Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

Naturescape Gallery

Naturescape Gallery is a rotating art exhibit featuring artists from Cape Cod as well as the New England area.  The exhibit is located in the Museum's auditorium adjacent to the entrance.

Free with Museum Admission


*Dates for the exhibition are subject to minor changes. Please call ahead.

The Art of Harrison Cady

April 19, 2021 - June 30, 2021*

Walter Harrison Cady (1877-1970), artist, illustrator, writer, and longtime friend of Thornton W. Burgess, was a nationally known figure during the first half of the 20th century. Today, he is best remembered for his illustrations of Burgess' story characters and his own comic strip, Peter Rabbit.

In 1911, Cady began to illustrate some of Thornton Burgess' stories and in 1913 provided illustrations for the Burgess Bedtime Stories. Over the next 50 years, he served as Burgess' primary illustrator providing watercolor and pen and ink drawings for both books and newspaper bedtime stories. Although Thornton Burgess worked with a number of artists, his five-decade collaboration with Cady is best known. Burgess was a master storyteller, but it was Cady who gave the stories a colorful dimension. As Burgess wrote in his autobiography, "The characters I created in text he (Cady) visualized, and then on his drawing board made loveable, each with a touch of that quaint humor in which his pen and brush are ever dipped."

Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, Cady was a self-taught artist who, at the age of nineteen, migrated to New York City to launch his career. Some of Cady's first professional freelance work was done for the McLaughlin Brothers, publishers of children's books, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper and magazines such as Truth, St. Nicholas, Harper's Roundtable and Life.

Long Term Exhibitors: 


James Prosek

CCMNH is proud to present the work of artist, author and naturalist, James Prosek.  His book Ocean Fishes, is a colleciton of 35 Atlantic fishes, all of which were painted life size based on individual specimens he traveled to see, a journey that started right here on Cape Cod.  Naturescape Gallery is exhibiting two of his life-sized Fine Art prints; a Swordfish and a Blue Fin Tuna.   His work has been shown in numerous esteemed galleries. 

Barbara Harmon

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is proud to present  nature illustratror, Barbara Harmon. Her work is created through a combination of traditional art and digital work in Photoshop or Illustrator. The work comes from her solid foundation in traditional “board art” (watercolor, gouache, airbrush, pen and ink, scratchboard, colored pencil, oil, acrylic). A Master’s degree in Medical Illustration (University of Illinois at Chicago) and a Bachelor’s degree in both Zoology and Fine Art (University of California, Berkeley) have provided her with the basics of the academic and technical tools she applies in creating her vivid images.

Barbara’s latest mural can be seen in the Main Hall depicting the four habitats around the Museum; the upland forest, fresh water wetlands, marsh, and the beach.

Barbara won both the People's Choice (Ralph Sweet) Award with the Association of Medical Illustrators', and Best in Show with the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in 2010.

Past Exhibitors:



Suzanna Nickerson



Cape Cod Art Center Plein Air Painters

Matt Patterson

John & Pam King

Beth Adoette


Susan Jarkek-Glidden

Johnathan Wright

Gregg Robberts

Tim Little

Richard Higgins


Mark Roderick

Tom Burns

Jean Hynes

Chris Seufert

Tom McLean

Jennifer Bovey


Jenny Bovey

John King

Sam Jaffe

Marje Miller



Liz Perry

Wayne Davis

Amazing Jules Photography

Marje Miller

Ro Morrissey & Friends

Lucy Sur & Joyce McConnell

Hans Rilling


Kate Walls

Barbara Harmon

Mark Preu

Nancy Ellen Craig

John Small

Megan O'Leary & Cally Harper


John & Pam King

Dave Holbrook

Bob Dibble

Eve Aspinwall

Kathy Nora

Megan O'Leary