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The Rooms sponsored 2014 Landfall Artists-in-Residence are Tara Cooper and Terry O'Neil of Toronto. The 2014 Landfall Writer-in-Residence is Linda Buckmaster of Belfast, Maine. Read more about Tara,Terry and Linda under the 2014 Artists & Writer-in-Residence heading below.

See below for the upcoming Bookmakig Workshop, June 28; and, Print making Workshop, August 17.

The 2014 Kent Centennial, a Commemoration of Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland is now underway in St. John's & Brigus.  Kent lived at Landfall in 1914-15. Please see the Kent Centennial pages for in-depth information about Kent, the Centennial and the summer slate of events, registration, venues and tickets.

Eleanor WachtelPlease join us for Kent Centennial Literary Events Day 2, Saturday, July 26, at St. George's in Brigus for a tour of Landfall and Brigus(10:00 AM – 1:00 PM), and an Authors Readings (2:00 – 4:00 PM). Tickets at the Door, $15 each event.

Join Eleanor Wachtel, the well-known host of CBC’s Writers and Company, and authors Jane Urquhart (The Underpainter); Michael Winter (The Big Why) and Mack Furlong (I Want It All)who will read from their works of fiction in which Rockwell Kent makes an appearance.

House of Dread, R.Kent Review, PlattssburgJoin six authors and friends of Landfall in the Spring issue of the Rockwell Kent Review, published by the Plattsburg State Art Museum, including our own Milly Brown and Caroline Stone. Left: Kent Review cover House of Dread, Rights Courtesy of Plattsburgh State Art Museum, SUNY, USA, Rockwell Kent Collection. Bequest of Sally Kent Gorton. All rights reserved. .

Join Frederick Lewis and his Rockwell Kent article The Brigus Spy Scare published in the current issue of the Newfoundland Quarterly.

Join Landfall's Dennis Flynn and his recent article Rockwell Kent, Artist and Enigma published in the recent issue of Downhome Magazine.

Kent Centennial tickets are now available online at the Ticket Pro website for the Kent Literary Events - Rockwell Kent in Fiction. For detailed event information, please see the Kent Centennial Events page or the Registration page.

Lady of KentRead about the Landfall Trust recent and current activities with past- president, Andrew Crichton.

CBC NL On The Go Rockwell Kent pod-cast: Enjoy a CBC-On The Go pod-cast with host Ted Blades talking with Caroline Stone, Curator of Collections at The Rooms, about the current Kent exhibit: Pointed North: Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland and Labrador  running at The Rooms from May 31 to September 21, 2014.


The Trust is exploring opportunities to share our arts and cultural heritage programs with new and unique residency offerings. Do you represent or know of an agency willing to co-sponsor a Musician-in-Residence program? Please contact us with your ideas and suggestions.

Listen to an audio recording, about Jake, the Folensbee Estate and the Landfall Trust with Trust board member Robert Frampton, a former student and friend, Remembering Jake. Without Jake's vision, we would not have the Landfall Trust today.

Summer 2014 Artists & Writers-in-Residence

2014 Artists-In-Residence, Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill

Tara & TerryAs collaborators, Tara and Terry work across disciplines from printmaking, animation and photography to documentary filmmaking and sculpture. Employing the strategies of creative non-fiction and meteorology, their most recent study addresses the condition and impact of severe weather. Over the past two summers, the couple participated in two storm-chasing expeditions that were led by world-renowned severe weather expert, Roger Hill. The chase covered more than 6000 kilometres of the Great Plains in search of supercells—rotating storm clouds that are best known for producing anomalies such as baseball-sized hail, tornadoes and flash floods.

During their residency at Brigus, Tara and Terry will be working on a compendium called Brigus: Know Which Way the Wind Blows. Reflecting an archival impulse, the project organizes their interest in weather into two sections: The Daily Report and The Historic Event. The outcome will be housed in a hand-made box combining photographs, drawings and text. Source content ranges from weather lore, to scientific fact, to documenting local accounts and historic events, such as the anniversary of Rockwell Kent’s time in Brigus and the centennial of the S.S. Southern Cross disaster.

Tara works as an Assistant Professor at The University of Waterloo and Terry works as an art director for the CBC. They live together in Toronto, along with their dog named Lipton. Read more about Tara at www.taracooper.com/Tara_Cooper/home.html and taracooper.tumblr.com/.

2014 Writer-In-Residence,  Linda Buckmaster

Linda Buckmaster has lived within a block of the Atlantic most of her life, growing up in "Space Coast" Florida during the Sixties, and living in Midcoast Maine for almost forty years. Former Poet Laureate of her small town of Belfast, Maine, she has published three chapbooks of poetry, and her poems, essays, fiction, and journalism have appeared in regional and national U.S. journals. One of her pieces was a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2014, and her chapbook, Heart Song and Other Legacies, was a winner in the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance annual contest.  Previously Atlantic and Gulf Editor for National Fisherman magazine, her beat was Newfoundland to Brownville, Texas. Currently, she works in a nonprofit and is Adjunct Faculty in the University of Maine System. She has served on numerous arts Boards and has been an organizer of the annual Belfast Poetry Festival. Her special interest is "spirit of place," the interconnection of landscape and geology with the human culture. She is experimenting with hybrid genres of writing. 

