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Celebrating the American craftsmen.

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

Mountain Artisans presents   :

28th annual

"Hard Candy Christmas" 

ART AND CRAFT SHOW

'A Mountain Christmas Tradition'

November 27-28

2015

 

 I am excited over the new exhibitors  for this year's show ! Stay tuned as it  fills .

Click here for  Featured Artists 

CLICK HERE FOR 2015  'Hard Candy Christmas '  EXHIBITORS

 

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.   

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 Cain, catch the spirit, (Jackson County's own),  will be demonstrating pastel paintings. She will  have her new: 'Laughing Locust "collection: nature art on slabs of locust wood cut from her forest preserve.
  • Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain  delicious kettle popcorn will be back.  (It is never burned or too salty)
  •  (Jimmy and Marlene Hopkin's bright yard art was the top show seller at the Summer show . Thanks to all of their customers who made this happen . They will be back next year with more stick down sunflowers  and garden pierces ? Flying pigs from gas cans! All these and more. in 2016 !)
  • Meanwhile ,Bryan and Kristy Adams will be back with their brand of metal yard art that was so popular last year .
  •  Wesley Angel ,blacksmith artist will be on the corner with his hand forged spiral candlesticks ,leaf design art and accessories.
  • We can't forget John and Fred Baunecht Bear Necessities chain saw carvers extraordinaire .Fred always has a project on the carving block . John has walking sticks, personalized signs and the classic bears for which he is famous  .
  • Michelle Allen's dried fruit ropes will  be here with the wonderful orange aroma.
  •  Here comes Susan Camera's little wagon filled with recycled wood ,stars, wreaths, birdhouses and more.

      Come inside . The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors :  Each year, tree farmer ,Larry Haskett and Evelyn  make the 'Hard Candy Christmas'  special with their  fresh wreaths and   arrangements .  The A&E Tree Farm (located in Little Canada area)  provides the big tree in the lobby that gets us in the holiday mood.

The smell of freshly cut evergreens brings me back home when when I was small . Then, my big sister, led the way to bring home the family  Christmas tree. It was always  a cedar scrub tree ,picked from a neighbor's sagebrush field. She and I struggled through the briars and over the creek with our treasure . (I remember the year my brother came home from the War and brought  bubble lights!  Wow .) Decorating that annual tree  was unforgettable .Truly ,the most wonderful holiday of the year !

 Meanwhile ,back in Cullowhee ,in October, I will head over to Barber Orchard  to put back bushels of mixed apples in the cooler until the week of the show .Cameos, Delicious and Galas will  be piled into the big basket on the ticket table to share with our customers .Peppermint pieces and mixed  sweets will be in the antique candy jar to enjoy, too.

  • 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 holiday designs and original glazes.
  • Dogwood Crafters will be selling samples from their unique shop. They feature 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 ,will have her holiday display of  metal paintings and copper dancer mobiles . 
  • 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 Christmas giving and dressing up your home.

    Arena : Our featured artist for the 28th  'Hard Candy Christmas'  show is :

Folk Artist  Bill Mc Kinnis, CountryTin Shoppe, has been preserving the vanishing art of tin smithing for 12 years. He will have candle holders ,ornaments and lanterns . Welcome Bill. A best seller is his 'strip art'. Come, see what this is!

 Tennessee  artist ,Billy Reynolds , and master sculpture ,is next door . He always surprises us with turning lake driftwood into eagles, bears, and birds.  

 

  • Good live music brings Christmas 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. He has found some of the Christmas music we grew up with. Remember : Here comes Sante Clause" by Gene Autry  and 'It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year' ?

The pottery section includes :

         Mike and Cindy Hart HartworksStoneware will be back with their pine cone stoneware pottery . Collectors will be glad to find  lamps and Cindy's sheep items .

  • Kim Von Hedemann ClayCritters  did so well at the summer show that she is coming back for Christmas  . Adorable lady bugs, cats and bears  and more on mugs and trinket boxes. You are going to have to have three of these ! Great holiday gifts!
  • Just in is Ann Suggs StonehousePottery. We welcome Ann with her individual style.
  •  Also  new this show is :Anna Marie  Sullivan MorrisTheMuddPrincess with Folk ,Functional and whimsical clay art.

Specialty foods and  sweets :    

  • Scotty Ellis Cold Mountain Toffee is coming back.  Remember the delicious mint chips coated with luscious chocolate ? They will have 9 flavors to enjoy ! 
  • Kathy Cirka  Backwoods Bakery will be baking  her specialty  organic bread and cookies.  How about pretzels, bagels, brownies and cinnamon raisin swirl? She will have miniature gingerbread houses, too.
  • 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.
  • Betty Davis Cranberry Hollow will be here with her cheese ball seasonings and winter soup mixes.
  •  Jessica DeMarco'sCopperPotTraditions gourmet pickles, jams and jellies will be a hit again this show.

