News & Current Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

We join the Newfoundland and Labrador artworld in mourning the death of Gerald Squires this past weekend. Well-regarded and loved for his distinctive portrayals of the land and and its rocks, his passion for the Beothuk presence, and an engaging conversationalist, he will be missed.

Gerry was Artist-in-Residence at Landfall in the summers of 2007-2009. During his time there, he captured the magic of the place in his work, and showed his generosity in allowing the Trust to reproduce the print, Kent Cottage at Landfall. It was an honour and a delight to have him share Landfall with us.

Kent Cottage at Landfall by Gerald Squires







Gerald Squires 


Above: Kent Cottage at Landfall, Gerald Squires, water colours, 2009. Right: Gerald Squires, Self-Portrait at Landfall Cottage, charcol on paper, 2009.

Elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, appointed to the Order of Canada, recipient of the Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee Award and inducted to the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council's Hall of Honor, Gerald painted from a full palette.

2016 Artisit-in-Residence Application Now Open

The RoomsThe application period is now open for The Rooms and Landfall Trust 2016 Artist-in-Residence at Landfall's Kent Cottage.

The application period closes November 1, 2015. See The Rooms website for information and details.

Summer 2015 Artist-in-Residence

Pamela Allen exhibits regularly in both Canada and the U.S. Her work has traveled to Europe, Japan and Taiwan.  Pamela has enjoyed several working vacations in El Paso Texas, Tucson Arizona, Ventura California, Tuscany Italy, and an artist’s residency in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland. She works at her art full time and enjoys a spacious studio in her Kingston, home.

Pamela AllenPamela received her B.F.A. from Queens University and has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Fine Art department at Queen’s University (Kingston)  Since 2002, Pamela has been leading workshops for fabric art in Canada and the U.S.  She has won numerous awards for her quilts, and exhibited in many national and international quilt art exhibitions.

Pamela has had her work published in the Quilting Arts Magazine, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine, and the Canadian Quilters Magazine. Her work has been included in the recently published Masters: Art Quilt, and 500 Artquilts (Lark books) and Creating with Fabric (Tweetiejill Publisher).  Pamela has made an instructional DVD as well, called THINK LIKE AN ARTIST! In 2012 she was awarded the Teacher of the Year by the International Professional Quilters Association. 

Read more about Pamella Allen and view her textiles and other works on her website at Pamelart.

The Landfall Trust has been working with The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Divisionand to host artist at Landfall's Kent Cottage since 2005. The Rooms supports, along with its partners, a series of Summer Artist-in-Residence programs. The Canada Council for the Arts is the sponsor for funding the artists’ honoraria.

Read more about The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, the Museum, Exhibit, Provincial Archives and its many Programs on The Rooms website.

Summer 2015 Writer-in-Residence

This year The Landfall Trust is sponsoring two 2015 Writer-in-Residence programs.

Claire WilkshireClaire Wilkshire is a writer, editor, teacher and translator based in St. John’s. 

Claire studied English and French at Memorial and completed an MA at McMaster and a PhD in English literature at UBC. She taught English and French at Memorial University for 15 years before deciding to launch a new career as a freelancer.

Her stories, book reviews, and articles have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. Her first novel, Maxine, was published in March 2013 by Breakwater Books. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as Grain, The New Quarterly, Event, and The Fiddlehead. She edited, with John Metcalf, the anthology Writers Talking (Porcupine's Quill, 2003). She’s a founding member of the Burning Rock writing group, and a member of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Claire’s current fiction project is a young adult fantasy novel set in St. John’s. Read more about Claire Wilkshire, her projects and blog on her website.

Peter NearyPeter Neary was born on Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, and is a graduate of Memorial University and the University of London. This is Peter's second visit to Landfall having participated in The Rooms and Landfall Trust sponsored 2014 Kent Centennial.

Peter has written extensively on the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the author of Newfoundland in the North Atlantic World, 1929-1949 (1988) and On To Civvy Street: Canada’s Rehabilitation Program for Veterans of the Second World War (2011), the co-author of Part of the Main: An Illustrated History of Newfoundland and Labrador (1983), and the editor of White Tie and Decorations: Sir John and Lady Hope Simpson in Newfoundland, 1934-1936 (1996).

Peter's contributions to the art history of Newfoundland and Labrador include essays on Clare Bice, Frederic Edwin Church, Alan Collier, Maurice Cullen, and Rhoda Dawson. He is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

Recent Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

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

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.

Kent BooksThe 2014 Kent Centennial, a Commemoration of Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland came to a close last September.  Kent lived at Landfall in 1914-15. Please see the Kent Centennial pages for in-depth information about Kent, the Centennial and the 2014 summer events.

Join six authors and friends of Landfall in the spring issue of the Rockwell Kent Review, published by the Plattsburg State Art Museum, including articles from our own Milly Brown and Caroline Stone.

N by NWJoin Frederick Lewis and his Rockwell Kent article The Brigus Spy Scare published in the summer 2014 issue of the Newfoundland Quarterly.

Join Landfall's Dennis Flynn and his recent article Rockwell Kent, Artist and Enigma published in the June 2014 issue of Downhome Magazine.

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. Above & below: photographs by Dennis Flynn, Landfall Trust Board member.

Past Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

    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.

  • September 2014: The Landfall Trust Board of Directors held an Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage to Celebrate Culture Days throughout Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • September 2014: The second annual Landfall Trust sponsored Knitters Outing was held at Kent Cottage. Funds raised support Trust programs.
  • August 2014: Thanks to all for joining us at the annual Brigus Blueberry Festival. Your support and financial contributions are appreciated!
  • June 2014: 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.
  • Read about the Landfall Trust 2013 activities with past- president, Andrew Crichton.
  • 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.
  • August 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 Outing 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 ( 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. Richard, his wife Audrey and duaghter Sharon 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 Resident's Activities Since 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.

  • June 2015: Pamela Allen, The Rooms summer 2015 sponsored Landfall Artist-in-Residence conducted a June Pictures Out of Fabric workshop at Landfall's Kent Cottage.
  • September 2014: Linda Buckmaster, the 2014 Landfall Writer-in-Residence, presented a reading on The Poetry  Coast of the North Atlantic at the Brigus Public Library. 
  • July 2014: Artistic duo Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill, The Rooms 2014 Landfall Artists-inResidence, presented a talk about their most recent project Supercell–The Poetics of a Storm Cloud.
  • 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, Brian Hoxha, was the 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.