Discover Community Supported Arts & Culture

Your Support Makes A Difference. Join Us in the Season of Giving.

The arts are an important part of living well. They connect us with friends and family, foster creative expression, and bring joy to our lives. At the Hoffman Center for the Arts we provide an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others. 

Donations are essential to making all this happen. Won’t you join us with your support?

Learn More 


Stay connected with our twice monthly e-newsletter. Sign up here.

 

Deborah Reed will read from her latest book, The Days When Birds Come Back

Deborah Reed ~Reads The Days When Birds Come Back
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 7:00pm
Admission $7
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

Deborah is the author of six literary novels, most recently, The Days When Birds Come Back, published January, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her other novels include Olivay, a Bustle magazine pick of the year for 2015; Things We Set on Fire, which sold over 100K copies in the first six months; and Carry Yourself Back to Me, an Amazon Editor Pick of the year for 2011. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

The renovation of an old house on the Oregon Coast brings two people together in this emotionally searing novel of love and second chances. Brimming with empathy, The Days When Birds Come Back, like the house itself, is a graceful testament to endurance, rebuilding, and the possibilities of coming home.

“An emotionally satisfying novel about the lingering effects of trauma and how people deal with guilt.”
– Publisher’s Weekly

Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe.

She lives on the coast of Oregon.

Deborah will lead a 10-week novel-writing group in Manzanita, starting March 21.

Interested writers must submit a writing sample of no more than ten pages to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net by February 25th. No more than ten people will be accepted, so please apply early. Fee for the course will be $350. For a complete description of the course, and the requirements, go to hoffmanblog.org.

Following Deboarah’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 “Starting Over.“

NOTE: Admission for the evening reading is $7. Doors open at 630.

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.) Further information is available at hoffmanblog.org <http://hoffmanblog.org> online or contact Kathie Hightower,  kathiejhightower@gmail.com

 

“Jump Into Life in Your Second Adulthood, or ‘Now What?’”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 | 3:00 to 5:00pm
Jump Into Life in Your Second Adulthood, or Now What?
Presentation for the Art of Aging/of Dying series
Admission $5
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

Please note this is a change to Wednesday. All of our Art of Aging/of Dying events will be on Wednesdays in 2018.

Are you at the stage of wondering, “Now what?” You’ve retired to the coast or retired from work already living here at the coast; you are living in an empty nest; you have renovated your dream home; you are new here and figuring out your place. And you are living your Second Adulthood, life after 50. For many of us, we get an entire second adulthood, not raising children or pursuing a career, so the question becomes “Now what?”

Join us to explore some of the goals and dreams you have either given up on or not quite yet clarified, and to figure out how to put those goals into action. Your goals can be in any area: physical, spiritual, social, mental, psychological, practical, creative.

This is an interactive workshop format rather than a discussion group. It will include researched information, a few exercises and some group brainstorming, so bring a pen and something to write on (notebook, magazine). Handout provided. If you attended Tela Skinner’s session on Priorities, you might want to review your notes from that day beforehand.

Prior to “retiring,” Kathie Hightower spent 26 years doing workshops in the corporate and government world, traveling the world the past 20+ years presenting workshops for military spouses, focused on happiness, stress/energy management, and especially on how to see possibilities in the face of many obstacles. Now she’s focusing her research on the topic of Second Adulthood, how to stay active, engaged, healthy and purposeful after 50, and yes, how to see possibilities when faced with obstacles of aging. Kathie last presented a workshop on the physical aspects of aging for Art of Aging.

The event will be held at Hoffman Center for the Arts; 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, OR from 3-5 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  There is a $5 fee to attend.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). For more information is available contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

 

 

Author Deborah Reed will lead a weekly Novel-Writing Group

Deborah Reed ~ 10-week novel-writing group
Starting March 21
Fee $350
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita 

Is that novel you’ve talked about forever still sitting back burner or hidden in a drawer? Are you well along in the process but stuck, not really sure how to proceed? Or do you have a lot of bits and pieces started without a clue of how to move forward?