       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.
  • Rivers Marchesoni makes ointments for poison oak healing and various other salves and soaps.
  • Carmen O'Dell ByWilling Hands makes a unique line of non allergenic soap and personal products .She only comes one time each year, so stock up !

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 and dolls . Christmas brings the perennial favorite :angels !
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  • Elly Davey Bird in Hand is almost famous for her little folk figure with hickory nut heads and whimsies.  She has many collectors who look for new creations each show.
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  •  Alva Houston was our 'Featured Artist" at  the summer show .Admiring  her little  mountain folk dolls  will show why . Come, see her snowmen, santas , and gourds art that  her skillful hands have been making for you .
  • Sharon PettersenLoozieFloozieDolls always make us smile . They are  making a comeback, just in time for the holidays.
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  • Christy Edwards makes little sheep from old quilts . She will be back with this year's creations.

Other special crafts : 

  Pillows,Pillows,Pillows ! Sara Bischoff Pillow Presents is the Queen Pillow maker! You are going to find the perfect accent at her booth !

  I Just now know that Katie Kopp Katiedidit three dimensional glass art is returning with her sparkling       hanging stars .

Roberta Brown-Roberts Dried 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 .

    I am hoping that Lynnis Evans Lynnie's Paper Art  : realistic  butterflies and dragonflies made from paper is coming back . 

  •  Bonnie and Denny Wallace Greasy Creek Crafts  really shine for Christmas . Lighted gift boxes wreaths, arrangements and table settings to dress up your home .Denny has wood turnings, too .
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  • Connie Gregory 's pinecone wreaths were a hit at the summer show. She is coming back with  more holiday goodies and more pinecone wreaths .
  • Linda Miller's  paper art silhouettes or schrenschnitta  are coming for Christmas giving. She will have  a large selection .Also, bark buckets for sale.  Her family is preserving this vanishing mountain craft .
  •  Look for Tommy Hill with his quality leatherwork. He has made the perfect Christmas gift for someone special.
  • Jim BoxermanJim'sleathercraft is new this year with a wide variety of handcrafted leather goods .
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  • Mike and Sharon  Smithwick will be back. Their customers will be happy to see their recycled  wine bottle lanterns and etched glass .
  • Molly McCurdy DulcimersbyMolly will be returning .If you ever wanted to play , now is a good time to explore .
  • Remember the little log homes that David Pruitt Anotherplaceintime makes? Well, he is coming back with more cabins and styles . Some are for your walls ! Wife Silvia will have  her booth with hanging kitchen towels, coasters and  star ornaments .
  •   Author, Roy Owenby is coming with his mountain stories and his latest novel.
  • Linda Barton's wonderful felt ornaments  are returning  to this show .Customers have missed  her school and  holiday themed variety . Welcome back, Linda.
  • Pam Lawing and Annette Harcourt are quilting up a storm for the holidays .They have heirloom quality tree skirts , stockings and table runners, accessories.
  • Joy Garcia hand crafted  tea towels will tell you 'how to bake a possom' among other instructions ! They always bring a smile .
  • Darlene & Frank Marker Marker Mountain Organic, Herb &Flower Farm will be back after a few years out. Their garden is the source of spices, candles and other yummy flavorings Look for lotion with Lemongrass and lavender scent and everyone's favorite : peppermint .

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

Tennessee artist ,Lois Armstrong is a nature lover. It shows in her prints, paintings and scrimshaw carvings on bone and mother of pearl . Her animal and bird paintings on leaves are special too. Welcome back ,Lois .

    Michael M Rogers , 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. 

Mountain artist Jim Watts has attracted a following . He was popular at the summer show with watercolors, acrylics and oils. Here he comes for Christmas, with winter and mountain scenes.

  • Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings always has new customers with her southern paintings  and charming feline art. 
  • Carolyn Cordell , metal paintings originals will have her winter  collection for all her customers. Her latest inspiration is big metal flowers for year around  cheer.
  • Alan Young's wonderful wild life bird art will be flying back to this show .He will have originals and prints . 
  • Jason Rizzo Jason's Fine Art is returning with an interesting mix of animal photography, mixed media and prints .

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

Ginger Rutland Gingerbread Land is coming back with cheerful, quilted  wall hangings !  New, this holiday :Christmas Critters .  Can't wait to see what these are ! Look for  more selections for this year's show ,hand quilted by her and the elves. They are working on goodies right now !

 Fiber artist, Sue Dial is on her way with ,not only her fiber art, but polymer clay creations and recycled fabric items.

 Donna McCarthyAlpaca Tiena raises alpacas and prepares her fiber from them . She is an outstanding fiber  artist with a different style.

