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Harald Olson preparing for his one-man show on Shelter Island December 9 and 10.
When Harald Olson was a boy in Huntington, West Virginia, he lived in a large home with an altar and stained-glass window in his bedroom. His mother, a devout Catholic, had it built as a place for her only child to pray.
Harald has long since left West Virginia for Shelter Island, where he’s lived and worked as a caretaker, health care assistant and artist, but that stained-glass window has followed him around, if only in his imagination, an image from a former life that emerges in his work. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | ‘Shelter Island,’ Lily Brett said, ‘has given me another life.’
Lily Brett is a rock journalist, essayist, author of seven novels with an international reputation and nothing in her background to prepare for life outside a city, let alone on a rural island.
Born in a German displaced persons camp in 1946, her parents were survivors of the Holocaust. When Lily was 2 years old, her family of three — all that remained of a once large and wealthy Polish family — emigrated to Australia. (more…)