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…

On Aug. 2, 338 BCE, Philip II, of Macedonia, a conqueror you really ought to know, not to be confused with Philip I, leading the Macedonian army, pounds to flinders the combined military forces of Athens and Thebes to secure dominance, hegemony and consolidation of those city-states, which i…

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.”

Paige Carrara, of Rutland Town, left, and Abbie Baillie, of Rutland City, discuss the correlation between looking good and feeling good, and the work they do to achieve both at Blush Salon and Beauty Lounge at West and Wales streets in Rutland. Baillie says, “Everyone deserves to get their f…

Gary Meitrott, ringleader of Drum Journeys of Earth, has been studying, practicing and teaching drumming for coming up on 40 years. He says fascination with the beat is the search for the lost primal vibration of our mother's heartbeat, imprinted upon all of us before birth. See and hear Mei…

Paul Gamba, of Brandon, is a photographer with strong opinions about his profession and its history. He says, "There's a living, breathing element to film, or analog, that doesn't exist in the digital world." He might be the last of his kind in Vermont, a commercial photographer who will sti…

Jennifer Usher, of “Make It Sew,” in Rutland tells the story of the opportunity she had 10 years ago to work for a time in County Donegal in northwestern Ireland. “They made fabric,” Usher says. “They hand-wove the wool that was produced literally next door, in a yarn factory.” Usher talks a…

Jennifer Usher, of Make It Sew in Rutland, talks about her time spent working for a family business in County Donegal in northwest Ireland, what she learned and the friends she made in this week’s Talking Pictures video at bit.ly/0104JenniferUsher

The Rev. John Weatherhogg, of Middletown Springs, senior minister and pastor at Grace Congregational United Church of Christ in Rutland, offers a Christmas message in this week’s Talking Pictures video. Weatherhogg says people at this time of year, anticipating the return of physical light a…

Louis “Lou” Scott, of Rutland, formerly of Brooklyn, New York, and Manhattan, is holding forth at the B&G Gallery on Merchants Row with 121 of the 150 tabletop dioramas he’s built, largely to amuse himself, also to make sense of the chaotic world in which we find ourselves living. If you…

Ed Kane and Ada Carty were happy in Burlington.Then they moved down to Rutland County from Burlington. And guess what? They’re still happy. This year they opened their shop, kind of a thrift store with some real antiques and a leather goods repair and manufacturing operation in the back at t…

Julie Snide, of Londonderry, was adopted as an infant, raised by a loving couple and grew up to be a well-adjusted adult. Now she works in Rutland as a banker. About a year ago, after experiencing ongoing health issues, she became curious about her birth parents. The state was no help, refus…

Darius Coombs: “You hear about 1620 being a big year. That’s when the colonists landed at what is called Plymouth today. But a bigger year for our people would be 1615, before any major plague hit around here. Between 1616 and 1618 a major disease swept through and wiped out more than 70 per…

In answer to the question, Joan Gamble, of Rutland, appropriately confronted at the opening of the Danielle Klebes show, “Aimless Pilgrimage,” at 77 Gallery on Grove Street in Rutland, asks, “Why not?” only with more elaboration. Klebes’ recent series of paintings can be seen at the gallery …

From 1973 to 1976, when Dr. Maurice ‘Mo’ Cyr is still in his early 20s and Vermont’s counterculture is at the peak of its blossoming. In the story, Cyr is riding high as young man about town. He’s always loved cooking for his friends, gigging on the mountain making breakfast and lunch when h…

On the very same day, Sept. 29, that Prophet Mark, of Redway, California, sitting at his post at the corner of Main and West streets in Rutland, told Talking Pictures his prophesy, delivered to him in a dream, of a major Pacific Ocean earthquake with tsunami following, a 7.5 magnitude temblo…