  • Susan Kennedy's customers will be thrilled with her quilted purses in new colors . Don't forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
  •  Here come Gretchen Branning with her fun  purses; each one created from a man's neck tie .She has original ornaments ,too.
  • 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  holiday themes.
  • Ernestine Plemmons makes charming baby accessories . Need an heirloom gift for a new grandchild ? She is working to have a good selection from which to choose.
  • Trudy McFerrin TheSnowmanStore is back with practical organizers :eye case, cell cases, and snowman ornaments.
  • Hey, customers of Linda and Bill Van Order BearyHill Bears ! Here they come for their once a year exhibit of new furry friends and all the pet accessories Linda makes.
  • Pam Lawing and Annette Harcourt Grace and Glory Quilts are an amazing team that will bring tree skirts, stockings, table runners more .

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

    I met  Joe Adams last October . He is a Tennessee craftsman who makes  Intarsia (wood art) with a  new  twist. He has smaller sized pieces that are not so expensive and different  ornaments. He just had to bring his creations to our show.   

     Scroll Saw Artist, Gary Morris  has a big selection of scroll saw art .His name puzzles are reasonably  priced for such high quality .

    Jerry Zay BlantonUnique Wood Turnings shapes lovely bowls ,birdhouses and miniatures from Southern  wood. His one of a kind creations are perfect gifts .

    Coming back : David Hedrick's  Old Fashioned wood toys. A fine assortment of trucks, trains and push cars that will be handed down to the next generation. He has trays and oven tools too.

    John Brady BlueRidgeWood Crafter  had such a good summer show that he will be back with his     holiday  collection of small wood accessories. Everything from cutting boards to hair dryer holders. He   has  a good selection of wood kitchen accessories ,wood spoons and forks.

  • Gerald and Ruth Bleniek,  Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts are taking time off for the holidays .They will be back next 'Summertime' show  2016 with log furniture and portable drink coolers. 
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  • Ron Thompson is a master turner using  regional wood. He will be here for his  customers  with his bowls and  turned canning jar lids. New this year :wide mouth  jar sizes and other items that are just his creations.
  • 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 them anymore.
  • Steve Simonelli's fine, fine wood craft and his beautiful rocker chairs and boxes will be here . Collette will have Christmas wreaths and decorations
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  • Aw Ruff Mountain Toys will be bringing Blue Bird houses and cutting boards.
  • Mark HarperOwassArt carvings is new this year with his animals and birds . he makes Santas from roots and burls,too. Welcome Mark and Charlotte.
  • Greg Scott GDS Cutlery makes kitchen and outdoor cutlery from the finest materials. He had a great show in the summer so he is returning for Christmas giving . Hey , how  about your kitchen                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • The  knitters are in vogue right now:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Eva Tolotti:  Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats and accessories will be back at this show ! Just in time for Christmas giving .And what about you ?
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  • William T.  & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories. Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your projects.
  • Mary Jo Brown knits and crochets warm mittens and hats. She will be here , just in time, for winter winds. 
  • Susan Gunter and Company will have a double booth of quilts, holiday accessories , and hand knitted winter necessities . Susan has felted hats, mittens, sweaters and shawls.
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    We have some of the most skilled jewelers from our area and far away:

    Janet Anderson  is a favorite artist in glass, She is  coming back with her  original glass art; fused and slumped.  Her new line of jewelry is diachronic glass accented with Swarovski crystals. A fine gift for a lovely  lady. How about you !

     New this year : Jessica Hall BlueBirdDesigns is a blue bird fan and has incorporated them in her enamel and silver jewelry .Welcome Jessica .     

    • Ellen Speed  makes amazing jewelry accessories from soda cans. (The Coke ones are favorite). What fun!  
    • Virginia Bohanan Ginny's Jewelry specializes in ladies and children's jewelry.
    • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is back this year with unique, cool designs for the 20something crowd..
    • Dennis and Judy Wilkey will share a booth with his fine turned woodcraft items :pens in various woods ,ice cream scoops,  woodworking art and Judy's  jewelry.
    • Coming back is  Jacolyn Campbell, a master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille  styles, also.
  • Each year ,James and Tracy Ledbetter ,drive up from Alabama to bring their antiqued vintage silverware jewelry. Each year is a new collection. 

 

  •  Thank you for making 'The Hard Candy Christmas'  your first stop for original arts and crafts at great prices ! The American artists and craftsmen are still making  beautiful things with our hands and our hearts  just for you!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 

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  • Macon County's own watercolorist, Michael M. Rogers http://www.sharethebeauty.tv   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

  • Also: favorite artisan, Neal Hearn, glass boxes artist, will be back in the Summertime show.  Contact him at www.boxesbyneal.com

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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