In 1850, Herman Melville, of New York City, a struggling writer of small repute, then known for novelized travel books “Typee” and “Omoo” based on his adventures as a merchant seaman and whaler, bought a 160-acre farm outside the then-village of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He named the place …

Enid Reiman, of Rutland, is a woman with strong opinions, as anyone who knows her or has read her columns and letters to the editor in the pages of this newspaper. “I do think we’ve lost our moral compass in this nation. I don’t think it’s exclusive to us. I think the whole world is a little…

Petra O’Neill, who teaches yoga at her studio in the Howe Center in Rutland, says, “For me, yoga means not only movement but also a way to bring mindfulness to my day-to-day and to share that with other people.” O’Neill describes “mindfulness” as using time to pause, to be more present. “May…

A 77ART August artist-in-residence, Yasmeen Abdallah explores socio-political issues within contemporary culture using discarded/found objects, images and text as source material. She said, “I think (artists) have a privilege of doing what we love, and I think it’s our responsibility in a wa…

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…

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 …

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…

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

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…

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…