2019 Events at Landfall

Please excuse our lack of 2019 updates to the Landfall website. We are experiencing technical difficulties. For current Trust activities including the artists, writers and musicians as well as workshops and events, please see the Landfall Trust FB Page. Thank you!

Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 Residencies

MUN logoKaren SoliePoet Karen Solie will be Writer-in-Residence at Landfall's Kent Cottage in late October. This residency is in partnership with the Department of English at Memorial University, where Karen Solie is the university writer-in-residence for the Fall semester.

Nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of her work, Solie's work has received great acclaim, beginning with her debut collection, Short Haul Engine, published in 2001 and shortlisted for the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize; that book won the Pat Lowther Award, the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and the ReLit Award. Her second book of poems, Modern and Normal (2005) was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award, a prize which she won in 2010 for her third volume, Pigeon, which also won the Griffin Poetry Prize that year. In 2013 Bloodaxe Books in England brought out a selection of Solie's poems, The Living Option. Solie's 2015 collection, The Road In Is Not the Same Road Out, was published by Anansi in Canada and Farrar, Straus and Giroux in the U.S. Reviewing the book for Poetry Magazine Jim Johnstone observes that Karen Solie is "already one of Canada’s most internationally acclaimed poets, needing only five books to ascend to the head of her class." She has been described elsewhere as "A sublime singer of existentialist bewilderment," one who "restlessly excavates our civilization, the moments of tough luck, casual violence, naked desire, and inchoate menace...."

Karen will give a poetry reading in late October. Watch our Facebook Page for details!

NL Foll Arts logoKelly McMichael and Maria Peddle of the band RENDERS have been chosen by NL Folk Arts Society as this year’s musicians-in-residence at Landfall.  Kelly McMichael, a keyboard/ vocalist originally from Peterborough, Ontario and Maria Peddle, a multi-instrumentalist and traditional fiddler well known in the St. John’s folk music community, are inspired to create music together.  With their music, undefined by any genres or instruments, they hope to make an indelible impression on the St. John’s music scene. The two-week residency at Landfall will provide them with the time to work collaboratively on material for a full-length album.  Enjoy listening to the recording: "Nature Man" from RPM 2017 by Kelly McMichael and The Gloss. Stay tuned for news of a workshop and/or performance by Kelly and Maria in Brigus in late July or early August. Read more about the Folk Arts Society, Folk Night, other scheduled events and the annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival.

Our Summer 2018 Rooms/Landfall Trust Artist-in-Residence is Thayer Carter. Thanks to the partnership between the Landfall Trust and The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Provincial Art Gallery Division, Carter will be on a creative retreat at Kent Cottage, Landfall, Brigus, from mid-June to mid-July, 2018.

Thayer CarterThe RoomsThayer Carter is a painter and printmaker whose work has been inspired by over 30 years of travels throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia and South America. His pictures, on paper and canvas, are strongly influenced by early American Modernists, ranging from Lyonel Feininger and Charles Sheeler to Lynd Ward and Rockwell Kent. The landscapes that attract him come from both the natural and built environment and are as diverse in their subject matter as the villagescapes of northern New Mexico, the jungles of Asia and the Caribbean, scenes of urban Europe and the coastline of the North Atlantic.  Carter attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and The Arts Students League in New York. His work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Seattle, Santa Fe and Cuenca, Ecuador, with work published in the United States and Europe. Carter was Head Fabricator for the Exhibitions Division of the Museum of New Mexico for 18 years. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.”

Carter’s woodcut prints were recently featured in a regional exhibition at the Albuquerque Art Museum, called “The Carved Line.” His works are included in corporate and private collections. He is represented at art galleries in Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico.

Cordava by Thayer CarterThayer Carter is American artist Rockwell Kent’s grandson. Kent (1882-1971) stayed at Landfall, Brigus in 1914-15, with his family. His daughter Barbara (Carter’s mother) was born in St. John’s in 1915. Brigus provided the inspiration for several of Kent’s early paintings, now in the collections of Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia and Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Carter wrote to the Landfall Trust: “During my stay at Brigus I'll be discovering the uniqueness of this region through daily drawings and watercolors. Once back in New Mexico I’ll convert some of these works into woodcuts. The added benefit to this residency is that I will be living where my ancestors resided. I imagine there will be all kinds of interests and surprises in a place that may somehow feel familiar to me.”

