Welcome to the Hoffman Center’s Blog!

Hoffman_Center_logo_rgb_smallThis is where you’ll find the latest announcements for our workshops, art camps for kids, the authors presenting at the Manzanita Writers’ Series, as well as other performances in music, magic, and theater.

To see what’s coming up, simply scroll down this page to see all the latest posts.  Or, if you are looking for something specific click on a category (from the list on the right hand side of the screen), and you’ll see all the posts relating to that topic

Along the top of the page, you’ll see additional tabs for more information about the Hoffman Center (just pull down the menu at each tab to get the info you want.)  Enjoy finding out more about us, and we hope to see you soon.

Hiking Book Gets Manzanita Launch

unnamedAuthor Connie Soper will launch her new book “Oregon Coast Trail: 40 Consecutive Day Hikes from the Columbia River to the California Border” Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

The event is free and open to the public.

“I don’t consider my book a traditional trail guide,” said Soper, a part-time Manzanita resident. “I think it’s important for hikers to be aware they are walking through history, along same paths and trails first established by Native Americans and later by settlers.”

Most of the hikes listed include mile-by-mile maps, and provide tips such as which hikes are tide dependent, and how to arrange for boat rides. The book also includes historic and present day photographs, as well as stories about places passed along the way.

Cloud and Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita will provide book sales at the launch event.

“Wine and Weed” Volunteer Day

IMG_5868The next “Wine and Weed” event is on Wednesday, July 29th. Please join us from 4-6.  Weeding, gravel spreading and, a special assignment will be part of the fun!

Beverages, snacks and good conversation will be enjoyed!

We need someone with a gas powered weed eater.

Hope to see you!
Call Karen Babbitt with questions.

“Starry Night” Photos to be Displayed

Starry Night Image wLogo 6072The Hoffman Center will host an artist’s reception Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m., to feature the “Starry Night” collection by Neahkahnie-based photographer Linda Cook.

“Starry Night” includes a wide selection of images of nighttime stars, planets, the moon, the Milky Way, as well as sunsets. Cook will be on hand to offer advice on how to best view and photograph night skies.

“Shooting these images in the dark of night, and being blanketed in stars, planets, and constellations is pure joy for me,” said Cook. “It has become my passion, my pre-occupation.”

Cook uses a full frame digital camera with a wide-angle lense to capture the pictures.

The photographs will also be on display during the Center’s “Once in a Blue Moon” event the night before at 7 p.m. The Friday evening show will feature local individuals and groups performing moon-related music and acts.
All photos will be for sale at both events.


Blue Moon 2015 Graphic 6072Celebrate “Once in a Blue Moon”

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will celebrate “Once in a Blue Moon” Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m., with a variety show featuring local individuals and groups performing moon-themed music and acts.

The event will include a gallery showing of night sky photographs by Linda Cook from her “Starry Night” collection.

“We haven’t seen a Blue Moon since Aug. 2012,” said organizer Tela Skinner, “so this will a be great opportunity to mark the occasion.”

Performers will include Sherrie Wolf, Trillium Blue, the Ferrets, the Rag Tag Singers, and Rosa Erlebach. There will also be a moon song sing-along. Gary Seelig will emcee.

The event will be a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10

A “blue moon” is rare because it happens only when a second full moon appears in any particular month.

Film Series Presents “Death on a Rock”

Death on a Rock Graphic 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the award-winning 2015 film “Death on a Rock” Friday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Scott Ballard, the film follows a young woman whose bright outlook—she loves her job in a flower shop and has a sweet budding relationship with her boyfriend— is rocked by illness.

Days spent in long-term care bring reflection, desperation, and family tension.

The woman’s year of happiness, pain, and growth, are shown through flashbacks and drifting between memories and shifting consciousness.

“Death on a Rock” stars Katy Beckemeyer, Dicky Dahl, and Michael Draper. It was filmed in Portland and Bellingham.

The feature lasts 82 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Director Ballard also did “A Standing Still,” which was screened at the Hoffman Center in May 2015.