Read about Landfall's past Artists and Writers-in-Residence on the Residencies page and view thier albums in the Landfall Facebook photo albums. Thanks!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014: Artist-in-Residence Talk

“This is a bad place to be, not a good place at all.”  Roger Hill (storm chaser and severe weather expert)

Location: St. George’s Heritage Church, Brigus   Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Artistic duo Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill will talk about their most recent project Supercell–The Poetics of a Storm Cloud. Over the past two summers, the couple participated in two storm-chasing expeditions led by world-renowned severe weather expert, Roger Hill. The chase covered more than 6000 kilometers of the Great Plains in search of supercells, rotating storm clouds that are best known for producing anomalies such as baseball-sized hail, tornadoes and flash floods. Their talk includes an introduction to severe weather, stories from their expeditions and a screening of their most recent film. As a collaborative husband and wife team, their work combines documentary filmmaking with printmaking, animation and installation. Free admission, no registration required. Visit Tara at www.taracooper.com/Tara_Cooper/home.html

Saturday, June 28, 2014: Bookmaking Workshop

Location: Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus              Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Learn how to make your own sketchbook or pocket-sized notebook.  Artist Tara Cooper and Designer Terry O’Neill, The Landfall Trust’s 2014 Artists-in-Residence, are offering this hands-on workshop, in which participants will be introduced to bookmaking basics, from folding, tools and materials, to stitching and working with book cloth. Tara will also share her personal collection of artist-made books—often published in small editions or unique artworks, this little library will definitely inspire the avid reader, writer or crafty maker. All materials and a delicious “Landfall Lunch” are included. Registration is $75 per person, and is limited to 10 participants.  To register email admin@landfalltrust.org or call Milly at 722-2239.

Sunday, August 17, 2014: Printmaking Workshop

Location: Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus              Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Follow in the footsteps of Rockwell Kent and learn the basics of woodblock engraving—all in one day!  The Landfall Trust and St. Michael’s Printshop have partnered to organize this hands-on workshop. In the morning, participants will hear about Rockwell Kent’s time in Brigus and soak in the atmosphere of the cottage in which he lived.   In the afternoon, artist Jennifer Morgan will introduce participants to basic engraving technique. Visit Jennifer at www.jenniferleemorgan.ca to see her woodblock engravings.  All materials and a delicious “Landfall Lunch” are included. Registration is $75 per person, and is limited to 10 participants.  To register email admin@landfalltrust.org or call Milly at 722-2239.

Past Events

    Symposium Presenters

    Kent Centennial Symposium Presenters: From L-R: Back row: Peter Neary, Richard West, Will Ross, Jake Wien and Caroline Stone; Front  row: Robert Rightmire, Constance Martin, Milly Brown and Frederick Lewis. Not pictured: Kevin Major, Edward Roberts and Dennis Costanzo. Photo by D. Flynn.

  • Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage, was held on Saturday, June 21, on the occasion of Rockwell Kent’s birthday to unveil the replica of the wooden figurehead that Kent installed at the cottage in 1914.
  • Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage, was held on Saturday, June 21, on the occasion of Rockwell Kent’s birthday to unveil the replica of the wooden figurehead that Kent (left) installed at the cottage in 1914.
  • Kent Centennial Symposium: On May 31, June 1, and June 4, various local, Canadian and American speakers presented on Kent’s art, the history of the period in Newfoundland and Kent’s time here. Events took place at The Rooms in St, John's and in Brigus.
  • September 2013: The Landfall Trust Board of Directors held an Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage to Celebrate Culture Days through-out Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • July 2013: Thanks to all for joining us at the annual Brigus Blueberry Festival. Your support and financial contributions are appreciated!
  • June 2013: Landfall sponsored a wonderful Knit-Along fund raiser at Landfall. The participant had a great time knitting, eating, laughing and smelling the lilacs.
  • February 2013: Landfall Board Member Dr. Milly Brown traveled to the Centennial Celebration of Rockwell Kent in Winona, Minnesota. The week-long festival exhibited Kent's works and activities while building Briarcombe Farms, two Georgian Revival Mansions overlooking the Mississippi River.
  • September 2012: The annual Kent Cottage open house celebrating Culture Days was hosted by the Lanfall Trust directors and writer -in-residence Sara Tilley.
  • July 2012: Landfall was visited by Carlene Roters (www.carleneroters.com) and her husband Frank Merritt, from New Mexico. Carlene's father, Carl Roter, visited and painted in Brigus in 1930. Carlene is now working to return her father's Newfoundland work to Newfoundland.
  • May 2012 saw a wonderfully full Open House on the 20th with over 125 people visiting Kent Cottage. Thanks to all for the most enjoyable spring afternoon at Landfall.
  • 2012 Manning Award Reception at Government House

