The 26SRC Blog

Look here for features on teaching artists, workshops, and other events at 26 Split Rock Cove.
  • Open Studios October 26 11 am – 5 pm
    Posted on October 16, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    We’re all getting ready here at 26 Split Rock Cove for the second year of Open Studios.  Here are a few interesting pieces of information about a couple of the artists.

    Marnie Sinclair is finishing the first summer season of her gallery in Damariscotta, ME.  The Sinclair Gallery shows Marnie’s sculpture, drawings and paintings.  Marnie has spent the summer filling her gallery with new work.  So we are looking forward to seeing that work here at Open Studios.

    Diane Green Hebert has been working with poet Carolyn Locke and artist Victoria Pittman on their presentation for the Belfast Poetry Festival.  Carolyn’s most recent book of poems, Not One Thing, was published in April 2013.  Carolyn will read her work while images of Diane’s and Vicky’s work will be projected on the large screen at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.  The program, entitled A Poem to Behold, will begin with a reception at 5 pm, and followed by all the presentations of artists and poets selected by a jury for the Belfast Poetry Festival.

    Diane’s and Vicky’s work can be seen here at Open Studios on Sunday, October 26 from 11 am – 5 pm.

    26 Split Rock Cove is in South Thomaston, off of Waterman Beach Road.  Look for the balloons at the entrance of Split Rock Cove!  See you here!

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Categories: Local Events, Workshops
  • The Fine Craft of Book Sculpture
    Posted on May 14, 2014 by Sandy Weisman
    Sharon McCartney, an artist in residence last summer at 26 Split Rock Cove, returned to share her expertise on the Fine Art of Book Sculpture: Niches, Folds and Embellishment. For three days participants worked at break neck speed to transform old books into sculptural objects, carving niches into their pages, embellishing other pages with paint, stamps, photo transfers, stitching, collage, gel prints and more.

    Students discovered how to create content by adding trinkets and photographs that worked with the existing theme of the book. Words were selected and gessoed around to create found poetry; images that brought to mind the intent of the artist were photocopied and transferred.

    We folded the pages of other books, creating unique forms and evocative objects that were again embellished and decorated in varieties of surface design techniques.

    At the end of the workshop, each student had a pile of possible papers and objects for yet another book, and another book … the possibilities were endless, and we were all breathless. Thank you Sharon!