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Category: Artists in Residence
  • Creative Retreat with Amy Parrish
    Posted on February 9, 2017 by Sandy Weisman
    February 9, 2017

    One of the most satisfying parts of 26 Split Rock Cove is getting to know the artists and writers who come to stay and work here. This is surely the case with Amy Parrish, photographer and mixed media artist, who is in residence here this winter and has become a good friend.

    Amy worked as an award-winning portrait photographer and traveled the United States teaching other professionals within the industry. In 2014 she shifted her focus from commercial work to very personal, hand-processed image-making. She studied alternative photo processes with Brenton Hamilton at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, ME, which is how she came to find me at 26 Split Rock Cove two winters ago. So I was delighted to hear that she wanted to return this winter after an amazing year in India where she served as Director of Operations and instructor for The Light Space, a program which offers vocational training in photography for young women who have been affected by the commercialized sex trade.

    Now I’m pleased to announce that Amy is offering a series of workshops entitled Coastal Retreat from April 19 – 25. You may sign up for one workshop, two workshops or all three! The first workshop, April 19 & 20, is a photographic adventuring out into the landscapes of this region of Maine, capturing some of the magical, mystical scenes that those of us who live here, call home. The early morning mists over the bays and ports, the glorious sun rises over the islands in Mussel Ridge Cove, and the rocky shorelines of our peninsula. The second workshop, April 21 – 23, introduces us how to alternative photographic processes, and we’ll use our images in a variety of ways. And the last workshop, April 24 & 25, of the week is a creative retreat, in which participants can continue their work, or work with Amy in creating portraits in her style and using her immense knowledge of the camera and its possibilities.

    Come join us at 26 Split Rock Cove for any or all of the week’s inspiring workshops with Amy Parrish. Make this a retreat of your own!!

    For more information or to sign up go to Workshops on this website or contact Amy at or Sandy at or call Sandy at 207-596-7624



  • Atmosphere, Light, and Color: a painting workshop with Julie Houck
    Posted on June 20, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    26 Split Rock Cove is delighted to have Julie Houck return for another 3 day painting workshop, July 29 – 31.  Last year, Julie arrived here with her paints and canvas, and a fancy touring bike for her long 50 miles rides.  Over the course of her one month stay at 26 Split Rock Cove, Julie painted and painted, rode and rode and towards the end of the month gathered 8 students together to Paint Clouds and Skies.  Through a slide talk, demos, and lots of time outside, participants painted some exciting sky-ward landscapes.

    With great pleasure, she will be back this year.  And now we turn to understanding how atmosphere is created on the canvas.  Through direct observation, we will not only explore how light and color influence what we see, but how we see it.  How can we capture a scene’s essence beyond the literal view?   I’m looking forward to capturing the salty air at 26 Split Rock Cove and all of the experiences that are brought to mind by the very special atmosphere of this place.

    Please think about joining us this July.  For information, check the Workshops on this website.

    A short bio:  Classically, trained, Julie Houck has been teaching art for 17 years. She studied at the Atelier of Classical Realism, the Academy of Fine Art in San Francisco, and in France at the L’Ecole Albert Defois with Ted Seth Jacobs. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Hawaii State Art Museum and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. A featured artist at the commemorative 2000 “Artists of Hawaii” exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Art, Julie’s work has been exhibited extensively in Hawaii, the mainland as well as in Europe. Julie is a Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of Hawaii and International Plein Air Painters, and the American Impressionist Society.  You can learn more about Julie at

  • Our first workshop for 2015
    Posted on January 12, 2015 by Sandy Weisman
    Even though it’s only January 12, it definitely feels like we’ve turned the corner on winter. The sky is a little lighter around 5 pm, Ground Hog Day is just a few weeks away, and I’m organizing and planning new workshops for the later winter, spring and summer.   I, like many other artists here in Maine, find winter to be a good time to get new ideas going.  So in addition to spending time in my studio, I’ll be highlighting our upcoming workshops and artists over the next few weeks.

    26 Split Rock Cove has had so many terrific artists staying in the retreat space, working on new ideas, and new bodies of work, it seems natural that some artists might want to teach a workshop here or there.

