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2016 "Summertime" Featured Artist

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Mountain Artisans presents   :


"Summertime Art and Craft Show" 


JUNE 25-26 2016




 $4.50 adults Children under 12 free




Neal & Nanci Hearn -Glass Boxes and Jewelry

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McKay's Clays - Pottery

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Alva Houston - Dolls

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Betty Cabe - Corn Shuck Dolls

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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. 
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.  Click on the map to see how to get to Cullowhee NC from Asheville, Cherokee, and Atlanta.


Notes from the Show Promoter - The show consists of artists inside and outside the 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 exhibitors:      

  •  Doreyl Ammons Cain,  Click for larger imageDoeryl's Art, (Jackson County's own),  will be demonstrating pastel paintings. She will  have her new  "Laughing Locust "collection: nature art on slices of locust wood cut from her forest preserve." One of my pieces that I will be bringing is "Mountain Sunrise".  It is  on a slab that has 50 rings on it !


  • Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain Kettle Korn delicious kettle popcorn will be back.  (It is never burned or too salty).
  • Jimmy and Marlene Hopkins Creative Metal  bright yard art was the top seller at last year's show.  They will be returning with more stick down sunflowers  and garden pierces? Flying pigs from gas cans!  All these and more coming soon.
  • Averil and Pete Peters Woods Gift Farm are craftsmen  from Tennessee. This talented duo are working on something creative all the time, they make sugar free  jams and jellies.  (Averil's floral jellies features dandelion, violet and pansy).  She has curd toppings and her scrumptious pumpkin rolls. Her Old Fashioned Fruit cake has red and green cherries and pecans; No citron, raisins or other 'fillers'. How about some small sizes of rag dolls and Pete's unique carved walking sticks and staffs? Look for them on the right side of the front  entrance toward the outside stairs.
  • Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley Click for a larger imageNC Mountains Outdoor Furniture with Adirondack chairs, swings, birdhouses (for real birds) and more.  All constructed with Western Red Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality.
  • Cory Plott  Click for larger imagePlottware Pottery will be outside for the summer show.  Maybe he will be demonstrating on the wheel for you who are interested in learning.


  • Jan Kleinrath  All Things Canvas makes hats and purses ,just in time for that beach trip. She has matching scarves, as well.
  • Brian and Kristy Adams Adam's Crafty Creations make metal yard art and garden art from found treasures are going to make your flowers smile! 


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 who look for her unique creations at this show.  They will be glad to find her summertime designs and original glazes.
  • David "DJ" Jones  Bearwassee Furniture makes bear themed screened doors for your cabin! He will have a selection of different patterns to choose from.




  • Dogwood Crafters will be selling samples from their unique shop. They feature quality handcrafts from the mountain area. Visit their shop in Dillsboro, NC.
  • Dearly cherished, Harold Sims; Catman2. His kind heart started a no kill rescue and adoption home that has aided hundreds of felines. Go by and donate generously.  He does much good.
  • Across the aisle, Carolyn Cordell Metal Paintings, will have her summer  display of  metal paintings and copper dancer mobiles.
  • Tom Livingston's Click for larger imagePiece 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 your home.





Our Featured Artist  for the 27th  "Summertime" show is:

  • Wood Turner  Artist, Ron Thompson, Click for a larger imagehas been turning native wood into beautiful  bowls for several years. His customers come early to get his unique creations. He has turned canning jar lids,  jewelry holders and delicate seasonal ornaments.

  • Good live music brings cheer!  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.

The pottery section includes :

  • Kim Von Hedemann Click for larger imageClay Critters did so well at the summer show that she is coming back for Christmas. Adorable lady bugs, cats and  Click for larger imagebears  and more on mugs and trinket boxes. You are going to have to have three of these! Great gifts



  • Just into the show is Ann Suggs Stonehouse Pottery. We welcome Ann with her individual style and ceramics.
  • Donna McKay McKays Clays is new this show with functional pieces with lovely glazes.

Specialty foods and  sweets:

  • Kathy Cirka  Backwoods Bakery& Cake Works will be serving up organic breads, cookies and  more. This year she will be adding Sourdough  bread and Foaccia, plain and flavored .
  • Kathy Nash  Serendipity will be back with her heirloom nut brittle goodies.  It is always 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.
  • Smackyomama BBQ sauces and dry meat rubs is inside this year. They have 8 flavors that will bring raves.

