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.

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.


open stage web picThe Hoffman Center for the Arts will share their stage every 2nd Friday of the month in a new ongoing event titled: OPEN STAGE for MUSIC & WORD.

OPEN STAGE is an opportunity, forum and venue for local musicians, actors, storytellers and poets to share their arts. The family-friendly evening, for all ages, will be held in the Hoffman Center, beginning Friday July 10, 2015 from 7 to 8:30pm. Future dates include August 14 and Sept. 11.

Performers will sign up at the door for 10 minute slots. Donations: $3 individual; $5 family.

Bring friends ~ Enjoy local talent! We are an amazing diverse community!

Music in the Hoffman Gardens on Sundays this Summer

guitar in garden 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts will present free concerts on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 2 p.m. this summer.  Come enjoy a variety of musicians in the Hoffman Gardens at 595 Laneda Avenue.
Musicians interested in playing in the Hoffman Gardens on any of the open dates should contact Michael Maginnis at mmaginnis007@gmail.com.

June 14 The Ferret Family:  Eclectic mix of classic tunes with Michael Maginnis, Gary Seelig, Cliff Tuttle, Mickey Wagner and others as the spirit moves them.
June 21 Rhythm Method:  African drumming meets improvisational guitar, featuring Craig Mackie, Michael Maginnis, Gary Seelig, Anthony Stoppiello, and Mickey Wagner.  With special guest musicians, Barb and Chuck McLaughlin.
June 28 OPEN
July 5 Sherrie Wolf and Sarah Wolf: Mom/Daughter harmony vocals with guitar. Traditional and contemporary folk interpretations.
July 12 The Ferret Family
July 19 Joe Wrabek: Guitar and original country vocals
July 26 Sher Ireland: Acoustic guitar and vocals
August 2 Jazzatitude: Jazz trio including Bob Brook on guitar, Doug Proctor on keyboards, and Clint Smith on bass.
August 9 The Ferret Family
August 16 Fine Line: Band members include Cindy Lindahl on vocals and mandolin, Craig Stokke (Crog) on cello, electric guitar and bass, and George Van Meter on vocals, electric and acoustic guitars. The band plays  a variety of material including folk, blues, rock as well as some eclectic and popular songs.
August 23 Rhythm Method:  African drumming meets improvisational guitar, featuring Craig Mackie, Michael Maginnis, Gary Seelig, Anthony Stoppiello, and Mickey Wagner.
August 30 Fred and Friends

Hoffman Center Offers Beginning Encaustics-CLASS FULL

Ireland Piece 6-72The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host a Beginning Encaustic Painting Workshop Friday and Saturday, June 19-20. Class hours will be 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The workshop will be led by Pam Nichols, and is designed for students age 14 and up.

Tuition will be $75, with an additional $125 materials and equipment fee.

Students will explore the ancient process, which uses pigmented beeswax and resin. They will learn the basic techniques of layering, scrapping, basic texture, collage, and incising. Students will go home with two or three pieces of finished art.

Nichols is a native Oregonian whose work has been shown through the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Australia. She developed and produced several shows, served as president of Portland Open Studios, and is a member of the Three Rivers Artists Guild.

Interested persons can register here.

Hoffman Center Offers Botanical Drawing

HuckleberryThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer Botanical Drawing classes on four Tuesdays in August.

Led by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, the instruction is designed for students 18 and up, and all skill levels are welcome. Classes will be held Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Tuition will be $60 for the series, or $20 per session. Basic materials will be provided, or students may bring their favorite sketchbook, pencil, eraser, or color pencils.

Students will earn the fundamentals of botanical drawing using pencils, color pencils and other dry media to portray accurate shapes and master shading techniques to create three-dimensional effects.

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

Interested persons can register for the classes here 

Bookcraft Class Set at Hoffman Center

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The Hoffman Center for the Arts will offer an all-day Bookcraft workshop Wednesday, June 24.

Led by Eliza Holliday, the workshop run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is designed for students age 12 and up. Tuition will be $60. No previous experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

Students will learn a variety of book forms, including single signature stitching, Japanese binding, accordion books, single page or French fold books, burrito books, and flag books.

They will come away from the class with five to seven small book forms and instructions on how to complete future projects.

Holliday creates lettering, design and illustration for U.S. and international client. She also teaches calligraphy and book arts at retreats, conferences, guilds and community colleges, and libraries as well on-line lessons. Her website is www.letterist.com.

Click here to register for this class.

St. John Joins Hoffman Board

Susan St. John Pic 4072cSusan St. John, PhD, has joined the board of the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

St. John retired from a career in music and education, as a university music professor and professional singer. “It is an honor for me to serve the community through the work of the Hoffman Center,” she said.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Susan’s breadth of experience and enthusiasm for the arts on our board,” said Center President Vera Wildauer.

St. John taught at the University of Portland, Portland State, Lewis & Clark, Willamette University and Linfield College. She performed as soloist with major opera companies and orchestras. She holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Oregon and is a national winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York City.

A life-long learner and educator, she challenged herself upon retirement by teaching Special Education in elementary schools and the Peace Corps.

Arriving in Manzanita in the winter of 2012, directly from the Peace Corps, she joined the staff of Neahkahnie School District for two years before finding her “ideal job” with Cloud & Leaf Bookstore in Manzanita.

St. John walks several miles each early morning along the beach, compiling photos for her publications of calligraphy and photography.