26 Split Rock Cove is an artist’s retreat offering workshops in art making and writing, studio space, and a rental apartment for artists and writers) looking for a peaceful, nurturing environment. We are located on 3 acres overlooking the coast of Maine. The owner, Sandy Weisman, lives on the property.
We know that making art requires both solitude and community.
Our goals include:
- A comfortable venue by the ocean in mid-coast Maine for writers and artists. Studio space for rent to local or visiting artists.
- A select number of workshops that include a concentration on writing and book making, available to beginning or practicing artists and writers.
- A live/work space that can be rented by the week, month, or longer.
South Thomaston, ME is a village in the South Penobscot Bay. A home to many hard working fishermen and women, the village and the peninsula that extends to Port Clyde are quintessential Maine: rocky coasts, and vistas filled with lobster boats island destinations. 26 Split Rock Cove overlooks Mussel Ridge Channel, where the lobster boats, summer kayakers, and recreational boaters share the water. (Beware: kayakers are called “speed bumps” by the lobstermen!) Visitors can climb the rocks along Mussel Ridge Channel, or meander on local roads and paths. Within close driving distance are Birch Point State Park, Owls Head Lighthouse, and the towns of Rockland, Rockport, and Camden with their museums, galleries, shops and restaurants.
After many years of visiting Maine’s coast for vacations and bringing children to summer camp, I made the decision to move to South Thomaston, Maine, in 2010. Having good friends next door was an incentive and a bonus! My previous work at Massachusetts College of Art and Design gave me a breadth of teaching, administrative, and program development experience. The concept of starting a small artist collaborative was not a big leap.
Working with friend and MassArt colleague and architect, Paul Hajian (link to Hajian Architects), we designed a new house for me to live in, and renovated an existing building into the studios and apartment retreat space.
Developing 26 Split Rock Cove has made it easy for me to relocate while getting to know local artists, arts organizations, and art enthusiasts in the process. My goal is to build a new community for myself. I am pleased to say it’s been a grand adventure.
–Sandy Weisman, artist, poet, and founder of 26 SRC
The Guild: Community Clay Studios.
Offering memberships in a dedicated clay studio space for interested ceramic artists, both at the Hope Spinnery in Hope, ME and at 26 Split Rock Cove.
CMCA The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. CMCA members receive a 10% discount on all workshops offered at 26 Split Rock Cove. www.cmcanow.org
Georges River Land Trust. A collaboration to assist artists who wish to teach on the land trust sites. Working with 26 Split Rock Cove and members of the GRLT community, workshops can be organized to benefit both organizations.