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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" 


November 27-28



 I excited over the new exhibitors  for this year's show ! Stay tuned as it  fills . Meanwhile ,read about this year's 'Summertime'  Thank all of our customers who came and bought from our artists and craftsmen  !

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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.  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 is designing two murals in the upcoming year. You can own some of her artist's sketches.  She will  also have new: 'Laughing Locust " which is 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)
  • Nina Fette's  recycled glass mobiles will be catching the sparking sun outside . She is an artist who  specialized in lots of color .
  •  Jan Kleinrath all things canvas will be back . Stop by her place  before you head to the shore. Her  canvas hats , beach bags and accessories are essentials for summer.
  •  Brad Greenwood ,BradGreenwoodDesigns,Tennessee blacksmith and copper artist, will be new this year.  He customizes  stair railing, window boxes, and fireplace brackets.  His copper line of botanical sprays add so much to your cabin walls. 
  • Kyle Carpenter Green Thumb Pottery will offer the gardeners interesting ,original display pieces.
  •  Jimmy and Marlene Hopkin's bright yard art will be back .  Remember the big sunflower and stick down garden pierces ? Flying pigs from gas cans! All these and more.
  • 'Smack Yo Mamma' gourmet barbeque  sauce is going to be a hit with the cooks.  Kim and Mike will have 8 sauces and a delicious meat rub to dress up your summertime feasts.
  • George West will be making the sparks fly with his blacksmithing demonstration  under the front porch overhang. He will have his creations for sale .
  • Cory Houston Plott will be demonstrating throwing pots just outside the door .If you are a would be potter, this will interest you !

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.  They will be glad to find her newest designs and original glazes.
  • Jim Watts CreateSomethingAmazing , fine artist, has many collectors in our area. He will have his summertime display collection of watercolors, acrylics and oils
  • 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 is 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.
  • Steven Rich and David Walker's functional  birdhouses will back for our feathered friends. They are log cabins and churches
  • Tom Livingston Piece by Piece Intarsia takes many kinds of wood and shapes them into amazing  pictures.

Arena :

  • 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 cd's to enjoy all year.

The pottery section includes :

  • Ashley Poston Blue Mountain Clay pottery has a blue glaze you are going to enjoy in your house.
  • Debbie Dowdy Muddy Goat is a Georgia potter that we are glad to welcome.
  • Kim Von Hedemann ClayCritters 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! Welcome Kim.

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..
  • 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.
  • Renae Allison will be welcomed with Honey Roasted Peanuts, Almonds and Pecans. 

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 mountain honey; maybe some sourwood.
  • New this year is Debbie Porch Turtle River Soaps with as variety of natural ingredient soaps and lip balm .
  • Laura Craig  Shade Tree Farm  soap maker will have some new delicious new flavors.
  • Tom and Janet Jenkins Crackling Candles have a new idea: crackling candles ! They are the ultimate candle burning experience .Imagine the soothing sound of a crackling fire with the scent of your favorite candle . Not your thing ,then choose from 350 other soy candles with wood wicks and yummy scents .
  • Rivers Marchesoni makes ointments for poison oak healing and various other salves and soaps.

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 . You don't have to wait for Christmas for angels, either!
  • Elly Davey bird in hand makes little folk figure and whimsies.  She has many collectors who look for new creations each show. 
  •  Alva Houston lives on Caney Fork here in Jackson County, North Carolina.  She is  our 'Featured Artist" with her mountain folk dolls and gourd art. Come see what her skillful hands have been making for you .

Other special crafts :  For years I have admired pressed flower designs by Roberta Brown-Roberts Flower art. She lived too far away to make it down to Cullowhee .Guess what ? Her house sold and she is close enough to get to our show this year ! You are going to love her framed bouquets of  pressed flowers grown in her own garden .

Lily Lee and her husband grow Bonsai trees . Each one is patiently shaped for a  beautiful place in your home .Welcome to the Lees.

New this year : Lynnis Evans Lynnie's Paper Art  : realistic  butterflies and dragonflies made from paper.

 Valerie Holden , will have all -occasion mesh wreaths to dress up your inside and covered porches .

  •  Bonnie and Denny Wallace Greasy Creek Crafts  create a wide variety of home  decorations.  They are bringing warm weather , table settings and cheerful accents.
  •  Denny has wood turnings, too .
  • Connie Gregory is new this show. Let's see what she has created with  pinecone wreaths ,woodcrafts and painting.
  • Christine Grimes is new this year with her   floral designs and natural material arrangements .
  • Linda Miller will be back for the 'Hard Candy ' show with  her  paper art silhouettes. Also bark buckets.  Her family is preserving this vanishing mountain craft .
  • Tommy Hill with his quality leatherwork, will be back in time to replace that old worn out wallet.
  • Thomas Slavicek BlackEagleLeather is new this year with leather pouches and bags .
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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 .
  • Greg Scott makes kitchen and outdoor cutlery from the finest materials. He is new this year
  • just in time to make your summer cooking easier.
  • 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 & Silvia Anotherplaceintime had at the Christmas show last year ? Well, he is back with more cabins. Some are for your walls ! Silvia will have hanging kitchen towels and coasters ;a perfect gift for the neighbor who has fed the dog while you are in the mountains!
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  •  Mary Ellen and Cindy 2 SistersColor Creations will be back with cheery designs in mosaics tiles .They do original paintings with mosaic frames and inspirational sayings .
  • Debbie Hagstrom is going to excite you with her fused glass and clay wall pieces .She has funky art for the off the beaten path taste.
  • Brooke Cannon is new this year with personalized wreaths vinyl cutouts and baby accessories.
  • Author, Roy Owenby is coming with his mountain stories and latest novel.
  • 'Woody" Bridwell makes 'one of a kind ' knifes. He is going to join us with his 'collectors
  • style work. Welcome 'Woody".

