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Art of Dying: Readings on January 24, 2017

Join the Art of Dying Conversation on Tuesday, January 24th from 3 to 5 pm to consider readings about death and daying.
We invite you to bring short (10 minutes or less) written pieces – prose or poetry – about aging, death, dying  to read aloud to the group. Or just come, listen and discuss. Original work about your own experiences and other writers’ work will be included.
The conversation we will share around the pieces promises to be as moving, heartfelt and healing as all our events have been to date. Questions? Contact Lane deMoll at lane@nehalemtel.net.

PoetryFest 2017

Hoffman Center for the Arts opens registration February 15 for PoetryFest 2017 which is scheduled Friday, March 31 through Sunday April 2, with Carl Adamshick and Emily Kendal Frey 

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. Click here to register.

PoetryFest is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR (across the street from the North Tillamook Library). For further information please contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Workshop: Build A Perfect Birdhouse on April 8, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will present a workshop “Build the Perfect Birdhouse” on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch.

The class will be led by Wes Cropper.  Wes has a long history in the art of model making, constructing with paper and wood. Birdhouse construction processes fulfill his passion for 3D spaces, shapes and forms.  He has built several birdhouses for family and friends and is happy to encourage the natural community of birds with suitable housing, while reclaiming and restoring materials to their usefulness.

Students will choose from 2 basic models, “Classic”, or “Modern” and prepare, assemble and customize with your own creative taste.
You will learn various techniques to make your birdhouse beautiful…painting, staining, engraving, wood burning etc.,
You will complete the project by preparing your house for installation to a wall, post, or hang from a tree branch. Your birdhouse will be a lasting beautiful addition to your back yard, built with environmentally responsible reclaimed materials.

Also, learn useful tips for your new birdhouse, including
–The best tree house locations
–The right opening for the right bird
–Shrubs and plants that attract your favorite birds, and which birds live in your area
–Birdhouse maintenance and upkeep

Tuition for the class is $48, with a materials fee of $25, payable directly to the instructor.

Click here to register for the class.


Writers’ Series Features Arthur Bradford on February 18, 2017

Arthur Bradford will read from his short story collection, Turtle Face and Beyond, at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Arthur Bradford is an O Henry Award winning writer and Emmy-nominated filmmaker. His writing has appeared in Esquire, McSweeney’s, Vice, Men’s Journal, and many other publications. His first book, Dogwalker, has been translated into ten languages.  He’s published two children’s books, Benny’s Brigade and 43 Monsters, along with the current collection of short stories, Turtle Face and Beyond.

“Beautifully bent, generous, and funny…” — Vanity Fair

“Arthur Bradford’s work is uncategorizable and unprecedented, but if pressed, you could call it the improbable spawn of Raymond Carver and Roald Dahl. His stories are hilarious and strange…” — Dave Eggers

“One of the funniest, smartest, tallest writers at work in America today.”             — Zadie Smith

“The most outlandish and energetic writer I can think of.”  — David Sedaris

Bradford is also creator and director of the acclaimed “How’s Your News?” documentary series, versions of which have been broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, PBS, and Channel Four England.

Bradford brought his writer’s sensibility to a recent film project in which he documented the creation of the TV show South Park for Comedy Central.  The film, “Six Days to Air” was nominated for an Emmy Award, in part because of the unprecedented intimate access to the writer’s room of the show.

Bradford will offer a workshop during the day on “What Can Writers Learn From South Park?” from 1 to 3:30 pm.

At first glance this crude animated show might appear to offer few lessons for the serious fiction writer, but Bradford discovered that the unconventional way this show is produced offers valuable lessons for anyone engaged in creative pursuit, especially writers.

In this workshop Bradford will show clips from his film and discuss which lessons apply to writers in general.  Participants should come prepared to write.  This is a fiction/non-fiction writing workshop.

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40. Register for the class here.

Following Bradford’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 “A Good Idea That Turned Bad.” Admission for the evening reading is $7.


Mid-Winter Blues Concert on Friday, January 20, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a concert featuring the blues played by a variety of local musicians. The concert is Friday, January 20th at 7 p.m. and admission is $10 at the door.

Do you want to ward off those mid-winter blues? Come hear local musicians playing the blues in an intimate setting at Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

This concert will feature North Tillamook County bands Sedona Fire, the Ferrets, and The Gospel Trio with Joe Wrabek. Individual performers Fred Lackaff, George Van Meter, Mark Balmer, Bob LaTorre, Scott Warren, and others will round out the bill.

Some of these performers will also serve as “utility musicians” ready to sit in and jam with bands and individuals. The idea is to encourage musical cross-fertilization and synergistic energy among local musicians; assuring the audience an entertaining evening full of spirit and spontaneity.

Doors open at 6:30. The Hoffman Center for the Arts is located at 594 Laneda Avenue. All proceeds will benefit the Hoffman in its mission to bring arts, culture, and education to North Tillamook County.

