'Chickadee" owned by Richard and Christine Cruse .
Tom Livingston, 2018 Featured Artist, has
charmed everyone with his amazing Intarsia. It is pictures made from
various native wood. Each kind is a different color. He
absolutely 'paints with wood " .
Current Show Exhibitor
Alva Houston - Dolls 'Hard
Candy Christmas '
Betty Cabe - Corn Shuck Dolls
Sharon Petterson - Loozie Floozy Dolls
"Hard Candy Christmas "
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Current Show Exhibitor
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, blacksmithing, clay art, folk
dolls, corn shuck flowers, broom corn brooms, and primitive furniture were 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.
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
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back.
New, this year is crispy Pork Skins .
- Kathy Cirka Backwoods
Bakery& Cake Works will be serving up organic breads
baked in a wood fired oven and more .
- Beside them, is woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds) and more. All constructed with Western Red
Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality.
- AW Ruff makes the best
Blue Bird boxes around .He also makes mountain toys and cutting
boards at the right price .
- Jan Kleinrath Jan's
All things Canvas will be back with her hats, travel purses and
more. Check her booth before going to the beach !
- Stacy Redmon RedRock Photo will be featuring new snaps of North
- Michael Roberts
MrMetalWorks is a fine metal artisan . He
specializes in wind spinners and unique yard art .
- Looks like Bobby Bearden's
Original Yard Art is going to make the scene this
time. He creates recycled pieces that are such fun.
- Cory Plott PlottWearPottery
will be right outside the door with a summer collection of
his fine wheel clay art.
Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
- 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
to enjoy all year. He brings some of the music we grew up with.
The pottery section includes :
- Kim Von Hedemann Clay Critters
are coming back for summer show :Adorable lady bugs, cats and bears and more
on mugs and trinket boxes. You are
going to have to have three of these!
- Ann Suggs Stonehouse Pottery.
We welcome Ann with her individual style for summer .
- Do you remember the Cabin Fever
Pottery by Barb Bates from last year ? She is
returning with her summer collection .
- Jane Willis
MasterPottersClay is a mountain artisan who imprints
faith on her work.
Specialty foods and sweets:
- Terri Cook's Delightful Dips
was a hit last show and will be back with her homemade dips, mixes and
southern meat rubs.
- Don Mandlekorn GreenMountainMaple
. If you are out of delicious maple syrup, help is on
the way !
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap and his personal grooming accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker will have some new
delicious new flavors.
- Corn shuck flowers date back to the
early settlers. Heritage Artisan, Betty Cabe, is preserving this
vanishing craft. She will demonstrating and selling her colorful
bouquets and dolls. I bet there will be Smoky Mountain
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
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
- Alva Houston
makes folk dolls with hickory nut
heads . She may be having surgery in summer but be back for Christmas .
crafts : Mike and Sharon Smithwick only come
to 'Summertime' show with their Wine Bottle Lanterns and wood
Roberta Brown Roberts
Pressed Flower Art is looking for the first sign of Spring
.Her garden will be producing pansy, roses and daisy blooms for new
dried , petal paintings .
Neal Hearn BoxesByNeal
is already planning his summer collection of handcrafted boxes with
gem stones and fused pieces. They sell fast so
- Look for Tommy Hill with his quality
leatherwork. He has made the perfect
- gift for someone special. I love my neck purse he
made me last year.
- I hear that David
Pruitt Another Place In Time is
working on little white churches for the summer customers.
Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her hanging kitchen towels and coasters .
- Roy Owenby is coming with
his mountain stories and his latest novel.
- Pam and David Helms BrightWaterCreative
recycle and upcycle vintage items .
- Barb Haun is a mixed media artist :Baskets,
Wood crafts and Glass engravings ..
We have attracted some wonderful
- 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
- Fabric and Fiber category includes :
- Bev Borchardt has a following who
watches for her latest quilted wall hanging and
- Linda Levy is always at the summer
show with her quilted hangings, quilts and more.
- Henri Moon lilywindgifts is a
skilled creator of Soft Bunnies,Fur Babies, Hooded Towels
and baby gifts. Welcome Henri .
- Glenise Ward StoneBridgeLane makes Handcrafted Journals and handmade cards .
- Susan Kennedy's customers will
have to wait until Christmas to get a purse . She is having
a hand repair .Get well wishes to Susan .
- 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
summer flower themes.
- New this year is fabric artist ,Judy
Britton Firefly Cove Creations . Her Wildlife
pillows are original . Look for her Blue Ridge Mountain Wall
Hangings . Welcome Judy .
Country Nina M Hutchins is a fine seamstress who will
bring baby items, kitchen accessories and bears and dolls.
Loflin HandbagzandGladragz makes leather handbags
and accessories . Check her web site .Welcome Debby .
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- 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.
- New this year is Robert SetzerWood
Turnings by Robert . He makes hard to find
Rocking Horses as well as neat wood crafts.
- I have found a new woodcraftsman who
makes amazing children's toys, models and more. You are
going to be impressed with
- Mike Holden .AWC Woods. (Pic
form of 'painting with wood' is Marquetry . Beth
and Allen Woody make small, decorative wood turning
pictures that are wonderful. . Welcome to Cullowhee!
- Eric Hanan Hanan's Carves
He is truly an artist in wood .
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with hand stamped jewelry in cool designs for the 20 something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Nancy Leigh Vivian and Silvias
will be back with her copper shaped designs and original gemstone jewelry.
- Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry created
from vintage silverware.
| Thank you for making 'Summertime' 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! Stay tuned as the show fills
for 2018 .
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