June 24, 2013

Annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Crafts Show This Weekend

June 29-30   CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Several of the top artisans and crafters in the Southeast will display their goods at the 24th annual Mountain Artisans Summertime Art and Crafts Show.  This two-day event features more than 100 exhibitors and takes place 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.

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.

Cullowhee is located near Sylva NC. Get more information on the Sylva NC Visitor Guide or visit: www.mountainlovers.com.

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