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Amplify the Hoff Fundraising Campaign

amplify the hoff logoWe’re launching our ‘Amplify the Hoff’ fundraising campaign today. You may have noticed our new stage lights, funded by the Tillamook PUD.  Now we want to complement that new lighting with upgraded audio-visual equipment.

Our current audio system is a hodge-podge of used and donated equipment:  the sound board has several channels missing, the small speakers we use for author presentations crackle, the large JBLs we use for our film and musical events are extremely unwieldy for our volunteers to set up.

This year’s Community Talent Showcase provided the initial funds for that project, as will the proceeds from Liz Cole’s Story-Time for Grown-ups  on May 5th (Thank you Liz!!).

We’re delighted to report that if we raise $3,000 by June 18th, a generous donor will match that amount, and we’ll be able to buy and install a new audio-visual system that can meet our needs for years to come.

It’s easy to donate online here:  http://hoffmanblog.org/donate using either your Paypal account or a credit card.  If you prefer, simply mail a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130 and write “amplify” in the memo line.

Do it soon, we only have until June 18th to raise $3,000.  Thank you in advance for helping us bring the arts to life!

Call Goes Out for Quilt and Fiber Art Show

q1Quilters and fiber artisans from Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler and surrounding areas are invited to submit their works for an August show at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. The show will be collaboration between the Center and Creative Fabrics in Wheeler.

Interested artists are asked to provide a photo and size dimensions for their entry. Works can be sold during the show.

The deadline for entry registration is Thursday, Jun. 30, with a limit of two pieces per person. The items will need to be delivered Aug. 2 or 3.

Registration forms are available at Creative Fabrics in Wheeler, or can be downloaded here (in Word) or here in PDF form.  Completed Forms and images of the art works should be submitted at Creative Fabrics.

All wall hangings and quilts will need to be ready for hanging. Small quilts and wall hangings (no larger than 24 inches) can be hung with Velcro (strips available at Creative Fabrics). Larger quilts should have a 4” sleeve sewn to the back. Larger wall pieces should have a way to hang on a wall. Tables will be available for displaying dimensional art.

The works will be on display at the Center the weekends of Aug. 5-7 and Aug. 12-14.

Questions about the Quilt and Fiber Show can be referred to Doris Bash at 503-368-5900 or dorisb@quiltingwithdoris.com.



Learn from a Photo Pro: Workshop on May 14

Agate Beach. Photo ©Randy L. Rasmussen. All rights reserved. One-time publication only. No archiving. Mandatory Credit.

Agate Beach. Photo ©Randy L. Rasmussen. All rights reserved. One-time publication only. No archiving. Mandatory Credit.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day photography class Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost will be $60 per person.

“Translate Your Vision Into Compelling Photographs” will be led by Randy L. Rasmussen, a former photographer and picture editor who worked for The Oregonian from 1981 through 2015.

“There are many ways to make more interesting pictures, starting from when you push the button to how you crop and present your images,” said Rasmussen. “I love to document the diverse forms and textures that our natural world offers,” he added.

The class is intended for adults with prior photography experience, able to either bring prints, or JPEG-format digital images on a USB flash drive. Following a morning of presentation, the afternoon will be spent critiquing up to four examples of each participant’s work and discussing how those pictures might be improved.

The class can accommodate a minimum of five and a maximum of 12 students.

Rasmussen has lectured at the Art Institute of Portland and was a long-time member of a Polaroid Art Photography Group. Prior to joining The Oregonian, he worked for the Orange County Register and the Associated Press in southern California. He started in photography at The Missoulian in his Montana hometown.

Interested persons can register for “Translate Your Vision” on-line here.

The registration deadline is May 9.

Questions about the class can be referred to Rasmussen at Randy@randyrasmussen.com




Writing Critique Group Set for April 30

squid illustrationJoin fellow writers interested in submitting to the next issue of the North Coast Squid for a Writing Lab, Saturday, April 30. We will meet from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

The purpose of this workshop is to get feedback from fellow writers as you offer your insights to other participants on their writing.

Please bring $5 (workshop fee) and 10 copies of one piece you are considering for submission to the Squid (one poem or one prose piece–1500 words, fiction or nonfiction).

There is no need to register, however, please let us know if you plan on coming by emailing northcoastsquid@gmail.com

Story Time for Grown Ups Returns on May 5th

liz-cole-pic-crpd-261x300Liz Cole will again perform readings at the Hoffman Center on Thursday, May 5th at 7 p.m.  Called “One Never Knows, Do One?”, she will share stories and poems about surprise, wonder and the unexpected.  As always, the material will be rich in both humor and poignancy.  Audience members can look forward to an evening of beautiful readings followed by thoughtful conversation.

The Hoffman Center has presented Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown Ups three times before to enthusiastic audiences.

Liz Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, and has also made TV guest-star appearances on Seinfeld, ER, Star Trek, The Practice, Judging Amy, Las Vegas,  and many others.

She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Wit in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance.  She also tours with “The Wisdom of Wit,” her solo version of the play.

Liz has performed locally for various benefit events (Lower Nehalem Land Trust, Rinehart Clinic, Nehalem Valley Historical Society).  She appeared in the original solo play Lost Pioneer, which she developed with Mark Beach and Portland playwright Ellen West.  The play, presented seven times in this area, is based on the lives of three women who homesteaded in Tillamook County in the 1890s, and blends biographical data with historical imagination.

To find out more about Liz Cole’s career and watch a demo reel of selected TV appearances go to megancole.net.

There is a suggested donation of $10 and all proceeds will go to support the Hoffman Center’s programs.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early, seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.


Free Marketing Classes Set in Manzanita

e logosAlbert Kaufman, a Portland-based consultant, will conduct four free marketing classes for local small businesses and non-profits Thursday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 18 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Kaufman specializes in using social networking and email campaigns to improve business effectiveness.



