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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.

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Wheel Throwing Workshop announced for June 5: CLASS FULL

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CLASS IS FULL.  Please do not register for this class via PayPal.  If you do, we can put you an a waiting list for the next one, but we will not be able to refund the full amount.

The Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will present another Wheel Throwing workshop Friday, June 5, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

J S Hauer will lead the class.
This workshop will cover an introduction to basic clay throwing principles and the effective use of studio’s throwing equipment.   There will be plenty of hands-on practice time with real-time coaching.
The cost is $30 which includes three pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, use of studio tools, kiln firing and glazing.  The cost for follow-up work time at the studio is $2 per hour.
Space is limited, so sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita. You can also register and pay online.  Studio hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 4; Saturdays 10 – 2.
Questions?  Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Film Series Presents “A Standing Still”

A Standing Still Graphic 4072The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2014 award-winning feature film “A Standing Still” Friday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Scott Ballard of Portland the film tells the story of a young recluse who works as a fire lookout in the forest and struggles with the future in the midst of loss and displacement.

When she is called down early for a medical emergency with her father, she is forced to face the present and the past that has led her there.

The film was shot on location in Portland; Cannon Beach; Bellingham, Washington; and the Willamette National Forest.

The film lasts 75 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

If Vincent Van Gogh and Maya Angelou Lived Here

word image logoIt seems that the new Word & Image project has been a little confusing, so here’s an example that might help clarify the concept.



  • Van Gogh submits three paintings he has lying around the house by May 11th deadline:  “Irises”, “Crows over a Wheat Field”, and “The Bedroom.”
  • Maya Angelou submits three poems by May 11th:  “Caged Bird”, “Women Work”, and ”
    Still I Rise.”
  • At the June 13th event, the two of them get randomly paired.
  • Van Gogh chooses one of Maya’s poems to “respond” to with a painting.  Let’s say he chooses “Caged Bird.”
  • Maya chooses “The Bedroom” to write a poem in response.
  • Van Gogh turns in his painting inspired by “Caged Bird” and Maya turns in her poem “The Bedroom” by August 3rd.
  • Then we have a show on August 29th where all four of their works are shown.  Maya’s “Caged Bird” Poem next to Van Gogh’s “Caged Bird” Painting.  Van Gogh’s “The Bedroom” painting next to Maya’s “The Bedroom” poem.  Plus, each of those pairs are printed as a frame-able art piece and offered for sale as a souvenir for people who come to the show.
And by the way, 3-D art is encouraged as well.
If you still have questions send a note to hoffmanwordandimage@gmail.com and either Emily Ransdell or Deborah DeWit will contact you.
For more detailed submission guidelines, click here.

Garden Art Sale Set in Manzanita

Garden Art Sales Items 672The Hoffman Center Clay Studio artists will hold a garden art show and sale Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hoffman Gardens.

Handmade items will range from decorative pieces, such as garden jewelry, wall art, and decorative stakes, to functional works — berry and salad bowls, teapots, votive candleholders, and sconces.

A wide variety of pots for both indoor and outdoor plants will also be available.

Organizers say the sale will be the perfect place to shop for Mother’s Day gifts.

Proceeds from the event will support community programs at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, including the Clay Studio.

The Hoffman Gardens are located on Laneda Ave. next to the Manzanita Library.

Film Series Presents “A Place of Truth”

Abigail Mott Pic 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 feature-length documentary “A Place of Truth” Friday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Directed by Barrett Rudich, of Portland, the film tells the story of Abigail Mott, a 21-year-old woman traveling from city to city as a nomadic street poet.

Inspired by watching a street poet in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, Mott sets up camp on a city street corner, with chair and typewriter, and offers to write a personalized poem on the spot for passersby.

They decide the subject matter and the fee they’ll pay, and they leave, generally delighted, with a fresh poem all their own.

Mott eventually takes her typewriter to Brooklyn and New Orleans, where she finds a like-minded artists’ community and develops a crush on a fellow poet.

As much about poetry as it is about young romantics in the seemingly impenetrable new economy, “A Place of Truth” offers a case study from the 99%.

The film lasts 65 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Ariel Gore to read from The End of Eve: A Memoir Saturday, May 16

ariel_goreAriel Gore will read from her book The End of Eve: A Memoir at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

“By turns tender and heartbreaking, Gore’s book is a brave, thoroughly authentic journey to the center of the human heart. Wickedly sharp reading filled to bursting with compassion, rage, pain and wit.”—Kirkus Review

Ariel Gore is the founding editor/publisher of Hip Mama, an Alternative Press Award-winning publication covering the culture and politics of motherhood. Through her work on Hip Mama, Gore is widely credited with launching maternal feminism and the contemporary mothers’ movement. “It’s the quality of the writing that sets Hip Mama apart,” The New Yorker noted (May, 2000).

Cultural commentator Susie Bright has called her “One of the best feminist writers of our times— perhaps the most eloquent and sensitive.”

In 2000, Working Woman magazine named Gore one of “20 Under 30″ influential women in America.

Her lyrical memoir, Atlas of the Human Heart, which recounts Gore’s teenage travels, was a 2004 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010.

Gore’s other books include Bluebird: Women and the New Psychology of Happiness; How to Become a Famous Writer Before You’re Dead; The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show; and The Hip Mama’s Survival Guide. She lives in Oakland, CA.

She has taught at The Attic Institute in Portland, Oregon, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and at the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. She currently teaches online at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers.

