Artists on the edge

deldeoclamwarden "Clam Warden's Domain at Dawn'' (oil on canvas), by SALVATORE DEL DEO, in a show opening Aug. 14, at the Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown.

He focuses on the Outer Cape's dunes,  clam flats, sea, solitude, shacks and fishermen in all weather, and his work speaks to their relationship with Provincetown's large and storied arts community, in all its moods,  fads, sociability and reclusiveness.

The somewhat weird effects of having a busy town like Provincetown so close to a wilderness of  vast dunes adds, we suspect,  to the area's allure to so many artists, more than a few of them very eccentric.