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   Where is Cullowhee??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

  JACK BLADES ,A GEORGIA CRAFTSMAN, WHO USES RECYCLED BARN WOOD TO SHAPE

   'OLD GLORY " .                                        

 

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,  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.

Current Show Exhibitor List 

 

       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 :  

     Featured Artist Jack Blades from Tiger ,Ga. will have a big assortment of his 'God Bless America" Flag art .

  • 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 .. 
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  • Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things Canvas handcrafts  Hats, Travel Purses and accessories

      Allyson GernandtGemstoneJewelty www.allysongernandtsilversmith.com

  • Waynette Tubbs TheWoodenThumbShop will have Farmhouse Signs and Decor .
  •  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 . 

        Folk Artist Bobby Bearden turns  castaways into yard art that makes your garden smile .        

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

 

    The first Pine Needle Baskets were shaped by the Native Americans .

This vanishing art is being preserved by Heather Seaman of Mills River ,NC .She will be demonstrating and selling

her summer collection .

 

    Frances Maynard is a Tennessee artist who paints whimsical animals on Wood

      

      

 

 

  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:

 

  • Regenia Ford is having family responsibilities and will return later . Please rem her in your prayers .
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  •   Artist Tom Livingston's Piece by Piece  Intarsia will be returning for  Christmas . 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 .)

 

          

             Specialty foods and  sweets:  

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

        Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery will be baking  Organic Breads  in a wood fired oven .Scones, Danish and yummys .

     

               Heritage Soap & Candles :

     Modern Forestry presents 100% Soy Candles that will not burn your nose ! In scrumptious flavors

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming with his popular Goat Milk Soap and his personal Grooming Accessories.

      Kelli Hubbs   Mountain Soap Box Cold  Pressed Soap and Bath & Body Products

                                                  Mixed Media Crafts

  • . David Pruitt  Another Place In Time  is working on   little white churches and
  •  Country Stores .Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her handwork.
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  •   Wendy Converse   Clay Art

         Brista Hristova  Mountain Photography on Wood and Stone 

          Tommy W. Hill Fine Leather Works

        Dr. Lin and J.L. Stepp  Regional Books for summer reading

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  • Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles will be the perfect glow to light up the winter with her collection.Susan Gasperson Diamond Dot Art .

    Jean Whisnant Hand Blown Glass Art .

    

  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with samples from their Dillsboro shop. Maybe some local honey.

        

       

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

         

 

  •                  The Fine Art Category includes :
  •  Donald Lowmaster Art & Painted Rocks

        Irene Samuels will be bring her summer decor art

        Waylon Robinson LakeHartwellArt Paints area lake FISH Japanese Gyotaku

  •  Dennis Deitz Country Illustrations is a natural talent. He has a way of bringing the mountains and it's people to life.

      

        

        

  •               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.
  • Nina Hutchins KnotJustCountry is making American Doll Clothes, Baby items, ornaments  and more.
  •  Joan Masden /Jim Nicolazzo. This dynamic duo produces Quilted Wall Hangings and Mixed Media Art

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

    These are true Mountain Artisans   who use the local wood to make beauty for your home .

New!  Richard Dwyer  an  Artist with regional wood :Bowls, Ornaments Utilitarian

          Betty B. Rickman Kitchen Boards by Betty Wood cutting and serving boards

         Bob Moore Hand Carved Mountain Laurel Art

        Josephine Miller Turnings By Jo . Wood Art 

         Laura  Scheving  Woodburning  www.laurascheving.com  

       Jeff Price Native American Art Log Tables ,Coat Racks, Wood Burning Art

        

       

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

 

  • 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.
  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a yearly favorite with her  fused jewelry and fused glass ornaments art .
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       Varshana Dholakia Birthstone Jewelry

      Faye Jackson Henry C&H Creations

      

The 35th Annual 'Hard Candy Christmas' is scheduled for Friday November ,25 and Saturday November 26 .

Thank you for supporting the regional artisans community . sincerely, Doris Hunter

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