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    • Monday, April 05, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Monday, May 03, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 3
    Register

    In this class students will be introduced to the basics of leather tooling. They will stamp or tool four leather coasters that will be theirs to keep. We will go over the basics of geometric stamping as well as the basics of western floral tooling.


    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the beginner. 

    Payments are to be made online only. Your registration will automatically be canceled if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.




    • Tuesday, April 06, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 6
    There is no instructor for this class; it is open studio time. Students will be allowed access to the leather department and tools there to work independently on their own projects. The Art Center will have a small amount of leather supplies available for purchase such as blank hat patches, earrings shapes, key fobs and coaster.

    Come enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Painted Sky Center for the Arts Leather Department and make use of the tools and available space.


    Registration for this class is for one month of studio access. This registration is for the month of April on Tuesdays only. 

    Leather workers must clean and sanitize their stations before leaving.

    This studio time is only available for ages 18 and up. 

    Everyone entering the art center must be wearing an appropriate face covering at this time. We thank you for understanding.

    Payment is due at the time of registration. Payments must be made online. If a payment is not received within 15 minutes of registration, registration will automatically be canceled.


    • Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Wednesday, May 05, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 3
    Register

    Students will be able to create a stamped or tooled leather belt to their liking and size. Leather belt blank provided, students provide their own belt buckle.

    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the beginner or intermediate levels.

    Payments are to be made online only. Your registration will automatically be canceled if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.


    Instructor Bio: Leon Pielstick

    Started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. Made my first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

    Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


    • Friday, April 23, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 1
    Register
    Students will stamp and paint a pair of leather earrings with the design of their choosing. The earrings are theirs to keep.


    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the advanced beginner and intermediate levels. 

    Payments are to be made online only. Your registration will automatically be canceled if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.


    • Tuesday, May 04, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, May 25, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 6
    Register
    There is no instructor for this class; it is open studio time. Students will be allowed access to the leather department and tools there to work independently on their own projects. The Art Center will have a small amount of leather supplies available for purchase such as blank hat patches, earrings shapes, key fobs and coaster.

    Come enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Painted Sky Center for the Arts Leather Department and make use of the tools and available space.


    Registration for this class is for one month of studio access. This registration is for the month of May on Tuesdays only. 

    Leather workers must clean and sanitize their stations before leaving.

    This studio time is only available for ages 18 and up. 

    Everyone entering the art center must be wearing an appropriate face covering at this time. We thank you for understanding.

    Payment is due at the time of registration. Payments must be made online. If a payment is not received within 15 minutes of registration, registration will automatically be canceled.


    • Monday, May 17, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Monday, June 14, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 5
    Register

    Students will be able to design and make a bi-fold style leather wallet that will be theirs to keep. They will be able to stamp or tool the wallet and learn how to hand stitch on their wallets.


    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the advanced beginner and intermediate levels. 

    Payments are to be made online only. Your registration will automatically be canceled if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.




    • Friday, May 21, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 1
    Register

    Students will stamp and paint a drink koozie patch to their liking and rivet the patch to a neoprene koozie.

    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the beginners and up.

    Payments are to be made online only. Your registration will automatically be canceled if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.


    • Tuesday, June 01, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, June 29, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 6
    Register
    There is no instructor for this class; it is open studio time. Students will be allowed access to the leather department and tools there to work independently on their own projects. The Art Center will have a small amount of leather supplies available for purchase such as blank hat patches, earrings shapes, key fobs and coaster.

    Come enjoy the friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Painted Sky Center for the Arts Leather Department and make use of the tools and available space.


    Registration for this class is for one month of studio access. This registration is for the month of June on Tuesdays only. 

    Leather workers must clean and sanitize their stations before leaving.

    This studio time is only available for ages 18 and up. 

    Everyone entering the art center must be wearing an appropriate face covering at this time. We thank you for understanding.

    Payment is due at the time of registration. Payments must be made online. If a payment is not received within 15 minutes of registration, registration will automatically be canceled.


    • Friday, June 18, 2021
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM (PDT)
    • Painted Sky Center for the Arts
    • 9
    Register

    Students will stamp and paint a leather bracelet that will be theirs to keep.


    If you have your own tools, please bring them. There will be tools available.

    This class is for ages 16 and up and is for the beginners and up.

    Payments are to be made online only. Your registration will automatically be canceled if a payment is not made within 15 minutes.



Meet the Teachers



Clair Kehrberg

Clair began her leather working journey in high school under the tutelage of local saddle maker Tom Berry. Upon graduation from high school she attended a two year saddle making program at Spokane Falls Community College with Verlane Desgrange as the instructor. She earned an associates degree in saddle making there. She spent a short time as an apprentice with Randy Severe at Severe Bros Saddlery in Pendleton Oregon. In 2007 Clair received a scholarship from the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association to study with world renowned saddle maker Dale Harwood. Clair has operated her own leather arts business since 2004 where she has made everything from custom western saddles to key chains and just about everything in between! She has won awards for her work and the World Leather Debut in Wyoming and been recognized for her handbags at the International Independent Handbag Designer Awards in New York City. Over the years her work has been featured in such magazines as Western Horseman, Cowboys & Indians, Western Art & Architecture and many others.


Leon Pielstick

Leon started leathercraft and tooling at age 10. He made his first saddle with a Tandy Kit at age 14. He has made an abundance of belts and wallets and has mentored other leather workers in leather tooling and saddle making.

Leon attended OSU and graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School. He was a practicing veterinarian in Burns until retirement and moved to John Day in 2017.


Leather Department Committee



Leather Department Lead

Clair Kehrberg

ckehrberg@outlook.com 

The Leather Arts Department meets monthly to plan classes and events for Painted Sky. Contact Clair if you are interested in joining the Leather Arts Department Committee.


Teach a Class

Interested in teaching or volunteering for the Leather Department? Contact Clair at ckehrberg@outlook.com


Contact us

Mailing Address: PO Box 21 Canyon City, OR  97820

Call: (541) 575-1335

Email: paintedskycenter@gmail.com

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 AM-Noon

Painted Sky Center for the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Your support matters. Thank you for supporting the arts in Eastern Oregon. 

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