Fairies’ Salute to Summer

264An amazing fairy house exhibition on the Cape is the perfect salute to summer.  It is housed at Highland Hall and Gardens, one of the early summer mansions to grace Cape Cod. Built as a summer escape compound in Falmouth by the Beebe family of Boston in 1878, it was saved from the wrecking ball in 1994  and lovingly restored, opening as a museum and historic site in late 2006.

“The Fairy Houses of Beebe Woods,” Highfield’s outdoor exhibition, features dwellings imagined and crafted by regional artists.

The rules? There weren’t many. In a proposal curator Sally Mavor sent to prospective artists, she described what she meant by a fairy house: a dwelling for “wee folk” that was out in the woods, and generally made of natural materials. The rest was up to them. Unconstrained by contrived guidelines, it’s clear that each piece tells a particular story.

Sheila Payne’s “Pipsissewa Place” features tiny ladders and stools propped around the main structure made of tree bark. Off to the side, a clothesline holds tiny clothespins with tiny garments. Built among a tree’s roots, Sue and Jean Beardsley’s piece, “Home of the Tooth Fairy,” features larger-than-life teeth dangling from branches popping out of the roof. The room inside is lined with gold coins.

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