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 Christmas birds "Laughing Locust "collection: nature art on slices of locust
wood cut from her forest preserve.
- Ken Di Rico's Smoky Mountain Kettle
Korn delicious kettle popcorn will be back. (It
is never burned or too salty).
- Look for Woodcraftsman, Jerry
Stanley 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 wood
will be on the corner again with a wide selection for your
- Bryan and Kristy Adams Adam's Crafty Creations
make metal yard art and garden art
from found treasures . They always to make your flowers smile!
Gunter will by the entrance door again with carvings
on native rocks.
- John Bauknecht BearNeccessities
will have his little yellow trailer just full of hand carved
bears, walking sticks, signs and a chain saw carving on
the stump .
- Kathy Cirkus BackWoods Bakery
will have miniature gingerbread houses, holiday tins filled
with traditional Christmas treats :pnutbutter balls
(buckeyes) pfeffernuse, German spiced cookies, hand-
decorated sugar cookies, and yes, sugar plums worth having visions over
! Breads made with stone-milled flour and baked in a wood
fired oven .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Carolyn Cordell Metal Paintings
will be back with her holiday metal art collection and small gift
It is 18,000 sq feet of warm, comfortable shopping area.
- Good live music brings cheer!
There will be live, guitar
music floating from the fingers of Macon County's
Ronnie Evans. He plays the old Christmas songs that we
grew up with .He will be selling his
to enjoy all year.
The pottery section
- Note : To the collectors of Kim von Hedemann
her love of cartoons and animals for this adorable art
.She captures a whole menagerie with
on mugs and trinket boxes. She will not be at this year's
show because she is moving but will be back for the
2017 "Summertime " show .
- Balsam Mountain's Ann Suggs Stonehouse Pottery
will be here with her Christmas collection !
- Cory Plott PlottwarePottery will be
inside this year with his holiday specials.
- Mike and Cindy Hart Hartworks
Stoneware are coming with their pinecone design
stoneware and lamps .
- Cindy may have some sheep buttons and
accessories and other good stuff.
Pottery is new this year with her nature themed designs. Welcome
Judy to Cullowhee.
Forster DragonflyPottery .When I saw her nature themed
clay art, I just knew she had to bring her lovely work to this show
. Each vases is a one of a kind
creation . Welcome Diana.
Specialty foods and sweets:
- Kathy Nash Serendipity
, will be back for the Christmas show with her delicious
- Terri Cook's
was a hit last show and will be back with her homemade dips, mixes and
southern meat rubs.
Look for Cold Mountain
Toffee Scottie Ellis with 7 flavors to choose from .Chocolate
mint is my favorite.
- Bill Reed Freedom Farms
is coming back with his
milk soap and his personal grooming accessories.
- Laura Craig Shade Tree
Farm soap maker will have some new
delicious new flavors.
- Dee Dee
pillows, animals and fancy goat milk soaps. She is new this
- Other special crafts :
- 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 collector dolls. Christmas always brings
angels ,angels and more angels.
- 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. Her
little mountain folk dolls will be joined with snowmen gourd art
and fresh canned jams and jellies from her summer garden.
'Those Kooky Chickens"! Tim and Karen Chamber's
will make your kitchen smile .
- Roberta Brown-Roberts
Art 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 hand tooled
leatherwork. Replace that old wallet with a new one .
- Molly McCurdy Dulcimers by Molly
will be returning. If you ever wanted to play , now is a
good time to explore.
- Her friend, Jeanne, will have hand quilted wall
- The little log homes and churches that David
Pruitt (This year's Featured Artist!) Another Place In Time
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.
- Dan Donaldson the Broom Brothers is coming
back with handcrafted decorative and functional brooms. Welcome Dan and
- Laura Williams makes wonderful hanging windows
art using vintage cups, saucers and whimsical sun catchers.
- Susan Thomas makes some of the best
wreaths that I have found. She also had decorations .
- Linda Miller is back with interesting designs in paper cutting (scherenchnitte").
Her family makes bark berry buckets .
- Mike Wilson is well known master knife maker
in this area. He also sells leather sheaths, sharpeners and key chains.
- Roy Owenby is returning with
his mountain stories and his latest novel. His last year thriller
The Owl Knows is set on the Parkway.
- Gretchen Branning makes charming little purses
from a single man's neck ties. Look for her Christmas collection and
original ornaments .
Bonnie and Denny
Wallace are a hit each year with their Christmas lighted boxes,
wreaths and Denny's wood turnings.
