For the month of February, the Handwritten Love Letter Project will be on display in Hawthorne Valley Farm Store’s café exhibit space. The show is a collection of letters sent in by the community and found online.

Michele Kowalski and the Children's Program's Fall Interns

Michele Kowalski and the Children’s Program’s Fall 2018 Interns

The inspiration for this project came from a conversation between Michele Kowalski, Kitchen Manager for Hawthorne Valley Farm’s Children’s Programs and Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School parent, and the Children’s Program fall interns, Alexandra, Zuzu, and Katrina.

“As we were cleaning the kitchen, we started talking about dating and how people tend to text most of their communications these days, which in turned into the lost art of handwritten letters of love and gratitude,” Michele said. “One thing led to another, and we came up with the exhibit.”

The project calls for submissions of letters expressing love of all kinds—love for a significant other, a child, a pet, an activity, or a place in the world. Letters can be signed, anonymous, or under a pseudonym. Senders can submit the original letter or a copy. The only caveat is each letter must be handwritten.

“We are hoping that this exhibit will inspire love, gratitude, warm fuzzy feelings, and a desire to get writing,” Michele said. “It has been such a joy to read and research different letters. It really is a beautiful art form.”

The Handwritten Love Letter Project will be on display in Hawthorne Valley Farm Store for the month of February. If you would like to submit a letter to the exhibit, please send it to Hawthorne Valley, ATTN: Michele Kowalski, 327 Cty Rte 21C, Ghent, NY 12075 or submit a photo of the letter by email. Original letters will be returned to the sender after the exhibit.