Five Years of Fabulous

The art of Julie Mann at Smitten of Highlands.

After a long, chilling winter, it’s time to put something beautiful, warm, and magical in your life. You can find that something… and more at Smitten. 

Celebrating five years of fabulous, Made-in-America art and craft creations, co-owner Kat Evans says, “We have amazing new artists joining the Smitten team: painters, potters, metal workers, and of course jewelry designers.”

Diane Kilgore Condon is a mainstay at Smitten with her dramatic, charming bird portraits.  Self-taught wildlife painter Vicki Ferguson parades her funny, out-of-the-blue-take on animal antics. Joining these exceptional wall artists is Julie Mann, who paints en plein air.  Landscapes, water reflections, skyscapes, and other natural vistas are her specialty. 

Don’t miss Ann Vaughn’s exquisite, top-selling jewelry designs.  Highlands favorite, Mark Edge’s Eco-Vintage jewelry line, is sure to please with his epoch and epic heirloom makeovers. 

Kat says, “This spring we’ll introduce seven handcraft jewelry designers from all over the United States. Patricia Locke and Rook & Crow, whose provocative collections blend the depth of fine art with a modern sense of fashion, are sure to be a hit.”

Mary Melinda’s distinctive glasswork will be a glass-act you won’t want to miss.  Complement the feminine-lines of glass with the masculine-edged Pequea Valley Forge’s high quality, hand-forged, unique cooking knives and utensils for a decor dazzle.

Another Smitten classic, Moonspoon’s beautiful utensils in wild cherry, promise to delight you. Luxuriate in the delicious fragrances of North Carolina Keswick Candle Company hand-poured soy candles and goat milk soaps.

What’s hot and cool?  Funky Rocks Designs, beverage dispensers made from quarried granite, hand-chosen from New England’s coastal and river rocks. 

Add one more surprise… Highlands’ own Mayor Pat Taylor, prize-winning potter for more than five decades, will delight everyone with beautiful, affordable vessels.  Don’t miss him and other world-class artists/craftspersons, each featured now through December.

Smitten is located at 468 Main Street, downtown Highlands. Call (828) 526-9300 for more information or email