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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.
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.
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.
- 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. She is
- staying home for this show instead of
heading south .
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain
delicious kettle popcorn will be back.
New, this year is crispy Pork Skins .
- Ed Hudgin's Sawmill Tables
are favorites .If you missed getting one last year ,here is
- I expect Kathy Cirka Backwoods
Bakery will be on the corner with Gingerbread cookies,
organic bread and sugarplum treats to dream about.
- Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
Larry Haskett and Evelyn Sanborn
- from A&E Tree Farm and Awe Natural
bring the fresh wreaths and garlands for your house. They
bring the big 'Har CAndy Christmas 'tree that starts the
Christmas holiday spirit each year .
- Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter
who has many area collectors .She will be returning next year 's
'Summertime Show ,June 29-30 2019 .
- .Meanwhile, look for a
new exhibitor in her place :Jane Willis from Burnsville, NC.
MasterPottersClay is a mountain artisan who imprints
faith on her work.
- Looks like Bobby Bearden's
Original Yard Art is going to be inside the tunnel this
time. He creates Recycled Pieces that are such fun.
- Neal Hearn Boxes by Neal
will be on the corner with his Christmas collection of
his unique boxes.
- Dogwood Crafters will be
back with samples from their Dillsboro shop .
- Featured Artist Tom Livingston's
Piece by Piece Intarsia will have a gorgeous
- 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 Christmas 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 Christmas luminaries and
- Cory Plott award wining
will be moving inside for this show .He will have his
Christmas collection for his customers.
Specialty foods and sweets:
Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes,
Homemade dips and Rubs.
Cranberry Hollow has her customers who love her dips and
Beelite Candles features only genuine beeswax candles and
this year's mountain honey .
- Scotty Ellis Cold
Mountain Toffee is back with Peppermint Bark just
'n time for Christmas giving and eating !
- Lin Johnson Mimi's
Mountain Mixes is Beer Baking Mixes . Who would have
thought ! Stock up while they are here .
- 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.
- Doll Makers:
- 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
will be back for the Christmas
show. She is 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
Roberta Brown Roberts
Pressed Flower Art has the flowers of summer
drying for her framed pictures...Her garden has produced pansy, roses and daisy blooms for new
dried Petal Paintings .
Pruitt Another Place In Time is
working on Little White Churches for the Christmas customers. Also ,
Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her handwork.
- Roy Owenby is coming with
his mountain stories and his latest Novels .
- Denny and Bonnie Wallace Greasy Branch
Crafts are bringing their Christmas collection of Wreaths
and lighted Boxes .Denny's Turned Vases are one of a kind .
- Connie Gregory Cat's Meow Pinecone
Creations are going to be back .Also fabric and wood items.
- Suzanne Summers Original Suzanne Art delights your eye with her explosion of color .
- Tonya Vannoy is a craftwoman in TinArt .
Look for Tonya's Tins on Facebook. Her Luminaries are special
- Renee Hockensmith Hockensmith Mountain
Art has her summer collection of Alcohol Ink, Resin, and Polymer Art.
- Wendy Griffith hand paints art on wood and
glass . She will be back with her Christmas collection of Animals, Birds and
- Fabric and Fiber category includes :
- They are back ! Susan and
Mark Kennedy has been out with a wrist repair for Susan.
- Let's welcome her back with good sales for
her hand quilted purses and Mark's photography !
- Bev Borchardt has a following who
watches for her latest quilted wall hanging and
- Linda Levy is coming to this year's
show with her quilted hangings, quilts and more.
Gingerbread Land features hand quilted holiday
decorations . Customers love her original table runners, wall
hangings and ornaments .
- Debbie and Larry Bennett Out
of the Drawer Quilts specializes in neck purses . (I have
several that I wear to keep up with myself )!
- 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.
- Knot Just
Country Nina M Hutchins is a fine seamstress who will
bring baby items, kitchen accessories,bears and dolls.
- Donna McCarthyAlpaca Tierra
will be back with Alpaca socks and Fiber art .
- Barbara Quinn J&C Crafts
Towels ,Aprons, fabric bowls; great, practical ,gifts .
- Nancy and Thomas Smith
JeNan Wood and Fiber hand make a variety of
items for knitters, spinners and fabric artists .
- Look for project bags for the perfect
- Jim Boxerman's leather Craft will
have a wide variety of hand tooled leather goods. Gun
holsters ,purses and more.
Linda and Ed Barton
creators of Felt Ornaments are coming back with a wide variety
of your favorite school colors !
- Brenda Fuqua Lindsay'sLoft is
coming back for Christmas !The Grandchildren will love this
play area at Grammy's house.
Other Artists :
- Dorothy Owen Grandmas Dot's
Critters has found her talent :Lions, bears .elephants,
and whimsical pigs will make you smile and make great
gifts . Her hubby is on his way with his wood burning
- that are perfect for the cabin .
- William Menyas will
be back with his
Soapstone Carvings .
- Dick Covalinski/Wil Baker .This
talented duo dazzles with stained glass sun catchers and
- Monika Hoerl's Rosemaling
is so special. She is working right now on
traditional plates ,ornaments and plaques.
- Bill Radford LittleFeather
has genuine Cherokee art . Carvings on jewelry and
knives make special gifts.
- Mike Wilson Wilson Knives .When
you get a Wilson knife ,you are getting a lifetime of fine
craftsmanship . Made
- one at a time .
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- Ken Rudd's customers sells his tables, potato boxes and waste cans
as fast as he can get them up here. Hardly any woodcrafter
makes solid wood products ,anymore.
- Steve Simonelli's fine, fine
wood craft and his beautiful rocker chairs
and boxes will be here.
- Steve Waldroop will be back with
his cowboy theme
- 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 has some handcrafted toys and models that you are not going
- to believe ! He will have rocking
horses for Christmas giving .
form of 'painting with wood' is Marquetry . Beth
and Allen Woody make small, decorative wood turning
pictures that are wonderful.
Dennis and Judy Wilkie
bring fine wood turned writing pens, ice cream scoops
,seam rippers and more that sell like hot cakes .
Tonia & John
Cannon Balsam Mountain Woodworks will have new
woodwork items for your house .
Jason Rizzo Fine Art is an artist with the camera.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a holiday favorite with her
fused glass ornaments and jewelry . Here she comes .
- 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,
- Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry creations
from vintage silverware.
- Jean Covington Bead in Love is presenting
custom hand made bead work.
- Becky Smith
Silver Work and Design won Best of Show at Mountain Heritage Day (last.
original designs will be here .
- Kim Plotkin HumbleBumbleBeads
is a magician with Fused Glass Beads .
- Marleen DeNardo
LittleWoodLander has cool Leather Jewelry, hand stamped
- Shelia Bowers Wire wrapping and neat
Folk Painting .
- Kelli Perry Wintersun Fused
Glass Jewelry .
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