Sandy Neck Beach Artist Excursions

Art Visits Nature–spend time in a living museum!

A quiet time to create . . .

In the quiet of Sandy Neck Beach Park, the rustic cottage at the halfway point stands in the middle of the dunes, marsh and water.  It provides solitude, scenic landscapes and an endless source of beauty and inspiration. The Town of Barnstable, in partnership with the Cape Cod Art Center, offers day excursions to this unspoiled landscape. It is a special place to create and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. From time to time a Sandy Neck Beach Park naturalist will travel out with the group and share their firsthand knowledge and expertise of this “living museum”.

Who is this for?

This artist experience is for the plein air painter, photographer, musician or writer who craves some time away to create without the usual everyday interruptions.  The cottage is rustic.  While out you will be exposed to the elements, and need to dress appropriately.

When can I go?

Trips are often scheduled for fall weekends as the colors in the marsh are heightened by the sun, as well as early and late spring.  You will be transported by a Beach Ranger for the 3.5 mile drive through the dunes.   The excursions are a total of six hours including the trip to and from th House at the Halfway Point.

2024 Dates
June 8 9:00am -3:00pm
September 7 9:00am -3:00pm
September 14 9:00am -3:00pm
October 5 9:00am -3:00pm

FAQs / Additional Information

  • Complete the application form
  • Applications will be considered as they are received
  • Excursion dates will be filled on a first-come first-served basis
  • Eight people max can be transported out to the cabin for a day
  • Trips may be postponed/cancelled for low enrollment/weather

All fees are listed on the application form.

Participants have asked if they can give more and others have donated a portion of the proceeds they made from the sale of one of their art pieces created while out at the House at the Halfway Point to Sandy Neck Beach park.

All donations are welcome. Donations and program fees directly support this program.

  • If the trip is cancelled by the Cape Cod Art Center participants  receive a full refund
  • All cancellations by participant incur $25.00 processing fee
    • Up to two weeks prior to excursion date, participant will receive full refund less processing fee
    • Within two weeks of the excursion, no refund unless the spot can be filled. If so, payment will be refunded less processing fee

Complete and submit the registration form.
Then, call Kate Walls, Gallery Manager, Cape Cod Art Center at 508-362-2909 to have your name added to a wait list for sold out dates.

Once you have received confirmation for excursion dates, mail payment to:

CAPE COD ART CENTER
RE: Art Meets Nature
P.O. Box 85
Barnstable, MA  02630

Check payable to: Cape Cod Art Center

For questions contact:

GENERAL:

  • Rustic MEANS rustic!
    • White binder notebook with instructions inside house on windowsill
  • Instructions to wash dishes on wall next to sink
  • Housekeeping checklist located on wall next to stove
  • NO CANDLES—no open fires anywhere inside or out!
  • Toilet paper and paper towel in house
  • Journal on table is for all to share your thoughts
  • The light house/cottage colony is 4 miles from current location

We encourage you to be tech free & embrace experience!

  • AMENITIES:
    porta-potty, gas grill, solar powered overhead lights, wood stove
  • drinking water in large bottles provided by staff on the day of trip

SOLAR ELECTRICITY

  • Available spring/summer/fall
  • Provides outlets and lights
  • Winter months are without these amenities.

DEPARTING CHECK LIST WHEN LEAVING THE HOUSE AT THE HALFWAY POINT:

  • NO food left out of Plastic/Metal containers
  • NO crumbs on floor
  • Roll all bedding and put on top bunk
  • Stack chairs and put away neatly
  • Keep firewood box full with adequate kindling in kindling box
  • Take your trash with you to containers by the gatehouse
  • SWEEP FLOOR before leaving.

GROUP LEADERS:
>>Will have list of all the participant names, telephone numbers, list of allergies/med
    conditions, and emergency contacts.
>>Will identify if any participants are CPR and first aid certified

>>Will establish check in times and locales with the leader throughout the day

 

SUGGESTED ITEMS TO BRING WITH YOU:

Remember your art supplies! Notebooks cameras; sketch pads; easels, paints, etc!

AND...

  • water bottles/jugs of drinking water, ice for your cooler
  • snacks
  • sunblock, sunhat, sun umbrella, rain poncho if drizzly
  • bug spray
  • layers of  clothing
  • bathing suits for the real adventurous (long walk)
  • towels
  • binoculars
  • comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • roll of toilet paper; tissues

 

 

On the day of excursion where do we meet?

You will meet at Sandy Neck Beach GateHouse.

Pull up to the gate house when you arrive so that you can identify yourself and let them know you are a part of the CCAC art group and they will show you where to park.

Sandy Neck Beach Gatehouse telephone number: (508)362-8300

Emergencies 508-775-0812 or 911

 

Housekeeping Checklist
Thanks for keeping this special place clean and ready for the next group!

