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MOUNTAIN ARTISANS FINE ART AND FINE CRAFT SHOWS ...

"WHERE ALL THE GOOD ARTISTS ARE "......You will find  the work of some of the area's most unique artisans. 

Mountain Artisans presents   

"HARD CANDY CHRISTMAS" 

ART AND CRAFT SHOW


NOVEMBER 28-29 2014

 

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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, 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 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  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, 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.

     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.

NOTE: I have just been to Barber's Orchard and picked the best apples to give to you .This year's white oak split basket will have Red and Yellow Delicious ,Gala and Cameo apples. They will be in the chiller until show week when I will pile high the split oak basket for you to pick up . It is part of the Christmas celebration that mountain children always got a stocking with an apple, orange and hard candy ,no matter how lean the year was. The best toys were hand made with care . The "Hard Candy Christmas ' celebrates the faith of past generations that passed to us strength to  go forth to  the blessings we enjoy now . Let us be  thankful for today.

Outside: The sidewalk leading up to the big Catamount door entrance has a sample of the quality artisans inside.  Look for the following artists:

  • Doreyl Ammons, catch the spirit, (Jackson County's own) will be demonstrating pastel paintings. She is designing  two  murals in the upcoming year.
  • You can own some of her artist's sketches . She will have  originals and  prints under non-reflective glass on a stand. The art includes details from 'On Hallowed Ground "mural: trillium, larkspur, butterflies, birds, horses and  groundhogs.? What fun.

  •  Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain  delicious kettle popcorn will be back.  (It is never burned or too salty)
  •  John Bauknecht, Bear Necessities, chain saw animal carver, will have his yellow trailer overflowing with carvings, signs and walking sticks. Brother Fred will have a project on the  chain saw carving stump.
  • Henry and Alice Hoover  Hoover Folk Instruments are coming back with their Southern canjos and Folk Musical Instruments. They can teach you how to play pretty good music from a spam can !
  •  If you smell homemade bread baking,  That will be Backwoods Bakery firing up the wood stove oven outside to show you how grandma did it. Golden loaves will be ready for all that company coming!
  • Sculpture, artist,  Jim Gunter will be back again with his rock carvings.
  • Michele Allen  will have dried fruit orange ropes and  new this year: cinnamon ornaments that smell good for years.
  •  Susan Camera's Ramble Wood Ridge rustic wagon will be on the corner with recycled folk art. Check her web page for more mountain makings.
  • Dale Nash recycles granite drops and turns then into lazy Susans and cutting boards .Lovely addition to your kitchen .
  • Molly McCurdy ,dulcimer maker and player  and Joshua Grant ,gourd banjo maker will be showing you how easy it is to play .
  • Johnetta Heil Plaid Sheep Weavings will be bring her fall collection  of accessories .

 Come inside . The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors :

  •    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 creations for your home .He will also have vine everlasting wreaths too. The big tree in the lobby comes from his A&E Tree Farm ,Tuckasegee, NC. each year.
  •  Dogwood Crafters from Dillsboro will be selling samples from their unique shop. They feature handcrafts from the mountain area.
  • Steven  Rich and David Walker recycle planks from yesterday's barns into fun birdhouses and feeders.
  • No one can turn a gasoline can into a piece of folk art like  Bobby Bearden World of Smiles ! He will be back with his pigs and cat recycled inventions.  He has a new owl, just for this show .

Arena :   

  • Good live music brings cheer!  There will be  live  guitar music floating from the fingers of  Macon County's Ronnie Evans. Everyone will get the Christmas spirit as he plays the old tunes we grew up with.  He will be selling his cd's to enjoy all year.

The pottery section includes :

     All you Mike Hart Hart Works fans will be able to add to your table settings.  His stoneware with pinecone impressions are hot sellers.

     Larry Moore Softwinds Pottery is new this year.  You are going to find some different designs that will be a hit

     Ashley Poston BlueMountainClay pottery has a blue glaze you are going to enjoy in your house.

     Evening Shade  Pottery from Saluda is coming with new designs.

Specialty foods and  sweets :

  • Good News! Scotty Ellis Cold Mountain Toffee is going to be at this show.  Remember the delicious mint chips coated with luscious chocolate ? They will have 9 flavors to enjoy ! (My German in-laws are going to get several bags of this for Christmas !)
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  •  Kathy Cirka  BackwoodsBakery will be  our featured artist this year.  This talented young lady has baked up our gingerbread church.  Someone is going to win a  little masterpiece ! Go by her booth and sign up for the drawing.  Drawing will be at the show's end. You do not have to be present to win, but ,it  needs to be  hand carried  home !  She will be baking up other gingerbread goodies as well as her specialty  organic bread and cookies. How about pretzels, bagels, brownies and caramel popcorn .
  • 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 southern  meat rubs.
  •  Jessica DeMarco  Copper Pot Traditions will have homemade jams, jellies  and pickles.

Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming back with his popular goat milk soap. And his personal grooming accessories.
  • Tim & Penny  Trescott Beelite Candles will have a line of bees wax candles and ornaments . Also, you will find soy candles,and homemade soaps. Tim has a good selection of mountain honey, maybe some sourwood.
  • Elizabeth Lilley Spread the love Lip Balm is the queen of the all natural lip balms. Get ready for some scrumptious flavors..
  •  Laura Craig   Shade Tree Farm  soap maker will have some new delicious new flavors .
  • All you customers of Carmen O'Dell By Willing Hands will be able to stock up on her artisans soap for sensitive skin.

Doll Makers:

  • Corn shuck flowers date back to the early settlers. Artisan, Betty Cabe ,is preserving this heritage craft.  She will demonstrating and selling her colorful bouquets. Maybe  Christmas angels ?
  • Elly Davey bird in hand makes little folk figure and whimsies.  She has many collectors who look for new creations each show. 
  • Let's see what folk artist Alva Houston will have for us.  Folk figures from gourds and Christmas ornaments and more!.

Other special crafts : 

  • Valerie Holden will be back with her everlasting bow wreaths to dress up your porch and kitchen.
  • Breaking news: Bonnie and Denny Wallace Greasy Creek Crafts  create a wide variety of holiday decorations .They are bringing lighted boxes, table settings and cheerful accents. Denny has woodturnings . Welcome back to the Wallaces!
  • Marcia Roland is a scherenschnitte' artist.  It is a 3D paper craft from the old world that is hard to find.  She will be demonstrating and taking special orders.
  • Linda Miller is new this year .She also, has paper art silhouttes .Her family is preserving the mountain craft of bark bucket making .
  • Tommy Hill with his quality leatherwork, will be back in time to replace that old worn out wallet.
  • Mike Malak  will be back with his antler art lamps and accessories.
  • Danny Robinson  Ex Files Knives recycles old files and saw blades to make handmade knives.
  • Come see what Tennessee sculpture Billy Reynolds will be bringing this year.  He always wows us with his original  mountain carvings
  • Chris Turnier Fisheyeart also a Tennessee artist , does amazing barn wood sculpture , fish watercolor paintings.
  • JoAnn Lazaro The Basket Lady is coming with a good selection of  functional baskets for practical gifts.
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  • Mike Merritt makes designer birdhouses.  They are almost too lovely for the birds. They dress up your garden and porch .
  • We are honored to have Macon County native and author Roy Owenby.  He will be signing his new book: Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage  Caricature of Southern Appalachian life . Owenby takes you down the byways of the Appalachian Mountains with stories of the soul of the mountain people. What a great gift !
  • Another author, Marcia Riley,The Pillow Fairy has a children's book ,just in time for Christmas .Welcome Marcia.
  • Marker Mountain Frank and Darlene Marker are coming back with candles, spices, and good things from their mountain herb and flower  garden.
  • Vikki Tabor Christmas Boxes has sold out each year .Get there early to her booth.

 

We have attracted some wonderful  fine artists and painters for this show such as:

  • Carolyn Cordell Metal Paintings artist missed the summer show but will be in a grand space to show off her fall collection.
  • Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings will have her winter paintings and charming feline art.  Hint" she is a cat rescuer.
  • Mary Cinnamon  Gert's Kid is a gourd artist.  She paints her little masterpieces on natural surfaces.  I saw her 4 year's ago and said that she must come to my show.  It will be worth the wait. (She is busy working on Christmas ornaments right now ). Welcome Mary .
  • Tennessee artist Alice Shamblin is coming with her quaint rural scenes that can be personalized. How about a cozy fireplace with the stockings all hung.  She can put your children or grandchildren's names on them .

 

The fabric and Fiber art category is looking is looking good:

Ginger Rutland Gingerbreadland has a wonderful collection of Christmas quilts, wall hangings and ornaments  . She features gingerbread themes but has snowmen and Santa ,too .Welcome ,Ginger.

Ann Eastabrooks the scarf lady is coming back with her popular scarves .

