The 2022 'Hard Candy Christmas " is in the rear -view Mirror now. I thank every customers who came to make this the best show ,ever ! We send Christmas Greetings to all for a wonderful Christmas ! Stay tuned as we plan on the 2023 'Summertime " Art -Crafts show ,June 30 -July 1                                                                                                   :

Featured Artist  for 2022 show is Ginger Rutland (Gingerbread Land ) of Waynesville, NC  with her Holiday Quilts, Home Accessories and Ornaments . To inquire about available creations :(828) 558-7341

 

The "Hard Candy Christmas " Art and Craft Show   is not really about candy .

It harkens back to the post war time when .as growing up, most  mountain children received, at least, Christmas  stocking with an apple, orange and sticks of hard candy;

peppermint being the favorite. To show producer Doris ,it was the most wonderful time of the year !

 The best presents were handcrafted  and the Christmas tree was a cedar, found along the roadside. Fancy spruce trees like we have today were unheard of .

Much  has changed over the years but memories of gingerbread cookies, twinkling lights and family gatherings still  inspire  Doris Hunter, show producer and mountain girl.

 She still believes the best presents are  handcrafted with love, one piece at a time. 

 For over 35 years ,she has  preserved  the mountain Christmas  traditions by filling a basket of apples from Barber Orchard and offering a family candy  jar filled with

wrapped peppermint candies at the  ticket  table. 

 The little show in Franklin ,NC has grown from 8 exhibitors in 1987 to almost 100 local and regional artisans. They  bring their best work to share with you for that special gift. 

 Local favorite musician  Ronnie Evans strums many of the carols we grew up singing. .

 Specialty Sweets ,good music ,and the finest arts and crafts around make this event a "Mountain Christmas Tradition".

At the ticket table , pick up a Barber's Orchard  apple and peppermint candy piece . Get ready to find  the best prices for original crafts and  holiday music .

 You are sure to catch the Christmas Spirit.! NOTE : Our Wreath maker  Larry Haskett  is recovering from surgery this year so ,right now ,no 'Larry Wreaths "

 
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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 the southern craftsmen are alive and well in this area.  Many of the heritage crafts are handed down from the older generation. 
The quilting,  clay art, 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.

   

                        Katie Stiwinter of Cashiers is making  fantastic Holiday Wreaths

                             Let Katie do your decorating for the holidays !   (828) 553-8606                    

 

 

       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 :                CLICK Picture  TO ENLARGE

     Chris Daymude Chris had the Flu ! So Sorry !:Peaceful Valley Woodworks has outstanding wood art .

  • Woodcraftsman, Jerry Stanley NC Mountains Outdoor Furniture handcrafts Adirondack chairs and  swings.   He  constructs all  with Western Red Cedar, stainless steel nails and blue ribbon quality; one piece at a time .. 
  •  Call  :828 371-0878 for available  pieces in 2023 .
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  • Jan Kleinrath Jan's All Things Canvas handcrafts  Hats, Travel Purses and accessories. 
  •  Stacy Redmon Red Rock Photo will be back for Christmas  with his artistic eye mountain photography.

        Autumn Wilkins Doodad Mosaics .You are going to love her  designs in glass. 

    

 

      Kathy Cirka Backwoods Bakery Organic Breads .

      Gingerbread and Sugarplums .

     

      Jessica Russell  Leggings & Lace is new this year for holiday accessories.

       Jim Price McClain & Co. Woodworking presents 3-D Woodwork

        

  • Pam Price Pumpkin Center Pottery  .

    

    

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  •      Come inside. The  entrance tunnel has some exciting exhibitors:
  •  Remember those Ceramic Christmas Trees that Grandma put up on the table instead of a real tree?
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  • The Good Idea Gift Shop will be displaying a big selection  of trees and lighted churches.
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  • Previous  Featured Artist Tom Livingston's www.piecebypieceintarsia.com Piece by Piece  Intarsia will have a Christmas selection  with his best work of the year .
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         Brother Joe Livingston will be new this year with his wood work :Toys (Trucks and Trains ) serving trays and fine pens .

