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Celebrating the American craftsmen.


......You will find  the work of some of the area's most unique artisans. 

Mountain Artisans presents   



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.  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 artisan 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 to be here.

Outside Exhibitors  For Summertime 2014

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

  • Doreyl Ammons, catchthespirit , will be demonstrating pastel paintings. She is preparing some new creations for this year's summer.  Look for small limited edition fine art prints under non-reflective glass on a stand. The art includes details from her new mural: trillium, larkspur, butterflies, birds, horses and  groundhogs. There will be townscapes and landscapes   .
  •  Wesley Angel's blacksmith creations will be back on the corner.  His  hand forged candlestick  holders, mirrors
  • and custom accessories feature nature designs.  This year, he  will be adding yard art creations .He will be
  • showing some of his skills as he demonstrates this vanishing  heritage craft.
  • His daughter, Colleen Angel is very talented too.  She will be showing off her painted furniture,  next door to her dad.
  • Right beside them will be  Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain delicious kettle popcorn.  (I sample popcorn from many places and his is "tops").
  • For the summer,  John Bauknecht, chain saw bear  carver, will be at the Whistle Stop in Franklin.  He will be
  • back for the November show.
  • Meanwhile, enjoy Jimmy and Marlene Hopkins colorful yard art.  Remember the  big sunflowers and
  • birds that dress up your place?
  • .No one can turn a gasoline can into a piece of folk art like  Bobby Bearden ! He will be back with his pigs and
  • cat recycled inventions.
  • Woodcrafter Jason Becker makes swinging chairs and tables .You are going to enjoy them for the warm weather relaxing areas.
  • Joshua Grant's banjos and frettes are going to be here if you are hankering to strum a tune. Wait, his banjos are gourds ! 
  • Jan Kleinrath allthingscanvas will be back with canvas bags and hats .If you are heading to the beach, be sure to stop by her booth
  •  first.
  •  Daniel BrownDB'sGlassShack is an artist with stained  glass and mirror holders that are planted with terrariums .
  • Henry and Alice Hoover are coming back with the fun canjoes  and the Tennessee music box . They can teach
  • you how to play pretty good music from a spam can !
  •   Update : Mr. Charles Wells, glass blowing demonstration , will be delayed until the 'Hard Candy Christmas' show .
  • Sculpture, artist Jim Gunter will be back again with his rock carvings  .
  • Kathy Cirka BackwoodsBakery will be baking up organic bread and cookies. How about pretzels, bagels,
  • brownies and carmel popcorn ?
  • Kerry Marsh is an amazing  flint knapper and lithic artist .He will be demonstrating carvings of arrowheads and
  • rock artifacts .
  • Tony Barrett WorshipWear is bringing Christian design t-shirts .Your youth group is going to love these!
  • A.W. Ruff will be bringing his cutting boards and this year. He will have bird houses..

Inside Exhibitors 

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.

Another return artisan  team is Alan and Nancy Stegall .They will be bringing back their functional clay creations .

  •  Dogwood Crafters  from Dillsboro will be selling samples from their unique shop. They feature handcrafts from the mountain area, also.
  • Steven  Rich and David Walker recycle planks from yesterday's barns into creative birdhouses and feeders.
  •  Arena :
  • Good live  music lifts  everyone's spirit!
  • There will be  live guitar music floating from the fingers of  Macon County's Ronnie Evans
  •  He will be playing the  old tunes we grew up with and selling his cd's.

     The pottery section includes :Tim Moran and Janet Gaddy Celtic Designs  with their wheel thrown pottery featuring

Celtic motifs and crystalline glazes.

 'Milton's Mugs " is a clay partnership endeavor of Robby Railey and Michelle Walker . They have face mugs as well as

functional pieces.

We have a good selection of Specialty foods and  sweets :New this year:  Old Salem packaged Moravian cookies ,baked

goods and Moravian stars and angels.