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  this year's crop of mountain honey.
  • Laura Craig  Shade Tree Farm  soap maker will have some new delicious new flavors.
  • Razzleberry Lemonade is Dee Dee Bouck's Click for larger imagepride. She has designer pillows, animals and handcrafted guest soaps.





Doll Makers:

  • Corn shuck flowers date back to the early settlers. Artisan, Betty Cabe, Click for larger imageis preserving this heritage craft.  She will demonstrating and selling her colorful bouquets and dolls.
  • Elly Davey Bird in Hand is almost famous for her little folk figure with hickory nut heads and don't forget her  whimsies.  She has many collectors who look for new creations each show
  • Alva Houston was our 'Featured Artist" last summer show.  Admiring her little mountain folk dolls will show you why. Come, see her and gourd art that her skillful hands have been making for you.
  • Christy Edwards makes little sheep from old quilts. She will be back with this year's creations. Do you have an old family heirloom that you would like to preserve? She will have summer paintings on barn wood for your garden.

      Other special crafts :

       Here comes 'Those Kooky Chickens" Tim and Karen Chamber's Click for larger imagegourd art will make your kitchen  smile ..

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  • Roberta Brown-Roberts Click for larger imageDried Flower Art was so popular in the summer show that she is coming back with more lovely selections for the garden lovers on your list ! They are going to love her framed bouquets of  pressed flowers, grown in her own garden 
  • Look for Tommy Hill with his quality leatherwork. He has made the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.
  • Molly McCurdy Dulcimers by Molly will be returning.  If you ever wanted to play , now is a good time to explore.
  • The little log homes that David Pruitt  Click for a larger imageAnother Place In Time make are  coming back with more cabins and styles. Some are for your walls! Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her hanging kitchen towels, coasters and  star ornaments.
  • Roy Owenby is returning with his mountain stories and his latest novel. His last year thriller The Owl Knows is set on the Parkway.
  • Janet Jenkins Crackling Candles will be back with fresh scents and her unique crackling candles that mimics a fire.
  • Carol Allen  NellaNaturals  Click for larger imageis new with aromatherapy pillows and scented sachets.
  • Gretchen Branning makes charming little purses from a single man's neck ties.
  • Patricia Harris Click for a larger imagewill be back with pine needle baskets . They are hard to find.
  • Kristy Gooding Simply Clover is bringing hand leather bags, totes and wallets.

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

  • Lois Armstrong Arts by Lois is a nature lover. You will see this clearly on her prints, paintings and note cards. Her scrimshaw jewelry is delicate carvings on bone and mother of pearl.  Her animal and bird paintings on leaves are special too. Welcome back, Lois.
  •  Look online for my friend  Michael M Roger's , favorite 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  www.michaelmrogersfineart.com You can purchase original art work, prints and photography on canvas.
  • Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings always has new customers with her southern paintings and charming feline art. 

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

  • Almost famous  Quilter Linda Levy only comes to the summer show.  She will have baby accessories and wall hangings .
  • Susan Kennedy's quilted purses are collector's pieces. Drop by to see what's new for summer. Don't forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
  • Dora Reynolds  Click for a larger imageDesigner Tableware is a hit each show with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls.  She will have her summermas collection  of birds and  flowers.
  • Beverly Borchardt is a new quilter to the show.  She has a good selection of quilted items for your home.
  • Welcome Beverly.

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

  • Ken Rudd's customers buys his tables, potato boxes and waste cans as fast as he can get them up here. Hardly any woodcrafter makes
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  • Mike Hankerd Old Salt Furniture makes and paints furniture in shore and mountain themes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

    The knitters are in vogue right now:    

  • William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories. Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your projects.

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

  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass  is a favorite artist in glass, She is not coming back for summer but will be  here for 'Hard CAndy Christmas  with her original glass art; fused and slumped creations . Her new line of jewelry is diachronic glass accented with Swarovski crystals. A fine gift for a lovely lady. How about you?
  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is back this year with unique, cool designs for the 20something crowd.
  • Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell,  master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille styles and gem trees also.
  • Lynell Dodge is a silversmith who only comes to the summer show. Her customers will enjoy the new designs this year.
  • Neal and Nanci Hearn Boxes by Neal will be back with Neal's gorgeous boxes and Nanci's Click for larger imagehandcrafted jewelry pieces.


 Stay tuned as the show fills. Thank you for making 'Summertime" your first stop for original arts and crafts at great prices! These  American artists and craftsmen here are  are still making beautiful things with our hands and our hearts just for you!

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