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Hoffman Presents Carolyn Gate’s Watercolors

The Watercolors of Carolyn Gates
Artists’ Reception August 4 | 3-5
Show continues Fridays & Saturdays  | 3-5 through August 27
Hoffman Gallery | 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will present the watercolors of Eugene artist Carolyn Gates during the month of August.

Gates, a frequent watercolor teacher at the Hoffman Center, studied watercolor with Satoko Matouji at Lane Community College in Eugene as well as with premier watercolorists Carol Carter and Judy Morris.

The work in this show was inspired by her travels in Hawaii, California, and Oregon. In these paintings of tropical flowers and Oregon sea life, she distills the relationship of shapes, colors and patterns into visually pleasing abstractions of her subjects.

Carolyn says of her work “I investigate beauty, shape and color and in doing so, hope to uncover the interplay between the ordinary and the extraordinary.”

She has won numerous commissions to paint in watercolor and colored pencil. Gates has had several shows around Oregon. Gates lives with her husband and their cat, Nibbles, in Eugene.

 

 

Word & Image Event Showcases

Word & Image Event Showcases
Saturday, August 26 | 7 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts

 

Word & Image is a summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita, which pairs artists and writers to create original work, each in
response to the other’s.

Join us at 7pm Saturday, August 26 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts to view the results of this unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Emily Ransdell and Andy Barker call “silent collaboration.” Twelve artists and twelve writers drew names, and have created art and writing in response to each other’s creative work.

At the event, you’ll view original art, listen to original readings responding to art and have a chance to purchase broadsides of the collaborations along with a keepsake book of all the creative results. Suggested donation for the event is $5.

For those who cannot attend the launch evening, Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery will be open every Friday and Saturday, from 3 to 5pm, to view the broadsides. The gallery show will run through the end of September.

“We piloted this project two summers ago,” Ransdell explains.  “Writing in response to art has been popular for centuries — we thought it would be fun for artists to have their turn as well, creating art in response to writing.”

“It turned out to be a great experience for the participants,” Ransdell adds, “Unlike a more typical themed show, the concept of response art and writing enabled each participant to both showcase their own personal style and to connect with others through interpreting each other’s work. People explored new mediums and methods with wonderful results.”

Participants were selected via a blind submission process, with judging by a group of past Word & Image participants as well as participants in Manzanita Writers’ weekly Writers’ Lounge. Judges for writing included Bob Balmer, Kathryn Stock and Phyllis Mannan. Judges for art included Karen Gale, Cathi Howell and Scott Wilson.

“By limiting participants to 12 writers and artists, we make sure we give all the participants the space and time for their work to be represented well,” Ransdell said. “And we want the community participation to be as broad and diverse as possible.  There is so much talent in our area.”

The Hoffman’s Word and Image project is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area.

Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing.  She is a 2016 Pushcart Prize Nominee and was a finalist for the 2016 Rattle Poetry Prize.  She serves as co-chair of the Manzanita PoetryFest and divides her time between Manzanita and Camas, Wa.

Barker taught creative writing as a high school English teacher for over 30 years before retiring two years ago. His stories have appeared in journals including the Oregon publications Rain Magazine and The North Coast Squid. He also serves as team leader for The North Coast Squid.

Word & Image 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 more information contact Emily Ransdell at emilyransdell@yahoo.com

Liz Prato ~ Writing Outside the Box Workshop

Liz Prato
Writing Outside the Box
Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 1-3 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 4 pm
Cloud and Leaf Bookstore

 

The workshop, Writing Outside the Box will include Lecture and Guided Writing.

Let your creativity have free rein and write outside traditional prose structure! All stories and essays are different, so it stands to reason they don’t all require the same structure. In this class, we’ll break out of the standard narrative box and have fun exploring the forms available for telling your best story. Tuition is $40. Register using the Add to Cart button below.

Prato will read from “baby’s on fire” a collection of short stories at 4pm Saturday, at Cloud & Leaf
bookstore in Manzanita.

Prato is author of “baby’s on fire,” a collection of short stories. Her short stories and essays have appeared in over two-dozen literary journals and magazines. She was the Guest Prose Editor for the Summer 2013 issue of VoiceCatcher, and edited the fiction anthology, The Night, and the Rain, and the River.

