WAM June 25-26 Frederick Lewis
American Rockwell Kent was a painter, a cartoonist, an illustrator, a muralist, a teacher, a writer, an architect, a thinker, a labour-leader, a world-traveller, a womanizer, a troublemaker and a socialist in the small “s” sense. He also lived in Brigus for about a year, in 1914, 1915, before being run out of town as a German sympathizer, although there is much evidence that Kent’s troublesome relationship with the community had more to do with it than his political beliefs did. The house he occupied is commonly called Landfall, or Kent cottage. The house was made a Heritage Structure in 1988.
The most recent visitor has been Frederick Lewis. He is a documentary filmmaker, one of his films was a three-hour piece Retracing Rockwell Kent, and a Professor at the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University. He is currently writing a Rockwell Kent biography.
I spoke with Frederick and asked him how he got to Landfall.