    Photographer Amy Parrish, who will be in residence here during the months of February and March will be offering a 3 day retreat, March 13 – 15, entitled Creative Haven: Alternative Photo and Printmaking Processes.   In this workshop artists will explore a range of alternative printmaking and presentation techniques to add to their repertoire (encaustic, image transfers, textile printing, and more). This intimate retreat will be limited in size to allow for lots of flexibility so that participants may individually choose to sample a wide variety of methods or primarily focus on a specific technique to begin building a cohesive collection of work. The workshop includes early morning photo hikes, class time to cover the “how to’s”, and plenty of studio time. Please check out Workshops page of this website for more details, and information about Amy. Or you may contact Amy directly at

  • Encaustic Printmaking at 26 Split Rock Cove
    Posted on August 14, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    What a treat to work with encaustic artist Barb Cone!  Sunday’s Encaustic Printmaking Workshop gave those of us here much inspiration, incredible materials to work with, and lots of methods to practice and use in our work.

    Barb began the morning with an overview of the variables that inform the process.  She went through all the materials she had brought for us to work with – our fabulous Enkaustikos sticks, a hug variety of papers to explore, and finally the first demo for printmaking on the hot boxes.


    We each had our own hot box on which to work, and our own stash of materials, including some prepared samples which Barb gave to us for teaching purposes.  And off we went.

    As a book artist, I’m intrigued by this less waxy encaustic surface for book pages, and end pages.  For mask-maker, Diane Green Hebert, using the encaustic surfaces for embedding into her 3-dimention masks adds luster and layers.  Vicki Pittman, already well-versed in encaustics, experimented with her calligraphic lines and shapes, drawing directly on the hot box with her sticks.  Barb Cone’s deep knowledge of the medium, and years of experience kept us all working solidly for hours.

    No one wanted to stop for lunch!!  We were immersed


    Here’s a print by Barb.  Someday we’ll get there.



  • Barb Cone’s new encaustic prints
    Posted on July 12, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    I’m so happy to have Barbara Cone as the newest studio artist at 26 Split Rock Cove.  She brings fresh ideas about encaustic painting and printmaking which I hope you agree are beautiful.  In addition to her encaustic art making, Barb is also a curator, and an active member of MassWax, an encaustic organization for encaustic painters in Massachusetts.  She and her husband have a house in Spruce Head.

    Look for workshops at 26 Split Rock Cove focusing on Barb’s encaustic printmaking techniques.

    White Series #2  White Series #3

    In Barb’s words:

    My focus for the past few years has been working with encaustic, an ancient medium composed of beeswax, pigment and resin. Encaustic paint is heated and applied in its molten state, hardening almost
    instantly. Famed for its layering ability, translucency, luminosity and rich colors, encaustic is the most versatile of artistic media, appealing to sculptors, mixed media artists, printmakers and painters alike. It allows for endless experimentation, a quality especially appealing to me.

    Nestling’s View
    While I’ve been seduced by the rich encaustic colors for years, recently I was
    drawn to using an essentially white palette for its calming effect, purity and
    beauty. At the same time I became interested in making freeform black and white
    pen and ink drawings on German etching paper, wetting and drying the paper to
    create certain effects with the ink. It occurred to me I could mount the drawings
    on a panel as a base for encaustic paintings, working with the transparency of
    the wax and my ability to carve into the layers to reveal portions of the drawings underneath.
    Cloudland Road
    I carved through the wax to reveal portions of the drawings on some of the
    pieces. Unlike most painting, this process required me to think in 3 dimensions
    instead of two. These pieces have elements of whimsy and movement. For
    others I used a glazing technique to allow the viewer to see through the layers of
    wax to reveal subtle patterns of line and shadow from the drawings underneath.
    These pieces are more subtle and meditative.

  • Toni Small to lead Pinhole Photography Workshop
    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    26 Split Rock Cove is delighted to bring Toni Small to teach a two-day Pinhole Photography Workshop: Light and Landscape on March 28 and 29, 2014. Space is limited: only 2 spots left!!

    What is the pinhole camera?It’s a very simple ‘machine’ that allows light to enter through a tiny hole and record an image on film inside the camera. There are no buttons to push, and very few calculations – but the results are dreamy, magic, sometimes described as ghostly. For more information about pinhole photography go to:

    Currently, Toni is conducting a one-year pinhole pen-pal project, entitle ‘Baker’s Dozen: a Pinhole Dialogue’ with Amy Rockett-Todd of Tulsa, OK.

