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VFC Events :: Following the Sun: A Solar Energy Presentation

Portraits in Action

Join renewable energy consultant Hilton Dier on Wednesday, August 3, at 6:00 PM at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury for an introduction to the principles and techniques of using the sun as an energy source.

There are times that we want to let the sun into our homes and times we want to keep it out. There are ways to design and modify our homes and the landscapes around them to make them more energy efficient and comfortable. Hilton will discuss seasonal changes in the sun’s path and why a homeowner should care about this. He will offer techniques on using the sun for heating, cooling, ventilation, and lighting.

Hilton Dier has worked in the fields of architecture, commercial hydroelectric power, electric vehicles, and both residential and commercial solar power. He now works as a renewable energy consultant and as a partner in Missisquoi River Hydro, LLC.

As a consultant, Hilton has worked for private individuals and local architects, as well as larger institutions. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Vermont, Cornell, and Dartmouth and regularly teaches renewable energy workshops at the Yestermorrow design/build school in Warren, Vermont.

This is the third of five programs organized in conjunction with the Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning on display through August 6.


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VFC Education :: 2016 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

Applications are now available for the 2016 Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program!

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VFC Exhibits :: Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation and Land Use Planning

Portraits in Action

Portraits in Action is a multimedia exhibit that brings together the voices of pioneers in renewable energy, environmental conservation, and land use planning, and invites them to speak to the issues at hand. The exhibit presents twenty-five Vermont pioneers, activists, and leaders--a cross section that is intended to be suggestive rather than comprehensive, recognizing that there are many more whose work has also made a difference.

For over a decade, the Vermont Folklife Center has been exploring the roots of the environmental movement and the beginnings of renewable energy in Vermont, documenting an evolving course of action that extends from the 1960s and 70s to the present. Since this arc of activity has occurred within living memory, it has been possible to seek out and speak with the very people whose work has been an engine of change.

The exhibit pairs portrait photography and interview audio as a way for visitors to thoughtfully connect with each person featured. Image and audio are linked to personal statements written in response to the question: “What will bring us to the next level in meeting the energy and environmental challenges we are facing today?”

Portraits in Action will be on display from May 13 through August 6.

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


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.




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