One Thousand Love Letters wraps up Friday with event

Thursday February 14, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Two weeks ago the public was asked to participate in a community art installation. The One Thousand Love Letters project at 47 Flat St. has hosted hundreds of community members, and on Monday, Feb.11, the One Thousand Love Letters project surpassed its goal.

"It was amazing," stated project coordinator Dalia Shevin. "From the moment we opened our doors, people were ready to give their all. We opened on February Gallery Walk, and by the time we closed for the night, 167 letters had been written."

She added, "Right off the bat, the diversity of subjects was incredible. People wrote not only to their sweethearts, but to their children, parents, musical idols, pets, mountains, trees, their houses, foods, books, motorcycles, skateboards and so much more."

While the temporary art installation will closing its doors at 7 p.m., this Thursday, the following night the space will host its final event. Beginning at 7 p.m., this Friday, a wide range of personalities from the community will perform an open reading of an assortment of letters written during the project. An eclectic set of love songs will be performed by Shea Witzo and Anneke Dunnington as well.

"The evening will be a chance for our community to reveal itself to itself, and to celebrate all the diversity, bravery and humor we displayed in our writing," said Shevin. "It will be fun, it will be intimate, and it will be a refreshing alternative to more traditional Valentine’s Day-related traditions."

The first half of the event will be suitable for all ages, and following intermission, there may be some adult content. The event is sliding scale donation, from $5 to $15. "We have a number of expenses involved with closing down the space and paying for heat," said Shevin, "and any donations we get will help defray those costs.

"Please come!" she adds. "It will be a one-time, one-of-a-kind celebration of love in our community."

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