In Art & Design | By Fogo Island Inn | October 31, 2017

Gerald Squires: An Evening at the Inn

In honour of the late, esteemed Newfoundland artist Gerald Squires, Fogo Island Inn will be hosting a memorable evening of art and literature with invited guest Stan Dragland on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

Stan Dragland, Professor Emeritus in the Department of English, Western University, is a prolific and critically-acclaimed author whose latest work, Gerald Squires (Pedlar Press, 2017), is an art-career retrospective of the eminent Newfoundland artist. Squires was born on Change Islands and received artistic training in Toronto and Mexico before returning to his home province to contribute to the burgeoning arts in Newfoundland. His works touch on a variety of topics, from religious figures to the dispersal and fragmentation of traditional Newfoundland culture.

Through a thorough immersion in Squires’ writings, conversations with his wife Gail Squires, and examinations of lesser-known aspects of this beloved artist's creative journey, Dragland has distilled a representative look at the artist’s sixty years of creation through a variety of media. Featuring full colour reproductions of some of Squires' most significant works, the book is augmented by an appreciation by writer and poet Michael Crummey, himself a fellow native of Newfoundland and Labrador whose canon similarly draws upon the history and landscape of the province. The book was conceived to coincide with a retrospective exhibition of Squires’ work that opened in May at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St John's.

The Gerald Squires evening at Fogo Island Inn will begin at 5:30 pm with a Reception followed by Dragland’s presentation of selected readings supported by projections of some of Squires’ most renown artistic pieces. The presentation will take place in the Cinema and will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing. The event is open to Inn guests as well as members of the community wishing to celebrate this foremost figure in Newfoundland arts.