Awards include the 2010 Minnetonka Review Editor’s Prize, 1st place in the 2005 Berkeley Fiction Review Sudden Fiction Contest, four Pushcart Prize nominations, and a Scholarship to the 2012 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She began teaching at the Attic Institute in in 2008, and has taught creative writing for several literary organizations throughout Oregon.

Praise for Prato’s book

     “The stories are at once beautifully written and tremendously compelling—not to mention filled with characters so full of life that they feel as real as people we know.
A knockout collection.” 
Molly Antopol, The UnAmericans

Liz Prato’s characters blaze with humanity, sensuality, and hope. Her writing glitters and her stories push us to the edge: Prato rubs her people together until they spark, in a book that throbs with heart—and grips our own.”
—Dylan Landis, author of Rainey Royal

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 more information contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com


Submission Period for North Coast Squid Opens on September 1, 2017

Submissions for the sixth North Coast Squid literary magazine will be accepted from September 1 through October 31, 2017. Submissions are accepted for fiction, nonfiction (to include memoir), and poetry. We also have a Young Writers category (ages 18 and under).

All submissions are selected in a blind judging by authors/poets outside the coastal area. Submissions of art, photos and photos of sculptures will also be solicited for cover art and inside art, with final art chosen by a committee.

The North Coast Squid, a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Writers Series, showcases the work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. The next issue will be published in April 2018.

Arthur Bradford will judge fiction. He is an O Henry Award winning writer with four books, the latest being a collection of short stories, Turtle Face and Beyond. Bradford is also creator and director of the acclaimed “How’s Your News?” documentary series, and the Emmy- nominated film, “Six Days to Air,” documenting the creating of the TV show South Park.

Andrea Hollander will judge poetry. She is author of four full-length award-winning poetry collections and has been awarded many fellowships. For twenty-two years she served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, where she was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches workshops at the Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series.

Diana Abu-Jaber will judge nonfiction. She is author of six award-winning books, her latest being Life Without a Recipe. Her books have been listed in top books of the year by NPR, the Washington Post, LA Times and others. She teaches at Portland State University and divides her time between Portland and South Florida.

April Henry will judge young writers’ work. She is a New York Times-bestselling author of 21 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults. She lives in Portland and will make a special visit to Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School and High School in October 2017 as part of her partnership with the Squid.

All work must be submitted electronically via the ‘submit’ button on the North Coast Squid page of the hoffmanblog.org (http://hoffmanblog.org/north-coast-squid) and must arrive by midnight on October 31, 2017.

Writers are invited to submit one piece per prose (fiction and nonfiction) category and three pieces for the poetry category. Word length for fiction and narrative nonfiction (including memoir) is 1,500 words each. All work must be previously unpublished.

Complete guidelines will be coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Three Artists “Re:Invent” at the Hoffman Gallery

Three north coast artists who have reinvented themselves through creative endeavors later in life will be featured at the Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery in Manzanita during the month of August.

The artists — L. Levering Thomas, T. J. Morris, and Barry Calvarese – will be on hand for an Artists’ Reception Friday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.

The show, formally entitled “Re:Invent,” will remain up for viewing during regular Gallery Hours – Fridays and Saturdays, from 3 to 5 p.m., — through August 26, plus times the Center is open for other events.

“Some of us dream of a future that’s very different from our present,” said the trio in their show description. “All three artists in this show began to seriously voice their art mediums at an age when friends are spending more time with grandchildren or traveling. We believe we are all seeking to discover what really matters to us through our art.”

Levering went back to get her BA in art, graduating at age 55 from Marylhurst University. Morris began to explore portrait painting after a medical setback. Calvarese is developing a property locally where he can create.

“All three of us are passionate about expressing our creative voice and sharing our journeys of becoming better artists with friends, family, colleagues, and the public,” they said.

Levering works with fluid acrylics on wood, and mixed media. Morris works in oil. Calvarese creates ceramics, mixed media, and encaustics.

Film Series Screens “The Maestro” on Friday, July 28, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2016 Portland-made independent feature film “The Maestro” Friday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The film tells the story of Felix Kruger, a contemporary eccentric young classical composer commissioned to write his first major ballet. His struggles with writer’s block and a drinking problem, however, jeopardize his music and threaten to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend and those around him.

Through a series of eye opening events, his music begins to reflect his own inner journey and transformation. It is also through the mentorship of his good friend Leonard, a 65-year-old retiree, and a surprising secret that Kruger discovers the power and importance of life’s simple things.