Above Right: "Cordova" by Thayer Carter, woodcut print, 2006, 15.75: x 25.5", edition of 72, Albuquer Museum Collection

Matthew MollettMUN logoThe Memorial University’s Creative Writing Program 2018 Landfall Writer-in-Residence is Matthew Hollett, a writer and visual artist in St. John’s, and the 2018 recipient of the Cox & Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award. Matthew's poetry was awarded the Malahat Review’s 2017 Open Season Award for Creative Nonfiction and he won the 2017 Prairie Fire Short Fiction contest. His work has been published most recently in Prairie Fire and subTerrain. Matthew was selected as the Newfoundland Quarterly Creative Non Fiction Fellow for 2016/2017. In 2016 Matthew was longlisted for the 2016 CBC Poetry Prize. Read more about Matthew on his website.

2018 Workshops, Open Houses, News & Events at Kent Cottage:

Open House 09-2018Please join us on Saturday, September 29, 2018, 2- 4 PM for our fall Culture Days Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage! Click on the poster to the right for details. Hope to see you!

2018 Fund Raising Dinner w Thayer CarterPlease join us on Saturday July 28, 2018 at 6 PM for a Landfall Trust Fund Raising Dinner Event marking the 50th anniversary of American artist Rockwell Kent’s return to Newfoundland as a guest of the people, at the invitation of Premier Joseph Smallwood. Our event will take you back to the July 1968 state dinner, honouring Rockwell Kent. The menu, guests and programme will place you in the moment, and you will meet our guest of honour, Rockwell Kent’s grandson, artist Thayer Carter.

This fundraising event will both entertain you and help ensure the continuance of the arts at Kent Cottage at Landfall, Brigus. After Long Years will take place at the Cupids Legacy Centre, Saturday, July 28 at 6 PM. Cocktails at 6 pm, Dinner at 7 pm, Dress Informal.

For more information please click on the poster to the right or contact Tickets are $70 ( w/ a $35 tax receipt). See you there!

Enjoy Heather Barrett's Weekend AM CBC online story Inside Kent Cottage -A small Home in a Newfoundland village holds the secrets of an American art legend about artist Thayer Carter's residency at Landfall Cottage and his reflections about his grandfather, American artist Rockwell Kent.

Sue MillerPlease join Canadian artist Sue A. Miller for a En Plein Air Painting Workshop on August 18 &19 for the fundamentals and techniques of En Plein Air painting. Plein Air Painting is painting and drawing outdoors in the landscape. The pratice was instilled as an art form by the French Impressionists. Registration: $225 with your own supplies (oils recommended), $325 with professional-grade supplies included. Please contact Jennifer at to register.

In season, when artists, writers and musicians are not in residence, Kent Cottage is available for up to four guests at a time in six night blocks, at a cost of $850.Plan ahead for your 2018 creative retreat! Please see the Cottage Availability page or email for details.

The 2018 season at Landfall's Kent Cottage includes both continuing and new partnerships with The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery Division and Canada Council for the Arts, Memorial Univerity Creative Writing Program, and Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Art Society. Please read more under the Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 Residencies column below.

Recent Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

Sunday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 11, 2018 the Landfall Trust hosted Thayer Carter at the following events: Open House with Thayer Carter, at Kent Cottage, Landfall, Brigus. And, A Presentation on His Works, at St. George’s Church, Brigus. Admission to this public presentation was by donation.

Matthew Hollett workshopSaturday, May 26, 2018: Matthew Hollett, Memorial University Creative Writing Program Writer-in-Residence, at Landfall hosted a Reading of Poems about Photography at the Brigus Public Library.

Saturday July 8, 2017 from 2-4 pm, Amélie and the Landfall Trust Board of Directors held an Open House at Kent Cottage. Amélie also conducted acommunity painting workshop on Wednesday, July 12th.

Sunday, June 11, 2017, Kent Cottage: Newfoundland photographer, writer, and Landfall Trust board member, Dennis Flynn, held an afternoon photography workshop at Landfall. The workshop offered practical tips on how to use your camera's features for better photos and tips for using cell phone and GoPro devices for sports and in harsh evironments. The workshop concluded with a creative walk , review of pictures taken and an afternoon tea.

Cecil DayTuesday, September 27, 2017, 7-9 PM, St. George's Heritage Church, Brigus, NL: Please join Martin and Mary for Conversations about Contemporary Newfoundland and Labrador Art that will explore the question “How do we look at contemporary art differently?” With a range of responses from Newfoundland arts writers we'll take a look at some examples of contemporary art from our province and encourage dialogue about their work. From history to personal taste, looking at contemporary art can be challenging but also fun. This presentation will be of interest to all ageges anf the residents of Brigus who have been actively supporting artists and writers in the Kent Cottage for many years. All welcome, free of charge.

