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Summertime Show Featured Artist

Pressed Flower Artist, Roberta- Brown Roberts paints pictures with flower petals !

For the last 18 years,  Roberta has created pressed flower art that she learned from her grandmother while growing up in southern Maine.  It is amazing how the color and texture is preserved with this traditional drying process. The designs come from many different kinds of  ferns, leaves and petals that grow in her garden and gatherings.  The drying process takes many months depending on the thickness and moisture in the material chosen.  Each piece is  treated to  be beautiful for years to come.

Three years ago she moved to northeast Tennessee for the longer growing season for her flowers.  She raises about 120 different varieties as well as wild gatherings.  Friends and neighbor's  gardens add to her collection each year.  The favorites include roses, daisies and pansies.

Her love of nature is apparent in each carefully framed  arrangement.  Some inspirational lines are often added to her completed art: Example "The road to a friends house is never long ! " The gardeners  are going to appreciate this art.

 

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Alva Houston is the creator of Folk Dolls  with hickory nut heads . Look for her summer collection .

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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. 
 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. This year we will have  demonstrations of glass blowing, whittlin' ,spinning ,and a quilting bee . The "Little Church in the Wild Wood" maker is here too.

 

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.

 

    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 outside exhibitors: 

  • Bobby 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    

      

  • 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 house.
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  • 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.
  • Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things Canvas is back with her canvas collections of quality beach  hats, totes and accessories.  Check out her new products before heading off to the shore.
  • Steve Carter Carter's Driftwood Creations will be back with furniture, bird houses and fountains for your garden or house.  He utilizes
  • lake  driftwood to make  his unusual creations. One of his best seller is Bee Traps that rid your buildings of damaging carpenter bees.
  • Stacy Redmon  Red Rock Photo Art captures the mountain area with an artistic eye.  Look for his summer collection of the four seasons.
  • 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 scones, cookies and special munchies.
  • Michelle Ellis paints miniature pictures. Each is an original.  She will be here on Saturday only.
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  • Jennifer Maves  Zen Jen Skin herbal extracts that will benefit your skin care.
  • Lisa Springfield  Dessert Candles  is an artist in wax.  Her strawberry shortcakes and apple pies are really candles to dress up many     occasions. Talented hubby, is turning gourds into bird houses for your patio, right now.  They may sneak in some marshmallow guns for the kids.  
  • Kyle Owen Mountain chainsaw man  is new this year with wood carvings and rustic furniture .

         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  nature designs and original glazes.
  • Amy Ammons Garza Spirit of Appalachia will be selling books for their not- for -profit organization.
  • Dogwood Crafters will be selling samples from their unique shop. They feature quality handcrafts from the mountain area. Visit their shop in Dillsboro, NC

       Frances Johnson Mixed Media makings  on the corner.

  • Harold Simms Catman2. His kind heart started a no kill rescue and adoption home that has aided hundreds of felines.He has opened his Cat Museum inside the Old School in the Savannah community
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  • Tom Livingston's Click for a 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.

 

  • I fell in love with 'Cabin Fever " Pottery designed by artisan Barbara Bates from Tennessee. I am so honored to have her mountain cabin  themed work at this year's show. It takes me back to a happy time growing up.. You are going to love it too.  Welcome Barb.

  

 

Arena: 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 CD's to enjoy all year.

The pottery section includes :

  • Customers looking for  Kim von Hedemann will be so happy to find  Click for larger imageClay Critters, back .Kim combines 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 Summer  collection !
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Specialty foods and  sweets:

  • Terri Cook's Delightful Dips customers line up for more of  Terri's homemade dips, mixes and southern meat rubs.
  • Paul  and Linda Schuette My Pop Pops Nuts will be returning. That delicious whiff in the air is their honey roasted nuts.
  • B.D.Hitch Organic Muscadine Juice will be coming back with delicious ,healthy drink from the Muscadine grapes .It is a natural source of resvelratrol (an antioxident  that keeps the body young) .
  • Don Mandelkorn Green Mountain Maple is bringing 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup and Maple Cream Candy .Yum,yum.
  • Kathy Senft makes delicious Southern jams and jellies . She has rubs for your summer grilling .
  • Cindi and Randy Beaver's SleepyHollowFarm specializes in things herbal: herbal oils, extracts and natural products for your well being .

     

 Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming back with his popular goat milk soap and  personal grooming accessories.
  • Laura Craig  Shade Tree Farm  soap maker always has  delicious new flavors and products.

