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“Creativity for Vibrant Aging: Lessons from the Geezer Gallery” Presentation on Sep 13

Imagine a coart-in-action2mmunity that celebrates master level senior artists, plus provides arts programs that give voice to community members of all generations.  The Hoffman Center for the Arts serves as a key player in making this three-village area such a creative, vibrant community.

On September 13, 2016, The Art of Aging series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts welcomes a presentation from Amy Henderson, founder of Portland’s Geezer Gallery. The Geezer Gallery represents older artists, and daily proves the value of creative engagement through dynamic group programs, open studios and collaboration with other arts groups. Amy will inspire with stories of the partnerships, advocacy, research and programs of this unique organization, a lively incubator of aging creativity in Portland for the past seven years.

Amy will be joined by kinetic sculptor and Geezer Gallery President Candyce Scott. Candyce and Amy will share research findings as well as personal stories that illustrate finding purpose and transformation through creativity in later life.

The session will run from 3 to 5pm. Suggested donation is $5.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

“ZoomUganda” Photo Exhibit Set for Manzanita

zoomThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a special photo exhibit “ZoomUganda” during the month of September.

Directed by intercultural consultant Julie Resnick, the “ZoomUganda” project put cameras in the hands of a dozen Ugandan girls and had them document their lives and tell their own stories through their lenses.

The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Sep. 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Resnick, a Manzanita resident, will discuss “Behind the Scenes of ZoomUganda” during a special reception Friday, Sep. 16 at 7 p.m.

“ZoomUganda empowered its participants to stand in the centers of their world and show you the view from there,” said Resnick. “Viewers can see what these girls experience as significant, as sacred: chores before and after the two-hour walk to school and back each day, a favorite goat, elderly relatives standing in for dearly departed parents, those parents’ many graves.”

Resnick said the project gave the girls an opportunity for further education, which is the “single most effective step a family, village, and country can take to build communities, improve health conditions, and foster economic growth.” She added, “Educating girls quite literally changes our world.”

Visit Resnick’s website is here

Intro to the Wheel and Trimming & Tooling

We are pleased to announce two classes for the wheel
at the Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita, Oregon.

Intro to the Wheel  

Friday, September 16, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m
Mary Roberts instructor

This workshop Introduces you to the the studio and our throwing equipment. We cover basic clay throwing and you will learn how to pull a cylinder and a bowl. There will also be time for hands-on time with the instructor.

turquoise bowl

Trimming and Tooling 

Friday, October 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Judes Hauer instructor

This workshop assumes you are familiar with the wheel.  We will introduce the next step to shape, trim, and alter basic shapes. If you wish, we invite you to prepare your leather-hard thrown pot to trim and tool.

Each class costs $35 which includes three pounds of clay and two hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed.  The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work.  The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is only $2 per hour and clay is available for $1.50 per pound.

Space is limited to 4 students in each workshop.  Sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita or here 

Studio hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from 10 – 4

Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Jonathan Evison will read from his latest novel, This is Your Life Harriet Chance!

Jonathan Evison Reading

johathanJonathan Evison will read from his latest novel, This is Your Life Harriet Chance!, at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

It’s been more than 50 years since “This Is Your Life,” the early reality show after which Jonathan Evison’s new novel is named. The show provides the framework for this book. Evison intersperses current day scenes with ones narrated by an omniscient host addressing Harriet, recounting the days from her birth to her dotage.

“The themes Evison presents — disappointment, delusion, redemption — are universal, and he deals with them beautifully in this wonderful novel.” —The New York Times Sunday Book Review.

“Once again, Jonathan Evison dazzles . . . This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! is as sweet as it is inventive, profound as it is hilarious, unflinching as it is bighearted.” – Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette


It might seem odd for a writer in his 40’s to create a main character who is a 78-year-old widow.

“When I was 17 years old, I lived with my agoraphobic grandmother in a senior citizen trailer park,” Evison recalls in an LA Times interview. ” I was the only person under 65 in this whole community.” The large mobile-home park was home to a couple of hundred seniors, mostly elderly widows.

Evison’s debut novel, All About Lulu, won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award, and landed on many year-end “Best of” lists, including Hudson Booksellers, where it enjoyed the added distinction of being the only independent title selected in 2008. The L Magazine included All About Lulu in its Best Books of the Decade. His next novel West of Here also won awards.