If you have questions please contact:

Gary Seelig
cell: 360-620-2685
hm: 503-368-7633

Author Reading for MLK Weekend 2017: Helen Hill

Join us on Saturday, January 14th at 7 pm for an author reading and community conversation.  Helen Hill will read from her book A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County. Following the reading, there will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity to share stories.  A $5 donation is suggested.

A beautiful woman is branded with a hot iron by masked men at midnight. Bands of citizen vigilantes are asked to hunt down and shoot union agitators in the lumber mills. Bootleggers hide moonshine stills deep in the old growth woods. An airplane dragging a burning cross crashes onto the fairgrounds during a KKK rally.

Is this a Hollywood movie? No, this is Tillamook County, Oregon in the 1920s.

What secrets does this seemingly tranquil stretch of coastal paradise hold? Many are surprised to learn that dark trends of fear and intolerance have swept through the area like the cyclical forest fires that have raged in the nearby mountains. And, like the forest fires, the causes are difficult to pinpoint, and the remedy and prevention even more elusive.

Through close scrutiny of historical archives, period books and newspapers, personal interviews, and a rare trove of Tillamook Ku Klux Klan papers housed in the Special Collections Library at the University of Oregon, A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County seeks to avert future fires by exposing the roots of hatred and racism as deeply and accurately as possible.

“My aim was to investigate fear and intolerance as close to home as possible in an effort to understand the roots and cycles. It’s not that Tillamook County is different, either worse or better than any other county, it just happens to be where I live.” —Helen Hill

A founding member of the Bay City Arts Center, Hill wrote the plays Time Out of Mind, The Train Station Trilogy, Evening Gloves, and Perfection, and has written several books and essays, most recently “Not Built for Ghosts,” in the Spring 2016 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine.

This is one of three events for the Martin Luther King, Jr weekend put on by the Oregon Coast Love Coalition.  For information about the other events, contact LaNicia Williams at 425-243-3765 or coastalsoulnw@gmail.com.

Sketchbook Class is Back in March 2017

Living the Sketchy Life is back!

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a three-session “Living the Sketchy Life” workshop in March 2017 for adults – beginners to experienced.

Led by Manzanita artist Renee L. Delight, classes will meet on Wednesdays, March 15, 22, and 29, from 10 a.m. to noon. Tuition will be $60 for all three sessions.

As before, the class will cover drawing fundamentals, materials and supplies, experimenting with different drawing mediums, developing a sketchbook habit, and creative problem solving—all through the enjoyable use of a sketchbook.  It will also encourage and develop a very deep and joyful way of engaging in the world around us.  All sketching and drawing will be done from life and all skill levels welcome.

Students can bring their own equipment or the instructor will provide a sketchbook and drawing tools for a one-time $12 materials fee.

Delight is a plein air painter and avid sketchbook user. She received training in classical realism at the Ashland Academy of Art, and can often be found painting year-round on north Oregon coast beaches.

Interested persons can register for “Living the Sketchy Life” here.

Questions about the class can be referred to Delight at r.l.delightfineart@gmail.com. Her website is www.rldelight.com

Beginning Stained Glass Workshop on Feb 25, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Beginning Stained Glass” class Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Led by artist Jo Newhouse of Manzanita students will create a small stained glass hanging. Instruction will cover pattern-making basics, glass cutting, copper foiling, and soldering.

Tuition for the class will be $40 and will include all materials for the class.

Newhouse has been creating stained glass hangings, windows, and more for the last 35 years and first learned the art in a class much like this one.

Interested persons should register by Feb. 17 for “Beginning Stained Glass” here.

Questions about the class can be sent to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

Art of Aging: Advance Directives, POLST Forms, and more

If you were to experience a medical emergency, would the EMT’s be able to get to you? Would they know the best treatment based on your medical history and current meds? Would they know your preferences?

Join us for an Art of Aging Conversation from 3 to 5 on Tuesday January 10, 2017 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita to learn how to answer “yes” to all of the above questions.

A representative of the Rinehart Clinic will discuss completion of POLST forms (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and Advance Directives, and the difference between the two.

Frank Knight, current Training Officer of the Nehalem Fire District and long time EMT, will talk about some of the issues EMTs run into in emergency response situations.

Join us to learn and to get your questions answered…and to make sure you are prepared.

Suggested donation is $5.

Ingrid Thoft to Lead Writing Workshop on November 18, 2017

The Manzanita Writers’ Series presents a workshop “Mastering Murder” on November 18, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

No, this isn’t a workshop to teach you how to be an assassin.  But, it can help you write from the point of view of one.

Want to demystify the process of writing a mystery?  We’ll examine the guts of the modern mystery and help you make progress on your idea or manuscript.  How do you craft a suspenseful plot?  Create memorable characters?  Make it realistic?  And knock your readers dead?  Join Ingrid Thoft and find out!

The workshop will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts and tuition is $40.  Click here to register.

Thoft will read from her book Duplicity that evening as featured author of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, followed by Open Mic.