Good News : Betty Lambert's Chocolate Jelly is coming back ! You who fell in love with all the unique flavors

are going to  be happy to get more !

  • 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. (I noticed lime chiffon pie mix on her web site). 
  • Heritage Soap:
  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming back with his popular goat milk soap. And his personal grooming
  • accessories.
  • Tim Trescott beelitecandles will have a line of bees wax and soy candles, and homemade soaps .Maybe some
  • honey, too.
  • Elizabeth Lilley Spreadthelove LipBalm is the queen of the all natural lip balms. Get ready for some scrumptious
  •  flavors.
  • Rivers Marchesoni handcrafts soaps ,salves, and crochets gifts .
  •  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. Betty Cabe is preserving this heritage craft .She will demonstrating and selling her colorful bouquets. She has some of the best shuck dolls I have ever seen.
  • Elly Davey's a bird in hand  folk figure is our featured art piece  this year ! Her tiny dancing lady has a hickory nut head .She tenderly dresses each one with attention to detail . She has many collectors who look for new creations  each show.

     Other special crafts :  Molly McCurdy  makes and plays dulcimers . She will be here to teach  you how easy it is to play.

  • Animals from recycled railroad spikes ? Yes, a whole farm from Rich and Rhonda Peters.Coppins Critters You will love these  little creatures! 
  •  I hear there are going to be a new addition for summer :  bumblebees !
  • Just got the news that Susan Mick will be coming back with her bark frames. Her natural materials are used both for pictures and mirrors.
  • John Adams is a heritage broomsquire  from Alabama. He will be selling and demonstrating  his brooms and
  • wood turned pens.
  • Brenda Jones woodenitbelovely is returning with her children's name puzzles.
  •  Leslie Samuels  is a schooled artist .She will be bringing lovely painted scarves, mosaics and sea glass jewelry.
  • Laura Schnelker turns into wool into art . She will have rugs, pins and pincushions .
  • Jean Markley MissEmDesigns is a floral designer with silks and preserved flowers. She will delight your houseguests with lovely designs.
  • Valerie Holden will be back with her bow wreaths to dress up your porch and kitchen.
  • Danny Robinson is a member of the  Southern Highlands Guild who shapes knives from throwaway files and saws. Look for
  • outstanding  workmanship. 

We have attracted some wonderful  fine artists and painters for this show such as: Folk artist Suzan Buckner  is an Alabama painter who will be bringing her  amazing art. http://www.suzanbuckner.com .

Peyton Foster  is an  artist  who captures the mountains  in acrylic.

Nancy Moore is a popular folk painter in our area. She decorates her handmade baskets , gourds and windows .  She is only here

for the summer show ,so don't miss her wonderful art!

Award winning artist Joe Meigs will be here with his photography and paintings .

 All  Jessie K. Collins customers will be thrilled that she is coming over to Cullowhee. She is a Georgia watercolorist , will be who will have a good selection of  new rabbit prints, wildlife paintings, and topographic maps .