Wednesdays, September 28, 2017, 1 to 3 PM at Landfall's Kent Cottage: Tea Time with the Landfall Writers Martin Poole & Mary MacDonald.

Join Martin and Mary at the Kent Cottage for a cup of tea and a casual conversation about Newfoundland contemporary art. During their residency in Brigus, Martin, Mary, and other guest writers will be working on new pieces of writing for CUSS Journal. All welcome, free of charge.

Right: The Path leading to Landfall's 200 year-old Kent Cottage. Linocuts, Cecil Day, The Rooms 2006 Landfall Trust Artist-in-Residence.

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 2-4 PM Open House at Landfall's Kent Cottage. Visit beautiful Kent Cottage - the heart of the eleven-acre Landfall preserve along the shores of Brigus Bay, overlooking the Town of Brigus and Conception Bay. The cottage was built in the late 1700s or early 1800s and was designated a Registered Heritage Structure by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1988. All welcome, free of charge. Please read more about the three days of Cutlure Days events in communities around the providence at:

Lilian CooperWednesday, July 6, 2016 at 7 PM at St. George's Heritage Church in Brigus.

The Rooms and Landfall's 2016 Artist-in-Residence, Lilian Cooper gave a presentation on her work. Lilian's current Coastlines project maps the rock edges of the north Atlantic coast, including Alantic Canada.

Portrayed at fixed moments in time, her drawings record eroding coastlines. They explore shape, form and structure, studying the fabric of the land.  

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 from 10 AM to 4 PM at Kent Cottage. It's time for the fourth annual Landfall Trust knitters outing. Learn new skills while helping the Landfall Trust! 

Knitters WorkshopYour $65 registration fee will earn you the chance to master a delightful mystery knitting project. Knitting yarns and notions will be provided by Shirl the Purl and an elegant lunch (with vegetarian and gluten-free options) by Milly Brown. Bring only your size 4.00 mm needles, a hearty appetite, lots of enthusiasm, and a folding lawn chair for alfresco knitting in the afternoon if it's a fine day (or your parka if it's not!).

Sunday, June 12th, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM at Kent Cottage. It will be a very special day with a reading by Landfall Board member Milly Brown, honouring the memory of Bradley "Jake" Folensbee, Jr. (right) who enabled the Trust through his 51-year Landfall stewardship. Jake passed in 2004 and would of turned 90 years on June 14, 2016. 

Jake FolensbeeA lifetime educator and amateur artist, Jake’s passing wish was that Landfall be a centre of lifelong learning opportunities for people and organizations to practice the arts and humanities recognizing and benefiting Newfoundland’s unique heritage. Without Jake's legacy we would not have the Landfall Trust today.

Milly read from her piece Dear Jake at the Open House. The 2013 Landfall Writer-in-Residence,

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.

Landfall's Kent Cottage Resident's Activities Since 2005

October 2015: Claire Wilkshire, the Trust's 2015 Writer-in-Residence, read from her novels and conducted the concert of La Rose des Vents, the Francophone Association choir, with accompanist David Green. The concert was held at St. George's Heritage Church in Brigus.

September 2015: Peter Neary, the Trust's 2015 Writer-in-Residence, gave a talk at the Brigus Public Library on September 14th titled Writing Newfoundland Art History: A Personal Narrative

June 2015: Pamela Allen, The Rooms summer 2015 sponsored Landfall Artist-in-Residence conducted two June workshops,at Landfall's Kent Cottage, titled Pictures Out of Fabric and My Quilt My Rules.

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. 

Sylvia BendzaJuly 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.

In 2012, 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.

Above: Sylvia Bendzsa (untitled Brigus Bay from Landfall, 2006)

In 2009, Brian Hoxha, landscape artisit from Toronto, was The Rooms sponsored 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.

Past Events from the Landfall Trust & Kent Cottage

August 2015: The third annual Landfall Trust sponsored Knitters Outing was held at Kent Cottage. Funds raised support Trust programs.

August 2015: The second annual Open House was held at Landfall's Kent Cottage during the annual Brigus Blueberry Festival.

June 2015: The first 2015 annual Open House was held at Landfall's 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 2014 Kent Centennial, a Commemoration of Rockwell Kent in Newfoundland came to a close.  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.

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.

December 2013: 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!

Squires Print Presentation

Squires Kent Cottage 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 a seasonal Landfall Artist-in-Residence between 2007 and 2009. Photo by Dennis Flynn.  

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.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.

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.

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.