Now the author of seven novels, Deborah Reed still remembers those feelings, of wanting to write a novel, of working on one, but not really working smart. She helps writers move forward more effectively.

Reed will offer a ten-week novel writing workshop, beginning March 21, 2018. The class will meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. Interested writers will need to apply.

Please submit a writing sample of no more than ten pages to hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net by February 25th. No more than ten people will be accepted, so please apply early.

This workshop will cover the importance of effective structure, rhythm, pacing, and texture, with an emphasis on finding your book through exploring voice, viewpoint, and characterization. We will also cover the more elusive and finer sensibilities of depth, meaning, theme, and nuance where the emotional ties of a novel pull the reader in, keep her turning the page, and cause her senses to resonate with its worth long after the final page has been turned.

Most importantly, each student will be guided according to his or her own vision and needs. You will be provided with instructor feedback on submitted workshopped pages, including a summarized statement, as well as written feedback on your pages from fellow writers. Each writer will have the opportunity to submit pages twice, at a minimum, during the ten weeks, depending on the size of the group.

Deborah is the author of four literary novels, most recently, The Days When Birds Come Back, published January, 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her other novels include Olivay, a Bustle magazine pick of the year for 2015; Things We Set on Fire, which sold over 100K copies in the first six months; and Carry Yourself Back to Me, an Amazon Editor Pick of the year for 2011. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe.

She lives on the coast of Oregon.

The cost of the workshop is $350 per person. Your acceptance email will include detailed information on registration and requirements including one pre-first class assignment for the course (a one-page synopsis of your novel.)

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. For more information contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series Celebrates Ten Years of Programming in 2018 with a Number of Special Events

 

January 20 | Deborah Reed
February 17 | Nicole J. Georges
March 17 | Omar El Akkad
May 19 | Rene Denfeld
September 15 | Peter Rock

 

We’ll kick off the year on January 20 with Deborah Reed reading from her sixth novel, The Days When Birds Come Back, just published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Reed’s novel is set in a small town on the Oregon Coast, and Deborah herself has moved to the Oregon Coast since her first featured reading at the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

Other authors and books for this year’s evening events include Nicole J. Georges, Fetch (Feb. 17); Omar El Akkad, American War (March 17), Rene Denfeld, The Child Finder (May 19); and Peter Rock, Spells (Sep. 15).

April 14, we’ll celebrate the annual PoetryFest, featuring workshops and reading with Wendy Willis, author of Blood Sisters of the Republic.

On October 20, we’ll cohost a special event, a joint fundraiser between the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Manzanita Library. The evening will include an interview and Q&A with “America’s Librarian,” author of the bestselling BookLust and follow-on books, a regular commentator on books for NPR, Nancy Pearl. She is touring with her own debut novel, George & Lizzie.

Finally, on November 17, we’ll host our 10 Year Anniversary Event, with readings by and celebration of the many local writers who have published books in the last 10 years, along with the many locals who have started writing because of the Manzanita Writers’ Series’ writing workshops and Writing Lounge. We’ll also celebrate the many readers and book lovers who make our events possible.

We’ll host a number of writing workshops during the year, kick off a new ongoing online writing critique/workshop group, and host a novel-writing group. Check for workshop details, schedule and registration information at hoffmanblog.org.

The admission price for most of the author events will be $7. Workshop fees vary by workshop s

o check hoffmanblog.org for details and registration.

This year we continue to have a suggested theme for Open Mic for each event. Writers are welcome to write to theme for their 5-minute piece although it is not a requirement.  Themes will be announced in advance of each event.

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

Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage

Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage Workshop
Astoria artist Patti Breidenbach
Saturday, February 3 | 10am–4pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage” workshop Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Led by Astoria artist Patti Breidenbach, a former junior high and high school art teacher, the class is designed for students age 18 and up. Beginning to professional artists are welcome.

Tuition for the workshop will be $80, plus a $20 materials fee. The class will be limited to 10 students.

“Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage” will focus on creating art using paint, collage, stenciling and fabric. Participants will be able to apply these methods and techniques to future works of art. Students will leave with a finished 8×8 piece of art.

“The goals are to introduce another way to interpret personal thoughts and personal environment while lifting the perceived limitations of materials,” said Breidenbach.