Following Gore’s reading and Q&A, we’ll have our popular Open Mic where up to nine local writers will read 5 minutes of their original work. The suggested (not required) theme for the evening’s Open Mic is “mother.”

Admission for the evening is $7.

Hoffman Center Offers Embossed Card Making

Embossed Textured Class Image 6-72The Hoffman Center in Manzanita will host an “Embossed, Textured and 3D Card Making” class Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will be led by Trish Kindberg, and is designed for students age 15 and up. Tuition will be $25, with an additional $5 materials fee.

Lake Oswego-based Kindberg has taught classes from her studio and to non-profit organizations. Students will learn to make one-of-a-kind, textured, embossed greeting cards with giftware, buttons, and die cuts. The result will be unique pieces of artwork to give to friends and family.

Students will need to bring their own scissors, double-sided tape and liquid glue.

The class is limited to 10 students. Interested persons can register here.  

Indalo Wind to perform Saturday, May 2nd

INDALO WIND 4Indalo Wind will perform at the Hoffman Center on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $7.00 at the door.

INDALO WIND is a father-son duo that specializes in eclectic instrumental music, both original and traditional. They perform on a variety of instruments in a multitude of styles, offering up a fresh acoustic blend of folk, blues, classical, and jazz, with melodic seasonings from around the world.

Formed in 2008 by Jacob Walter and his father, Eric, Indalo Wind released their debut CD in 2013. Indalo Wind has captivated audiences throughout the western United States and in Greece and Cambodia. Eric and Jacob present a compelling evening of music described as

“…spiritually soothing with hypnotic tones that resonate with one’s heart.”

“Their music covers a lot of ground but keeps circling back to its soulful, bluesy roots, anchored in the artful playing of father and son.”

“Our audience was spellbound throughout their performance – the perfect ending to an incredible night of music. The father and son duo are perfectly tuned, with their music, their stories and their interplay.”

JACOB WALTER (ukulele, guitar) was born in Denver, Colorado in 1999. He has been playing ukulele since the age of eight. He is also an accomplished guitarist (flamenco, classical, and electric). In addition to his broad musical interests, Jacob is an avid ceramicist and artist. He also enjoys many outdoor activities including hiking and caving. Jacob is a sophomore pursuing the International Baccalaureate Diploma at Tigard High School in Tigard, Oregon.

ERIC WALTER (ukulele, mandolin, Native American flute, guitar) is a poet, performer, and musician whose interests span diverse artistic worlds. He received a BA in Theater from Reed College in 1983 and worked for many years as an actor and director in Oregon, North Carolina and Colorado. He began writing poetry in 1992 and has since authored six books. He has worked in numerous bands and performance ensembles. Now in his 52nd year, he considers Indalo Wind to be his finest creative endeavor yet.

 For videos and pictures of recent performances, please visit:www.IndaloWind.com


Primal Mates to perform Sunday, April 19th

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“Where Words and Music Meet” Sunday April 19th at the Hoffman Center.  $10 admission . Special Sunday matinee show–3:00pm.

Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien are Primal Mates, a contemporary chamber jazz duo from Colorado in which vibes, voice, cello and percussion come together to form an inspired original repertoire. What they create is music with vision; a unique, sometimes haunting and always mesmerizing journey through an intimate musical landscape. Their music combines the attention to composition and form of chamber music with the freedom and improvisational interplay of jazz.

Over the years, as part of their regular concert programs, the chamber jazz duo of Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien have included poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well known writers who were also accomplished composers. This concert will be devoted entirely to this genre.

“I can highly recommend Primal Mates featuring musicians Chris Lee and Colleen O’Brien. If you like jazz and if you like poetry, this program is an incredible blend of the two. Chris plays the vibraphone, box drum and frame drum, while Colleen plays the cello and has a deep resonant voice perfect for jazz-style vocals. The lyrics are poems, everything from Maya Angelou to Robert Frost to Kerouac to Shakespeare!! Beautifully rendered into song and music, and supported by words and photography cast on a screen behind the performers. My audience was transfixed. We all felt we experienced something very special and unique. The music and performance revealed new layers of meaning for the chosen poetry and literature. What a remarkable fusion of literature and music. ” – Tina Smith, Stevenson/North Bonneville Community Librarian

For more info on Primal Mates: http://www.primalmates.com/

Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal on Saturday, April 18

SquidCoverEdition4Manzanita Writers’ Series celebrates the launch of the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid Literary Journal at 7pm on Saturday, April 18. The event will be held at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. Admission is free.

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. Sixty-six writers submitted 140 pieces. Thirty-five were chosen by outside judges. Lindsay Hill judged poetry, Deborah Reed judged fiction and Lauren Kessler judged non-fiction.

This year’s new category for young writers was judged by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA, and advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.

The Squid includes 19 pieces of art and photography from local artists as well. (24 artists submitted 74 pieces).

This edition was partially funded by a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

The campaign-funding goal was $3000. Support from local fans as well as friends and family of Squid volunteers and submitters raised $3600.

The release event will feature selected author readings from the North Coast Squid, as well as a gallery showing of some of the photography and art published in the magazine.  There will be refreshments—including cake!

The North Coast Squid will be available for purchase at the event, as well as at every Manzanita Writers’ Series event throughout 2015.  A number of retail outlets along the coast will also carry it. Proceeds of the $5 cover price go to produce future editions of the magazine.

The Hoffman Center will be announcing another great project for local writers and artists during the evening’s activities.