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Category: Local Events
    Posted on September 29, 2016 by Sandy Weisman

    The Illustrated Journal: a 2 day workshop at 26 Split Rock Cove!!

    October 15 and 16, 2016

    10 – 3 each day

    Join artist Ken Foster and writer Teresa Piccari on a creative journey that brings two art forms together. Working in the studio and in the field, we will draw from observation and imagination. Weaving in words, we will add context and meaning to create your unique journal

    Artists and writers at all levels are welcome!

    Cost: $235 (includes lunch)

    For more info or to register call Sandy Weisman at 596-7624 or email

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  • 4th Poetry of Place Workshop – October 21 – 23, 2016
    Posted on August 24, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    Our Poetry of Place fall weekends here at 26 Split Rock Cove are now an institution!  Barbara Helfgott Hyett has created an inspiring blend of generative writing, free writing, observation and experiential writing exercises, all leading to our goal of finished poems.  We read poems of other Maine poets, past and present.  Add in a fun opening night dinner, breakfasts together, and free time to explore the coast, or visit a museum in Rockland, and a final poetry reading on Sunday afternoon – and there you have it – a real treat for poets of all skill levels.

    Some of the poems that come out of this workshop have been published.  Poetry of Place focuses on the place we happen to be – here on the Mussel Ridge Cove of Maine in Southern Penobscot Bay, but also metaphorically the place we’re each in.  And we discover that place through our writing and discussing of poems.  By Sunday morning we become a tribe of poets and work hard to craft our ideas, consider more formal issues like meter, line and stanza breaks, and other poetic devices.

    If you haven’t worked with Barbara Helfgott Hyett before, please give it a try.  For those of us who have, we know we will come away from this weekend with a poem, and a process for more work based on the Poetry of Place.

    For more information or to sign up, check out Workshops on this website or call Sandy at 207-596-7624.

  • Stuart Kestenbaum to read his poetry at 26 Split Rock Cove
    Posted on May 2, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    I am thrilled to hear that Stu Kestenbaum will be the next Poet Laureate of Maine!  I asked Stu to come and read at one of the Poetry Salons for many reasons.  First and foremost, his poetry.  I am eager to hear work from his newest book, Only Now, as I haven’t yet read it.   I like to dip into Prayers and Run-on Sentences as Stu seems to express some of my feelings about living in Maine.

    I also have a deep fondness for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.  I have many friends and colleagues who have taken workshops, taught courses, or just visited that beautiful campus.  As an artist and poet, I have an affinity for the person who moves back and forth between words and objects.  I’m hoping others here in the mid-coast region will come to hear Stu for that reason.

    And now I can also say I’ve had two of the five Maine Poet Laureates read at 26 Split Rock Cove.  I hope you’ll join me on Sunday May 22 at 3 pm to meet Stu Kestenbaum, to listen to his fine poems, and to be with other like-minded artists, poets, and poetry enthusiasts for this fun afternoon.

    Reservations are suggested, but not necessary.  A reception will follow the reading!

  • Our First Drop-in Workshop
    Posted on April 1, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    THE ART OF GELATIN PRINTING with Marnie Sinclair

    SATURDAY, APRIL 23 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

    Using commercial grade gelatin plates and acrylic paints, we will create one-of-a-kind monoprints, suitable for framing or for using as end papers in handmade books or in collage work. Since no two gel prints are alike, each piece is an experiment full of wonderful elements of surprise and “aha” moments.

    Come for an hour, or come for all four.  Make one print, or leave with a bundle.  Cost for all four hours is $50.  See Workshops for sign up information.

    Marnie Sinclair is a multimedia artist with a strong curiosity for process. She is represented by the Landing Gallery in Rockland, Maine, and owns her own gallery–the Sinclair Gallery–in Damariscotta. FMI:

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  • A Poet’s Way
    Posted on April 22, 2015 by Sandy Weisman
    I am so happy to have my friend and poetry mentor, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, return to 26 Split Rock Cove for a one-day workshop – A Poet’s Way: A day of immersion in the poetic process.

