A new American family
“A New American Family” is an exhibit in photographs and text now at the B&G Gallery on Merchants Row, Rutland, that tells the story of the Bhattarai family’s journey from Bhutan to Nepal to Winooski, Vermont, and their lives in America today. Talking Pictures spoke with photographer Michelle Saffran, of Moretown, and writer David French, of Shelburne, who collaborated to create the show. David French says he’s spent more than half his life, living outside the United States, in places like Malawi and Rome. He visited with the Bhattarais including daughters Monisha and Blossom, above, in Winooski over a year gathering material to tell the story of how they moved from being stateless refugees to become a new American family. The photo and text exhibit, “A New American Family” is currently on display at the B&G Gallery in the Boys & Girls Club on Merchants Row, Rutland, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit bit.ly/0411NewFamily to hear Saffran and French tell the story in their own words in a Talking Pictures podcast.