Pony Express


Diego Montoya

Have you ever wanted to write a love letter to your loved one using a typewriter or calligraphy pens? Well, now you have the opportunity to do so! The Briscoe Western Art Museum, which is located downtown, is offering a program to the public to write a personal love letter on a vintage typewriter or with calligraphy pens. The program is called The Pony Express and will be offered at the museum up until Feb. 12.

The available times for this lovely program are Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take the opportunity to check out this excellent exhibit and express your creative style in a personal love letter. Once you have written a love letter, all of the collected letters will be hand delivered by a bicycle messenger to your loved one if they are in the downtown area. If the person lives outside the San Antonio downtown area, then the Briscoe Museum will send the letter by postal service for free.

This is the second year the program has taken place at the Briscoe museum. The project was started by Lauren Shultz, who is an arts administrator passionate about the arts community in the 21st century. Shultz created this program as a way of combining the past with the future while keeping the same concept of delivering a message to a loved one.

The inspiration came when Schultz gave a handwritten letter to her fiancé for Christmas. She realized there was a bigger sentimental and poetic message in taking the time to express your feelings by writing a handwritten note for a loved one rather than sending an instant message with emoticons.

When was the last time you hung out with a friend or significant other and neither one of you guys used your phone to engage in other conversations? Sure, everyone is guilty of this crime, but it does make you wonder if people appreciate your company when you go out for coffee. The sentimental value of relationships is decreasing, which is causing people to have a difficult time expressing how they feel about one another without the use of a mobile device.

The Pony Express is bringing back meaning and value into relationships by taking the time to sit down and write down your feelings instead of sending an imessage saying “ILY” alongside a kissy face emoji. Members of The San Antonio Calligraphers’ Guild will be at this exhibit to help answer any questions you have and to address envelopes by hand.

If you feel like being creative and artistic, but also want to avoid the trouble of buying your significant other an expensive and unoriginal gift, then stop by the Briscoe museum. It will be an excellent opportunity to experience the struggle of writing a message to a loved one before the era of Facebook and email.