“Ergo the freedom of feeling there is no wrong way,” she added.

Although all materials are provided, students are encouraged to bring any materials that they want to use such as their own acrylic paints, brushes, stencils, or fabric.

Breidenbach, who has a BFA in Jewelry Design, is also a certified high school teacher. She is the former Executive Director of the Granville Arts Council in Oxford, North Carolina. She enjoys teaching oils, watercolor, ceramics, drawing, paper making and book binding, and basket weaving.

Breidenbach says “Art is very personal. What you see on the canvas is the soul of the artist. Reflections on crazy current events have led me to a lighter and somewhat whimsical interpretation of my world. That, or stick my head in the sand!”

Register online by clicking on the Add To Cart button below. Deadline for registration will be Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Questions about the “Mixed Medium Acrylic Painting & Collage” can be addressed to Breidenbach at pattiannb123@yahoo.com.  A sampling of her art can be found at http://www.astoriavisualarts.org/patti-breidenbach.html

 

Botanical Drawing Workshop

Botanical Drawing Workshop
Dorota Haber-Lehigh

Feb. 10 | 1:00 to 4:00pm
Apr. 28 | Aug. 25 | Oct. 20 | Dec. 1
noon to 4:00pm

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer five Botanical Drawing classes throughout 2018, starting Saturday February 10. The first workshop will be Botanical Sketchbook, followed by spring, summer, fall and winter sessions.

Led by Dorota Haber-Lehigh, the series of workshops will focus on drawing from nature while being inspired by changing seasons.  The workshops can be taken independently or as a series. Each workshop will have a different seasonal focus while emphasizing sketching from observation. Students will experiment with new techniques, study botanical accuracy and the learn the importance of self-expression. The series is designed for students 18 and up, and all skill levels are welcome.

The first workshop will focus on keeping a botanical sketchbook. In this workshop, students will engage in creative, meditative, and structured exercises to dive into this practice. In this foundation class, students will learn sketching, measuring, tonal/shading, application, color blending and layering, and composition ideas. Using pen, graphite and color pencils for sketching and combining and adding text will give students the tools to embrace their personal style and use a sketchbook to record their botanical journey. By the end of the first class, students will complete several entries in their sketchbooks and will walk away with ideas on how to continue throughout the year.

Tuition is $45 per session, or $150.00 for all five sessions ($30/per session). Choose the number of sessions from the drop down menu below and then click on the Add to Cart button.

Class Options

Classes will be held February 10, from 1:00 to 4:00pm; and April 28, August 25, October 20, and December 1, from Noon to 4:00pm.

Haber-Lehigh’s art and teaching explore the ephemeral beauty of nature, magic of native plants and human connection with plants. She holds degrees in Art, Indigenous Studies, Spanish and Education. She authored two ethnobotanical coloring books. Her workshops are engaging, inclusive and fun. They are designed for all levels and abilities. She is currently working on a Diploma in Botanical Illustration through the Society of Botanical Artists in London. She has taught students whose age ranged from 10 to 90+, and of all artistic abilities in public schools, community colleges and art centers.

Supplies: Bring a sketchbook, graphite pencil (H or F), Pigma Micron 01 black pen, kneaded eraser, and a set of artist quality color pencils. Haber-Lehigh will have available for purchase: Tombow graphite pencil H – $1.25; Pigma Micron 01 black pen – $2.75; Strathmore sketchbook 6” x 8” – $5; Kneaded eraser – $1.

Haber-Lehigh’s website is www.dorotahaberlehigh.com, and she can be contacted at dorota@iinet.com

Your Support Makes All the Difference!

The arts are an important part of living well. They connect us with friends and family, foster creative expression, and bring joy to our lives. At the Hoffman Center for the Arts we provide an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others. Your help makes that happen.

