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Artist and teacher John Brodowski talks with RH Alcott of the Rutland Herald about the collaborative project between Rutland’s 77ART and local eatery Roots the Restaurant in which 10 Vermont artists paint murals on the walls of the dining room while interacting with customers enjoying fine f…

Visiting artist Jackie Lore, of Middlebury, talks about 77Art’s collaborative project with Rutland’s Roots the restaurant for which 10 artists from Sept. 22 to Oct. 17 will join diners to paint murals at the restaurant as a spectator event. From 5:30 to 8:30 each night there will be two arti…

Tom Giffin, of Rutland, serves Rutland City as cemetery commissioner, overseeing maintenance and upkeep for four cemeteries: West Street Cemetery, House of Corrections Cemetery behind Northwest School, Poor Farm Cemetery off Gleason Road near the transfer station and  North Main Street Cemet…

When Jack Blount, of Rutland, came to consciousness in his native New Jersey — he started school in Cedar Grove — World War II was raging in Europe and the Pacific. His father, an electrical engineer, worked 6 and 7 days a week, gasoline for family outings was hard to find, as were nylon sto…

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…

“They call me ‘Wild Bill.’ I’m the head of security for the fairgrounds. I’ve been working here approximately 15 years — pretty much making sure everybody behaves and nothing happens here, dealing with people. Not too often, but there are situations that can arise here that we nip in the bud…