‘Leather in Kentucky’ @ Kaviar Forge & Gallery

Through Jan. 17

Kaviar Forge & Gallery
1718 Frankfort Ave. • 561-0377

After telling people he works in leather, artist Steven Hughes of Pillywiggins Leather Etc. has gotten some interesting responses, such as, “I don’t go to websites like that.” It must be the masks and belts that make people suspicious. Artistic leatherworking’s heritage is more grounded in European and American history than in anything smutty. “Leather in Kentucky” shows some of that history in the featured saddles and hats, but over the years, leather artists have also used their skill to handcraft jewelry, baskets and purses. Braided leather, inspired by Argentinean cowboys as well as sailor’s knots, is also on display. Artists include Sue Schofield of Inherited Leather, Robert Black of Marlinspike Knot Works, Janet Strait of Swash-Bucklers, gallery owner Craig Kaviar and Hughes. —Jo Anne Triplett

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