    The Landfall Trust received the prestigious 2012 Manning Award in the International category. Pictured L-R: The Honourable Edward Roberts (former Lt. Governor), Roy Clarke (Brigus Historic & Conservation Society), Caroline Stone (Landfall Trust Advisory Committee member), Landfall Trust Board members Tony Dearness & Elizabeth Bourgeois, Ralph Trickett (Deputy Mayor, Brigus) and Landfall Board member Dennis Flynn. Photo by D. Flynn.

  • April 2012: the Landfall Trust received the prestigious Manning Award in the International category at the 2012 Awards Ceremony held in St. John's.
  • 2011 was a landmark year for Kent Cottage and the Landfall Trust. Take a moment to catch-up on the events of the past year in the January 2012 Landfall Trust Newsletter.
  • October 2011: Culture Days: A Landfall and Kent Cottage open house was hosted by the volunteer directors on Sunday , October 2.
  • August 2011: Relatives of A.E. Harris, owner of Kent Cottage from 1929-1933, visited Landfall and Kent Cottage during the unveiling cermony of the Cottage Interpretive Signage. The Harrises live in England.
  • May 2011: the first Landfall Open House of the 2011 season with over 75 visitors.
  • June 2010: The annual Landfall Open House was held during our community week with 120 visitors attending.
  • April 2010, Dennis Flynn, of Colliers, Newfoundland, a photographer and writer, published an article for the April 2010 issue of Life is Better Downhome, entitled The Landfall Legacy
  • June 2009: The annual Landfall Open House was held in conjunction with the Bartlett 2009 Celebrations.
  • September 2008: well known Newfoundland artist, Gerald Squires gave a captivating illustrated presentation to a full house at The Rooms, St. John’s featuring works completed during his residencies at Landfall over the past two years. 
  • September 2008 Internationally recognized writer Kevin Major undertook a writer’s residency in late September when he worked closely with students and staff at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts.
  • July 2007: CBC Radio broadcaster, Eleanor Wachtel, writer,and popular host of Writers and Company, gave a sold-out presentation at Memorial University in St. John’s, The Lives of Writers.

Other Landfall Residents Activities Since Opening in 2005:

    Squires Kent Cotttage Print Presentation to His Honour & Mrs. Crosbie

    During their visit to the Kent Cottage Open House in May, 2012, the Honourable John C. Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor Newfoundland & Labrador, and Mrs. Crosbie, are presented the Gerald Squires limited edition print Kent Cottage at Landfall, by Trust President Andrew Crichton. Mr. Squires was Landfall's 2009 Artist-in-Residence.Photo by Dennis Flynn.

  • In 2013: Michael McCormack, the Rooms and Landfall Trust Artist-in-Residence, held an Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage, gave a lecture at St. George's and conducted a tour of his Station installation at the Brigus Tunnel.
  • In 2012, The Rooms sponsored Landfall artist-in-residence,Sam Douglas had a presentation at The Rooms sharing how his Newfoundland experience is influencing his landscape painting. Sam also conducted an artist workshop at Landfall's Kent Cottage. The Trust sponsored Writer-in-Residence Sharon McKay gave a presentation at the Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts.
  • In 2011, artist Veselina Tomova, of St. John's, The Rooms 2011 Landfall Artist-in-Residence, held a one-day sketching workshop for adults at Landfall and another for young people in the Brigus summer recreation program.
  • In 2010, Christy Georg, of Boston, the Rooms 2010 Artist-in-Residence and sailing vessel mariner, provided three knot-tying workshops for local nautical enthusiasts including the Summer Youth Recreation Program in Brigus, Hawthorne Cottage and the Cupids Legacy Centre.
  • In 2009, Gerald Squires, renowned Newfoundland artist, was the 2009 Landfall Artist-in-Residence.
  • In 2008, Temma Gentles, a textiles artist and designer from Toronto, was The Rooms 2008 Artist-in-Residence, and hosted a textiles workshop for children in Brigus.
  • In 2007, Robert Tombs, of Ottawa and graphic designer, was The Rooms 2007 Artist-in-Residence, and hosted a teens poster workshop in Brigus.
  • In 2006, Cecil Day, a print maker from Nova Scotia, was the 2006 Rooms Artists-in-Residence with Sylvia Bendzsa, of St. John's,a painter and visual artist. Cecil conducted a print marking workshop and Sylvia conducted art materials and skectching workshop in Brigus.
  • In 2005, Scott Walden, philosopher and photographer, was the first Rooms Artist-in-Residence at Landfall in 2005. Dr. Walden gave three presentations on the relationships of photography and writing on place, memory and history.