Garden Art from repurposed vintage antiques. Welcome, Tina.
The wood craftsmen at this show :
- Tonia Cannon Balsam Mountain Wood Works
will be here with scroll saw work and original designs.
- Ken Rudd's Custom Woodwork has a big
following. He has worked all winter to have potato boxes
and trash cans that are scarce.
- Steve Simonelli Simonelli Fine
Woodcraft always pleases his customers with pieces made one
at a time for them.
Photographers are tops"
Macon Green Photo has amazing shots of the Elk herds in the Smokies. He
has prints and greeting cards of many mountain themed views.
Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo wows his
customers with mountain themes . Spring, summer. winter
and fall; small and large sizes.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away.
- Jaqueline Hatch Native
American Jewelry artisan with original pieces and bullet bling.
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique, cool designs for the 20 something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, Campbell Designs master wire wrapper. She will have chain maille styles
and gem trees,
- Nanci Leigh will be bringing her
hammered copper pieces as well as her original gem stone necklaces. Check her web site for her summer collection.
BornAgainCreations has some fine vintage silverware (and found items)
creations .Welcome Billy and Lavada !
LittleWoodlander Leather Jewelry .The leather cuffs with metal
inset are hand stamped .They have cowhide clutches and fabric
bags with leather accents.
- Note for Janet Anderson customers
Wild Fired Glass is a favorite
artist in glass with her original glass art; fused and slumped
ornaments and other creations. Her line of jewelry is
diachronic glass accented with Swarovski crystals. She has
been out with a back injury. We miss you, Janet. Hurry
Stay tuned as the 2017 'Summertime" Show fills up.
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