Saturday, August 2, 2014

Stone Books

The Stone House is the home of the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing affilated with the University of Southern Maine. This past week Elenka has been taking a course there called Book Arts. From last Monday through tomorrow, the week is filled with many different takes on the building of books. Pop-ups, water-based silkscreening, accordion books, print sketching and reduction linocuts, book binding and poetry filled the hours. Elenka has come home each evening excited about her day and so looking forward to the next day's creative agenda.
The building was designed in 1917 by John Calvin Stevens, and along with Wolfe's Neck Farm 600+ acres, was given to the college in two separate gifts. Today, this beautiful building on Harraseeket Bay is up for sale.
Looking for a summer home?
Bring your pocketbook.

17 comments:

  1. I would have enjoyed this I think, lovely place too!

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  2. Really, a very interesting building.

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  3. Oh if only! What a wonderful venue to attend a course. Sorry about the outdoor concert plans Birdman.. pesky weather :)

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  4. A gorgeous house, especially with the art stuff hanging on the line.
    Book Arts, wow, sounds wonderful. Funny, just last week a friend told me that a friend of hers had just returned to Jerusalem from a creative writing program in Maine. It must be Stonecoast. Small world.

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  5. Glad to hear that your talented spouse is able to get out and about now that you're retired. I'd guess she must have taught you how to make a P&J sandwich! :)

    It seems to me that you should purchase this place; it would be a great investment. On the other hand, I've discussed such things with Maniacs before and I'd guess the taxes per year are more than the cost of my home here in Florida. Maybe?

    Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend. I've a question, though: At this time in your life, what makes weekends different than other days of the week? I know, it's tough for retirees to give a coherent answer to that question but try! ;)

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  6. That would make a wonderful summer home for someone with the cash on hand. The course sounds great.

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  7. That course sounds great! It would be sad to lose that building as a public space.

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  8. An amazing building with an interesting history!

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  9. That's a place with a lot of character!

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  10. The course sounds as interesting as the venue it's being taught in.

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  11. You need to buy the house and we can add photography classes to the current curriculum. We could all stay there while taking classes. Bet Elenka is enjoying making books.

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  12. Ooooh! That sounds like a super fun class! What a treat!

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  13. Like Elenka, I love stimulating classes and workshops. The building is lovely but I would to be stimulated enough to even consider buying it...looks expensive!

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  14. So those courses will no longer be offered there? Lucky Elenka -- the similar course I was going to take got canceled, alas. xx

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