“The Maestro” was written and directed by David Lunday. He also stars in the movie, along with Dennis Fitzpatrick, Haley Talbot, and Robert Projansky.

Lunday is a composer himself, and has scored feature films, documentaries, instructional DVDs, and iPhone apps for over 15 years.

“The Maestro” was an official Selection for the 2016 Madrid International Film Festival and the Los Angeles CineFest. It lasts 86 minutes.

A trailer can be viewed at http://www.lundaypictures.com/#trailer

 

 

 

 

Monoprinting with Clay

Wednesday and Thursday | August 30-31, 2017 | 10am – 4pm
Diana Crain, Instructor
Hoffman Center for the Arts

Visiting California Artist Diana Crain will conduct a Monoprinting workshop where participants learn to create an image on a slab of clay through the use of slips, stenciling, and transfers.  Colorants are applied and the image is then “printed” onto artist paper.

A spontaneous and approachable medium – anyone can create an exciting work and take it home with them after the workshop!

No experience is necessary for this class 

The cost is $80 for 12 hours of instruction, clay and access to all the tools needed.  A $15 materials fee will be due the instructor on the first day of class. Space is limited to 12 students.

Sign up online by using the Add To Cart button below or by mailing your $80 check for “Monoprinting” to P.O.Box 678, Manzanita, Oregon.

For more about our talented guest instructor, see this link for more information

Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

The Shamanic Aspects of Death

“The Shamanic Aspects of Death:
How Other Cultures Approach Death’s Mysteries”

– a presentation by Lane deMoll for the Art of Aging/of Dying series

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 | 3 to 5 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita
Fee is $5

 Death is a mystery that our culture has not dealt with very well. In fact we tend to “sweep it under the rug” as if by not talking about it, death will somehow not touch us personally. This has not served us, and may, in fact, be the root of a lot of psychological and social problems.

How do “native” shamanic cultures live with the knowledge of death and in many cases actually prepare themselves to die? There are those in Andean and Amazonian South America and Central America and Africa as well as India and other Buddhist & Hindu countries who treat death very differently than we do. So did the ancient Egyptians. Partly their perspectives and experience lie in their understanding that the soul lives on and returns to this world over and over. And partly it’s because they practice their deaths via initiation rites, vision quests, shamanic journeying, yoga asanas and more.

Join in a conversation with Lane deMoll who has been exploring this question for the past twenty years, especially in her visits to tombs and temples of ancient Egypt and on shamanic journeys to Peru, Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information contact Lane deMoll at lane@nehalemtel.net

Three Potters ~ Three Perspectives 

Ceramic Art of 3 North Coast Potters

Barry Calvarese, Shane Sjogren, and Steven Gibson
Artists’ Reception August 4 | 3-5
Show continues Fridays & Saturdays  | 3-5 through August 27
Hoffman Gallery | 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita

The ceramic art of North Coast Potters Barry Calvarese, Shane Sjogren, and Steven Gibson
will be featured and available for purchase during the month of August
at the Hoffman Gallery, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita.

Show opens with an artists’ reception on August 4 from 3-5
and continues every Friday and Saturday from 3-5 through August 27

 

 

Create vibrant, colorful mosaic art for the garden!

Mosaic Workshop
Saturday
, Aug. 5 – 9am to 5pm
Sunday, Aug. 6 -10am to 4pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a two-day workshop, Mosaic for the Garden, August 5 and 6, led by Jennifer Kuhns, a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists. Tuition will be $150, with a $35 materials fee.  Registration deadline is July 25.

This workshop is great for the beginner as it will cover the basics for exterior and garden mosaics. It will include information on the entire mosaic process from substrates appropriate for exterior use, their preparation, fixatives, setting, grouting and sealing. Students will create a garden mosaic ornament using glass tiles on a stepping stone.

Kuhns creates original mosaic art panels and custom architectural installations for private, corporate and public space. She says her work celebrates nature and the human experience and that she is committed to environmental sustainability using reclaimed and recycled materials whenever possible. Her many workshops include teaching mosaic classes for the Seattle Mosaic Arts Association. Her work has been displayed throughout Washington and Oregon.

MINIMUM STUDENTS:  5 | MAXIMUM STUDENTS:  20

 Register for the class using the Add to Cart button below.