LINDA J. PULS: Artist, Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor
As a lifelong resident of Long Island and a sailor, the sea and its environment has played a vital part in my life. The storms, fog, becalmed days and gentle breezes that bring forth frightening seas, sunny beachcombing days and amazing cloud formations take my breadth away. It’s a challenge to capture this beauty and drama in my paintings. Opportunities to show and sell my works have been provided by Christopher Gallery in Stonybrook, The South Street Gallery in Greenport, the 2010 Queen of the Holy Rosary Auction in East Hampton as well as others. My paintings can be seen at my studio at 27 Country Club Drive throughout the year or during the ARTSI studio tour which is held the third weekend in August of every year.
Betty is sure that in another life she was a sun worshiper. She paints outdoors whenever possible and is fascinated by the effect of the sun on color and shadow patterns. She grew up in the art community, winning a National art contest while still in grade school. She majored in design at the Syracuse University College of Fine Arts, and was a textile designer in New York City.
Betty finds that watercolor is the ideal medium to achieve the clean, clear look she prefers. Betty has taken numerous watercolor workshops on Hilton Head Island and in Italy, France and Mexico. She is a member of The Society of Bluffton Artists and the Art League of Hilton Head.
She has twice been the Featured Artist for the Art League of Hilton Head, the Honored Artist at the Arts and Flower Festival and winner of the All Saints Episcopal Church Garden Tour Poster Contest and is represented at the Casual Cottage on Shelter Island, New York. She now divides here time between Shelter Island, New York and Hilton Head, SC.
LINDA HOLMES: Writer
Linda Holmes has been a resident of Hay Beach for 44 years. and was president of our Association twice, in 1980-81 and again in 1990-91. She has been writing, researching and interviewing ex-POWs for nearly 30 years, concentrating on Allied military and civilian personnel who were prisoners of the Japanese during WWII. She has written 3 books on the subject, and edited a fourth. She is a past president of the oldest press club in America, the Society of the Silurians, which meets once a month for luncheon at the Players Club in New York City.
Virginia Walker is a poet and educator. She earned her Ph.D. at New York University and teaches English and Humanities courses at Dowling College and Suffolk County Community College. Once a finalist for Suffolk County Poet Laureate, her poetry has been published in local and national publications, including Long Island Quarterly, and anthologies, including The Light of City and Sea. She has created or mentored many poetry workshops on Long Island for Live Poets, many featuring East End Poets, has presented numerous papers for the National Council of Teachers of English, and has been a visiting poet in East End middle schools.
Dr. Walker has been a full time resident of Hay Beach, Shelter Island since 1979. She’s been actively involved in the Shelter Island Garden Club, Sylvester Manor’s Plant and Sing, Shelter Island Women’s Community Club (Vice President/President, 1981-83), and the Hay Beach Property Owners Association (President, 2007-08). She acted as the island coordinator for two years (1981-1982) for the Brooklyn Bureau’s Camp for the Blind and the Handicapped.
In 2001 and 2006, she read her poetry at the Shelter Island Public Library and on May 15, 2015 will reading from her most recent book, Neuron Mirror written in collaboration with Michael Walsh.
Hay Beach resident, Charles or “Chuck” Olton has a strong academic background, having received his Ph.D at Berkley and served in an administrative capacity at such prestigious institutions as Barnard College, Parsons School of Design, and the League of American Orchestras. He authored Artisans for Independence; Philadelphia Mechanics and the American Revolution (Syracuse University Press, 1975), and has published numerous articles and reviews. “Idioms and Monuments,” a six-part lecture series on early-American art and music at the University of Rome was repeated at the University of Venice, and later re-cast for American studies seminars at Columbia and the New School.
Chuck has had a home on Shelter Island since 1979. He moved here when he retired in 2004. He served as Hay Beach Property Owner’s Association President 2004-2006 and for several years as a member of the Shelter Island Educational Foundation Board, including a few years as Treasurer and one as President. He and his wife have been members of the SIYC since 1986, and for many years owned a cruising sailboat which took them to dozens of New England ports over many summer vacations. They now sail a “Doughdish” Herreshoff 12.
Mr. Olton has spoken to many SI groups about early-American art and music and architecture, but the Historical Society presentation on March 21, 2015 was the first since he finished writing his newest e-book – Heroic Vision; A Story of Revolutionary Art and Politics, 1760-1800.