    I could write many accolades and reiterate her resume – instead I encourage those interested to visit her website to see the extensive teaching Barbara has done in the Boston area and beyond.   Whether teaching school aged children, her workshop and college students, or the seniors at a local senior living community, Barbara pursues the rigors of a well-crafted poem and the flight of imaginative language.   She has mentored many, many poets toward publishing their work, and their books.

    Barbara has published five books of poems and is currently working on her sixth. Her books include: In Evidence: Poems of the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps (1986), based on interviews with U.S. GI’s; Natural Law (1989) which includes poems about the history of Atlantic City, and was the first in the Salt River poetry series; The Double Reckoning of Christopher Columbus: 3 August-12 October 1492: Poems (1992), an epic poem about the 1492 voyage of the Columbian expedition; The Tracks We Leave: Poems on Endangered Wildlife of North America (1996) and Rift (2008), both widely reviewed.

    The day will be thrilling, I know, and I look forward to many more. We have a terrific group of participants already. Can’t wait!



  • iPhone / iPad Artistry Workshop
    Posted on January 17, 2015 by Sandy Weisman
    Well, I don’t know about you, but I have loads of pictures on my iPhone, and though mine are pretty well organized, I haven’t really spent time editing, and making the best of my images. And now comes along one of our own local photographers Roberta Bauman, with a workshop entitled iPhone / iPad Artistry. As Roberta says, “This is your opportunity to discover the power, fun, and stunning output that’s possible from your iPhone!”

    On March 29, 2015 Roberta Bauman will conduct a full day workshop for up to 10 students. Here’s the description – be sure to register on the 26 Split Rock Cove  website at Workshops!

    The best camera for taking photos is the one that you always have with you. Lurking inside your iPhone is one of the most inspiring, capable, and fun imaging systems in all of photography.  More than just a snapshot device, your iPhone is a powerful creative tool for making art, right in the palm of your hand. You now have both camera and darkroom in your pocket.  Photographing with a mobile device adds a level of convenience, flexibility, and spontaneity to the photographic process.

    This one-day class will provide a solid introduction to using the iPhone/iPad as a creative tool for editing photos.  Information about preparation of your device for this workshop, as well as needed apps, will be provided to registered participants so that they may be downloaded in time for the first class.

  • 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.



  • Drawing Close to the Earth
    Posted on May 14, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    And close we were on the banks of the St. George River at the Trolley Marsh Preserve, one of the Georges River Land Trust sites. Dudley Zopp led our group of nine artists in a two day workshop, Drawing Close to the Earth, hosted by 26 Split Rock Cove and in collaboration with the GRLT, encouraging us all to observe closely, listen to what our eyes cannot see, feel the way the land is formed and informs us.

    Through rain and clouds, and finally glorious sunny weather at the Pleasant Point Preserve in Cushing, we hiked through fields and forest, found personal sites to set our chairs, unwrap our drawing materials and drew for hours on end, studying trees and rocks, hillocks and moss, and capturing the bird song in our images.

    Dudley provided us with reading materials, resources of other artists, and thoughts about preserving the land in our daily actions.

    At the end of two days we felt invigorated and centered.We all wondered why we didn’t do this more often, but all were grateful for this opportunity and Dudley’s fine leadership and generous encouragement.

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  • 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.

  • Memoir from Memorabilia
    Posted on February 25, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    I am pleased to announce that writer and personal historian, Meghan Vigeant, will teach a 3 – session Memoir from Memorabilia workshop here at 26 Split Rock Cove, March 8, March 22, and April 5 from 10 am – 12 pm each day. Meghan likes to say that she saves lives – one story at a time. She believes that each of us holds a treasure trove of experiences and stories that are worth sharing with family, friends, and community. For many of us, getting our memories down on paper is tough work – the colors, the textures, the flavors of those memories are hard to translate. We want our children and grandchildren to know us through our stories, but we don’t take the time to write down.

    This is where Meghan comes in. By bringing together our photographs, letters, journals, recipes – or any other memorabilia that unlocks our memories, we will write stories to keep, to share, even to bind into a book. Meghan will lead us in writing exercises, give us some homework (!), and gently guide us through the memoir writing process.