      Here comes Sandy DeNeir Originals with her Christmas collection of

       wonderful Hand painted  items .

      Let's see what ornaments, pillows and fun stuff Sandy has painted on vintage bases for us this year .

       Bill Prather Ole Man Hickory is a Rustic Furniture maker supreme  . He has had  a sell out show

       and will not be able to restock his inventory until the 'Summertime " Show next summer .

     Nature's Gift Market will be selling Labella Body Care , Ceramics and  Fine Wood Accessories .

  • Christmas 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 brings  some of the music  we grew up with.
  •  He will be signing copies of his new  historical book .

        The pottery section includes :

       Cory Houston Plott :Fine Pottery

        Honey Pot Ceramics ;  Ceramics and Pottery will be exhibiting at a later show .      

      Specialty foods and  sweets:  

      Terrie Cook Delightful Dips and More is coming with Cheese Ball Mixes, Mixes and  Rubs for your holiday meals .    

      Sweet Barn  Kathy Crook with her multi flavors of Fudge, snacks and iced Coffee .

       Chocolate Elegance is a returning with Dipped delights for Christmas  serving and giving .

        Rose Massengill : 'Ginuwine 'Mountain Honey & Honey Products .

        GW Watts  Watts Sauce  Handcrafted Specialty Sauce and Seasonings

       Heritage Soap:

  • Bill Reed Freedom Farms is coming with his popular Goat Milk Soap and his personal Grooming Accessories.
  • Laura Craig  Shade Tree Farm Goat Milk soap maker, will have some new, delicious new flavors.

       Joy Keith:Teas and more

         Joanna Ormund  : Kids  Fun Soap perfect for stocking stuffing .

       Mountain Soap Box cold pressed is coming for their customers .

  •       Doll Makers:

     Janet Collins makes nothing but Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls in all colors .

    Ashley Sweet and her Mother ,Darlene Richardson , make Folk Dolls .Darlene sews the clothes and Ashley sculpts the faces. 

    They are coming from Virginia to share their Santas and  Rabbits  with us .

     Welcome to Cullowhee.

   Other special Christmas crafts :

     Shirley Prince:  Felt Ornaments & Decorations 

    Laura Rabon Tree of Life Designs Resin  Jewelry, Decorative Tins ,pill Boxes.

    Bud & Jean Werdelin Hand cut and Painted  Wood Ornaments and decorated Light Bulbs .

    

     Denny and Bonnie Wallace are going to wow you this year with their wreaths, lighted boxes and Denny's wood turnings !

     New this year : Welcome Amy and Chuck Ney with their original  Woodwork and Canned Goods .

    Sherri Pendleton "Illuminations Vintage " Hand Poured Soy Candles in Vintage Glass and crystal .

     Doug and Kim Geer All for the Love of Birds Houses and feeders and more .

  • . David Pruitt  Another Place In Time  is working on  Nativity Scenes for his collectors . Because Jesus
  • made "A way in the Manger " for us .  Also, little white churches and
  •  Country Stores .Wife, Silvia Pruitt will have  her handwork.  
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  • Kathy Murray's KathyMurrayStudio Painted Bottles will be the perfect glow to light up the winter with her collection.

    Jean Whisnant   Hand Blown Glass

    Wild Pony Studio   will  be demonstrating Glass Blowing and selling her creations

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       Wendy Converse Clay Sculpture is a blue ribbon winner !

         

        Roy Owenby Author ,almost famous for his popular mysteries set in the mountains he loves. The Owl Knows is a favorite .

        What did he see no one else did ?   

         Susan Mick Bark Picture Frames & Mirrors   are the perfect back drop for your  fine Christmas framed    art.  

       

        Debbie Fouts Pebble Art is very unique! How about pictures made with found pebbles with personality ?!                                                               

  •  Dogwood Crafters will be back with samples from their Dillsboro shop. And Demonstrations of various kinds

         Cassandra NquyenDesigned byCassi is personalizing fun ornaments for your family while you wait! She has fun ,scented earrings ,too. 