  • Donna McCarthy  Alpaca Tina raises Alpaca and shares her weaving, felting, and yarns with us.
  • Sue Dial also a fiber artist is coming back with wearables, dolls and jewelry.
  • Martha Shanks,  Nozama Hats creator of designer, felted hats is coming back.
  • Mary Ann Zelinsky  Morzel weaving is a master weaver from Johnson City Tn. She will have scarves, hats and accessories.
  • Virginia Bobian 's scarves, shawls and hats will be there.
  • Do you want a tea towel with the recipe of how to bake possum? Joy Garcia embroideries handed down recipes for fun gifts.  She has antique handkerchief angels also.
  • Linda and Bill Van Order Beary Hill Bears are returning with their Christmas collection and home accessories.
  • 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, holiday ornaments and more.
  • Returning is Linda Owens with unique tie dyed clothing for young and old.  Also house wares just made for you.
  • Dora Reynolds  Designer Tableware is a hit each show with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She will have her winter and
  • holiday collection
  • Linda Jackson is an artist on silk scarves. What a neat gift for the lady with everything. She will have painted glassware.
  • Kathy Bolen  Seasons to sew will be hit for those looking for pot holders, casserole carriers, bottle aprons  and coasters.
  • Jo Bolt is a craftswoman who make wrap skirts. Check out  her creations .
  • Robyn Brechbill MountainCreek Creations is sewing some handbags and ladies accessories.
  • Ashley Houston, batik clothing.

 

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

  • Good News:  Dick and Jo Crowder's tree sculpture inside various wood circles is coming back for this show !
  • (Customers looked for them last year but a new grandchild took precedent ).They use southern hardwoods and some chestnut for their art.
  • David Hedrick makes "gin.u.wine" 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 of trucks, cars and trains.
  • 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 turner from regional wood.  (I treasure a set of his apple wood bowls).
  • Ken Rudd's customers  buys his tables, 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 will have her Christmas decorations  .
  • Gary Morris is going to be at this show with his popular  scroll saw puzzles and art.
  • Arden Hopper &family are woodworkers who will be showing cutting boards,  ornaments, and candle holders.
  • David  Pruitt will be back with his hand crafted log house replications.  His wife,  Silvia, makes little tea towels that button in the kitchen for quick clean ups .
  • Are you looking for a quality quilt rack? Fine woodworker,  Steve Waldroop, is working on them right now.  He will have other inventory and sewing crafts from his sister.

The knitters are in vogue right now: With winter coming on ,new hats and scarves are in order.

  • Eva Tolotti:  Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats and accessories.
  • 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.
  •  Susan Dodd hand sews bottle covers to dress up your table. She has other hand crafted accessories.
  • Susan Gunter hand knits shawls, hats, mitts and sweaters. They are going to feel good about January!
  • Alexandra Cassell , Katlin Alexandra will have some neat crocheted  knitted accessories such as mittens, hats, and wraps.
  • Ernestine Plemmons with fiber/crocheted gift items .How about something special for the new baby?

 

The Glass artists are unique:

  • Kristin Munzo Morning Star Glass will be making glass globes and demonstrating blowing orbs.
  • Coming only for this show is Katie Knopp  Katie did it with her 3D hanging  glass art.
  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is coming back with her  original glass art both fused and slumped.  Her new line of jewelry is dichroic glass accented with swarovski crystals. So lovely necklaces and earrings.
  • I peeped into Lynn Grady's  product page.  You are going to love her art!  It  is whimsical paintings on rocks and things at hand.  She will have some fused glass, too.

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

  • Coming back is the James Ledbetter family  from Alabama with their popular jewelry from antique silverware.
  • Also back is Janet L. Simons Dean Victorian Traditions.  She is a hat maker and vintage jewelry designer extraordinaire.
  • Ellen Speed  makes amazing jewelry accessories from soda cans. (The Coke ones are favorite). What fun!  
  •  Returning  is Donna Rainey Art workz studio with  her  fine wire wrapping. She will have a whole booth with her photography,also.
  • Virginia Bohanan Ginny's Jewelry specializes in ladies and children's jewelry.
  • Jennifer Clem is popular with her whimsical jewelry.
  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is new this year with unique cool designs .
  • I had many jewelers to choose from this year.  The one I picked  to close the jewelry category was Tom and Sherry Jones.   Their work is more like  wearable art. Tom draws his design inspiration from his Cherokee heritage.
  • Shep and Marge Shepherd will be having their last show, before retiring, with us. They will be selling fossils and beads used in their craft. And maybe some tools that  they will not use anymore.
  • Dennis and Judy Wilkey will share a booth with his fine woodworking and her jewelry.

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The show is sold out for 2014 .Thank you for shopping  from our American artists. They need your support . They are the best around!

At the ticket table, pick up a delicious mountain apple from Barber Orchards in Waynesville, NC. Have a piece of peppermint candy and catch the Christmas spirit. It happens every year , smiles, Doris

NOTE

  • Macon County's own watercolorist, Michael M. Rogers http://www.sharethebeauty.tv will  be  unable to attend this year's Hard Candy Christmas show .He will return in 2015 with his summer collection of art .(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 our mountains back home with you

Promoter, artist, 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 is the only place in the world you can find her famous hummingbirds that graced the White House Christmas Tree in 2002.

Selective 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  after Thanksgiving! At both shows  you can purchase an original painting or a piece of rustic furniture for your mountain home and meet the artist who created  it!  

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