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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 craft
show in Franklin. 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 just a dream come
true. As the years have flown by, more and more artisans
wanted a good place to sell their hand work and
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.
Art and Crafts Shows provide a
marketplace for customers and artisan 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 to be here.
For 'Hard Candy Christmas' 2014
The sidewalk leading up to the big Catamount door entrance
has a sample
of the quality artisans inside. Look for:
- Doreyl Ammons, catchthespirit , will be demonstrating pastel paintings.
She is preparing
some new creations for this year's fall show . Look for
small limited edition fine art prints under non-reflective
glass on a stand. The art includes details from her new
mural: trillium, larkspur, butterflies, birds, horses and
groundhogs. There will be townscapes and landscapes
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back . (I sample popcorn from
many places and his is "tops").
- John Bauknecht,
chain saw bear carver, will have his yellow trailer
overflowing with carvings, signs and walking sticks. Brother
Fred usually will have a project he will be
demonstrating carving .
- Henry and Alice Hoover are coming
back with their Southern canjoes and the Tennessee music box .
They can teach
- you how to play pretty good music from a spam
- Update : Mr. Charles Wells,
glass blowing demonstration will be back at
this show .The whole family will enjoy watching their
glass globe be created .
- Sculpture, artist, Jim Gunter will
be back again with his
rock carvings .
- Did you miss getting a dried fruit orange
rope last year? You will have another opportunity.
The entrance tunnel has some exciting
First artisan inside the door is favored potter, Sue Malsnee. She has many area collectors of her work. They will be glad to find
her newest designs and original glazes.
Tree grower and fresh wreath maker, Larry
Haskett , will be showing off his original creations for
your house! He also provides the big tree in the lobby each year
- Dogwood Crafters from
Dillsboro will be selling samples from their unique shop.
They feature handcrafts from the mountain area, also.
- Steven Rich and David Walker
recycle planks from yesterday's barns into creative
birdhouses and feeders.
- No one can turn a gasoline can into a
piece of folk art like Bobby
Bearden ! He will be back with his pigs and
- cat recycled inventions.
- Arena :
- Kathy Cirka BackwoodsBakery
will be our featured artist this year . This
talented young lady has baked up our gingerbrerad church .
Someone is going to win this little masterpiece ! Go by
her booth and sign . Drawing will be at the show's end. You
do not have to be present to win !
- She will be baking up other
gingerbread goodies as well as her speciality organic bread and cookies. How about
- brownies and caramel popcorn .
- Good live music lifts
- There will be live guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's
- Everyone will get the Christmas
spirit as he plays the old
tunes we grew up with .He will be selling his cd's.
The pottery section includes :
All you Mike Hart fans will be able to
add to your table settings His stoneware with pinecone
impressions are hot sellers.
Larry Moore SoftwindsPottery is
new this year . You are going to find some different designs
that will be a hit
We have a good selection of
Specialty foods and sweets :
- Kathy Nash Serendipity will be back with her
heirloom nut brittle goodies. It is a fast seller.
- Terri Cook's Delightful Dips
was a hit last show and will be back with her homemade dips, mixes and
- meat rubs.
- Heritage Soap:
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap. And his personal grooming
- Tim Trescott
beelitecandles will have a line of bees wax and soy
candles, and homemade soaps .Maybe some
- honey, too.
- Elizabeth Lilley Spreadthelove
LipBalm is the queen of the all natural lip balms.
Get ready for some scrumptious
- Rivers Marchesoni handcrafts
soaps ,salves, and crochets gifts .
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker will have some new
delicious new flavors .
- Doll Makers:
- Corn shuck flowers date back to the
early settlers. Betty Cabe is preserving this
heritage craft .She will demonstrating and selling her colorful
bouquets. She has some of the best shuck dolls I have
- Elly Davey's a bird in hand
makes little folk
figure and whimsies . She has many
collectors who look for new creations
crafts : Molly McCurdy makes and plays
dulcimers . She will be here to teach you how easy it is to
- Animals from recycled railroad spikes ? Yes, a
whole farm from Rich and Rhonda Peters.Coppins
Critters You will
love these little creatures!
- I hear there are going
to be a new addition : bumblebees !
- Valerie Holden will be
back with her bow wreaths to dress up your porch and kitchen.
- Breaking news: Bonnie and Denny
Wallace create holiday decorations at great prices
! They are bringing lighted boxes , table settings and
cheerful accents .Welcome back to the Wallaces!