Tim & Penny Trescott
Bee Lite is returning with candles, mountain honey
and soaps. They have wax ornaments and tapers too.
- Mike Smithwick fans will be have to wait until
next Summertime show in 2017 to get his recycled wine bottle creations.
- Lee Willis has fun with soda cans. He turns
them into little airplanes, mobiles and flashy earrings.
- Good news for customers looking for old fashioned rag
rugs, hand made by Rena Wilkins. She will have multi colors
shapes and sizes Also, for this show, recycled jeans Christmas
- Dawn Rhodes Country RhodesMosiac Art shapes
original mosaic designs on lighted bottles. Welcome, Dawn with this unique
- Ralph Monteith/Lisa Breese will have the
unique banks with post office box fronts . One of a kind ,for sure.
- Joyce White will be bringing Christmas decorations
for your house. She will have personalized ornaments ,and wall and table
pieces. Welcome Joyce,
We have attracted some wonderful painters
for this year :
Ford Mountain Memories is a Tennessee artist who paints
originals on barn wood .
Alan R. Young
is an award winning Georgia wildlife artist who will bring, originals,
prints and giclees.
Don Meinders is also a wildlife artist who only paints
originals .Get ready for one of a kind beauty.
- 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 ,
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 collectors with her southern paintings and charming
- Jim Watts Create something amazing is
pure talent in oils and acrylics. He will have prints, cards
and 2017 calendars.
- Jason Rizzo
Jason Rizzo Fine Art
is fine art in photography. He
captures all things lovely in this area with a new twist.
- Photo artist Ed Green Macon
Green Photo is returning with his latest photo art
- Rob Travis Fine Art Photography
will have his outstanding fall and winter photo art .
The fabric and Fiber art category is looking good
Alpaca Tiena fiber artist and alpaca farmer, will be back with
her hand dyed yarn and
Sue Dial ,fiber artist ,
is returning with her holiday art and creations .
- Dora Reynolds Designer Tableware
is a hit each show
with her bright colorful fabric plates and bowls. She
will have her summer collection of birds and
- Beverly Borchardt is a quilter
who makes wall hangings . She has a good selection of quilted items for
The wood craftsmen at
this show are some of the best around:
Judy and Dennis Wilkey
present wood handled functional items that go like hot cakes ! Look for ice cream
scoops , and reasonably priced exotic wood pens.
- Ron Thompson will have his lovely
Christmas bowls collection and smaller unique turnings for
stocking stuffers .
- Billy Reynolds is a Tennessee
Sculpture who turns lake wood into fine native sculpture.
He has some cool new work just for this show !
- John Brady Blue
Ridge Woodcrafters will be back with lazy Susans, kitchen spoons,
cutting boards ,and other accessories.
Have you been
looking for a quilt rack? How about a rack for your essential
oils , hats and coats?
wood craftsman will have some neat wood stuff to organize your world.
John and Janice
BentonWesley's Wood Art From the Lathe will have lovely
salad bowls, collectables, salt and pepper mills and some of Janice's gift baskets and soap.
The knitters and fiber artists are in vogue right now:
Eva Tolotti Laura's
Butterflies knits the neatest hats, scarves, stoles and wraps
and more. Welcome back Eva.
Joan Naylor's woven
accessories and scarves are always a hit . Look for her holiday collection for
giving or yourself!!
Penny Rutland ,Gingerbread
Land will be back with hand sewed Christmas decor, gingerbread
dolls and santas.
- Susan Kennedy's quilted purses are
collector's pieces. Drop by to see what's new for Christmas
giving . Don't
forget Mark's photography taken on their travels.
- William T. & Nancy Smith: shawls and
scarves, yarn, pins and accessories.
Look for Nancy 's sewing work bags to neaten up your
projects and swifts for weavers.
We have some of the most skilled
jewelers from our area and far away.
The Ledbetters Antique Spoon Jewelry
James and Tracy, are coming with silver
spoon jewelry .Get your yearly ring this year !
- Angel Hudgins Hudgins Designs
this year with unique, cool designs for the 20something
- Coming back is Jacolyn Campbell,CampbellDesigns master wire wrapper. She will have chain maille styles
and gem trees
- Note for Janet Anderson customers Wild Fired Glass is a favorite
artist in glass, She is not coming back for 'Hard Candy Christmas
because of a back problem. Look for her in 2017 with her original glass art; fused and slumped
ornaments and other creations. Her
new line of jewelry is diachronic glass accented with Swarovski crystals.