From Talking Pictures archives, Chloe Payne, of Portland, Oregon, plays and sings The Who’s “Squeezebox” at Pioneer Square in downtown Portland, and then answers a few impertinent questions. Visit bit.ly/ChloePayneVimeo to see this week’s Talking Pictures video.

When Ben Metzger, of Hartland, quit making art for 15 years, an unexpected hiatus, the change affected him physically, weight-gain, diabetes. “I stayed in Idaho, struggled with work, finding creative outlets that weren’t very lucrative and got married.” By the time he was 50 years old and di…

Inspired as a child by her grandfather’s artwork, paintings, that decorated her family home in Teaneck, New Jersey, Amalya Megerman, an October artist-in-residence at 77ART in Rutland, “always kind of had that idea,” that she would one day be an artist. She says, “There were a lot of moments…

Talking Pictures visits with Lauren Peterson, of Snowmass, Colorado, an October 2019 artist-in-residence at 77ART in Rutland. She says, “I kind of subscribe to the idea that art should be a way of looking at the world around you and providing a new context for everyday objects. So I use foun…

Rachel Spitzer-Firliet, of Proctor, is an artist-in-residence this month at 77ART in Rutland. When Talking Pictures asked her what deciding factor in her life prompted her to become an artist, Spitzer-Firliet said, “I don’t ever recall not wanting to be one, to be honest with you.” Now, as a…

Allie Wilkinson, of New York City, was artist-in-residence with 77ART during August 2019 in Rutland. Wilkinson says, “It’s a really satisfying feeling when I get something that I wanted to capture. I plot things out small, and once I execute them on the large scale that I work at, it’s just …

Dr. Alan Betts, of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, affirms, after hearing teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speak at the United Nations and just days after the protest organization Extinction Rebellion with 100,000 followers shut down busy thoroughfare Sunset Boulevard in Ho…

Originally from northern Virginia, Lizzy Lunday lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In August 2019, Lunday was an artist in residence with 77Art in Rutland, Vermont. Lunday says, “The imagery that I use for my paintings right now for the series I’ve been work on for most of the past year …

Xingze Li, of Brooklyn, New York, was an August artist-in-residence with 77Art in Rutland. He completed his master of fine arts degree at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he lives and works. About the process of making his paintings, he says, “Sort of, it’s a torture doing the work. You ne…

Sarah Stefana Smith, from Washington, D.C., was an artist-in-residence with 77ART during August in Rutland. She works in photography, sculpture and installation. Smith says “For me, the materials that I use functions as a broader set of questions that I get to explore around what does it mea…

BURLINGTON — Steven D. Bourgoin was sentenced Monday to 30 years to life in prison for killing five Central Vermont teens in a horrific wrong-way fiery crash while impaired on Interstate 89 in Williston almost three years ago.

Victoria Covarrubias, of West Rutland, moved from Oxnard, California, to Rutland, bringing with her recipes for authentic Mexican food learned from her grandmother. Now she runs her own catering business, has a popular booth at the Rutland Farmers Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays, and sits…

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Chris Mendoza: “The circle’s important because it’s where we are. When you open your arms and you open your legs, and you just move around, you don’t go forwards and you don’t go backwards. You — basically — you just spin.”

NEW HAVEN — Competitors battled the heat and humidity while scything for the glory last week at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Famous Vermont scyther Lucien Paquette was in attendance to watch his protege Mike Canty, of Proctor, take second place in the men's senior division.       …