"Hard Candy Christmas "
Art & Craft Show
Saturday, November 25 2017
:Betty Spivey: A
doll maker who brings to life, Father
Christmas Dolls, Old World Santa and other
primitive dolls for collectors .
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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.
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. He will also be bringing , cutting boards at good prices.
- Ed Hudgins ,Saw Mill Tables are
coming back with a big assortment .
Redmon, Red Rock Photo Art captures the mountain area
with an artistic eye. Look for his summer 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 Gingerbread houses ,scones, cookies and sugar
- David Allen Dick David's
Handy Work makes hand draped concrete Jardinieres and wood
- Kyle Owen ,Mountain Chainsaw
sold his mountain laurel bench this summer
and he is coming back for the holiday show
with wood carvings and rustic furniture .
Wallace and Donna
Cole turn the common gourd into little art treasures. For
inside or out.
Come inside. The entrance tunnel has
some exciting exhibitors: Christmas in the mountains starts
with the crisp ,pine smell from the
tree farm (A&E) of Larry Haskett and Evelyn
Sanborn Awe Natural Wreaths. They provide the
big 'Hard Candy Christmas " tree each year . Holiday shoppers
pick up freshly made evergreen swags, and wreaths
. New this year, will be vine and everlasting
- 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.
Bearden Recycled Yard Art is moving inside with his gas cans
flying pigs and more He will have a
neat collection to bring smiles to your garden .
- 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
- 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
It is 18,000 sq feet of warm, comfortable shopping area.
- Good live music brings Christmas 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 ! Remember
her Christmas tree luminaries? They will be back .
- Hartworks Stoneware Pottery ,Mike
and Cindy Hart will be here .Many collectors will be
picking up pieces of their latest additions.
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, also has rubs for your grilling .
- 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's, SleepyHollowFarm specializes in
things herbal: herbal oils,
extracts and natural products for your well being .
Other special crafts :
sculpture extraordinaire is working on some special
pieces just for this show .
,' LittleFeather" is preserving his Cherokee
lineage with carved bone pendants and knives.
- 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. Christmas brings angels, too.
- Dawn Mobery
Justbecause is new this
year presenting hand painted ornaments and santas.
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
Featured Artist 2015 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
- Alva Houston
was our 'Featured
Artist" 2016 "Summertime " show. Her
little mountain folk dolls will be joined with snowmen
from light bulbs ,gourd art
and fresh canned jams and jellies from her summer garden.
- Roberta Brown-Roberts Pressed Flower
is our Featured Artist 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
coming back . David is working now on new ideas. His wife,
Silvia Pruitt ,will
have hard to find hanging kitchen towels and coasters.
- 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
- Denny and
Bonnie Wallace always has a 'wow' display of Christmas
decorations, lighted boxes and Denny's wood turnings .
door is Here comes Connie Gregory with her pinecone wreaths and
creations that are hers alone.
- Monica Hoerl's Rosemaling, a lovely, European style of decorative art , will be
on plates, ornaments and more.
- Mike Wilson Wilson Knives
is a master knife artisan. The chefs will use his slicing
knifes every day . He has designed a special 'slicer" for
- Suzanne Summers has a flair to swirl brilliant colors using
alcohol and ink .Here comes her Christmas collection.
- Polly Wells is a Folk Artist
with bread dough. Each little arrangement is a masterpiece.
Welcome Polly .
- Mike Malek Antler Mike is a
skilled craftsman in antler creations. His chandelier is
always impressive and lamps, knives and accessories.
- Jim Boxerman Jim's
Leather Craft has quality leather accessories as only he
- Dan Donaldson Broom Brothers
is demonstrating his broom straw brooms both
decorative and functional.
Mountain Memories Art
will be returning with her antique
windows , barn wood paintings, and wood slab ornaments.
Mack Southern Paintings is a favorite for her collectors.
She will back on the corner with her Christmas collection of cats
and southern scenes.
- Wendy Griffith's paintings on glass and barn wood .You are going to love her style.
Her lighted Christmas bottles will be a hit.
- 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
Gingerbreadland features quilted table tops, quilts, ornaments,
tree skirts and dolls .
Laura's Butterflies makes designer winter accessories.
Welcome back Eva .
and Nancy Smith, are coming back for the Christmas season with
project bags and accessories for fiber artists.
- 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 .
AlpacaTiera has been spinning and weaving Alpaca fibers, from
her own flock , for many years . She brings popular socks and gloves
and felted products. Also, dyed yarn for your projects .
- 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 prints .
- Beverly Borchardt, is expanding her
Christmas collection of quilted wall hangings and
- 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.
- Sharon K Drewyor, has a
spectacular display this year with "all things knitted."
- The Beads and Bags Boutique, Janet
and Sabrina, will be back with their Christmas gifts
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.
The wood craftsmen at this show :
Hedrick ,is coming back with handcrafted wood toys : Trucks,
wagons and trains.
- 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
Woodcraft always pleases his customers with pieces made one
at a time for them.
- Carson and Sonjia Gibson are new
this year. This talented duo handcrafts band saw jewelry boxes
and Wooden Snowmen. Welcome to the Gibson's .
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
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,
- Ciara DeNardo LittleWoodlander Leather Jewelry. The leather cuffs with metal
inset are hand stamped. They have cowhide clutches and fabric
bags with leather accents.
- Kelli Perry Winter Sun Fused
glass jewelry is a hit each time she is here . Every pendant is
one of a kind .
Stay tuned as the 30th Anniversary 'Hard Candy Christmas" Show
fills. Thank you for shopping
from regional American artisans and craftsmen !
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