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Arts & Entertainment 25th annual Summertime Arts and Crafts Show this weekend at Ramsey Center

The Mountain Artisan’s “Summertime" Arts and Crafts Show is celebrating its 25th year. Now located inside the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., the show had its beginnings in the Macon County Community Building in 1989. Macon County native and folk artist Doris Hunter has been producing the event featuring quality arts and crafts from local and regional artisans ever since.

Over the years, the show has become famous for the largest selection of heritage and contemporary crafts from the hands of 100 exhibitors.

Hunter combs through many art shows looking for the best fine artists and folk artist, glass crafters, master jewelers, and the best wood craftsmen in their field.

This year, several Macon County artists will be featured including Michael M. Rogers with his latest waterfall DVD; Janet Anderson, glass lampworker; Steve Simonelli, fine woodcrafter; Neal and Nanci Hearn, glass boxes and handcrafted jewelry; folk artist, Nancy Moore, weaving and painting; Laura Craig, goatmilk soap; Ann Warren, quilting and rug hooking demonstration; Betty Cabe, corn shuck dolls and flowers.

Boxes By Neal - Neal Hearn of Franklin will be at the Mountain Artisans show. A 6" by 8" fused glass box with an Arizona Turquoise stone. The unique copper handle was hand forged. The box is a one-of-a-kind, signed piece.Macon’s own Ronnie Evans has become a favorite with his guitar picking and CDs to take home.

The whole family can experience the demonstrations of flint knapping, blacksmithing, and a Cherokee basket weaver; a broomsquire and a rag rug maker creating their treasures before your eyes.

The live music makers will have dulcimers and the spam can folks can plunk a tune.

Speciality foods include ones like Moravian cookies, sourwood honey, Scottish Baker, and gluten free foods.

Hours are 10-5 each day Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. Admission is $4 for a weekend pass and children are free. Free convenient parking.

For more information, visit or call Doris Hunter (828)524-3405.

The box is 4Folk artist Nancy Moore paints a variety of items like windows, old milk cans and gourds. Moore will be at the Mountain Artisans Summertime Arts & Crafts Show Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28, from 10 to 5 p.m. at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University.

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