Welcome to the Hoffman Center’s Blog!

This 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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“Introduction to Ceramics” Set for Sep. 26

The Hoffman Center Clay Studio will hold an “Introduction to Ceramics” workshop on Friday. Sept. 26th, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Led by Kathleen Ryan, the workshop will cover basic clay art principles, including slab building, how to shape and join clay, and how to create textures in clay.

Introduction to the Clay Studio’s equipment will be included, and there will be plenty of hands-on practice time.

The workshop cost is $30, which includes two pounds of clay and three hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing for your work.

The cost for follow-up time at the studio is only $2 per hour.

Space is limited, so early sign-up is recommended. Contact the Clay Studio at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Enrollment will be confirmed by email.

Hoffman Center Celebrates the Arts

It’s time to celebrate! Hoffman Center is happy to announce its building’s renovation will be complete in time to celebrate the tenth anniversary of providing art, culture and educational activities for the community.

Hoffman Center Celebrates the Arts will showcase Hoffman Center artists and programs from Saturday Oct. 11, through Monday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The festivities will also include a Celebration of Music at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Saturday’s events will include an art show by over 15 Hoffman Center artists, writing, poetry and children’s activities, with wheel throwing and hand building demonstrations in the clay studio.

A silent auction will feature fun merchandise and local experiences, plus a raffle for an overnight stay at the Inn at Manzanita, dinner at Blackbird, and a massage.

The art show will continue all day Sunday, with a special Artists’ Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. The reception will include 10th anniversary ceremony with cake and other refreshments.

Sunday evening’s Celebration of Music concert will feature local musical groups donating their time and talent to perform crowd favorites. Admission to the 7 p.m. concert will be $10, with all funds going to support the Hoffman Center.

The art show will continue all day Monday, Oct. 13, providing a last opportunity to view and purchase art.

The Hoffman Center was made possible by Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman, when the long-time and beloved Manzanita residents bequeathed their home and assets to the community.

Founded in 2004, the Hoffman Center is an Oregon nonprofit 501(c)3 that provides an inspiring and welcoming environment for north Oregon coast residents and visitors to enjoy and explore arts and culture.

This tenth anniversary year has been a significant one for Hoffman Center. The Hoffman’s house, in bad condition, was demolished with the help of an anonymous grant from a local family. Additional donations of funds, time and plants from the community helped create the Hoffman Gardens.

In addition, the Finish Off the Hoff campaign raised enough money from generous community donations to complete Center’s renovation, just in time for Hoffman Center Celebrates the Arts and A Celebration of Music.

More information on the Hoffman Center celebration can be obtained by contacting Tela Skinner at mactela@nehalemtel.net or Glenna Gray glenna@nehalemtel.net.

Clay Studio is Open During Hoffman Center Renovation

   Things are hopping in the Hoffman Center’s Clay Studio.  And, we’re not letting a little construction noise interrupt the fun.

The Clay Studio will remain open during the “Finish Off the Hoff” remodeling projects, keeping regular hours.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10 am – 4 pm

 2nd & 4th Saturdays: 10 am – 2 pm

It is only $2 per hour to use the clay studio and clay can be purchased on site.  Come in and experiment!


Summer Art Camp for Kids Big Success

pedersens drawing classTwenty-five children, ages five and half to fourteen, attended this summer’s week long art camp.

Four different classes met daily for two hour sessions:  Fine Art for Kids with Bjorn Lundeen, Acting & Improv with Willa Childress, Circus Arts with Sierra Gjerde,  and Drawing Monsters, Robots & Fairies with Ryan Pedersen.

Final presentations were held on Friday for each of the sessions, giving parents, grandparents, and community members a chance to see what the students learned.

Photo by John Freethy:  Ryan Pedersen’s class ‘Drawing Monsters, Fairies, and Robots’, shares their work and some really ‘monstrous’ faces.




Enjoy the Hoffman Gardens

garden volunteerWe’re encouraging community members to enjoy the Hoffman Gardens.

Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman, long time residents of Manzanita, donated their home to help start a center for arts and culture.  Earlier this year, due to its poor condition, the house was demolished and a dedicated crew of volunteers put in a variety of plantings, led by landscape designer, Karen Babbitt and Hoffman Center board member, Madeline Olson.