- Marcia Roland is a
Scherenschnitte' artist . It is a 3D craft from the old
world that is hard to find
- Tommy Hill ,with his quality
leatherwork ,will be back ,in time to replace that old worn
- Mike Malak ,will be back with his
antler art lamps and accessories.
. We have attracted some wonderful
fine artists and painters for this show such as:
All Jessie K. Collins
customers will be thrilled that she is coming over to Cullowhee.
She is a Georgia watercolorist , will be who will have a good
selection of new rabbit prints, wildlife paintings, and
topographic maps .
- Macon County's own watercolorist, Michael
M. Rogers http://www.sharethebeauty.tv will be bringing his
summer collection of art to this show .(He was one of the first artist
who started this show with me in 1987. ) He is an avid hiker of
the trails of our beautiful area. Come with him as he
captures waterfalls, flowers and views on canvas and video. You will be able to take a piece of
mountains back home with you
artist, Michele Alcock,Micheles Garden Girls
is coming back to this show !
With dried flower petals and things found in nature, she
dainty garden ladies. See her on facebook.com/micheles
- The fabric art category is looking is
looking good :Ann Warren has been quilting a
long time . She will be demonstrating lap quilting and rug
- Linda and Bill Van OrderBearyHillBears
are returning with their Christmas collection and home
- Susan Kennedy: quilted designer
purses and Mark's photography.
- Gretchen Branning:
purses; each one created from a man's neck tie.
- Norma Jean Corhn:
18' inch doll dresses and more .
- Returning is Linda Owens
unique tie dyed clothing for young and old. Also house wares
just made for you.
- Dora Reynolds is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls.
- Remember the old fashioned rag rugs ?
Rena Wilkins will be demonstrating this vanishing craft.
She will have a good selection for you
- The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- David Hedrick makes "ginuwine"
wood toys .He had a great show last year from parents who
are tired of plastic under the tree . He will have a lovely
selection this year .
- Joyce Thisse is an intarsia and fretwork
artist. She is new this year with Christmas ornaments ,too.
- Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts is coming from
Tennessee to bring their handcrafted log furniture.
- Gerald and Ruth Bleniek owners
- Dennis and Judy Wilkey are
favorites each show with fine wood turnings ,gifts and jewelry.
- Ron Thompson/ is a master wood
turner from regional wood . (I was given a set of apple wood bowls
that I cherish).
- Ken Rudd's customers buys his potato boxes and waste cans like
crazy . They are hard to find .
- Steve Simonelli is a fine, fine
wood crafter who is famous for his beautiful rocker chairs
and boxes .
- Collett brings her Christmas decorations
in November .
- Gary Morris is going to be at this
show with his popular scroll saw puzzles and art..
- Doug CoombsBranchedOutWoodWorks
is new this year with quality cutting boards and other
- The knitters are in vogue right now:
Tolotti: Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats
- William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories.
- Connie Anderson's colorful hairpin lace scarves
are a hit .She will be back with
shawls, and necklaces, too.
- Linda Jackson paints on silk
scarves .You are going to enjoy giving this gift . She
has glassware ,too.
- Mary Jo Brown will be back with
quality hand knitted mittens,hats ,and scarves .
- The Glass artists are unique:
- Coming only for this show is Katie
Knopp Katiediditwith her 3D hanging glass
- Janet AndersonWildFiredGlass
is coming back with
her original glass art both fused and slumped . Her
new linw line of jewelry is diachoric necklaces and
- We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
- Coming back is the Ledbetters from
Alabama with their popular jewelry from antique silverware.
- Also back is Janet L.
Simons Dean . She is a hat maker and vintage jewelry
- Ellen Speed makes
amazing accessories from soda cans. What fun!
- Returning is Donna Rainey Artworkzstudio
her fine wire wrapping. She will have a
whole booth with her photography .
- Virginia BohananGinny'sJewelry specializes
in ladies and children's jewelry.
Stay Tuned as the show
Come shop from our American artists. They need
your support . They are
the best around!
and White House Artisan, Doris Hunter, combs through many craft
shows each year, looking for the best talent
available. She invites special artisans who make unusual craft.
Her own craft, pine cone
birds, can be seen at her home studio in Franklin, N.C. It
only place in the
world you can find her famous hummingbirds that graced the White
House Christmas Tree in 2002.
customers eagerly anticipate the wide assortment of original
work from the hands of 100 + artists at the "SUMMERTIME"
(July 4 week end ) show and the perennial favorite the "HARD
CANDY CHRISTMAS" always the Friday and Saturday
shows you can purchase an original painting or a piece of
rustic furniture for your mountain home and meet the artist who