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

  Collectors of Brenda & Ken Nicholson Nicholson Ridge will be glad to know this  popular wild life art will be at this show . Ken turns the wood bowls and Brenda paints and wood burns the designs .Pick from  ornaments and magnets, too. Brenda will be demonstrating on a big bowl at this show .

 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.

 Ri Noel Tarnpol will be back with her original animal designs imprinted on cotton sweaters, jackets and t's.

       Nancy Moore , popular folk artist, will be demonstrating  weaving baskets ,painting colorful windows, and gourd art . She will be working on a piece at this show .

  • Elizabeth McAfee is coming back with her animal caper paintings . The cats will be golfing, cooking and making us smile all day.
  • Jeanne Mack Southern Paintings will have her summer paintings and charming feline art.  Hint: she is a cat rescuer.
  • New this year is Jim and Carolyn Teague .This artist team produce originals ,prints and tiles in watercolors and acrylic medium .Welcome to the Teagues.!
  • Carolyn Cordell , metal paintings originals will have her summer collection for all her customers. Her latest inspiration is big metal flowers for your garden .
  • Alan Young wonderful wild life bird art will be flying back to the summer show .He will have originals and prints . 
  • Jason Rizzo Jason's Fine Art is new this year .He will have a mix of animal photography, mixed media and prints .
  • Pamela Pace will dress up your flower pots with bright nature art on terra cotta pots ,birdhouses and vintage windows.
  • Robert Travis Fine art Photography has some presentations of regional photography from an artistic view.
  • Brandi Harvey OliveInk uses old vinyl records to create her art . You have to see it to believe it .

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

  • Linda Levy ,master quilter, is busy these spring days ,working on wall hangings and baby quilts right now .
  • Susan Kennedy: quilted designer purses and Mark's photography.
  • Gretchen Branning: purses; each one created from a man's neck tie will not be at this show .She will be back at the 'Hard Candy Christmas ' show in November.
  • Bob Taylor is new this year with embroidered kitchen towels.
  • Dora Reynolds  Designer Tableware is a hit each show with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls.  She will have her summer flower garden and bird collection.\
  • 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.
  • Donna Clemens is bringing her original angels for early holiday shopping. She makes crochet lace  penny rugs ( fiber craft).
  • Joan L. Stocker has the most unusual craft . She weaves  little wall hangings that are one of a kind .
  • Ann Warren is a master fiber artist. She will have finished quilts and be demonstrating rug hooking, stick weaving and quilting.

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

Jerry Zay BlantonUnique Wood Turnings shapes lovely bowls ,birdhouses and miniatures  from Southern wood.

    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 will be bringing his summer collection of  small wood accessories. Everything from cutting boards to hair dryer holders. He has a good selection of wood kitchen accessories and wood spoons and forks.

  • Gerald and Ruth Bleniek,  Jerry's Custom Woodcrafts is coming from Tennessee to bring their handcrafted log furniture and portable  drink coolers.  
  • Ron Thompson is a master turner from regional wood. He will be back for the Summertime customers with his bowls and favorite turned canning jar lids. New this year :wide mouth  jar sizes. 
  • 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 .
  • Aw Ruff Mountain Toys will be bringing Blue Bird houses and cutting boards.
  • Jill Daniels ParkerStreet Primatives  creates home decor and yard art from recycled and repurposed wood .Look at facebook.com/ParkerStreetPrimitives for a hint of her work.
  • Bill and Joni Evans BandJMountainCreatons use repurposed red wine barrels to make wonderful Adirondack chairs, barrel head tables ,benches and so much more ,Check out facebook.com/bandjMountainCreations to see their work.

The knitters are in vogue right now:

  • Eva Tolotti:  Laura's Butterflies scarves and hats and accessories will taking off for summer but will be back for the November show
  • William T.  & Nancy Smith: shawls, yarn, pins and accessories. Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your projects.

The Glass artists are unique:

  • Janet Anderson Wild Fired Glass 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.
  • New this show is Kimberly Tufts KimberlyAllynne Designs .She works in her Blue Ridge  studio making  fused glass art and decor . She will have ornaments for early collectors.
  • Neal and Nanci Hearn BoxesbyNeal only exhibit at the summer show with us  . You collectors of Neal's fused glass boxes will  be excited with his summer collection. Nanci will have her original jewelry .
  • Cyndi Gorski Bottle Art turns recycled bottles into little works of art. I noticed some razzle dazzle glycerine  soap, too.

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

Joy WhitneyJoybeadswireandnature  is coming back with her original, nature themed  jewelry.

Lane and Shelvia Whitley will be back with their hand casted pewter ornaments, pendants and ear rings. Hand woven baskets by Lane ,too.

Peggy and Grady Nolan make jewelry and wind chimes from  antique silver plated dinnerware . Come early for the best selection.  

      Lynnell Dodge will be back with her original silver designs. She is a master artisan .

  • 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 new this year with unique cool designs for the 20something crowd.
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  • 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.
  • We have a treat this year because  Barb and Jim Runkle's Poor Boy's Opals are on the way . His lovely gems are mined by himself in Australia . He is a master jeweler and will have original designs
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  • New this show is Jacolyn Campbell, a master wire wrapper .She will have chain maille  styles, also
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  • Esta and Tom Miller makes Kumihimo jewelry-Japanese braid; Viking knit and off-loom bead weaving. Very interesting and original .
  • All spaces are taken Summertime 2015 season. It is some of the best artisans ever ! Thank you for shopping from American Artists and Craftsmen. We still make beautiful things with our hands just for you!
  • 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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