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Hoffman Center to Feature Short Films by Teens

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen a selection of films created by teens from throughout the Pacific Northwest for the “Fresh Film Northwest” program at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24. Admission will be $5 and refreshments will be available.

The dozen short films, shown as part of the Manzanita Film Series, were drawn by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its competitions in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Entries were judged on Freshness & Originality, Persuasive Point of View, Emotional Impact, Technical Proficiency, and successful Risk-Taking.

Submissions came from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, and Vancouver, BC. Total running time will be 60 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

 “Words Of Wisdom” (Portland)

A grandmother’s advice spurs a granddaughter into action. (4 min.)

“Leo & Clark” (Portland)

Young men compare notes on the pursuit of happiness. (5 min.)

“Home” (Vancouver, BC)

Abby’s strange powers help her find a world to call home. (8 min.) Winner: Creative Expression Award

“Abduction” (Vancouver, BC)

A story of abduction and lost love. (1 min.)

“Toccata” (Vancouver, BC)

Striving for perfection, piano practice turns to obsession. (3 min.)

“Living Honestly” (Seattle)

What it’s like to come out to families and friends. (7 min.)

“Losing Alberta: Gentrification in Northeast Portland” (Portland)

How gentrification has changed a Northeast Portland community. (11 min.) Winner: Integrative Learning Award

“What I Would Say” (Portland)

True feelings are revealed in hypothetical terms. (6 min.) Winner: Heart Award

“Buster Was A Man” (Everett)

What does it take to break out of a daily routine? (5 min.) Winner: Creative Self Expression Award

“Rectangles & Straight Lines” (Portland)

A cityscape full of patterns, shapes, shadows, and movement. (3 min.)

“Solved” (Portland)

Coming up with a solution under pressure. (1 min.)

“Shakesburn” (Portland)

A stolen tri-cycle, fruitcakes, and clever insults collide. (5 min.)

Raku Ready Discussion

Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Facilitators: Steven and Sharon Gibson 

The beautiful glowing effects of Raku can not be achieved by any other means. But, Raku pottery often fails. We can help!

You are invited to a discussion with Steven and Sharon about how to make a Raku ready pot using the right clay and construction techniques. The firing session will be held  in late May or early June. Date to be set depending on weather.

You must have pottery experience to participate the Raku discussion and firing
Space is limited to 12.

Fee is $5.  Sign up online by using the Add to Cart button below or mailing your check for “Raku Ready” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Author Laurie Frankel to Read From Her New Novel

Laurie Frankel will read from her third novel This is How It Always Is
Saturday, March 18, 2017 ~ 7 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts,Manzanita
 

This is How It Always Is involves a family of five boys, the youngest of whom becomes a girl. Frankel has drawn on her own experiences as a parent with a transgender daughter, to write a novel for anyone who has to toss out the best laid plans in the face of the unexpected, and for anyone who finds changes both terrifying and miraculous.

 “Well-plotted, well-researched, and unflaggingly interesting…As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.”―Kirkus

 “Frankel’s slightly askew voice…keeps the narrative sharp and surprising. This is a wonderfully contradictory story—heartwarming and generous, yet written with a wry sensibility.”
―Publisher’s Weekly

 “It’s early days, but this big-hearted novel about a family with a transgender child is in the lead for the most sensitively and sincerely told story of 2017… Frankel’s portrayal of even the most openhearted parents’ doubts and fears around a child’s gender identity elevates this novel. -People (Book of the Week)

 Frankel is the author of two previous novels, The Atlas of Love and Goodbye for Now. She lives in Seattle with her daughter and husband.

Frankel will offer a workshop during the day on “Project Journaling” from 1 to 3:30 pm.

Journaling about your writing project increases your productivity and publishing success. It works no matter what you’re writing (novel, memoir, short stories, nonfiction, poetry, blog posts). Most published authors use some version of this tool.

The idea is that in addition to writing whatever you’re writing, you also write about it — your goals/milestones, your thoughts about directions to go next, realizations about what you need to go back and fix, research done and how it might be incorporated, research that still needs doing, problem-solving, to-do lists. Learn how to make the most of this tool.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

 
Following Frankel’s reading and Q&A in the evening, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local or visiting writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will
be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue)
For further information contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

The Arts Count

The Arts Count: Tell Us Your Story
Funding for arts and culture is in jeopardy, both nationally and in Oregon. As a community art center, the Hoffman Center for the Arts wants to shine a light on all the ways the arts have had an impact on people’s lives. We will share a selection of these stories with the community at-large and at various advocacy opportunities this spring to make sure our legislators know the value we place on the arts. Help us by sharing your story from February 14, 2017 through April 23, 2017.

How have the arts affected your life?
Tell us in your own words how the arts have made a difference in your life. How have they have brought you joy? Helped you solve problems. Connected you to a community. We want to know.

