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VFC Education :: Oral History and the Art of the Interview Workshop

The first workshop in our annual Cultural Sustainability Institute, Oral History and the Art of the Interview will be held on April 22 from 10am-4pm at the Vermont Folklife Center.

Join VFC Co-Directors Greg Sharrow and Andy Kolovos and learn the ins and outs of interviewing people about their lives and experiences.

Workshop tuition is $95.00 and the registration deadline is April 20, 2016.

More details and registration information here :: link


VFC Events :: Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England

Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England by Stephen Long

On April 28 at 5:00 p.m. we are excited to host Vermont author Stephen Long for a presentation on his new book, Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England.

The 1938 hurricane was New England’s most damaging weather event ever. To call it “New England’s Katrina” might be to understate its power. Without warning, the storm plowed into Long Island and New England, killing hundreds of people and destroying roads, bridges, dams, and buildings that stood in its path. Not yet spent, the hurricane then raced inland, maintaining high winds into Vermont and New Hampshire and uprooting millions of acres of forest.

In Vermont, flooding from “Thirty-Eight” was comparable to that of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, but it also tore up the landscape with winds exceeding 100 mph, the only time in recorded history that a Category 2 hurricane has reached Vermont. With archival photos, extensive research, and firsthand accounts by survivors, the author makes the storm and its aftermath come alive.

Long’s book is a groundbreaking account of the cataclysmic hurricane and its long-reaching impact on New England’s forests. His talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Shedding Light on the Working Forest” which will be on display at the Vermont Folklife Center through April 30.

Long’s presentation is co-sponsored by Middlebury’s Vermont Book Shop. Books will be available for sale, or bring your own copy for the author to sign.


VFC Education :: 2016 Cultural Sustainability Workshops

Announcing our 2016 Cultural Sustainability Workshop series! This year the workshop schedule runs from April to June and includes topics such as oral history interviewing, audio recording, storytelling for social change, video production and minimal resource filmmaking.

Check out our Workshop page for more details and registration information!


VFC Exhibits :: Life Under the Shadow: Paintings by Hom Pradhan

LHom Pradhan

Through the pairing of acrylic paintings and audio excerpts, the exhibit reflects the young artist’s experience growing up in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. As a child, Pradhan experienced challenging conditions among 120,000 refugees expelled from Bhutan. Despite these conditions, Pradhan found the incentive to make art, which helped him find and maintain peace and happiness within himself.

Hom Pradhan began to paint and draw at the age of seven. As a teenager, while still in the Bhutanese refugee camp, Goldhap, he completed the advanced course at the Institute of Fine Arts and Commercial Arts (IFACA). He then became a student instructor at the IFACA, where he taught fine arts, sculpture, and commercial arts to other refugees.

In late 2012 Pradhan was relocated to the United States, which presented a whole new set of challenges, including language barriers and cultural differences. His painting, however, has allowed him to navigate past these challenges as a visual, universally understood representation of a difficult time in his life.

Life Under the Shadow will be on display until July 31, 2016.

Exhibit sponsored by Main Street Landing, Vermont Community Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Blittersdorf Foundation and Cabot Creamery.


VFC Exhibits :: Shedding Light on the Working Forest

Portrait of a Forest: Men and Machine

Shedding Light on the Working Forest features the collaboration of painter Kathleen Kolb and poet Verandah Porche in a traveling exhibition that brings together Kolb’s forest-related paintings with new “told poetry” created in partnership with Porche

Shedding Light on the Working Forest celebrates the forest landscape and those who have honed their skills and made a living there. The exhibition project is founded on the artistic friendship of a painter and a poet who are committed to subjects that have been largely overlooked by others in the arts. In this exhibition Kolb and Porche react as humanists—with open minds, sensitivity, and a bit of awe—as they peer into the working forest.

Most of the visual work in the show is on loan from various collectors, and so affords a unique opportunity to see this body of work in one place. The majority of the work for this project by both Kolb and Porche is set in Addison County, Vermont. While local people may easily recognize landmarks and neighbors, the themes are common throughout the northern forest.

Kathleen Kolb evokes what is solid, luminous, yet ephemeral in the scenes she gathers and painstakingly paints. She talks about a moment of “emotional ignition” kindling a work of art. As a writing partner, Verandah Porche befriends, questions, and listens to unearth and preserve the poetry embedded in lived experience. She calls this process “finding the verse in conversation.”

Shedding Light on the Working Forest will be on display in Middlebury January 15th through April 30th. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace is ADA accessible on the first floor of the Vermont Folklife Center headquarters building at 88 Main Street in Middlebury.

Please join the Vermont Folklife Center for the opening of the exhibit “Shedding Light on the Working Forest,” Friday, January 15th, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM in the Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.

Exhibit sponsored by Main Street Landing, Vermont Community Foundation, Northfield Savings Bank, Blittersdorf Foundation and Cabot Creamery.




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