The 26SRC Blog

Look here for features on teaching artists, workshops, and other events at 26 Split Rock Cove.
  • 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:

    Categories: Local Events, Workshops
    Posted on January 17, 2016 by Sandy Weisman
    I am thrilled to invite all lovers of poetry to two Poetry Readings this coming spring.  Please join me in welcoming Betsy Sholl, Kristen Lindquist, and Stuart Kestenbaum to 26 Split Rock Cove.  The readings are free and open to the public, though I suggest you reserve yourself a spot or two by emailing  Refreshments will be served.

    Sunday April 24 at 3 pm  BETSY SHOLL and KRISTEN LiNDQUIST

    Betsy Sholl is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Otherwise Unseeable, which won the 2014 Maine Literary Award for poetry. Other books include Don’t Explain, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize and The Red Line, which won the AWP Prize for Poetry. She is a founding member of Alice James Books, and currently teaches in the MFA in Writing Program on Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as Poet Laureate of Maine from 2006 to 2011.  FMI:

    Kristen Lindquist is a poet, freelance writer, and naturalist from Camden, Maine. She has two published collections of poetry, including TRANSPORTATION, which was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award. Garrison Keillor has read three of her poems on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. An avid birder, she writes a monthly nature column for Pen Bay Pilot, in addition to a daily haiku blog titled “Book of Days.” FMI:


    Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm  STUART KESTENBAUM

    Stuart Kestenbaum is the author of four collections of poems— Only Now (Deerbrook Editions), Pilgrimage (Coyote Love Press), House of Thanksgiving  (Deerbrook Editions), and Prayers and Run-on Sentences (Deerbrook Editions)—and a collection of essays: The View From Here (Brynmorgen Press).

    His poems and writing have appeared in numerous small-press publications and magazines, including Tikkun, The Sun, Beloit Poetry Journal, Northeast Corridor, and others, and on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.

    Former United States Poet Laureate Ted Kooser has written that “Stuart Kestenbaum writes the kind of poems I love to read, heartfelt responses to the privilege of having been given a life. No hidden agendas here, no theories to espouse, nothing but life, pure life, set down with craft and love.”  Kestenbaum has recently retired as the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, which he has served since 1988.  He is an honorary fellow of the American Craft Council and a recipient of the Distinguished Educator’s Award from the James Renwick Alliance. He is currently the Chair of the American Craft Council.

  • 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