Volunteers still tend the Gardens, watering regularly during this spectacular summer weather, and pulling weeds.

The Hoffman Gardens will be made available for activities that fit in with the Hoffman Center’s mission to support artistic, cultural and educational activities, and the library.  Examples include art shows/sales, art classes/workshops, concerts, stage events, or library events.  The Hoffman Gardens will not be available for commercial or private purposes.

If you have an activity you’d like to hold in the Hoffman Gardens–or if you’d like to volunteer–contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net and someone from the Gardens Committee will get back to you.  Meanwhile, feel free to wander through and take a peaceful pause from your busy day.

Lindsay Hill Reads from Sea of Hooks on Saturday, September 20

Lindsay HillLindsay Hill will read from his book Sea of Hooks at the Pine Grove Community House at 7 pm on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  Part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series, the event is being moved to the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita because the Hoffman Center is being renovated.

In this riveting , darkly humorous, and sometimes harrowing novel, Christopher Westall, an alarmingly imaginative young man, experiences repeated trauma and transformation.

His childhood has shattered into a thousand glints, shards, and tangled threads that are gathered and rewoven by the reader while following Christopher’s pivotal journey from San Francisco to the mountains of Bhutan.

Sea of Hooks was named best book of 2013 by the Oregonian, and in the top ten books of 2013 by New York Magazine.  Gabe Habash, for Publishers Weekly, declared it the most underrated book of 2013.  “It’s one of the best books I’ve read in years,” he writes.  “That’s it, I’m out of superlatives. Read Sea of Hooks.”  The magazine named it one of the top five books of 2013.

Sea of Hooks is brilliant. Mr. Hill, a sometime-banker and longtime poet, spent twenty years writing Sea of Hooks, a novel so audacious, so intricately constructed, that it was a reading experience unlike any I’ve ever had. And it completely reinvents the bildungsroman in the process. …It’s a novel that proves that the complexities of one young man’s daily life, his preoccupations and his nightmares, and above all, his compassion, can be extraordinarily fascinating, suspenseful, and revelatory.”–Carolyn Oliver, Rosemary and Reading Glasses

Lindsay Hill was born in San Francisco and graduated from Bard College. Since 1974, he has published six books of poetry and his work has appeared in a wide variety of literary journals. Sea of Hooks, his first novel, was published by McPherson & Company in November of 2013. Hill’s other writing and editorial projects include the production of a series of recordings of innovative writing under the Spoken Engine label, and the co-editing, with Paul Naylor, of the literary journal Facture. Since leaving a career in banking, he has worked in the nonprofit sector. Lindsay Hill lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, the painter Nita Hill.

Following Hill’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.

Admission for the evening is $5.

The Writers’ Series Reading Group will meet the Thursday prior to Hill’s reading, September 18th, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.

The Pine Grove Community House is located at 225 Laneda Avenue.

Writers and Artists: Submissions Due August 31st!

ink the squid submit buttonDon’t forget to submit your work to the North Coast Squid:  deadline is August 31, 2014.  

Plus, there are still a couple of spots open in the August 23rd Writing Lab.  

Contact Tela Skinner via hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net if you’d like to join us at the Lab to get feedback on your submission. 
The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in Spring of 2015.
Writing will be accepted in the following categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir).  Final selections will be made by literary judges from outside the local area:  Deborah Reed for fiction, Lauren Kessler for non-fiction, and Lindsay Hill for poetry.  Click here to find out more about each judge.
The magazine will be expanded to include selections from young writers under 18 years old.  The three best submissions, regardless of category, will be selected by the editors of Tattoo Magazine, a national award-winning high school literary and art publication based in Shoreline, WA.  The magazine is advised by Andy Barker, a member of the North Coast Squid editorial team.
Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team.

