Celebrating the American Craftsmen .                                                                                                                                                                                                                


31st Annual 'Summertime"  ARTS -CRAFTS SHOW

            JUNE 27 & 28   2020

                                                           10_-5 each Day

       Western Carolina  University ,Cullowhee, N.C.

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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 are 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 handcrafts  Hats, Travel Purses and accessories. 
  • Janette Franich DesignsbyJanette has delicate , feminine jewelry she designed herself .
  •  Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo will be back for Christmas  with his artistic eye mountain photography.

     A.W. Ruff is the chief Blue Bird House maker. He is still making old fashioned mountain toys and cutting boards .

     Jim Gunter  Stone Dramer is celebrating  his native  stone art .

     Sara Shields Starrblaze Glassworks will have her blown globes, icicles and pendants .  


      Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery will be on the corner with her Artisan Organic Breads , Gingerbread and Sugarplums to dream about . Order early for sourdough bread  !     

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







       Cheryl  Hyatt   Knots of Love is popular with fleece blankets for cozy lounging for the kids and  beds for your pets .

       Chris Topher Peaceful Valley Wood Works specializes in unique woodwork: Mantles, Lamps ,Tables and interesting finds . He is bringing an amazing Show Stopper Lamp !




       Tneshia RichardsAll Things Steel has some long lasting  metal signs for your home and business.



        Kenneth and Judy EdwardsPetals and Blooms transform vintage plates and saucers into bird feeders .

        Vernon MathisBirdRiderArt takes antique wood and makes unique Little Cabins that are Incense burners. 

        Becky Watty from Cherokee weaves Baskets around Gourds . Her husband has leather makings.

         Lynn and Bob Hushion  TheBurningRock has Slate Oil Lamps, Sea Urchin Led Lights , Starfish Oil Lamps .



  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:
  • Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter who has many area collectors. She will return . Look for her with new ,exciting designs .
  •  Tonia Cannon Balsammtnwoodwork will be showing off her  collection of wood accessories .
  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with their new Cook Book  and samples from their Dillsboro shop.
  •  Featured Artist Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece  Intarsia will have a selection  with his best work of the year .




  •   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? (Proceeds benefit REACH  house .)

        The pottery section includes :




      Specialty foods and  sweets:  

      Terrie Cook Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes, Mixes and  Rubs for your summer entertaining .    



       Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming 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.
  •       Doll Makers:


  •  Heritage Artisan, Betty Cabe, is back  with Corns Shuck Dolls, Flowers and Vintage Santa's . I bet some Smoky Mountain Bears will be there too! How about a Corn Shuck Angel for an Old Fashioned 'Tree Topper' ?

    Other special  crafts :





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

    New! this show is Autumn Wilkins Doodad Mosaics .You are going to love her  lovely designs in glass.


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

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

    Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles will be the perfect glow to light up the winter with her collection.

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

    Larry and Michelle Cooper River Birch Bees Presenting Honey ,Beeswax Candles and  holiday gift bags .

  • Rebeka JoyBrownRebekaJoyStudio has amazing Egg Carvings : Ostrich, Duck and smaller chicken sizes.
  •  Martha Savage  is  a  ceramic artist  . Let's see what she has dreamed up for us this season.


       Shanna Conner Birdsofafeather will be bringing Rag Rugs ! Also scrubbies and seasonal decor . Welcome Shanna .


       Wendy Converse Clay Sculpture is a blue ribbon winner !

         Gail Cooper- Casey Stillwell  uses recycles to paint their art on . This talented duo will have some things you like.



        Debbie Fouts Pebble Art is very unique! How about pictures made with found pebbles with personality ?!                                                               



  • 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.

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


         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 .


  • Fabric and Fiber category includes :
  • Dora D Reynolds
  •  favorite of collectors with her  Designer 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.
  • Carol M .Pitts GaCowgirl will be demonstrating Appalachian  basket weaving and  bringing her unique Book FoldingCrafts .
  • Nina Hutchins KnotJustCountry is making American Doll Clothes, Baby items, ornaments  and more.
  •  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.
  • Bonnie Abbott  Dyes and paints on clothing . Her creations are wonderful .


     The wood craftsmen at this show are some of the best around:      


   Nathan Robbins   is  a recycle craftsman who will bring small tables, small furniture and chopping boards .


      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 .



      Kate  and Ron Baker  Bowerbird Woodworking will have original wood art wine racks,

      Carl Winter WinterLatheWoodWorking has Fabulous Platters, Bowls and Plates .




 We have some of the most skilled jewelers from our area and afar :

     Magda Fox Mermaid Accessories  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 Czech crystals and Mother of Pearls.
  • Bill Radford  Blue Ribbon Stone Carvings ,Bone Necklaces ,Custom Knives .

      Marleene DeNardoLittleWoodlander  has Leather Stamped  Jewelry .

      Letha Eller AhShucks Oyster Shell Jewelry ornaments and nite lites .

      Karen Vick MyFavoriteThings oxidized brass/ natural stones .

       Colleen Dickey's Stix'nStones Jewelry ,here  it comes for Christmas giving .

      Robin Grasty Inspired Designs by Rob makes nice charm bracelets .




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