Your Support Connects Your Community with Arts and Culture

The Hoffman has slowly and steadily become an integral community hallmark making our area a unique and engaging place to live and visit. Your support helps volunteers provide affordable and relevant programming. Here are just some of the ways we have been able to connect your community with arts and culture this year:

  • Presented 25 classes in ceramic techniques and hosted record-breaking attendance at our open Clay Studio
  • Expanded our Open Gallery hours and exhibited the work of 100 artists in a variety of media
  • Launched an online platform for writing and painting to extend our geographical reach and depth of instruction
  • Hosted concerts by regional and local musical acts inside and in the garden
  • Offered nine visual arts workshops and started a Fiber Arts Circle
  • Presented readings and workshops by 13 Northwest authors, poets, and publishers
  • Held 23 events as part of our popular Art of Aging/Art of Dying conversation program
  • Presented monthly films, community concerts, travelogue slide presentations, and more.

Continuing the Momentum:  2018 & Beyond

Donations are essential to making all this happen. Won’t you join us with your support? With your help, we’ll continue to develop valuable programming that meets the interests of our community and the visitors seeking creative experiences during their stay here.

Your support makes a difference. Whether it’s a yearly membership of $25 or more, a sustaining donation of $50 or more per month, or a lump sum donation of $500, every contribution ensures our ability to continue serving our community of residents and visitors. Watch your mail for a letter from us with an envelope you can use to mail us a check.  Or, go to hoffmanblog.org/donate to find out more about how to give online.

Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-3846 for help or to find out more about the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

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 www.culturaltrust.org.

Acclaimed Documentary Woodsrider

Screening of Woodsrider
Friday, December, 15 | 7:30pm
Admission  $5

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the 2017 Oregon-made independent documentary film “Woodsrider” Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Tucked in the trees of Oregon’s Mount Hood, Sadie Ford, an introspective young snowboarder, camps alone, anticipating a winter of adventure and self-renewal in an acclaimed experimental, moody documentary.

Accompanied by her dog Scooter, her only constant companion, Ford snowshoes to build her nestled tent site, a place she feels more at ease than anywhere with four walls. Brief times in town provide breaths of social interaction and connection, but otherwise she chooses to spend time in solitude.

Striking a youthful yet elegiac tone, “Woodsrider” has been described as a meditative film about identity, home, and the way human experience echoes that of the natural world.

Directed and produced by Cambria Matlow, the film lasts 83 minutes. Matlow plans to attend the presentation of “Woodsrider” to discuss the film and answer questions. She screened her earlier film “Burning in the Sun” at the Hoffman Center last April.

A trailer can be viewed at https://www.woodsriderfilm.com

 

 

 

 

Burning Man: Desert Dreams

Burning Man: Desert Dreams
Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse
Thursday, December, 14 | 7pm
Admission $10

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host “Burning Man: Desert Dreams” – a special presentation by Lloyd Lindley and David Newhouse, Thursday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

“The evening will take you on a magical journey into the desert dreamscape of the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Nevada,” said “Yeti” Lindley, of Manzanita, and “Zoom” Newhouse, of Hillsboro. “Where you are always welcomed home as you arrive to begin your own journey of sight, sound, self expression, and wonder.”

Lindley has participated in Burning Man five times, Newhouse four.

Since its beginning on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in the summer of 1986, Burning Man’s attraction has grown year by year into a temporary global city of 80,000 people. “They all, in varying degrees, come to celebrate art making and free expression, contribute without expectations, and enjoy a sense of community and friendship unmatched in our default world,” said Lindley.

“We live in a default world. We get up everyday, do the things we do, go to bed, and do it all over again the next day and subsequent days onward. But for some of us, in mid-August, we are welcomed home to a desert dreamscape, an alternative lifestyle, city, community and world.”

Burning Man is described as “an expansive place guided by 10 principles — simple, complete, inclusive, participatory, generous, self reliant and self-expressive principles that enable each person to be the person they are instead of the person defined by their employment, social status, means, or material possessions.” The attendees are considered the contribution to the humane spectacle that is Burning Man.

The event’s name comes from its culminating act — the symbolic ritual burning of a large wooden effigy (“the Man”) that traditionally occurs on Saturday evening.

“Burning Man fashion and Burner wear are optional for our Manzanita presentation,” said Lindley.

The event is a fundraiser for the Hoffman Center. Admission will be $10.