View film trailer

Artist’s Reception to Feature Botanical Drawings

1414128The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host an artist’s reception at 3 p.m., Saturday, July 18 to feature the works of Dorota Haber-Lehigh.

Haber-Lehigh will lead a four-week sequence of botanical drawing classes at the Center in August. Weather permitting the students will work in the Hoffman Gardens.

Haber-Lehigh is an artist, educator, linguist and a forager with a passion for native plants. She lives in Seaside and is the author of two coloring/reading books: “ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal Pacific Northwest” and “Native Berries of the Coastal Pacific Northwest.”

Her website is www.dorotahaberlehigh.com

Information about the botanical drawing classes can be found here.

A Message from the Board President

It has been a busy twelve months since I accepted the leadership role on the Hoffman board. I am grateful that you have been there to support us, whether with your volunteer time, financially, or with your attendance. Now it’s important to share some of our accomplishments and plans for the future. Here are just a few examples:

  • Updated our name, logo, and signage to better communicate our mission to residents and visitors,
  • Completed a fabulous new venue for music and workshops in the Hoffman Gardens,
  • Held several new workshops in visual arts, and implemented online registration,
  • Won $5,000 in grants so far this year and completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for the North Coast Squid, our literary magazine.

Click the image above to read more about everything we’ve been up to, as well as our planned initiatives to help the Hoffman Center for the Arts meet its mission.

Along with thanking our donors, I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of many dedicated people, including the Board, skilled contractors, and volunteers for this amazing progress.

To help us continue to achieve our goals, we would like you to consider making a donation or taking the step of becoming a sustaining donor at any level. You could join the 30 families who already give $50 per month to provide steady support we can count on. For just $1.67 a day, you can make a big difference for the arts in our community. If you have online banking, it’s easy to set up a recurring payment. About half our sustaining donors prefer to send a lump sum check or online payment.  Click here to get started.

The Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Therefore, your contribution may qualify for a deduction on your taxes.

Oregonians can also earn a tax credit by matching their gift to the Hoffman Center with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Learn more about this valuable program by visiting culturaltrust.org.

If you have questions or would like more information about any of our activities or the sustaining donor program, please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net and a member of the board will get in touch with you.

We hope you’re enjoying this sunny summer!


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Another Wheel Class added for July 24th



The Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will present another Wheel Throwing workshop Friday, July 24, 2015, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. J S Hauer will lead the class.

This workshop will cover basic clay art and throwing principles and the studio’s throwing equipment along with plenty of hands-on practice time.

The cost is $30 which includes three pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes kiln firing and glazing. The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is $2 per hour.

Studio hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 4; Saturdays 10 – 2.

Questions? Interested in future Clay Studio classes? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Film Series Presents “A River Between Us”

arbuThe Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 documentary film “A River Between Us” Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Jeff Martin and produced by former Oregon State Senator Jason Atkinson, the film tells the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today – Oregon’s Klamath River.

The documentary focuses on the century-old, sociopolitical battle over water rights and the historic coalition that rose to end it.

The struggle has pitted farmers, fishers, ranchers, native tribes, local and regional industry, environmental activists, state politicians, and the federal government against each other

“We created this film to be a cinematic call to action on behalf of the largest restoration project in American history,” said Atkinson.

The film lasts 90 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

View film trailer here

Blue Moon Event coming in July

blue moon logo attemptWe haven’t seen a BLUE MOON since August 2012, but this year we’ll be celebrating ONCE IN A BLUE MOON on Friday, July 31st at Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Join Sherrie Wolf, Trillium Blue, The Ferrets, The Rag Tag Singers, Rosa Erlebach and The Blue Moonies, for music and other moon inspired entertainment and art.

Some of the music you’ll hear:
Blue Moon
Moon River
Moon Shadow
Honky Tonk Moon
Moon Dance
Moon Over Nehalem
Once in a Blue Moon
Harvest Moon
Musicians and Other Performers:
Would you like to sing Elvis’s “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again” or do you know how to Moonwalk?
Do you have an idea for a skit about the moon? No actual mooning.;)
We’d love to hear from you!  Email telaskinner@gmail.com if you are interested.