In one of Skamania Lodge’s most unique collections, ceramic artists Raymond and Jere Grimm share the ancient Native American mythology behind the Bridge of the Gods. Accompanied by written explanations, the Grimm works are intriguing handcrafted ceramic pieces representative of geological formations. This magnificent collection provides a visual history of one of our most important regional landmarks.
Certainly one of Skamania’s most well-known works is the colorful and engaging Intersecting Light Series, an oil painting by the Pacific Northwest’s own Carl Morris. Now known throughout the United States and Europe, Morris’s successful art career was interestingly founded on a variety of mundane positions he held, including that of a carpenter, truck driver and lifeboat builder.
Bright, cheerful colors celebrate the majesty of the eastern Oregon plains in our collection’s oil on canvas by Douglas Campbell Smith. A professor of art and eventual resident of The Dalles, Campbell Smith’s Shadow Buttes captures perfectly the interesting environment and geology located just east of Skamania Lodge.
Purchased for Skamania Lodge in 1993, our large painting by John Simon celebrates the study of light and water on canvas. The work is an engaging celebration of the lively streams that feed the Columbia River. A well-regarded artist from Mount Vernon, Washington, Simon’s work is found in many of the best private and corporate collections here in the Pacific Northwest.
The visual stories of our region’s early Native Americans are, sadly, now under water. Fortunately, many are preserved forever here at Skamania Lodge. The cornerstone of our expansive art collection, hundreds of petroglyph rubbings crafted by the late artist, Jeanne Hillis, can be found throughout the entire property. Acquired on behalf of Skamania Lodge in 1965, Hillis’s detailed rubbings depict the daily lives and interesting beliefs of our native heritage.
We’re pleased to have among our collection two coveted works by the Gorge’s native daughter, Marilyn Bolles. Her passion for her homeland and its history are evident in Lewis and Clark Camp and Columbia Gorge Mist, black and while illustrations that evoke a sense of connection between our region and America’s past.
One of the Pacific Northwest’s most prolific sculpting and wood carving artists, Roy Setziol was commissioned to contribute a commemorative wood carving for the opening of the resort, 25 years ago. The resulting panel is one that changes form subtly based on the changing light. In addition to being a wonderful example of Northwest wood carving, Setziol’s piece reflects the spirit and style of wood carving techniques used by Native American tribes who once lived throughout the Columbia River Gorge.
The Salish weavers of the Pacific Northwest provided the inspiration for the materials and geometrical designs for Monica Setziol-Phillips’s Mahogany and Wool Tapestry. The wood accents compliment the weaving and are used to express the complexities of navigating the Gorge prior to the advent of modern transportation. Setziol-Phillips is the daughter of wood carver Roy Setziol, and remains a popular and active artist in the Pacific Northwest.
Skamania Lodge’s business center is home to numerous original woodcarvings, one of the most impressive of which is a beautiful totem, carved in Northwest red cedar by the late Chief Don Lelooska. Chief Lelooska helped keep alive the traditions and culture of the Pacific Northwest’s coastal tribes until his death in 1996. He is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the carver of the world’s highest one-piece totem, a 140-foot pole.