“We invite writers and artists to submit work that goes beyond beach and ocean themes,” said Kathie Hightower, co-founder of the magazine and the Manzanita Writers’ Series.  “While we love the beautiful landscape here, we would like to include more diversity in the submissions.”
Submissions for consideration are due August 31, 2014. Only electronic submissions are accepted.  For the full submission guidelines, click here.  To submit, click here or on the image included in this post.
Writers and artists can find copies of the current Squid available for sale in these coastal retail outlets: Cloud & Leaf Bookstore and Manzanita News and Espresso in Manzanita, the Beehive in Nehalem, the Trillium Gallery in Wheeler, Beach Books in Seaside, Jupiter Books in Cannon Beach, and Lucy’s Books in Astoria. Net proceeds of the $5 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help fund future issues of the North Coast Squid.

Hoffman Center Names New Officers

vera wildauer sqThe Hoffman Center in Manzanita has elected Vera Wildauer as the new president of its board of directors. Wildauer, a member of the board for four years, co-founded the popular Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Center’s literary journal the “North Coast Squid.”

Wildauer moved to Manzanita in 2006 after a career in bank marketing, most recently for a community bank in Everett, Wash. She also served on non-profit boards, including Bridgeways, a mental health agency where she served as President.

Wildauer replaces David Dillon who has served on the Hoffman Center board since its creation in 2004.

Dillon remains on the board and will oversee the “Finish Off the Hoff” building improvement project, set to begin in September. He will also focus on the Center’s Film Series, as well as his own writing projects.

“I am very pleased that Vera is taking over as president, She is knowledgeable about where the Center has been and our vision for the future,” said Dillon. “She is committed to the mission and will do a great job as our leader.”

“Dave has helped grow the Hoffman Center to the vibrant arts center it is today,” said Wildauer.  “We all appreciate his unwavering dedication for the last ten years and look forward to him managing our improvement projects. They are important to our future.”

Madeline Olson was elected board treasurer. Olson worked in a variety of roles in the state addiction and mental health system. She retired in 2012 as the Deputy Director for Addictions and Mental Health for the State of Oregon.

Peggy Biskar continues as board secretary. Biskar worked as a Fine Art Specialist in the Multnomah County ESD Curriculum Department. Mid-life, she went back to school at Pacific Northwest College of Art and majored in painting with a concentration in photography.

The other Hoffman Center board members are Sharon Borgford, Tela Skinner, Marcia Silver and Mindi Bender.  Click here to find out more about them.

Photo:  Vera Wildauer enjoys some cake at last year’s release party for the North Coast Squid literary journal.

Staged Reading of ‘Riva Beside Me’ on July 19th

RivaCast-WithNames (2)The Hoffman Center is sponsoring a staged reading from the novel, “Riva Beside Me: New York City 1963-1966,” by Carla Perry. The performance takes place on Saturday, July 19th, at 7 pm. A suggested donation of $10 is gratefully appreciated.

The script for the staged readings is excerpted from the book, narrowed down to focus on just four of the characters. The cast includes SARAH GAYLE as “Riva,” HOVEY GROSVENOR as “Richard,” KE EDMISTEN as “The Mother,” and WAYNE PLOURDE  as “The Narrator.” Author CARLA PERRY will be on hand to introduce the show and answer questions afterward. The novel, “Riva Beside Me,” is based on real life, growing up in Manhattan in a dysfunctional family. But the story is one of transition and hope, where humor and love prevail. The story makes it obvious that angels walk among us. Staged readings have already been performed to SRO crowds in Toledo, Portland, and at Canyon Way Bookstore. It has also been performed at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

“After experiencing the staged reading at Canyon Way, I bought a copy of “Riva Beside Me,” and have just finished it. I was swept away by the subtle details and enormous visual context gained by reading the novel in its entirety. It was obviously an extraordinary experience for the audience, for the four actors, and indeed for my friends who came with me. I am thrilled to see that you have scheduled additional readings.”  Barbara Gast, Summit.

Paperback copies of “Riva Beside Me” will be available for sale and autographing at the Hoffman Center. The book is also available at Powell’s Books in Portland, and in Newport at Canyon Way, Nye Beach Bookhouse, Things Rich and Strange, and at the Toledo and Newport public libraries. E-Books are available through Amazon, KOBO, Barnes and Noble, and Apple iTunes.

For those interested in hosting a staged reading of “Riva Beside Me,” and for all other information, contact info@dancingmoonpress.com, or call 541-574-7708.