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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.
Look for heritage
crafts such as quilting, clay art, folk
dolls, corn shuck flowers, goat milk soap and primitive furniture
that was inspired
from past generations. A heritage broom straw
maker will be here this year .
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.
The show consists of craftsmen inside and
outside the Ramsey Center building:
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
- Look for Woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture, with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for
real birds )and patio furniture . All constructed with Western Red
Cedar and Cypress wood, and stainless steel nails will be on the corner again with a
quality selection for your
- AW Ruff builds the best blue bird
houses around. Picky Mrs. blue bird is always happy with his
creations. He will also bring, cutting boards at good prices.
Redmon Red Rock Photo Art captures the mountain area
with an artistic eye. Look for his Christmas collection of the
- Kathy Cirkus
BackWoods Bakery's specialty is
fine, organic Artisan Bread made with stone-milled flour and baked in a wood
fired oven. She will have special offerings for this
gingerbread houses and cookies, sugar plums drops to dream about and more .
- Kyle Owen Mountain chainsaw man
with wood carvings and rustic furniture .
- Pam Fullerton /
Larry Young Sweet Pea Crafters is a duo that will
bring carved walking sticks and Pam's neatly sewn
bags and more.
- Wallace and Donna Cole
Gourds Galore take the simple gourd
turns them into little masterpieces :fancy birdhouses and
- Jim Gunter
uses his Native American heritage and carves nature
into the rocks of this area.
- Ed Hudgins Saw Mill Tables is here again with his beautiful rustic tables
,priced right .
- David Dick David's
Handi Work is very unique pots and vases, draped in concrete. Also wood trays .(Hand draped Concrete -Textile Jardiniers )
Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors:
Larry Haskett and Evelyn Sanborn Awe
Natural Wreaths will be returning with fresh mountain
Greenery wreaths and more . This show, they will have more
everlasting wreaths to offer you . (Each year A&E
Tree Farm provides the big 'Hard Candy Christmas "tree in the lobby .)
- First artisan inside the door is favored
potter Sue Malsnee. She has many area collectors of her work
who look for her unique creations at this show. They will be glad to find
her nature designs and original glazes.
- Amy Ammons Garza Spirit of
Appalachia will be selling books for their not- for -profit
- Dogwood Crafters will be selling
samples from their unique shop.
They feature quality handcrafts from the mountain area. Visit their shop in Dillsboro, NC.
- Tom Livingston's
Piece by Piece Intarsia
takes many kinds of wood and shapes them into amazing
pictures. He will have some neat choices for special giving or dressing up
Bearden Recycled Yard Art ! Who turns gas cans into
fun pigs that fly better than Bobby Bearden ? He will have a
neat collection to bring smiles to your garden.
It is 18,000 sq feet of cool, comfortable shopping area.
- Good live music brings cheer!
There will be live, guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's Ronnie Evans. He plays the old songs that we
remember. He will be selling his
to enjoy all year.
The pottery section
- Customers looking for Kim von Hedemann
will be so happy to find
her love of cartoons and animals for this adorable art.
She captures a whole menagerie with clay,
on mugs and trinket boxes.
- Balsam Mountain's Ann Suggs Stone house Pottery
will be here with her Christmas collection !
Mike and Cindy Hart Hartworks Pottery
will be back for all their collectors.
- Robby RalleyMilton's Mugs
is talent galore ! He will have new face jugs and
- his blue glazed pieces.
- Cory Plott Plottware Pottery
coming back for this show His cream and blue pieces are sharp
this year .!
Specialty foods and sweets:
- Terri Cook's Delightful Dips
customers line up for more of Terri's homemade dips, mixes and
southern meat rubs.
- Kathy Senft makes delicious Southern
jams and jellies . She has rubs for your summer grilling .
Mimi's Mountain Mixes is back with beer baking mixes .
Scotty M. Ellis
Cold Mountain Toffee presents delicious toffee from a secret
CranberryHollow customers will be glad to stock up for the
holidays from her tasty mixes .
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap and personal grooming accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker always has delicious new flavors
- Cindi and Randy Beaver SleepyHollowFarm specializes in many things
herbal : soaps ,herbal oils,
extracts and natural products for your well being .
Other special crafts :
Bonnie and Denny Wallace have a big selection of lighted
Christmas boxes ,wreaths and wood turning by Denny.
Jusbclause has hand painted pet ornaments and hydrostone
Connie Gregory makes hard to find pinecone wreaths and
other just Connie creations.
- Heritage Artisan
is making adorable Smoky Mountain Boutique Bears this
year . Momma and all the cousins will be coming
for the bear collectors. She will have some corn
shuck flowers and dolls, too.
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
almost famous for little folk
figure with hickory nut heads and don't forget her whimsies. She has many
collectors who look for new creations
- Alva Houston
was our 'Featured
Artist" last 2016 "Summertime " show. Her
little mountain folk dolls will be joined with snowmen gourd art
and fresh canned jams and jellies from her summer garden.
- Roberta Brown-Roberts Pressed Flower
Art is our Featured Artist this 2017
"Summertime" show. She has the garden lovers favorite! They are going to love
framed bouquets of pressed flowers, grown in her own garden.
- Look for Tommy Hill with his hand tooled
leatherwork. Replace that old wallet with a new one.
