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May 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for a reception with Master Leather Artisans from North America and Japan on Friday, May 20 from 7 PM to 9 PM. The reception is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

The Brinton invited twenty-five (25) Master Leather Artisans (15 from Japan and 10 from North America) to participate in the Master Leather Carving from North America and Japan exhibition. Each artist was asked to provide a carved and finished leather panel that represents a prime example of the artisan’s current work and abilities. Along with these panels the artisans will provide one to two leather items of their making for the exhibit. The museum will produce an illustrated exhibition catalogue with the artists’ biographical information as well as photographs of their work in English and Japanese.

By gathering fine examples of hand-tooled leatherwork from a select group of Master Leather Artisans, we hope to give the public a greater understanding of the approach both cultures use in the creation of fine leather items. In the comparison of floral tooling patterns, carving techniques, design and tool preferences, we can get a sense of the artist’s influences, as well as his or her creative contribution to each design.