    Toni Small is not only a photographer, though she is certainly known around mid-coast Maine as that; she is also a dancer, gardener, and theater professional. While she calls Port Clyde home, she is equally comfortable hopping on a boat to photograph local fishermen, collaborating with artists in France, and leading dance classes across the state. Her photographs are poetic; her landscape and gardening work impressive and precise. You can find her at and on Facebook. Her work can be seen at the Mars Gallery in Tenant’s Harbor this summer.

    The two-day Pinhole Photography Workshop: Light and Landscape begins with an understanding of the camera, and building our own cameras. We will then go out into the landscape and shoot our pictures, process the film, and finally print our images. If time and weather permits we’ll also do a few cyanotypes. You might like to see some images made with a pinhole camera. Go to

    The cost is $210 for the two days. To sign up go to or call Sandy Weisman at 207.596.7624.

  • Artist Spotlight: Barbara Helfgott Hyett
    Posted on October 30, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    Many of us have come to know Barbara Helfgott Hyett over the years and from many different circumstances. Since 1984, and (some of us have know Barbara that long!), she has led the Workshop for Publishing Poets, bringing over 130 new books of poetry into existence. Barbara has taught at Boston area colleges including Boston University, Harvard, and Lasell, as well as leading workshops in many, many other schools and organizations.

    Our weekend here at 26 Split Rock Cove was as rich as one can expect every other workshop with Barbara to be. We read other poets – Edna St. Vincent Millay to Dylan Thomas to Mary Oliver – looking for clues about language and meter and syntax. We generate our own material through free writes, observation, writing exercises, lists, and the now-famous glue-job. We bring our baby, new formed poems to workshop, leaving with a few lines we think can be salvaged into something more. We revise, we craft, we work hard to make it into poetry.

    This was the weekend – Poetry of Place:26 Split Rock Cove. We’ll do it again next year. In the meantime, look for Barbara’s books on, or check out PoemWorks for more workshops, events, and private consultation. October at 26 Split Rock Cove – a terrific time to write poetry!

  • What a month!
    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    This month began with the first ever Open Studios at 26 Split Rock Cove. It was wonderful to invite friends, neighbors and many others in the art community to see all the work that is being produced here. Take a look at some examples from the weekend of September 7 & 8. I’ll continue tomorrow with more news about our September workshops.

    Victoria spends about 6 months in Maine. She is a calligrapher and encaustic painter. She is also an enthusiastic community member here at 26 Split Rock Cove.

    Visiting Artist Sharon McCartney at work in her studio. Sharon spent one month in residency at 26 Split Rock Cove. She produced and produced and produced these fabric sculptural works, and she is also known for her artist books, collages, and larger fiber works. You can see her work on line. I hope to bring her back in late spring for an Altered Book workshop.

    The Ceramic Studio. Beth Steele, Diane Hebert, and Otty Merrill moved this equipment from their Lincoln Street Studios last fall. Along with Avery Larned, they have maintained an open studio format. Please be sure to contact any one of them if you’re interested.

    Otty has been a constant force for the artists at 26 Split Rock Cove. She organized the move here from Lincoln Street. She has taught several encaustic painting workshops, and she has provided a lot of connections between us all. Thank you, Otty!

    Marnie recently moved to Maine and set up shop here. Her delightful sculptures, and her participation has been great for our studios.

    Stay tuned – there’s more coming ….

  • Midsummer pleasures
    Posted on July 18, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    The summer continues with artists and workshops. Rhode Island painter and educator, Kathy Good, spent two very productive weeks at 26 Split Rock Cove towards work for her MFA program. While the ocean called, the wooded areas called louder.

    Also, we had a wonderful one-day writing workshop here last Saturday, July 13. Led by Rockport’s, Kathrin Seitz, and titled Writing from Place / Gathering Images, eight participants wrote pieces of memoir, poetry, and essay as they gathered inspiration from the land and ocean here at Mussel Ridge, as well as the gardens on Barbara Reitz’s property. The weather cooperated, the breeze off the ocean was heavenly. Here we are reading our work at the end of the day.

    And more to come, as our Encaustic Painting workshop gets underway next week! We are fully enrolled, and the studios are ready for a wonderful 3 days of work! Check back for more pictures and a review of the work.