The 26SRC Blog

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

    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 www.antoniasmall.com 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 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/07/25/the-showcase-of-beautiful-pinhole-photography/

    The cost is $210 for the two days. To sign up go to www.26splitrockcove.com 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: www.legacypreserves.com

    Categories: Local Events, Workshops
  • 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!

    Categories: Local Events, Workshops
  • Our Jeweled Journals
    Posted on December 19, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    Jeweled Journals! Another FUN workshop at 26 Split Rock Cove. Around the room beautifully bound journals took form with the added ingredient of beads, buttons, and tassels. Bling!
  • 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 amazon.com, or check out PoemWorks for more workshops, events, and private consultation. October at 26 Split Rock Cove – a terrific time to write poetry!