Several of the top artisans and crafters in the Southeast will display their goods at the 24th annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art & Crafts Show.
This two-day event features more than 100 exhibitors and takes place June 29-30 in the Ramsey Center arena on the campus of Western Carolina University.
Show coordinator Doris Hunter scours the region each year to locate authentic hand crafters who carry on the Southern Appalachian tradition of arts and crafts.
"Our shows are known for always having a large selection of original handmade art and crafts," Hunter said. "I leave no stones unturned in finding these special artisans."
The items displayed for sale include: fine art, woodworking, pottery, weavings, paintings, blacksmith items and gourd art. Heritage crafts such as shaker brooms, pine needle baskets and folk dolls are available, along with quilted wall hangings and heirloom fabric items.
Soaps and candles are also popular, while master jewelers and bead designers delight attendees with a selection of accessories.
Two of the favorite exhibitors are Franklin’s own Susan and Mark Kennedy. Susan is known for her hand quilted designer purses and Mark’s photography has caught on to customers who love his shots of the mountains.
Other artists from Franklin are Neal and Nanci Hearn with glass boxes and handmade jewelry; Janet Anderson, an acclaimed glass artist; Susan Camera, Ramblewood rustic home accessories; Bob and Kathy Kimmel, folk art; Susan Mick, bark frames and mirrors. Eva Tolotti, knitted accessories; and Steve Simonelli, fine woodcraft.
The whole family will enjoy demonstrations from the broommaker and basket weaver. Molly McCurdy makes and plays dulcimers and will teach you to play.
Macon County’s own Ronnie Evans will be providing background guitar music.
In the specialty sweets, you will find chocolate jelly and Scottish bakery breads. The carrot cake lady will be there, too. WCU's Liston B. Ramsey Center has served as the show's home since 2005. It provides 18,000 square feet of exhibitor space, wide aisles, surround lighting, and air-conditioned comfort.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $4 for adults, with children under age 12 admitted free. Free parking is available.
The show is produced by Doris Hunter of Mountain Artisans Show Promotions in Macon County. For show info, call Hunter at (828) 524-3405 or visit www.mountainartisans.net.