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Leather Man-Inspired Art at Pound Ridge Library

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Library is showing an exhibit of artwork by Susan McCaslin entitled, “Shelters, Caves and More,” now through Sept. 3.

McCaslin’s works are inspired by the Leather Man legend. The Leather Man wandered the area in 1883 wearing a 60-pound suit made from leather boot tops. He walked a 365-mile loop between the Connecticut and Hudson rivers that he would complete every 34 days for almost six years. He travelled through 41 towns throughout southwest Connecticut and southeast New York while sleeping in caves and accepting food from townspeople. Today, there are only news clippings and photos taken by first-hand witnesses. The Leather Man died in 1889 and his body was found in a cave in Ossining.

McCaslin said her work was inspired by the Leather Man and his environment – the animals he encountered, the shelters in which he lived and the people who watched and recorded his travels.

“I have always been interested in other people’s lives, their stories, the objects they own and the places where they live and how they live their lives,” McCaslin said. “But until the Leather Man, I had not yet found a subject. I needed a story to express my interest in spaces, both external and internal.”

To find out more about the exhibit, stop by the library, or call (914) 764-5085.

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