NORTHWEST TREASURES AT EVERY TURN
At Willows, we pay tribute to the artistic expressions unique to the Pacific Northwest,
Throughout our gardens and public spaces, you’ll find artwork by the most highly skilled Northwest Coast Native American artists. This ancient art form integrates spiritual, animal and human reverence for the natural world. Their works often come from the stories of Native American cultures and express the vision and technical virtuosity of the artists.
Widely credited with having restored North Coast Native art to its present high level, Bill Reid is one of the outstanding artists of the twentieth century. His most significant monumental work, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, is featured with a large photo in the lobby. In our gardens, you’ll find two large bronze heads cast from the original work. Photos in the guest rooms reveal textural details of this work, including the hair of Bear Mother, the tail of the Beaver, and the cape of the Conscript. Other outstanding pieces of Reid’s work are located in the lobby.
Reid’s acknowledged successor is Robert Davidson, Haida, whose bronze frog is a signature for the Barking Frog restaurant.
Susan Point is one of the most celebrated woman artists of the Haida tradition. Her glass sculptures in the lodge and the Salmon Pool speak eloquently to the feminine aspects of this art.
JOSEPH KINNEBREW AND
We are proud to have the work of these two non-Native Northwest artists among the Willows Lodge collection. Joseph Kinnebrew’s joyful cast iron and bronze sculptures grace the herb garden and restaurant patio. Cheri Christiansen’s powerful representations of chickens are displayed throughout the lodge in a nod to our rural setting.