“For a small group of intrepid adventurers, summer means living in a minimalist shack on the dunes at the tip of Cape Cod. For years the diminutive abodes have attracted artist, writers and naturalists longing to escape the hubbub of the hectic world of their day-to-day lives.” – Josephine Breen Del Deo, The Watch at Peaked Hill Outer Cape Cod Dune Shack Life 1953- 2003.
Artist Residency (Video 2)
Claire J. Kendrick was awarded through the Provincetown Community Compact, an opportunity artists around the world dream of, a residency in the Peaked Hill Bars National Register Historic District. Kendrick’s residency in Provincetown was primitive only allowing for basic essentials in an effort to preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the Cape reflected in her paintings. Residing in one of the 19 well-known Dune Shacks; there was no electricity or indoor plumbing, no refrigerator and little connection with the outside world. The Shack was tucked away from civilization, but it has lodged several famous artists and authors throughout time who have been in search of seclusion in which to work.
The great rhythms of nature, to-day so dully disregarded, wounded even, have here their spacious and primeval liberty: cloud and shadow of cloud, wind and tide, tremor of night and day……Journerying birds alight here and fly away again all unseen, schools of great fish move beneath the waves, the surf flings its spray against the sun. – Henry Beston, The Outermost House.