Other special crafts :

  •  Heritage Artisan,  Betty Cabe  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
  • John and Mary Lou Wilkinson Farms Cutting Boards are new this year with corian cutting boards.
  • Elly Davey Bird in Hand is 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 each show.
  • 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 David Pruitt (2016  Featured Artist!) Another Place In Time are coming back . David is working now  on new ideas. His wife, Silvia Pruitt ,will have  hard to find  hanging kitchen towels and  coasters.
  • Elizabeth Lilly Spread the Love Lip Balm  is bringing all natural gourmet lip balm and more.
  • Ellen Speed recycles Coke soda cans to create fun pins and jewelry .
  • Carla Parvin Coloring Book Mania has caught the coloring  book fun and designed her own. Also color-in-cards and prints of her art.
  • Tricia Robson Quarter Hole Games makes fun, themed games.

      Painters:

  • Patricia Spangler The Language of Leaves is an artist who  transfers nature designs onto silk accessories. www.thelanguageofleaves.com 
  • Someone saw Wendy Griffith's paintings  at another show and was so impressed that I contacted her.  Her work is  very nice. She paints on glass and barn wood .You are going to love her style.   
  • Carolyn Kinnison is Mixed Media Artist who has inspirational paintings and signs and more. Welcome Carolyn.
  • Amanda Robinson Secret Springs Studio makes leaf masks using a real leaf for a pattern.
  • Look online for my friend  Michael M Roger's , Click for a larger imagefavorite 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.

    The Fabric and Fiber Art categories are looking good : Just in :

  • Cowee Creek Quilters will be demonstrating an old fashioned quilting bee the way Grand ma and her friends did it . They will be selling chances on a lovely quilt . The donations will benefit their Fire Department .
  •  Mary Jo Gayer will be demonstration yarn spinning and having some of her creations for sale : hand knitted and woven scarves, hand    felted  vessels ,spun yarns and more .
  • Dora Reynolds Click for a larger image Designer Tableware is a hit each show with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls.  She will have her summer collection  of birds and  flower prints .

 

 

  • Beverly Borchardt will have a  summer 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. 
  • Susan Peluso Crochet by Sue is new this year with stylish handmade accessories and embroidered towels. Welcome,  Sue  .
  • 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 new this year with all things knitted.
  • Suzanne Summers has  a flair to swirl  brilliant colors using simple methods. Here is  her summer collection.

    The Glass Artists Category :

  • Kathy Plowman is a mixed media artist.  She will have stained  glass creations and some very original polymer clay jewelry.
  • Master Glass Blower, Ken Curtiss will be demonstrating this ancient art. His specialty is Sculpture figurines, miniatures and nature themes. Welcome to Cullowhee, Ken!
  • Neal Hearn Boxes by Neal is coming back with his summer collection of fused glass boxes and hanging panels with natural gemstones . He always sells out of his unique art.
  • Mike & Sharon Smithwick's  Recycled Wine Bottles, Lanterns and etched glass is on the way.
  • Tina Clark's Originals  is new this year with Garden Art from repurposed vintage antiques. Welcome, Tina.

     The wood craftsmen at this show :

  • Lenden Abbott has been carving with his pocket knife since he was big enough to hold one. He is now 81 and will be whittling" at  this show. His work will be for sale as he can't take it with him. Looks like he has bears and mountain stuff. Welcome Lenden and Helen to Cullowhee, We are happy to have a genuine Tennessee mountain man!
  • 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.
  • John Rizzo is a wood turner. He will have unique bowls and other creations.

      Our Mountain 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 .

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 is back this year with unique, cool designs for the 20 something crowd.
  • Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell,  Campbell Designs  master wire wrapper. She will have chain maille styles and gem trees, also.
  • Nanci Leigh  will be bringing her  hammered copper pieces as well as  her original gem stone necklaces. Check her web site for her summer collection. http://sylviaandvivians.indiemade.com
  • 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.

 

  • Note for Janet Anderson customers  Wild Fired Glass  is a favorite artist in glass with her original glass art; fused and slumped ornaments  and other creations. Her line of jewelry is diachronic glass accented with Swarovski crystals. She has been out with a back injury. We miss you,  Janet. Hurry back !
    The 2017 'Summertime" Show is close to being full for this year . I am already planning the BIG Anniversary show for the 30th year of the

'Hard Candy Christmas" . Thank you for shopping from regional  American artisans and craftsmen !

 

 

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