His third novel The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving was made into a movie with Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez, released in 2015.

Evison is renowned for his extensive and colorful book touring. In 2009 and 2011 he was nominated by the American Book Association as Most Engaging Author.

Evison formerly worked as a laborer, a caregiver, a bartender, a telemarketer, a car salesman and a syndicated radio host. In this latter incarnation, he was the writer, producer, and host of the award winning comedy show, Shaken, Not Stirred. In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Following Evison’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 “Life’s Surprises.” 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 more information  contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Mindy Halleck to teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” September 17th


Author Mindy Halleck will teach a writing workshop on “How Objects Tell a Story” on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 from 10 to 3 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

This workshop is useful for writers working in Novel, Short Story or Memoir.

What is lord of the Rings without the RING, Cinderella without GLASS SLIPPERS? These iconic objects are shorthand for legendary stories that could not be told without them. Objects, sometimes called plot-devices, in fiction writing can be over done. However a well-crafted plot device, or one that emerges naturally from the setting or characters of the story, can enrich the story and provide an added layer of reader satisfaction. Students will learn to create a narrative for an object that can be backstory shorthand, enhance storytelling, help eliminate pages of narration and aid in telling a more layered tale. We’ll look at the when, where, and how objects intersect with plot, and how to create more depth in stories. There will be writing exercises, visual presentations, displays, Q & A, handouts, and powerful story discovery worksheets.

Mindy will do a reading from her novel, Return to Sender at the Cloud & Leaf Bookstore after class from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Mindy Halleck is an award-winning author, and instructor. Her novel Return to Sender – set in the Manzanita Oregon of the 1950s – was a featured debut novel in Kirkus Review Magazine in 2015, and also won a ‘Readers Favorite’ award. Recently, Halleck won a Writer’s Digest fiction contest with her short story, A Mother’s Confession, which is published in the Nov/Dec 2016 Writer’s Digest Magazine. Halleck blogs at Literary Liaisons and is an active member of the writing community. A one-time magazine columnist and travel writer, she is a happily married, globe-trotter currently working on her second novel, Garden of Lies.

Register here by September 12th for this fast paced informative writer’s workshop.  There is a minimum of 8 students for the workshop to happen.  The workshop cost is $50.

Summer Sunday Concerts in the Hoffman Gardens

guitar in garden 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts will again host free concerts on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm in the Gardens.

Musicians who would like to get on a waiting list to perform should contact Michael Maginnis mmaginnis007@gmail.com

June 5 Joe Wrabek
June 19  Peter Hinsbeeck and Scott Warren:  Jazz Standards
June 26  Stay Tuned
July 3  Fred Lackaff
July 10 Frank and the Ferrets
July 17  Dona Miller
July 24  Manzanita Music Festival (various artists)
July 31  Rhythm Method
August 7  Sherrie Wolf and Sarah Wolf
August 14  Tsunami Drummers
August 21  Stay Tuned
August 28  Sedona Fire Band
September 4 Trillium Blue



Word & Image 2016 Event on August 20th

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An example from the 2015 Word & Image Project

Twelve writers and twelve artists have been hard at work this summer responding to each other’s work.  Their combined pieces will be unveiled at an art opening and reading on Saturday, August 20th, starting at 7 pm.  The 11 by 17 broadsides are made up of an image of the artist’s work along with the writer’s piece printed side by side on archival paper, suitable for framing.  They will be for sale, along with smaller versions of each duo.

New this year, a book featuring the entire collection will be for sale as well.

Along with the broadsides, the original art pieces will be on display affording viewers insight into a variety of techniques.

Writers will read their poems and short prose pieces at the event.

There is a suggested donation of $5 and all proceeds from the event and art sales benefit the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

This project is supported in part by a grant from The Oregon Cultural Trust:  Oregonians sustaining, developing, and participating in our arts, heritage and humanities.

Hoffapalooza set for Saturday, September 3rd

hoffa poster final final vw Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will celebrate its 12th anniversary with an open house on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 at the Center.