Important Phone Numbers:

  • Please NO food left out of Plastic/Metal containers. 
  • Please NO crumbs on floor.
  • Please roll all bedding and put on top bunk.
  • Please stack chairs and put away neatly.
  • Please keep Firewood box full with adequate kindling in kindling box.
  • Please take your trash with you to containers by the gatehouse.
  • PLEASE SWEEP FLOOR before leaving.

Gate House (508) 362-8300

Emergencies (508) 775-0812 or 911

Actual Legal address=
160 Sandy Neck, Barnstable Massachusetts

PRIOR PARTICIPANT COMMENTS:

“I thought our time on Sandy Neck was great!  We had an extremely high tide and the house was almost completely surrounded by water, as well as some fog, both of which made for some interesting photo opportunities.  We also had periods of blue sky, which allowed us to get up on the dunes, for views of both sides of the peninsula.

I went to Google Earth and found the Halfway House at:  41 degrees 43’ 56.09”N 70 degrees 19’ 56.07”W.   It is easiest to find the road running between the marsh and dunes and follow it along until reaching those coordinates.  We crossed the dunes on a road east of the house, which is also visible from Google Earth.     

“Surely a unique opportunity to see a beautiful and remote part of the cape.  For me the view from high on the dunes had another worldly and primitive quality that is difficult to encounter these days.” 

“It was truly a great day.  Just one of the highlights…while we were high on the dunes, hundreds of swallows were swarming right above us!” 

“I spent so much time exploring that I only had time for some sketches, but I just downloaded my photos and everyone could become a painting if I could paint faster!  I can’t wait to start working on the sketches and the best of the photos!  This experience has been so worthwhile to me.  I would love to return as often as possible.” 

“It was a wonderful experience!  From the time we were out to the naturalist’s expert commentary on birds, animals, plants, etc-to the beauty of the whole area-I was awe struck.  I’m so glad I signed up for it. “ 

“If you like to shoot landscapes, I’d recommend this program.  It is a great experience with nice people and an awesome location for photographers.  I especially like the Great Marsh.  The dunes and beach are interesting and beautiful in their own way, but the marsh really does it for me.  I hope to photograph the marsh at regular intervals over the course of the next year, in different seasons.  I’d like to document the subtle changes. “ 

“I so enjoyed my art trip to Sandy Neck. I spent the day at the Halfway House with a small group of congenial painters; the scenery was spectacular, and the weather was cooperative.  It was terrific!

“I loved it.  My plan going out was to do a pencil sketch an hour but the colors were so amazing.  I couldn’t stand just working in graphite so I broke out my little travel box.  So, what I ended up doing was a small painting every couple of hours throughout the day.  I would wander and photograph whatever appealed to me compositionally, texturally or color wise.  Then I filled in details back in my studio the day after, while the experience was still fresh in my heart and mind.” 

From the mouths of the artists...

PRIOR PARTICIPANT COMMENTS:

“I thought our time on Sandy Neck was great!  We had an extremely high tide and the house was almost completely surrounded by water, as well as some fog, both of which made for some interesting photo opportunities.  We also had periods of blue sky, which allowed us to get up on the dunes, for views of both sides of the peninsula."

"I went to Google Earth and found the House at the Halfway Point at:
41 degrees 43’ 56.09”N 70 degrees 19’ 56.07”W.  It is easiest to find the road running between the marsh and dunes and follow it along until reaching those coordinates.  We crossed the dunes on a road east of the house, which is also visible from Google Earth.  “   

 “Surely a unique opportunity to see a beautiful and remote part of the cape.  For me the view from high on the dunes had an other worldly and primitive quality that is difficult to encounter these days.”  

 “It was truly a great day.  Just one of the highlights…while we were high on the dunes, hundreds of swallows were swarming right above us!”  

“I spent so much time exploring that I only had time for some sketches, but I just downloaded my photos and everyone could become a painting if I could paint faster!  I can’t wait to start working on the sketches and the best of the photos!  This experience has been so worthwhile to me.  I would love to return as often as possible.”  

 “It was a wonderful experience!  From the time we were out to the naturalists expert commentary on birds, animals, plants, etc-to the beauty of the whole area-I was awe struck.  Im so glad I signed up for it. “  

“If you like to shoot landscapes, I’d recommend this program.  It is a great experience with nice people and an awesome location for photographers."

"I especially like the Great Marsh.  The dunes and beach are interesting and beautiful in their own way, but the marsh really does it for me.  I hope to photograph the marsh at regular intervals over the course of the next year, in different seasons.  I’d like to document the subtle changes. “  

“I so enjoyed my art trip to Sandy Neck. I spent the day at the House at the Halfway Point with a small group of congenial painters; the scenery was spectacular, and the weather was cooperative.  It was terrific!"

“I loved it.  My plan going out was to do a pencil sketch an hour but the colors were so amazing.  I couldn’t stand just working in graphite so I broke out my little travel box.  So what I ended up doing was a small painting every couple of hours throughout the day.  I would wander and photograph whatever appealed to me compositionally, texture or color wise.  Then I filled in details back in my studio the day after, while the experience was still fresh in my heart and mind.”