The Hard Candy Christmas Arts and Crafts Show is Saturday and Sunday Dec. 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day, at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center.

The featured artist is doll maker Sharon Blain Turner from Trenton, South Carolina. She has been inspired to make cloth dolls for 17 years.

The mountain region is rich in artists and craftsmen who pride themselves in their creations. Many of them will be exhibiting at this show and demonstrating, including John Benton, master woodcraftsman, sharing his secret of woodturning. He will have pepper mills and one-of-a-kind bowls and vessels at his booth.

Mary Jo Gayer will be weaving on her triangle loom and selling her shawls, handspun yarns and scarves.

Ronnie Evans will be strumming Christmas classics with and selling CDs for holiday giving and 100 other area craftsmen will be offering a dazzling variety of original art and craft at great prices. Christmas brings Old World Santas, ornaments and gingerbread cookies from the bakers.

Pick up a fresh mountain greenery wreath from Jackson’s Larry Haskett and Evelyn Sanborn. New this year is swag for the doors.

Admission is $5 for adults. Children under 12 free. For more information, see www.mountainArtisans.net, call 524-3405 or email djhunter155@gmail.com.