The classes offered are:

May 12, at 10 a.m.
“Power of the Inbox: Featuring Social Media Engagement”
Register at http://tinyurl.com/PowerofTheInbox51216Manzanita

May 12, at 1 p.m.
“Live In Manzanita – 60 Ways to Grow Your List + Getting Started with Email Marketing”
Register at http://tinyurl.com/60WaysToGrowYourList51216Manz

May 18, at 10 a.m.
“Stand Out Subject Lines: Get Open, Get Read and Get Results!”
Register at http://tinyurl.com/StandOutSubjectLines51816Manza

May 18, at 1 p.m.
“Automate Your Marketing! Planning Ahead to Convert & Keep”
Register at http://tinyurl.com/AutomateYourMarketing51816Manz

Questions about the classes can be referred to Kaufman at albert@albertideation.com. His website is albertideation.com

Hoffman Center for the Arts Screens New Short Films

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The Hoffman Center for the Arts’ Manzanita Film Series will screen “The Best of the 42nd Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Apr. 22. Admission will be $5.

The collection of 9 short films was selected by the Northwest Film Center of Portland from its latest juried film festival. Films were made in British Columbia, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Total running time is 76 minutes.

The films to be screened are:

“Hers is Where Your Begins” Janet McIntyre (Portland)
This film explores the emotions that come to people after the loss of a loved one. (5 min.)

“For Jean-Pierre Melvin” Ira Flowers (Portland)
An assassin is running against the clock in this love letter to the French new wave cinema. (6 min.)

“To See More Light” Kurtis Hough (Portland)
A lens is placed on the constant shifting and changing of the natural as something new is born out of the cauldron of old (15 min.)

“Two Roads” Troy Moth and Josh Lambert (Sooke, BC)
Native American youth are faced with the difficult challenge of growing up in a culture that is not entirely their own. (3 min.)

“Arca Archa” Sarah El Bakkouri (Richmond BC)
If life is a container, perhaps it too is a prison, or perhaps we might be able to escape through its walls to something else, but at what cost? (5 min.)

“Robot Pavlov Sputnik” Oliver Hockenhull (Vancouver, BC)
Mixing two films about the cinematic process creates a lush experience rich in subtextual meaning. (7 min.)

“Memory” Stuart Eagon (Portland)
Fleeting faces, places and times stare back at us as a reminder of the complex emotions put forth as we gaze into our own memories. (10 min.)

“Seven Ways from Sunday” Robert Sickels (Walla Walla)
Seven stories from individuals who have fallen victim to their fellow citizens’ misconceptions and fears (7 min.)

“Dead Hearts” Stephen W. Martin (Vancouver, BC)
A young mortician discovers his one true love only to realize she is also sought after by a gang of bullies. (16 min.)

The Manzanita Film Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Films are screened monthly throughout the year.

Night of Live Jazz/Swing/Dancing Set for Manzanita

beyond the sea musicians imageVortex Productions will present “Beyond the Sea,” an evening of live jazz/swing, dancing and cocktails, Saturday, May 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. The event will be a benefit the first Manzanita Music Festival, which will be held July 23-24 at three local venues.

Performing that evening will be Kate Morrison of Kate and the Crocodiles, Gavin Bondy of Pink Martini and Kate and the Crocodiles, plus Michael Correy, of Michael’s Music in Cannon Beach, Chris Freesman, Peter Hinsbeeck, and Josh Correy.

Tickets are $20 each or $35 per couple, and are available by contacting manzanitamusicfestival@gmail.com.

Sound and staging will be provided by Full Spectrum Media. A cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available.

The Manzanita Music Festival will be an annual celebration that presents a multi genre — Americana, Folk, Pop, Reggae, Bluegrass — collection of local, regional, and national musicians.

The festival will take place Saturday, Jul. 23 and Sunday Jul. 24. It will kick off at the beach immediately after the 26th Annual Manzanita Beach Walk and Run. The second venue will be at the corner of 3rd and Laneda Ave. The main stage will be set up at the Hoffman Gardens next to the library. Local and regional craft brews, plus wine, and food will be available at the various venues.

“The Manzanita Music Festival is partnering with the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the North County Recreation District. These partners promote the educational, recreational, social, and physical well being of residents of Tillamook County,” said festival co-organizer Beth Carter-Boyer. “Proceeds from the event will support other like-minded organizations in the community.”

Kathryn Claire and The Lasses Return to Manzanita



Kathryn Claire will return to the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita Sunday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m., accompanied by “The Lasses” — Sophie ter Shure and Margo Limburg. Admission will be $12-15 at the door.

Claire, ter Shure and Limburg appeared at the Hoffman Center in early 2015, shortly after they teamed up for concerts in The Netherlands and Germany.

They share a love for harmony singing and telling stories through music, and deliver heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs on stage.

Claire has a popular following as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter around the Pacific Northwest. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Japan, India, Holland, Belgium, and France.

The Lasses met in 2011 while performing during open mic sessions at an Irish pub in Amsterdam. They quickly combined their talents. Their first tour of the U.S. included Manzanita.

More information about the performers is available sat www.kathrynclairemusic.com, and www.thelasses.wordpress.com.

Member Appreciation Brunch and Concert on April 10

We’ll be showing our appreciation to members of the Hoffman Center for the Arts on Sunday, April 10 from 11 am to 1 pm.  There will be a tasty brunch, a brief overview of 2015 accomplishments and plans going forward, plus a concert by a chamber quartet from the North Oregon Coast Symphony!

If you’re already a member, please be sure and let us know you’re coming so we can ensure we have enough goodies for everyone.  If you’re not yet a member, click here to join and help us bring the arts to life!  RSVP to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

member brunch invitation