Want to work with leather? Come to the Fairview Museum in November
FAIRVIEW—The Fairview Museum will become home to a pair of leatherworking classes taught by Fairview artist Kim Roy, beginning Nov. 12.
Roy, who moved to Fairview from Alabama, will teach a general leather work class that shows you how to personalize your choice of a western horse bridle, a dog leash and collar, or your own belt, which you design.
“Kim works with all kinds of mediums, including Native American pottery, but with horse gear so expensive, yet popular, this class is a bargain, whether for fun, gifts, or learning an unusual skill,” said Terry Madsen of museum staff.
According to Madsen, Roy learned the art of leather working at Meredith Manor, an international equestrian college, in Waverly, West Virginia, where she completely built her own saddle, among other accomplishments.
The first leatherwork class will be held Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A second leatherwork class will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Roy will also teach two classes on how to make a pair of “Pucker Toe” moccasins.
The first moccasin class is Saturday, Nov. 12, from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19, 2-5 p.m. The second moccasin class will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2-5 p.m.
The leather work and moccasin classes cost $45 each, which includes two Saturday classes, materials, tools and six hours of total instruction.
The classes will be taught in the new art classroom in the Horizon (Mammoth) Building. They are limited to 10 people per class. You must be age 16 or older to participate.
In order for the museum to purchase enough leather and other materials needed for the classes in advance, the registration deadline is Oct. 15, Madsen says.
Registration and payment must be made at the Fairview Museum. Call the museum at 427-9216, or Kim Roy at (205) 242-5487 for more information.