Leave a comment below or send us a postcard at Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, 97130. We’ll also be collecting your stories at all our events and workshops over the next couple of months.

We also encourage you to show up for any of these advocacy opportunities.
While most of the Hoffman’s funding comes from individuals, we also benefit from State funding. Since our beginning, the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (a conduit of support from the Oregon Cultural Trust), has helped fund the installation of our first kiln, events like the Dark & Stormy Festival and the Word & Image Project, and most recently a sizable grant to help us launch our online learning platform. The Oregon Humanities has provided speakers for important conversations. The Oregon Arts Commission gave us a small operating grant just this year. Without this support, our programming wouldn’t be what it is today.

Friday, March 3, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
TILLAMOOK
Help us protect public funding for arts, heritage and the humanities in Oregon. Use this opportunity to tell budget writers we must protect funding for arts and culture in Oregon.

 Monday, April 24, 2017
Advocacy Day 2017 for Arts and Culture–Join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition for advocacy training, meetings with elected leaders and an opportunity to meet with your legislators.
11AM-2PM
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room 50
Salem, OR
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-day-2017-tickets-28768942682
Register here: http://www.oregonculture.org/take-action/

In case you plan to be in Washington, DC
March 20-21
Arts Advocacy Day
Americans for the Arts, http://www.americansforthearts.org
Washington DC

 

 

Strengthen Your Paintings Class offered on July 8-9, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a two-day “Strengthen Your Paintings: The Foundation of Composition and Value” workshop the weekend of July 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Led by Eugene-based Carolyn Gates, a frequent Hoffman Center instructor, the class is designed for students age 18 and up. Beginning level is fine. Some drawing skills preferred, but not necessary.

Tuition for the workshop will be $100, with a possible materials fee. The class will be limited to 10 students.

“Strengthen Your Paintings” will focus on concepts that are foundational to the art. “Day 1 will cover the elements of good composition. These are the bones of any painting,” said Gates. “Day 2 will explore value, the lights and darks, which are the muscle behind what makes a painting really work.”

“This class will include both lecture and hands on application of the concepts,” she added. “It is geared to the beginning student who wants to delve a little deeper. Examples and demonstrations will emphasize watercolor, but other mediums can also benefit from this class.”

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, Calif., and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. She won a commission in 2004 to paint the Stations of the Cross for a permanent installation at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church outside Portland.

She has been awarded several private commissions in watercolor and colored pencil and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Interested persons can register for “Strengthen Your Paintings” via the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Saturday, June 24.

 
Questions about the “Strengthen Your Paintings” can be addressed to Gates at carolyngates@comcast.net. Her website is www.cmgates.com.

 

 

Class: Expand Your Digital Creativity on May 6, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer an “Expand Your Digital Creativity” workshop Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wes Cropper, who taught a digital arts class at the Center in 2014, will lead the workshop. He lives in Portland. Fellow artists Jim Hockenhull, of Salem, and Lorraine Richey, of Portland, will accompany him.

Tuition will be $55, with a $25 materials fee. The class is designed for students 12 and up, and is limited to 20 participants. The registration deadline is Saturday, Apr. 15.

“Expand Your Digital Creativity” will cover the basic parameters of digital arts, hardware and software needed for different approaches, starting concepts, narrative content, specific images and goals, and flow of process.

Participants will be encouraged to bring examples of work they have done, even if it’s little more than an enhanced photograph. Suggestions will be offered on ways to take things further, using whatever devices and apps are available. Group discussion will be encouraged at every stage of class.

Examples of Cropper’s art will go on display at the Center beginning Friday, Apr. 21, with an artist’s reception from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

Cropper’s website is www.udoart.com.

Hockenhull’s website is   www.jimhockenhull.com/about.html.

Richey’s website is www.lorrainericheyphotography.com.

Interested persons can register for “Expand Your Digital Creativity” on-line using the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Thursday, Apr. 20.

 
Questions about the class can be referred to cropper at wes@provenmedia.net.

Images pictured above by artists from left to right: Wes Cropper, Jim Hockenhull, Lorraine Richey

Quilling Class Set for April 22, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Paper Gone Wild” quilling class in April for students 8 to 80.

Led by award-winning quilling artist Kim Nickens, the class will meet on Saturday, Apr. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition will be $30, with a $25 materials fee. The class is limited to 12 students.

Students will use quilling tools and paper to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork. The class will teach basic techniques and information on the history of the art form. Each student will leave with a completed project, card, ornament, or hairpiece.

The term “quilling” is thought to come from the origin of the art in which bird feathers or quills were used to coil strips of paper around. The art is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt or China. In later years, quilling was practiced throughout Europe as a leisure activity for the affluent.