 

  • The Fine Art Category includes :
  • Jeanne Mack  watercolors of Southern Scenes and her favorite : felines . 

     

     

      Frances Maynard : Originals on Boards

       Regenia Ford : Original Art on Wood and Painted Windows .

      Donald Lowmaster :Paintings and Plants .

      Nicki Russo Decoupage on glass ,Fabric wrapped Bowls  and more       

          New this year Jennifer Strall with her Whimsical Wind chimes and Jewelry .

        

  • Fabric and Fiber category includes :
  • Welcome Gina Bourisseau Master Weaver of Scarves and Bags .   
  •  Susan and Mark Kennedy with Susan's Quilted Purses and Mark's Photography !
  • Rhonda Bell has been Crocheting all year to bring her best creations .

      Olivia Perkins  :Crocheted Dolls and Ornaments

      Tina Hopkins Fabric Christmas art ,Vintage Book Marks

      Judy Tobias Fabric Accessories .    

      Martha Dobson  Encouraging The Nations  A missionary project .All items are made by natives in Uganda .

  • Dora D Reynolds
  •  favorite of collectors with her  Designer fabric glass plates .I just received news this morning that 
  •  our Grand Friend ,Dora D. Reynolds has passed away, just this month . We send all prayers and love
  • to Beau and family . He will be bravely taking her place with her Christmas Red Birds  and winter  pieces at this show .
  • Bev Borchardt  has a follwing who watches for her latest Quilted Wall Hanging ,Quilts and accessories.
  • Ginger Rutland Gingerbreadland  our 2022 Featured Artist is famous for  Hand quilted  Quilts, Hangings ,and  Ornaments .
  • Nina Hutchins KnotJustCountry is hoping to be back for the 'Summertime " Show making American Doll Clothes, Baby items, ornaments  and more.
  •   Cheryl  Hyatt   Knots of Love is popular with fleece blankets for cozy lounging for the kids and  beds for your pets .     

      Heather Seaman Longleaf Pine will be demonstrating and selling  the vanishing art of Pine needle Basket making .

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

     Richard Dwyer  :Wood turned Bowls & Hollow Formed Ornaments  

       Andrew Hunter :Andrew's Originals :  Mountain Tables (Working his way through college, Andrew

       is a rising preMed Junior at Toccoa Falls College . He is also my grandson )

        Larry Ricci  Fine Woodwork  .(sorry, Larry is called away with family . He will be back next year)

                Steve Waldroop fine crafter of  Western Themes, Essential Oil holders and  Quilt Racks &

       Chopping boards .

      David S . Hedrick  has been making Wood Toys for a long time . He will have heirloom trucks, cars and all required

       to make those little  one's   eyes shine !

      LK Live edge Designs: Live Edge Tables, Cutting Boards

     Award Winning Jeff Price is a knock- out Wood Artist . He won first place at the

      Colors Festival for his original  Wood burned Log Furniture and Coat racks .

      For Christmas ,he will have Original Ornaments .

      Betty Rickman  Kitchen Boards by Betty :Wooden Cutting and Serving  Boards

     New This Show Black Bear Woodworks by  Lindsey Coyne: Wooden Bowls

     Wooden Goblets , Wooden Decor .

 

       

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

  • Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs is coming with Hand Stamped  Jewelry in  cool designs.
  •  Jacolyn Campbell, Campbell's Creations  Master Wire Wrapper .She will have chain maile styles, also.
  • Heather Hodge :original Jewelry Resin ,handmade wood ,gilding foil.
  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass is a yearly favorite with her  fused jewelry and fused glass ornaments art .

      New this year :Shannon Noelke : Sterling Silver & Gemstone Jewelry

    Frank & Judy Scott (Sign of the Unicorn ) Jewelry and Glass

    Karen Smryl Polymer Clay Jewelry and ornaments .

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     Steven Yuzzi is representing Appalachian Growers with Hemp Products     

      

The 2023 'Summertime" Art & Craft Show is set at June 30-July 1 .

 

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