  • Elizabeth McAfee's delightful animal watercolors are coming back ! Her studio cat, Sandy, is somewhere
  • in each painting . Her creations are doing all sorts of capers like  golfing , cooking and dancing to our delight .
  •  Alan R Young ,will be back with his award winning  wildlife art.
  • Macon County's own watercolorist, Michael M. Rogers http://www.sharethebeauty.tv will be bringing his  summer collection of art to this show .(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
  •   Jeanne Mack , a popular southern  southern artist, with originals and giclees. She is a cat lover/rescuer also.
  • .
  • Georgia artist, Michele Alcock,Micheles Garden Girls is coming back to this show ! With dried flower petals and things found in nature, she 'paints' dainty garden ladies. See her on facebook.com/micheles garden girls.
  • Have you been looking for some hand painted cake carriers ? Melva  Huffstetler The Painted Lady will have a good selection of wood and glass accessories for gifts and yourself !
  • The fabric art category is looking is looking good :Ann Warren has been quilting  a long time . She will be demonstrating lap quilting and rug hooking .
  • Animal lover and artist Ri Noel Tarpoll has won my heart with her lovely work . She will present  them  on 100% organic cotton sweaters and tees with her paintings on them.
  •  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  and more ..
  • Linda Levy is busy right now quilting up a storm to have a wonderful display for June .Look for wall hangings, baby quilts and accessories.
  • Another fine quilter coming is Gretchen Kapity. She will have quilts and kitchen towels .
  • Bill and Linda Van Order only come to the summer show with their Beary Hill Bears for their collectors .Linda sews some practical accessories that are hard to find . 
  • Linda Owens is new this year with unique tie dyed clothing for young and old. Also house wares just made for you.
  • Dora Reynolds is a hit each show with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. 
  • Remember the old fashioned rag rugs ? Rena Wilkins will be demonstrating this vanishing craft. She will have a good selection for you .
  •  Rae Hancock is a rock candle artist. Her creations burn on smokeless oil  that you can buy .
  • The wood craftsmen at this show are some of the best around:
  • Howard Baxla is a wood craftsman who has come out of retirement to make us some functional chairs and other crafts.
  • Joyce Thisse is an intarsia and fretwork artist. She is new this year with Christmas ornaments ,too.
  •   I found the best wood crafted children's toys ever a few years back .I never gave up  until they came to our
  • show . Val and Al Oliveira Grandpawoodshop make a wide variety of trains, wagons, and cars . If you are tired of plastic stuff. you are going to love their quality and prices.
  • Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts is coming from Tennessee to bring their handcrafted log furniture.
  • Gerald and Ruth Bleniek  owners .See pictures above .
  • Dennis and Judy Wilkey are favorites each show with fine wood turnings ,gifts and  jewelry.
  • Ron Thompson/ is a master wood turner from regional wood . (I was given a set of  apple wood bowls that I cherish).
  • Ken Rudd's customers  buys his  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  .
  • Jim and Susan Edwards Keepsakes make scroll saw baskets, trivets, ornaments and toys .
  • The knitters are in vogue right now:
  • 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.
  • Rivers Marchesori will be showing off her hand crocheted gifts and hand made soaps and salves.


  • The Glass artists are unique: Breaking News: Tadashi Torri , master glass blower, is taking an assignment in Germany and moving there soon. He is offering his work  ,even gallery pieces at this show .Look for his booth in the back for unsurpassed bargains ! 
  • Janet AndersonWildFiredGlass is coming back with her  original glass art both fused and slumped .
  • .
  • Mike Smithwick is coming back with his wine bottle lanterns and etched glassware  and more .


  • We have some of the most skilled jewelers from our area and far away:
  • New this year is Janet L. Simons Dean . She is a hat maker and vintage jewelry designer extraordinaire.
  • Peggy and Grady Nolan come every year with their  vintage silver spoon craft jewelry and chimes. They are always a hit with one of a kind pieces.
  • Ellen Speed  makes amazing accessories from soda cans. What fun!  
  • Donna Rainey Artworkzstudio is a fine wire wrapper.  She is coming a long way to bring her skillful designs! And some neat photography .
  • Lauren Yates mixes  metal work with her designs.

       Lynell Dodge is new this year . She has some lovely ,original designs  ,you will be proud to wear.

       Just in: Neal Hearn boxesbyneal and Nanci Hearn sylvia &vivian will be back with Neal's glass boxes . Each one is an original with     gem stones or  specially crafted glass . Wife, Nanci has a line of handcrafted gemstone jewelry you are sure to enjoy

Esta Miller and  John Mike will be new this year with Kumihimo -Japaneese braided jewelry  and Viking wire weaving..

Lane and Shelvia Whitley will be back with their poured pewter jewelry and ornaments .

Favorite Joy WhitneyBeadsWireNature will have original necklaces and earrings for her fans.

    The show is  filled . I am proud of every vendor .

Come shop from our American artists. They need your support . They are the best around!


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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