Take Time Out to Space Out!

By Ann Powers | Wednesday, February 20, 2019

There’s always more to explore along the North Oregon Coast … for instance, the unknown. While that may include a new restaurant, an outdoor activity you want to check off your bucket list or a vintage store you’ve been meaning to check out, it could also be Spaceness: the annual weekend-long artistic celebration of time, space and the unknown through experimental art, media and performance.

Freaky? Yes, in the best possible way. Worth the journey? Absolutely!

Hosted by the Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort in historic Seaview, Washington, the free event is open to the public and scheduled for Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 3.

This year’s Spaceness theme explores entering the 21st century with innumerable human theories and logical arguments explaining our galaxy and universe but fall short of adequately addressing what we don’t know. Or as the event organizers describe it, the things which “baffle and confound our species – truths that may evade us for eternity.”

Now in its fifth iteration, Spaceness showcases unique art installations, artwork, music, dance, narrative text, video, audio clips, sensory exhibits, workshops and more at the Sou’Wester and in the adjacent forest, along the seashore and throughout other untamed spaces of the scenic area.

This year’s featured artist is Alison Jean Cole, a self-proclaimed, “lifelong rock and mineral nerd.” She says she spends a huge chunk of time traveling in search of “cool rocks to chop up” – which she turns into some pretty amazing jewelry. Check out her work and products here. You can also sign up for one of her Women’s Rockhounding Trips through @wildcraftstudioschool.

The Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort is kind of a funky work of art itself. Thandi Rosenbaum, Sou’wester owner and operator, never intended to run just a hotel. She says the vision has always had deeper roots aligned with community, camaraderie and creativity.

So very true. The Lodge is a medley of accommodation options including suites, cabins, vintage travel trailers, RV spaces and campsites on the Long Beach Peninsula. There’s also cool programming and amenities including ongoing live music, workshop series, weekly wellness classes, artists residency programs, Garden Spa & Finnish Sauna, Honor (system) Store, The Thrifty (a vintage store inside a vintage trailer), Art Trailer Gallery (a 1960’s Aloha rescued from a neglected RV park and transformed into a gallery), an outddor kitchen, free bikes to use during your visit and a pavilion. The place scores high on unique and unusual places to have your next retreat, small gathering or wedding.

While visitors are encouraged to stay throughout the weekend, Thandi says the Sou’wester is booked for the event. However, there are other great places nearby to rest your bones, like the Seaview Motel & Cottages, Adrift Hotel or Salt Hotel & Pub.

Spaceness kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday with a UFO breakfast at 10 a.m. For a detailed schedule of artists and events:

Friday, March 1
7 p.m. - Matt Emmons: Human Song / Lodge (live music)
8 p.m. - Shelby Menzel: The Enchanted Cryptid / Lodge
9 p.m. - Lisa Ward: Safe Passage / Beach

Saturday, March 2
7 a.m. - (Sunrise) - Julia Barbee: A Fungus Among Us / Forest
Noon - Workshop with Plastic Vision Art Collective & Jesse Mejia / Beach
2 p.m. - Workshop with Carson Ellis / Lodge
6 p.m. - Space Champion IV : Earthness! / Champion Recording Studio Trailer
7 p.m. - kalaija mallery x maximiliano: out of nothing comes / Pavilion
8 p.m. - Old Unconscious: Lost Traveler, Broken Reception / Lodge
9 p.m. - Nick Bindeman, Jesse Carsten, Matt Henderson, Max Katz, and Dan Sasaki: The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: A Visio-Sonic Exploration for Altered Destinies / Pavilion

Sunday, March 3
10 a.m. - Jodi Cavalier: UFO Breakfast / Pavilion (Which includes Flying Saucer Breakfast Tostada with beans, shredded lettuce, smothered in New Mexico green chile and topped with a sunny side up fried egg. Feast while listening to an experimental sound piece re-telling the alleged 1947 UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico.)

These installations and artworks are ongoing throughout the weekend:
Portland Garment Factory: Cosmic Closet / Cabin 8
Earth Babies: Revelations from the H.H. Holler Archive / Cabin 10
FUTEL: Telephone Calls from the Future / West Phone Booth
Mixed Needs & Jesse Meija: Line of Karman / Pavilion
Megan Schvaneveldt: Vast Scents / Forest 10am til Sunset
Sarah Turner: Grounding Aura Reader / Cabin 7
Carson Ellis & Hank Malloy: Introduction to Galactic Alienology / Cabin 9
DaVideo Tape: EncounterZ II / Murphy Room
William Rihel: Spaceness Codex / Lodge

Thandi says it’s also not too late to sponsor a Spaceness artist or part of the event. For details on that and more about the weekend, go here or give the Sou'wester a call at (360) 642-2542. The Lodge is located at 3728 J Place in Seaview. 

Make sure to check our Daytime EventsNightlife and Community Events pages for even more adventures along the Northern Oregon Coast. Also, we’d love to hear about your Pacific Northwest activity reccomendations in the comments section below!

All images courtesy Sou’wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer Resort.

About the Author Ann Powers
Ann Powers is a reporter and writer who has lived and worked on the Oregon Coast. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and currently working on her master's degree in multimedia journalism at the University of Oregon's Portland campus. Originally from Wisconsin, she now calls Oregon home, describing it as, "the Midwest of the Pacific Northwest," due to its dairy-state status, beautiful environment and friendly people.