cape cod national seashore hosting dune shack arts and sciences exhibit in september

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Date: August 18, 2015

Cape Cod National Seashore will exhibit works from dune shack visits and residencies as its Perspectives: Seeing Cape Cod National Seashore through Art continues in September. The exhibition is curated by the Peaked Hill Trust, which offers arts and sciences residencies at dune shacks it operates under its permit with Cape Cod National Seashore.

This residency program encourages a broad sweep of creative projects in the arts and sciences, including architecture, the healing arts, environment and science, performing arts, journalism, and cultural history. Selectees spend one to two weeks in a dune shack. The experience provides immersion into this special resource within the national seashore while setting the stage for inspiration and learning. 

This year's exhibition includes an eclectic array of works and topics, including teaching materials and games for young children visiting the dunes, a botanical guide, herbalist's study of local plant species for teas and essences, two to three dimensional structures from beach wash up, flash memoirs, short essays by an entomologist, conservation and landscape architecture, and even a book on a dune shack mouse in search of edibles. The exhibition also features works by students from Nauset Regional High School, Cape Cod Regional Technical High School, and the Provincetown school system. The students hiked into the dune environment and spent time at dune shacks as part of curriculum-based programs coordinated by the schools and the Peaked Hill Trust. 

A reception for the artists with refreshments will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 2 to 4 PM in the exhibit room at the visitor center.  

IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM, with staff to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and bookstore featuring national seashore-related items. For more information about the seashore's programs, visit the park website at 

Last updated: September 8, 2015

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