presents the 30th Annual
Art and Craft Show
Saturday, June 29 and Sunday June
located in the (WCU) Ramsey Center, 92
Drive, Cullowhee, N.C.
2019 dates for the 32nd 'Hard Candy Christmas" have been
for November 29-30
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, 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.
- Jan Kleinrath Jan's
All things Canvas will be back with her Hats, Travel Purses and
- I expect Kathy Cirka Backwoods
Bakery will be on the corner with her Organic Breads and
- Missed Stacy Redmon Red Rock
Photo at Christmas ? He will be back for summer with his
artistic eye photography .
A.W. Ruff is the chief
Blue Bird House maker . He is coming back with his mountain toys and
cutting boards .
- Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
- Sue Malsnee is a favorite potter
who has many area collectors. She will return for the
"Summertime " show lOok for her with new exciting designs !
I hope Regenia
Ford Mountain Memories painting on Antique
Windows, barn wood, saws and Ornaments will be here .
- Neal Hearn Boxes by Neal
will be inside the arena with his summertime 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 collection.
- Once upon a time I lived the hectic
life of a mother with 3 children. My darling neighbor
was 9 years old and visited me often to see what I was
painting, drawing or inventing. She was impressed and wanted
to be an artist when she grew up. Guess what ? She will be
returning with her Christmas collection at this year's 2019 show ! Meet
again Sandy De
Niear of Franklin. I am so proud of her work. You will
like it too.
- Good live music brings
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.
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
The pottery section includes :
Jugs and more at it's best! Look for him at Christmas again .
- Kim vonHedemann Critters by Kim
are coming back for summer. Adorable lady bugs, cats and bears and more
on big and small trinket boxes. You are
going to collect these!
Specialty foods and sweets:
Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes,
Homemade dips and Rubs.
- 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.
- Donna Grant /Kim Lusk 'Nothing
Fancy " All Natural Body Care products, Soaps
and herbal based good stuff.
- 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
Bears, too. New, this year will be
- Vintage santas and let's see what else
she has dreamed up for you.
- Heritage Folk Artist Elly Davey
has been charming collectors for years with her tiny dolls
with Hickory Nut heads ! She will be sitting out this
show to recover from some health challenges. Meanwhile reach her
at home at 828 293 9083 .
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 his customers. Also,
nativity Scenes. Wife, Silvia Pruitt will
have her handwork.
- 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 summer collection of Animals, Birds and
- Keith Mathews Leather by
Veterans will be coming with quality leather products.
- belts for adults and children and hand tooled wallets.
Tommy Hill only uses the finest leather for his customers. He will be back with his products .
- Fabric and Fiber category includes :
- Bev Borchardt has a following who
watches for her latest Quilted Wall Hanging ,Quilts and
- Linda Levy is coming to this year's
show with her Quilted Hangings, Baby Quilts and more.
- Look for Debbie and Larry Bennett Out
of the Drawer Quilts, who specializes in neck purses,
to be at the Christmas show .
- Knot Just
Country Nina M Hutchins is a fine seamstress
duo who will
bring baby items, kitchen accessories, bears and dolls.
- Sharon Wilson and Becky Reszke
Country Cousins have been quilting Quilts, Table
Runners, Aprons and more . I have admired their work and
hoped someday they would exhibit with us . Finally they can fit
us in their schedule . Welcome ladies to Cullowhee!
- Leah Scroggin Dogwood Pet Wear
will delight pet owners with garments and leashes for your four
legged friends. Also neat embroidered towels.
- I am hoping Brenda Fuqua Lindsay'sLoft is
coming back for summer.! The Grandchildren will love this
play area at Grammy's house.
- Stay tuned as I hear from her .
- Other Artists :
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
- Ken Rudd sells
Potato Boxes and Trash Cans
as fast as he can get them up here. Hardly any woodcrafter
makes solid wood products, anymore.
Rickie and Benita Lemons2ndTimeAround
believes wood ought to have another chance to shine! He has
cheese boards, cutting boards tables and more.
Jerry and Nancy WilliamsonJW
Wooden Boxes and Gifts are new this year with inlaid wood boxes
that are one of a kind ! Nancy has nimble fingers to make
Aprons, Kitchen Accessories and fun Stuffed Animals .
Welcome to Cullowhee!
Nathan Robbins is
a recycle craftsman who will bring small tables, small furniture and
chopping boards .
Winterlathwoodworkinghas moved to Macon County from Main to
escape the snow ! He is a master turner using American hard woods
for his masterpieces. Welcome, Carl .
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away:
- Nanci Leigh is returning with her copper pounded
gemstone designs .
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
is coming with Hand Stamped Jewelry in cool designs.
- Jacolyn Campbell, Master
Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maille styles,
- Billy and Lavada Anderson BornAgainJewelry creations
from vintage silverware.
- New this year is Karen Vick My
Favorite Things . She creates Oxidized Brass jewelry with
natural stones. Look for her on Etsy .
- Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass
is a yearly favorite with her dichoric Fused jewelry and art .
Stay Tuned as
this show fills for 2019 !
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