2016 "Summertime" Featured Artist
Mountain Artisans presents
"Summertime Art and Craft Show"
ART AND CRAFT SHOW
JUNE 25-26 2016
(WCU) RAMSEY CENTER
CULLOWHEE, NC HWY 107
$4.50 adults Children under 12
Neal & Nanci Hearn -Glass Boxes and
McKay's Clays - Pottery
Alva Houston - Dolls
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.
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.
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.
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
- Doreyl Ammons Cain,
(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
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
NC 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 Plottware Pottery
will be outside for the summer show. Maybe he will be
demonstrating on the wheel for you who are interested in
- 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
makes bear themed screened doors for your cabin!
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
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 special giving or dressing up your home.
Featured Artist for
the 27th "Summertime" show is:
- Wood Turner Artist, Ron
Thompson, has 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
- 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
to enjoy all year.
The pottery section includes :
- Kim Von Hedemann
Clay Critters did so well at the summer show that she is coming back
Adorable lady bugs, cats and
bears 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
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.
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
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
She has designer pillows, animals and handcrafted guest
- 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.
- Elly Davey Bird in Hand
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
- 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.
'Those Kooky Chickens" Tim and Karen Chamber's
will make your kitchen smile ..
- 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
- 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 Another 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 is new with
aromatherapy pillows and scented sachets.
- Gretchen Branning makes charming little purses
from a single man's neck ties.
- Patricia Harris
will be back with
pine needle baskets . They are hard to
- 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
You can purchase original art work, prints and photography on
- Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings
always has new customers with her southern paintings and charming
The fabric and Fiber art category is looking is
- 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
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her summermas collection of birds and
- Beverly Borchardt is a new quilter
to the show. She has a good selection of quilted items for
- 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
- Mike Hankerd Old Salt
Furniture makes and paints furniture in shore and
The knitters are in vogue right
- William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories.
Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your
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
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique, cool designs for the 20something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell, master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille styles
and gem trees
- 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
handcrafted jewelry pieces.
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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