The 26SRC Blog

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

  • 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 ….

  • Adults Messing About
    Posted on October 4, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    I was so pleased that a friend and colleague of mine wrote about my last workshop, The Decorated Page. It was like boot camp for collage and book artists – with materials and techniques and possibilities for everyone to explore. I thought of my MassArt teaching colleagues, particularly John Crowe, as I set up stations and choices for a group of adult learners and artists of all different skill levels.

    I hope you’ll take the time to read this ART works blog by Nancy Harris Frohlich. You can find it at Thanks, Nancy, for the wonderful piece!

    Categories: Workshops
  • New Workshops
    Posted on August 22, 2013 by Sandy Weisman
    I’m delighted about the fall offerings here at 26 Split Rock Cove. The summer encaustic workshop was so successful it prompted the following testimonial from Gayle Rosen, one of the participants:

    My first workshop and visit to 26 Split Rock Cove was nothing less than artistically transformational. It doesn’t matter what your medium is, this special place is an artist’s dream. Completely free from everyday distractions, it can inspire both the contemplative mind and the freedom to let your creative juices run wild.

    As a digital visual artist for many years, I have been looking for an opportunity to unplug creatively. So, I dove right in for the Encaustic 3 day workshop offered at the end of July. The skill level in this small class of six 6 students, ranged from established artists to first timers. In between exciting demonstrations, the two instructors were extremely patient, as they provided personalized support for each one of us. The open setup of the studio space also allowed for artists to easily share new discoveries and latest creations with each other. As much as we didn’t really want to stop for lunch, sitting out on the stone patio while facing picture perfect rolling hills that end in a water view, wasn’t so bad! Sometimes destinations do not live up to their internet photos, but 26 Split Rock Cove exceeded every expectation

    Gayle, along with 5 others, produced beautiful and unique work. September 12 and 13, Otty Merrill will teach an intermediate workshop in Encaustic Painting. Please check it out if you would like to increase your skill level, and have a great time doing it. On September 19, 20, and 21, Otty will repeat the Basic Encaustic Painting Workshop 1-2-3. You may sign up for one, two, or all three days

    To sign up, just go to the Workshop page on this website. I’ll look forward to seeing you here!

    Categories: Workshops
  • 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.

    Categories: Local Events, Workshops