Thu, Sep 5, 2013 02:22 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. -RUTLAND- Vermont Works for Women's
Labor of Love exhibit, a multi-media presentation featuring photos
and stories that celebrate the transformative power of work, opened
in Rutland on Aug. 30 and will run until Sept. 18. The exhibit is
located at the Vermont State Fairgrounds Presidents Building #17
but will move to the Chaffee Downtown on Sept. 10.
Chaffee Downtown will host an opening reception for Labor of Love
on Sept. 13 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 75 Merchants Row.
Labor of Love was created by Vermont Works for Women, in
collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center, to commemorate
VWW's 25th anniversary. The exhibit showcases 29 women from across
the state who are passionate about their work, exemplify excellence
in their fields, and are inspirations to others. They were
nominated by their peers from among 150 entries and include:
farmers, doctors, tattoo artists, college presidents, electricians,
CEOs, general store clerks, and entrepreneurs.
The actual exhibit consists of photographs of the women honorees
paired with complementary audio clips accessed on the spot via
one's own mobile phone. The original interviews were conducted by a
team of young women from across the state with assistance from the
Vermont Folklife Center.
"Labor of Love not only pays tribute to our honorees, but to
work," said Tiff Bluemle, executive director, Vermont Works for
Women. "At its best, work not only pays the bills, but is a vehicle
for self-expression. It can expose us to mentors who encourage us
and challenge us to stretch.
And it can connect us to a broader community, whose needs and
opportunities can influence our opinions and the choices we make
"Work is an art form and when it is performed with dignity, grace
and devotion, it has a lasting positive impact on society," said
Margaret C. Barros, executive director, Chaffee Art Center.
Labor of Love also presents an opportunity to discuss experiences
of work with the younger generations and adults about choices made
and the twists and turns of individual journeys.
The exhibition is a year-long project, traveling to various sites
throughout Vermont, including Winooski, Middlebury, Montpelier,
Burlington, Hardwick, Newport, and now Rutland.
Vermont Works for Women is a nonprofit organization founded in
1987 to help women and girls recognize their potential, and
explore, pursue, and excel in work that leads to economic
independence. Through innovative programming, VWW assists women and
girls in thinking about their lives in the broadest terms and helps
them develop skills and capacities critical to their long-term
economic self- sufficiency.