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Performance: Gay Love Letters + Artist Talk


Performance: Gay Love Letters + Artist Talk

Old Masonic Hall
In collaboration with Close Friends Collective

Left: Janie Stamm, Orange Blossom Baby (detail)

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2024 (5:30pm)

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by enjoying a night of poetry and history, surrounded by Breck Create’s newest exhibition, In Plain Sight: Queer Rural Narratives from the Water and the Land. The event begins with informal artist talks from exhibiting artists Ben Cuevas and Janie Stamm. What follows is a time capsule of gay love, with letters and poems by Queer authors of the eleventh through twenty-first centuries read by the artists and Summit County community members. Many of the love letters have a rural background, in keeping with the theme of In Plain Sight, and a small selection will be read by the authors. Kindle your romantic spirit by listening to literary art that ranges from sentimental, to profound, to even a little bit racy.

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Special thanks to Mountain Pride and Breckenridge Backstage Theatre for support with outreach and casting.

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Close Friends Collective is a queer public history collective based in NYC. They are artists, academics, and performers with a passion for public history. They work in partnership with Henry Street Settlement and Bluestockings Cooperative to give queer history walking tours of the Lower East Side. You can follow their work at