Associate professor Frederick Lewis is currently serving as the writer in residence at Landfall, an artist’s retreat in the seacoast village of Brigus in Newfoundland.
Landfall was the home of a succession of artists, writers and educators beginning in 1914, when American painter, author and political activist Rockwell Kent rented and repaired the little cottage that sits high on a cliff side overlooking Brigus Harbor. It became a haven for artists and writers in 2005. This is Lewis’s second three-week residency, having also been so honored in 2011.
The producer, writer, and director of Rockwell Kent: A Documentary, Lewis is now writing a biography of the prolific, peripatetic artist, illustrator and adventurer.
While in Newfoundland, Lewis is also taking part in centennial events commemorating Kent’s time in Brigus, serving as a moderator at a symposium and presenting his documentary at The Rooms, Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s, where an exhibition of Kent’s artwork runs through September 21st.
To hear Professor Lewis discussing Rockwell Kent’s time at Landfall, during which the artist was actually accused of being a German spy, listen to a recent CBC interview visit cbc.ca
To read “The Brigus Spy Scare,” Lewis’s forthcoming article in Newfoundland Quarterly click here.