Nickens is an award winning quilling artist from Portland with work represented by several venues, including The Real Mother Goose Gallery in downtown Portland, and Portland International Airport.

Interested persons can register for “Paper Gone Wild” using the “add to cart” button below. The deadline for registration will be Thursday, Apr. 20.

 
Questions about the class can be referred to Nickens at papercutkim@aol.com. Her website is www.papercutkim.com.

PoetryFest 2017

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
PoetryFest 2017
Friday, March 31 through Sunday April 2
with Carl Adamshick and Emily Kendal Frey

Sign up online using the Add To Cart button at the bottom of this page.

Last year’s PoetryFest 2016 was the first 3-day event sponsored by Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

“All 24 registration spots filled before we could even get a press release out,” says Phyllis Mannan, one of the event coordinators. This year registration will open February 15 after press releases go out.

Three days of poetry workshops, writing, reading, networking…all immersed in the inspiration and creativity that a long beach weekend provides. What’s not to like?

Event organizers were pleased to see so many writers from Portland, as well as up and down the coast join local participants for the weekend in 2016, and hope to see a good mix again this year.

The participants all said they would return to PoetryFest in future and recommend it to others. “I feel very renewed and inspired,” said Jennifer Dorner.

The topics for 2017 are Moods and Modes.

The workshops will focus on understanding poems as modes of expression. Classes will include discussion not of poems of formalized structure like sonnets, haiku, villanelle or pantoums, but rather of poems with a mode and governing purpose like elegies, odes, aubades (love poems about dawn), blazons (poems in which the speaker describes his lover’s body) and epithalamiums (wedding poems).  Participants will then pick, choose and invent their own modes of expression and ascribe different tones and feelings to each mode.

The workshops will begin with lecture/discussion and will include ample opportunity for generative writing.

Carl Adamshick is the author of Curses and Wishes, which won the Walt Whitman award from the Academy of American Poets and Saint Friend, published with McSweeney’s. Both titles received an Oregon Book Award. He has taught at Catlin Gabel and lectured at Stanford University and the American International School in Vienna, as well as being a writer in-residence at the William Stafford Archive at Lewis and Clark College. His work has been published in Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, The Missouri Review and Narrative. He is a founder and editor at Tavern Books, a non-profit press dedicated to poetry and the preservation of books.

“This tone of voice, Carl Adamshick’s, is a new one, a voice
that cannot be faked and bears the marks of having been earned.”
— Marvin Bell, judge for the Walt Whitman Award

Emily Kendal Frey is the author of several poetry collections, including The Grief Performance, winner of the 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and Sorrow Arrow, winner of the 2015 Oregon Book Award. She teaches at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Marylhurst University, Portland Community College and Portland State University.

Wily, witty and weird, often haunting, sometimes heartbreaking,
[Frey’s] poems…dive deep, for all their individual brevity.
—Dana Levin, judge of 2012 Norma Farber First Book Award

Fee for the weekend of workshops and an introductory networking evening on Friday is $165 through March 15 and $195 after. Register online using the button below.

 

Hoffman to Screen Documentary “Speaking of Dying” on Feb 28

The Art of Aging/Dying Series presents the film “Speaking of Dying” with a follow-on discussion on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 3 to 5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series will show a short documentary film titled “Speaking of Dying” created by Heartwork out of Seattle. There will be a discussion afterwards led by locals Claudia Johnson and Lane deMoll. Fee for the session is $5.

If you haven’t attended one of our conversational sessions before, this afternoon session is a great place to start.  Basic information beautifully crafted. This film and gathering promises to open up the conversation for all of us.

“There is so much taboo,” says Chaplain and facilitator Trudy James of Heartwork, “We live in a death-denying culture. In families where this has not been discussed, it leaves people in the position of making complex and difficult decisions without anything to go on.”

Far too many of us die in ways we would not wish to — often in ICUs, tethered to feeding tubes, in intolerable pain, or unconscious and unable to say a meaningful goodbye to our life and those we care about.

Viewing this film will inspire and encourage you to talk to your friends, family, health care agents and medical providers about your own end-of-life choices and wishes. “Speaking of Dying” will help you believe that your life can have a peaceful and meaningful ending that will be a gift to yourself, and to your loved ones.

The Art of Aging/Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner,  telaskinner@gmail.com.

Ceramic Address Plaques

Monday, March 13, 2017 from 10 – 2  (lunchbreak 12:00-12:45)
Instructor: Pam Jacobson

Pam will guide you step by step through the process of making your own personalized house number or name plaque from clay. In 4 hours, you will have completed a painted plaque that will be fired and finished for you. All levels of skill welcome!

Cost is $40 and covers clay, glazes, oxides, firing, and use of tools.

Space is limited to 10

Sign up online using the button below or by mailing your check for “House Plaques” to Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon, 97130.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com