With beautiful weather comes our desire to turn all of our activities into an excuse to be outside: meals become picnics and play dates become park visits. Who would have thought that we could apply this to our love of art? Dedee Shattuck Gallery was designed with environmental appreciation in mind. Owner Dedee Shattuck has participated in ecosystem preservation efforts across southeastern Massachusetts. She married this passion to her other passion, art, and came out with her half indoor, half outdoor gallery. With meadows of forest behind its Westport home, gallery-goers can enjoy new exhibits and step outside to see permanent sculptures and free concerts. This month, installations and paintings by Joan Backes will be featured July 12-August 12. Notably, Backes will feature her “Bamboo House,” a (roughly) 15x13-foot house made entirely of bamboo reed and recycled paper.