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Mary Claire Carroll Speaks about “Labor of Love.” Join us on Thursday, January 24th, at 7:00 PM for a gallery talk by photographer Mary Claire Carroll who will describe the process of creating photographic portraits for the “Labor of Love” exhibit, on display this month in the Vermont Folklife Center’s Vision & Voice Documentary Workspace. 
Over the years Mary Claire Carroll has worked as an activist in the areas of women’s rights and economic security. This advocacy opened connections to organizations across the state that are working to improve the lives of women and their families. These connections inspired Mary Claire to start a project called “Women Helping Women” for which she photographed and interviewed 30 women whose work—paid or volunteer—improves the lives of Vermont women.  “I wanted to honor the women who did this work,” observed Mary Claire, “and to educate the larger community of Vermont about the issues these women face every day.”
 
Since completing this project, which was 10 years in the making, Mary Claire has actively sought opportunities to use photography to help others tell their stories as a form of advocacy. In 2011, for example, she collaborated with members of Vermont’s disability community to create the “Living Connections” exhibit, which tells the stories of Vermonters—with and without disabilities— and the connections they make that support and nurture them. 
 
In her gallery talk on January 24th, Mary Claire will describe her approach to portraiture as well as the creative challenges and opportunities presented by the “Labor of Love” exhibit.
 
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 our Website www.vermontfolklifecenter.org.