Vermont Folklife Center hosts “Labor of Love” exhibit in celebration of 25th anniversary of Vermont Works for Women

NEWS RELEASE — Vermont Folklife Center
January 4, 2013

Bob Hooker
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The Vermont Folklife Center is pleased to announce the opening of “Labor of Love,” which will be on exhibit in the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace January 4 through 26. A reception for the exhibit will be held on Friday, January 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The “Labor of Love” exhibit was created by Vermont Works for Women in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center in celebration of Vermont Works for Women’s 25th anniversary. Pairing portraiture and interview excerpts, “Labor of Love” recognizes and honors women who are passionate about their work, who are an inspiration to others, and who exemplify excellence in their field.

The honorees come from all parts of Vermont. They are farmers, doctors, tattoo artists, college presidents, electricians, and general store clerks. They hail from Newport to Vernon. They are young and young-at-heart, well-known and not.

“Through Labor of Love, we have the invaluable opportunity to discuss our experience of work … so let’s do it!” exhorted Tiffany Bluemle, Executive Director of Vermont Works for Women. “Let’s talk about the choices we’ve made and the twists and turns of our individual journeys. These are stories worth sharing. And, because storytelling is an act of communion between two or more people, it has the potential to forge relationships that can support us over the long haul.”

“Labor of Love” features portraiture by Mary Claire Carroll in combination with excerpts from interviews conducted by young women from around Vermont and produced by the Vermont Folklife Center. Mary Claire Carroll will describe her approach to photography and the process of creating the exhibit images in a gallery talk at the Vermont Folklife Center on Thursday, January 24, at 7:00 PM. The “Labor of Love” project was made possible by support from the Vermont Women’s Fund and FairPoint Communications. The Middlebury exhibition is supported by Chellis House, Women’s Resource Center, Middlebury College; Clementine; Ingrid Punderson Jackson Real Estate; Macintyre Fuels; and the Vermont Bookshop.

The Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace is located in the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters building at 88 Main Street in Middlebury. Gallery hours are 10:00 to 5:00 Tuesday through Saturday. For information about “Labor of Love” and its program series, call (802) 388-4964 or visit the Website

The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.

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