Come out for a tour, talk to volunteers involved in the various activities, both long-running and new. Representatives will be available at information displays to answer questions you have about programs: Film Series, Manzanita Writers’ Series, the North Coast Squid Literary Journal, Clay Studio, Music Events, and The Art of Aging, Art of Dying Series.

Hoffapalooza will include an art show by Clay Studio Artists, and displays from the Word & Image event, Film Series, and art by students who have taken visual arts classes held at the Center during the past year. You’ll also get to watch artists demonstrate their craft.

Step into the Clay Studio for more demonstrations. In the Writing Lounge area, try your hand at “On-the-Spot-Poetry,” magnetic poetry, to be published. All magnetic poetry will be photographed and included in a book for sale as a fundraiser.

Refreshments and cold beverages will be served at the open house.

Leading up to September 3, raffle tickets for a variety of prizes will be on sale every Friday from 5 to 8, in front of Polaris Art Gallery, on Laneda near the Farmer’s Market, as well as at HCA events. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the day on September 3d as well.

Prizes include:

•   2 entrees at Blackbird  ($60 value)
•   Inn at Manzanita – one night’s stay
•   Spindrift Motel – one night’s stay
•   Cloud and Leaf – gift certificate for $50
•   El Trio Loco – gift certificate for $ 30
•   Admission for the “Season” of Manzanita Writers’ Series ($42 value)
•   Tuition for a Clay Studio Wheel Class  ($35)
•   Silk Scarf from Syzygy
•   Souvenir Book from Manzanita News & Espresso
•   Handmade Vase from Finnestere ($495 value)
• $50 Gift Certificate to San Dune Pub (x2)
• $25 Gift Certificate to Bread & Ocean (x2)
• $30 Gift Certificate at Manzanita Lumber
• $50 Gift Certificate at Angelina
• Allan Olson’s bowl ($40 value)
• Gift Bag of items from T-Spot

and more prizes are added every week! Check out the Silent Auction September 3rd. You’ll have a chance to bid on a fun creativity experience for you and a group of friends, from a wheel/handbuilding class in the Clay Studio to a Writing Workshop to a Botanical Drawing Art Workshop, to a Washboard Music Class.

The raffle drawing and silent auction winners will be announced throughout the Hoffapalooza event. You do not need to be present to win.

Save the date! Stop by and find out what’s new at HCA: Sat. Sept 3rd, 1 to 4PM for Hoffapalooza.

Hoffman Center Offers Beginning Encaustics

Pam Nichols 2 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Beginning Encaustics” workshop Saturday, Oct 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Led by artist Pam Nichols of Tigard, participants will explore the ancient method of painting with pigmented beeswax and resin. “Students will learn about layering, scraping, basic texture, collage, incising, and more,” said Nichols. “They will be able go home with two or three encaustic paintings they created.”

The class is designed for adults 18 and older, with a beginner or basic knowledge of encaustic painting. Tuition $85, with an additional $100 supplies fee.

Nichols’ works have been shown throughout the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and Australia. Since attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006 she has developed and produced several art shows around Portland, served as the President of Portland Open Studios and is a member of the Three Rivers Artist Guild in Oregon City.

“Growing up around artists I explored many artistic media. (Encaustic) fits my personality perfectly, impatient and goofy,” she said. “Working in encaustic allows me to be who I am. On the spot I can change the direction I am going and dive right into something completely different.”

Her website is pamlnichols.com.

 Interested persons can register for “Beginning Encaustics” on-line here.

The class is limited to eight students.

Hoffman Center to Host Watercolor Weekend

Gates Early+Roses+Reprised 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a two-day “Shaping Your Watercolors: Composition, Color & Concepts for Beginners” class Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Led by artist Carolyn Gates of Eugene, students will learn basic concepts of creating compositions, color and color mixing, and painting techniques.

The concepts will be applied to painting from life and painting from photographs. The class is designed for adults 18 and older, beginning level. Some drawing skills are preferred, but not necessary.

Tuition will be $100, with an additional $4 materials fee for paper.

Gates studied studio art at Mira Costa College in Oceanside, California, and watercolor painting at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

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. Since then she has been awarded several private commissions in watercolor and colored pencil.

A member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, her website is www.cmgates.com

Interested persons can register for “Shaping Your Watercolors” on-line here.