“Cape Cod Legend Peter Peltz: The Man and His Art” is the title of a new exhibit currently open to the public at the Thornton W. Burgess Society’s Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich. The exhibit features the bird carvings and paintings of Mr. Peltz along with some other memorabilia. All items are on loan from the family’s private collection.
Mr. Peltz moved his family to Sandwich in 1952 in pursuit of an independent life. He had innate talent in the arts and from an early age made time to draw and paint. He carved his first bird while serving in the Navy during World War II. While he was selling Fuller Brush products his wife, Betsy Peltz, sold his first birds from their barn on Main Street.
In 1958 Mr. Peltz found an old barn in Falmouth and had it placed on Scorton Marsh in East Sandwich. The Bird Barn was founded.
For more than 45 years during the summer he sold thousands of birds. During the winter months he completed orders, never with a deposit, and received checks in the mail.
More than a bird carver, Mr. Peltz was a raconteur and an avid historian with a master’s of arts degree in history from Yale University. His legacy stretches from the display of birds in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Presidential Library & Museum to the many stories from admirers who conversed and shared time with him in The Bird Barn.
The exhibit, which runs through August, may be viewed Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and Sunday from noon to 4 PM.
Green Briar is at 6 Discovery Hill Road, just off Route 6A in East Sandwich.