The Woods Hole Public Library is holding a community art project this summer, inviting all members of the community, no matter their level of expertise, to take part. Rather than the recycled books, nautical charts, and chairs of yesteryear, the subject of the art this year is horseshoe crabs.

The library has already collected molts of various sizes so people can stop by the library, sign up, and choose a molt to recreate into a piece of art as soon as they wish. One reason this project is possible is that horse shoe crabs shed their shell as they grow, thereby providing the raw material. Female horseshoe crabs are said to molt 17 times before they reach maturity. People can come in any time the library is open to choose their molt.

As in previous years, everyone is required to bring back their finished art project and make it available for a silent auction at the library. People will be able to come view the art show and enter their bid amount anytime the library is open between July 22 and 27.

Bidding will end and the highest bidders will receive their new piece of art at the library’s celebration on Saturday, July 27, from 5:30 to 7 PM.

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