The public is invited to join resident and visiting artists for Open Studios at 26 Split Rock Cove Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The artist retreat space is on Waterman Beach Road, overlooking Mussel Ridge Channel, a mile in from Route 73 on either end.

The 26 Split Rock Cove Open Studios will feature works of encaustic painting, hand-made artist books, paper and ceramic masks, sculpture, collages and prints, all created by artists with studio space on the premises.

26 Split Rock Cove is the creation of artist, poet, bookmaker and educator Sandy Weisman, who moved to South Thomaston from Boston in 2010 with a goal in mind: providing a comfortable venue by the ocean in Midcoast Maine for writers and artists.

“Making art requires both solitude and community,” Weisman said, and 26 Split Rock Cove is located on three acres overlooking the coast of Maine with studio space available for local or visiting artists.

The Open Studios will feature works by Weisman, as well as studio artists Otty Merrill and Victoria Pittman (encaustic painting), Diane Green Hebert (paper masks), Marnie Sinclair (sculpture), Sharon McCartney (artist books and collages) and teaching artist Barbara Reitz (handbound journals).

"I think good art is a successful attempt at capturing some of the spirit, design and perfection that is all around us,” said Merrill, whose work has been shown at Portland events and Midcoast galleries.

The two-day event is open to the public, and children are welcome. For more details, visit

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