The “Art on Loan” program displays the works of local artists on meeting room walls in Barnstable Town Hall. Currently on display works of Barnstable High School students in the Hearing Room Selectmen’s Conference Room on the 2nd floor in Barnstable Town Hall, 367 Main Street, Hyannis now through March 16th, 2018.
This past fall five students from Barnstable High School’s Fine Arts 4 class participated in a field trip out to the Sandy Neck House at the “Halfway Point,” so called because of its location half way down the inner rim of Sandy Neck. The building, more of a nature camp than a “house,” is nestled in the maritime forest perched above the Barnstable Great Marsh. It overlooks a thick matted patch of marsh grass, Osprey nesting sites and a cluster of bird houses opening up to a view of Barnstable Harbor.
Students Caroline Brodt, Samantha Lydon, Elle Horton, Madelyn Murphy and Zach were tasked with combining what they had previously researched regarding the ecology, history, topography, and conservation aspects of Sandy Neck with their experiences journeying out to the halfway point. Accompanying them were Town of Barnstable Sandy Neck Beach Park Ranger Sean Kortis, naturalist Andrea Higgins, and Barnstable High School art teachers Jackie Reeves and Matt Kemp. During the day the students observed baby diamondback terrapins saved by the town’s conservation efforts, multiple tracks from a range of Sandy Neck fauna, explored the trails snaking through the maritime forest, gathered materials, and created a series of plein air sketches.
The group created a range of artistic responses, utilizing a variety of techniques including photo collage, mixed media painting, traditional acrylic painting, and kinetic sculpture. They tell the story of the interaction of two of Barnstable’s greatest resources- the natural beauty of Sandy neck and the bright, talented, and inspiring students of Barnstable High School.