- The little log homes and churches that
(2016 Featured Artist!) Another Place In Time
coming back . David is working now on new ideas. His wife,
Silvia Pruitt ,will
have hard to find hanging kitchen towels and coasters.
- Carla Parvin Coloring
Book Mania has caught the coloring book fun and designed
- Suzanne Summers has a flair to swirl brilliant colors using
ink and alcohol . Here comes her Christmas collection.
- Deb Woodward Sea 'n Stars
uses Black Coral to create her shadowboxes . Also ,painted
starfish ornaments .
- Polly Wells Bread Clay
Ornaments and miniatures creates little masterpieces
with dough clay .
- Bud Werdelin makes an assortment
of Christmas ornaments and decorations.
- Mike Wilson Hand Crafted Knives
and Antler Art . Master craftsman . Collectors buy his
chef's knives for fast prepping
- Bill Radford Little Feather
presents his Cherokee heritage crafts :knives and
- Karen H. Monteith presents
Redrick Raccoon and the Christmas Mystery
.Get a signed copy.
- Sandy Jackson presents
greeting cards and his publications .
- Monica Hoerl Rosemaling
will be back with European Folk Painting.
- Dan Donaldson Broom Brothers
is a master broom maker . We are fortunate to
have his fine heritage craft. work
- James BoxermanJim'sLeathercraft
has a good selection of all things leather .
will be back with her original window
paintings and ornaments.
Southern Scenes collectors will be expecting her Christmas
Wendy Griffin hand
paints on glass and wood . Christmas painting is her favorite.
- original Look online for my friend Michael M Roger's
watercolorist and avid hiker will be Sharing the Beauty of his beloved mountains in his latest
DVD of waterfalls
and wild flowers. Visit his new online store at
You can purchase original art work, prints and photography on
The Fabric and Fiber Art categories
are looking good
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her Christmas collection of winter birds and
Christmas prints .
- Eva Tolotti Lara's Butterflies
is working right now to have a lovely collection for special
- William and Nancy Smith have crafted
accessories for fiber artists and project bags and more .
- Here comes Ginger Rutland
Christmas quilts, ornaments, dolls and
- Barbara and Kevin Quinn J
and C Crafts have a big selection of embroidered towels, and
- Donna McCarthy Tiera Tina is an
artist in fiber. She has alpaca
socks and accessories.
- Tonya Johnson She'sCrafty
Let's see what this talented lady has made for us for the
- Sue Dial HarvestMoon Handspun and
Clay Cat is a multi talented lady .
- Karen Blair Guided Path of the Wolf
is a mother-daughter team who have quality handcrafted
- Mary Jo Brown is a returning favorite
for cold weather necessities.
- Karen Allen SewUnique sews
quilts, ornaments, placemats and more.
- Debbie and Larry Bennett Out Of The
Drawer Quilts will be bringing hand crafted bags of
- We have a new Santa maker : team Belinda
and Ricky Slate have a collection they make, one at a time.
- Beverly Borchardt will have more space
for her Christmas
selection of quilted wall hangings and accessories.
- Susan Kennedy's quilted purses are
collector's pieces. Drop by to see what's new for giving or
you !. Don't
forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
- Sabrina Miller and Janet Bennett Beads and Bags Boutique team up to make
handcrafted bags, scarves and matching fun jewelry and more .
- Sharon K Drewyor is back for the
Christmas season with all things knitted.
Get warm stuff for winter chills.
The Glass Artists Category :
Hearn Boxes by Neal is coming back with his Christmas collection
of fused glass boxes and hanging panels with natural gemstones . He always sells out of his unique art
- Cindy ParksColdMountainBling is
coming with Stained Glass, Jewelry and Nite Lites .
The wood craftsmen at this show :
Wood toys are coming :David S. Hedrick ,master
toy maker ,will have trucks, trains and more.
- Tonia Cannon Balsam Mountain Wood Works
will be here with scroll saw work and original designs.
- Ken Rudd's Custom Woodwork has a big
following. He has worked all winter to have potato boxes
and trash cans that are scarce.
- Steve Simonelli Simonelli Fine
Woodcraft always pleases his customers with pieces made one
at a time for them.
- Carson and Sonjia Gibson create
lovely stack jewelry boxes and snowmen . Welcome.
- Steve and Karen Waldroop The Wagon
Peddler makes racks
for your essential oils , Aspen Candles and quilt racks ,too.
Photographers are tops"
- Ed Green Macon Green Photo has amazing shots of the Elk herds in the Smokies. He
has prints and greeting cards of many mountain themed views.
- Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo wows his
customers with mountain themes. Spring, summer, winter
and fall; small and large sizes. Look for him outside .
- Jason Rizzo Fine Art Photo
captures the mountain beauty with an artist eye.
We have some of the most skilled jewelers
from our area and far away.
- Jaqueline Hatch Native
American Jewelry artisan with original pieces and bullet bling.
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique, cool designs for the 20 something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, Campbell Designs master wire wrapper. She will have chain maille styles
and gem trees,
- Lavada Anderson BornAgainCreations
has some fine vintage silverware (and found items)
creations .Welcome Billy and Lavada !
- Ciara DeNardo LittleWoodlander Leather Jewelry. The leather cuffs with metal
inset are hand stamped. They have cowhide clutches and fabric
bags with leather accents.
tuned as the the 2017 'Hard Candy Christmas" fills . Thank you for shopping
from regional American artisans and craftsmen !
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