wood panel detail by Leroy Setziol at Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, Oregon picture

Detail of Leroy Setziol's carved relief panel at the Salishan Lodge.

Tide pools: Salishan Lodge an unexpected treasure

Road Journals Blog—Driving along the Oregon coast on an assignment for Via, I spotted the entrance for Salishan Lodge in Gleneden Beach, just south of Lincoln City. Recalling that an art-savvy friend once told me that Salishan has a terrific collection of Pacific Northwest art, I made a quick turn.

My friend was right. At left is a sample of the treasures I found in the main lodge, a close-up of a wood panel by Leroy Setziol.

When Salishan opened in 1965, it was a showcase of contemporary regional architecture and art. The wood-and-glass architecture still feels quintessentially Northwest, and many of the original paintings, ceramics, textiles, and wooden works by top Northwest artists are still there. The real showstoppers are the fantastic carved wood panels by Setziol, sometimes called the greatest wood sculptor the Northwest ever produced.

I’m always on the lookout for unlikely spots to find top art, in the Northwest and beyond. Any suggestions?

Christopher Hall enjoyed the Salishan Lodge while researching his article, "Pool party," which appears on the cover of the March/April issue of Via.

This blog post was first published in January 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.