    Meghan Vigeant pursued radio documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, and led a community history project on Swan’s Island, ME. After helping to recover the island’s history after a fire, Meghan saw how important personal history stories were to the islanders and the idea for her business took shape. Drawing on her diverse background in theater, radio journalism, museums and historical research, Meghan started Legacy Preserves, based in Rockland, to help make it easy for people to turn their stories into books for family and friends. You can find her at:

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  • Encaustics 1-2-3!!
    Posted on February 17, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    Another wonderful encaustic painting workshop here at 26 Split Rock Cove.

    Otty Merrill has perfected her enthusiastic presentation and passion for encaustics with gentle encouragement and knowledgeable problem-solving. The three day workshop is intended for students who might have other art mediums they work with, but have little or no experience with encaustics. And we all get seduced by the luminous quality of the wax, the process of layering, embedding other imagery or objects, and scraping, incising, and transferring images onto wax.

    The first morning is spent preparing our panels and boards, demonstrations from Otty, talking through the possibilities in front of us. Then several hours of experimenting.

    In the midst of snow storms and difficult travel – students left the workshop with possibilities and ideas to pursue, and a whole new body of work!

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  • 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!

  • Poetry of Place: Artist Spotlight – Alexis Ivy
    Posted on October 28, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    Alexis Ivy was one of 10 poets here at 26 Split Rock Cove for the second Poetry of Place weekend. Alexis has been a member of Poemworks: the workshop for publishing poets in Boston for a number of years. and has most recently published a book of poems entitled Romance With Small-Time Crooks. Of this book poet Richard Hoffman says, “These are the poems of a survivor who sheds her delusions, poem by poem, as she investigates her life with honesty and courage …”

    Alexis’ unique voice is always a great addition to classes and workshops. We were fortunate to have her here. Look for her on Facebook, and look for her book at

    Poemworks is directed by Boston poet, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, who was here to teach and bring 10 new poems into fruition over the weekend. She is the author of 5 books of poetry, and has been published in countless journals and anthologies. Look for Barbara at or on Facebook at Poemworks – The Workshop for Publishing Poets.

  • Encaustics!
    Posted on July 29, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    Otty Merrill and Victoria Pittman delivered an exciting encaustic painting workshop at 26 Split Rock Cove from July 25 – 27. Students learned the basics on Day One – including prepping their boards, applying the wax and pigment, scraping, burnishing. They quickly moved into embedding photographs, letters, and objects, photo transfers on wax, and finally using silk fabric patterned with copper and brass patinas in a shibori-like technique to add mysterious into their final paintings. Here Laura Nelson uses a sharp tool to draw a self-portrait into the wax. Kathleen Ludman displays a work in progress. And Gayle Rosen and Elizabeth Owen are prepping boards and using heat guns to fuse the layers of wax.

    Victoria and Otty share a light moment in the studios. Gayle Rosen’s work area is filling up with paintings. And a piece of silk patina gets embedded with wax.

    Seductive and full of possibilities! The encaustic workshop gave students a lot to think about.

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  • Friday night, June 20
    Posted on June 18, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    Be sure to get to Mars Hall Gallery (located between Tenants Harbor and Port Clyde, ME) this Friday from 5 – 8 pm for their first Opening Reception of the season. Artists Diane Green Hebert and Otty Merrill, also studio artists at 26 Split Rock Cove, will be showing recent work.
  • Poetry Month at the Rockland Library
    Posted on April 6, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    I’m participating in Poetry Month at the Rockland Public Library by exhibiting some of my artist books. Two of my books displayed are collaged images that accompany one of my poems. One of them has been printed in letterpress, which is a wonderful printing process that embosses the book’s paper. The other books are part of my Intertidal Series, a set whose papers have been colored the hues of various creatures or plants in the intertidal zone here in Mussel Ridge Cove. They have been bound in a Japanese stab binding, each binding also referring to the shape of the creature or plant. The books were allowed to be washed in a full tide cycle one summer day in July. They were tied to a solid object at low tide. I kept watch as the tide came up, submerged them, and pushed them back and forth over the 12 hours of the cycle.
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