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Kathleen Ryan Retrospective Art Show Set for November

kathleen and mask sqAll of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts want to express our sadness at the passing of Kathleen Ryan, our dear friend and a founding board member. Her energy and spirit will be greatly missed, especially in the Clay Studio.

A retrospective of Kathleen’s work will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts during the first three weeks in November. Artist and friend, Susan Walsh will serve as planner and jury. If you have anything created by Kathleen you would like included in the show, please email a photo to Susan at scwalsh@nehalemtel.net.

There will be an opening event from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, November 6th. The Kathleen Ryan Memorial Totem, created and constructed by clay studio volunteers, will be unveiled in the Hoffman Gardens that same day.  Kathleen helped design the memorial totem and envisioned the memorial as public art piece that would not only pay tribute to her, but would inspire others to create as well.

The gallery will also be open Fridays from 2 to 4pm, November 4, 11, 18, and 25. Organizers will be scheduling additional opportunities to view the exhibit.  Contact Susan if you would like to serve as gallery host sometime during the first three weeks in November.

To honor Kathleen’s dedication to the studio and her love of ceramics as an art form, the Hoffman Center has established the Kathleen Ryan Fund. Some donations to the fund will be used create the totem memorial for the Hoffman Gardens. Donations will also fund projects to improve the safety and comfort of artists using the studio.  Fund raising is currently underway to replace the antique heater with a ductless unit and to pay for an electrical safety check and replacement of the breaker box so that the kiln and heater can be operated at the same time. Memorial donations will also keep the cost of classes and clay experiences affordable for everyone. If you have questions about the Clay Studio, contact Sharon Gibson, at sgibson385@gmail.com.

Contributions may be mailed to the Kathleen Ryan Fund, The Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, OR  97130 or made online at hoffmanblog.org/donate. Please be sure to include Kathleen’s name in the special instructions field.

Thank you for supporting Kathleen’s passion for nurturing the arts in our community.

For Kathleen’s complete obituary, please click here:  http://www.tillamookcountypioneer.net/r-i-p-kathleen-ryan/



Free Grant Writing Workshop on Monday, September 26th

Free TCCC Grant Writing Workshop
Monday, September 26th, 6:30 – 8pm
Carl Rawe room at Tillamook PUD, 1115 Pacific Avenue, Tillamook
Parking available in back (since it is after hours, entry will be through the back door)
TCCC Grant applications are due October 25, 2016.

Press Questions:  Gretta Siegel, gretta.siegel@gmail.com, 503-381-6448

The Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC), on behalf of the Oregon Cultural Trust, is soliciting requests from Tillamook County citizens and organizations interested in obtaining grant funding to develop projects that celebrate the arts, humanities, and heritage of our county.

To be considered, projects must address one or more of the following: cultural education, community art, heritage, the environment, and/or traditions.

To be eligible, grant applicants must be an individual(s), a non-profit organization, or a governmental organization. Individuals must be residents of Tillamook County and organizations must maintain registered headquarters in Tillamook County. Priority will be given to activities that will benefit a significant number of Tillamook County residents.

Grants funded have ranged from $500 to $2,000. Recipients of the 2016 awards include:  Nehalem Valley Historical Society, Hoffman Center for the Arts, Community Arts Project, South County Celebration of Language and Literacy, Bay City Arts Center, and Art Accelerated 2016.

Grant applications are due October 25, 2016.

Detailed information about TCCC and the grant application are available at: http://www.tcpm.org/tccc.htm.

Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by November 30, 2016.  For more information, contact the TCCC at TillamookCCC@gmail.com..

October Classes Scheduled in the Clay Studio

two-turqoise-itemsThe Clay Studio is offering three more introductory classes in October.  Don’t be shy, this is a great way to get acquainted with this art form and the fantastic team in the Studio.

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.

Hand-Building with Clay

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10am – 12 p.m.
Kathleen Kanas instructor

This popular introductory workshop covers basic clay art principles, including slab building, shaping and joining clay, and creating textures. There is hands-on practice time to build your cylindrical hand-formed vessel.

Introduction to the Wheel

Wednesday, October 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mary Roberts instructor

This workshop introduces you to 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 hands-on time with the instructor.

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. Sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita  or via Pay Pal here.

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

Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

2-Day Art of Aging Conference September 28-29


CONFERENCE IS FULL.  To get on a waiting list email telaskinner@gmail.com.

The Art of Aging Series at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita partners with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. (GOBHI) to bring a two-day conference to Manzanita, on Wednesday, September 28 and Thursday, September 29, from 10am to 4pm, both days.

The conference is titled Personal Safety Nets: Planning for the Probabilities, Embracing the Possibilities. It will inspire, motivate and equip you to live the life you envision – through good times and challenges.

Registration fee is $25, which includes lunch both days, and the attendance will cap out at 32 registrations. Each day builds on the day before, so plan to participate both days.

Author, professor and senior advocate Jenny Sasser, Ph.D., will present “Traveling Together through the Life-Course: Embracing the Adventure of Aging.” Get ready to unleash your creativity!

Denise Malm, LSWAIC, Social Worker at the Wallingford Community Senior Center, Seattle, will present Personal Safety Nets. Over the two-day period participants will be guided as they use instructions, workbook and resources to weave their own personal safety net.

Sasser is an educational gerontologist, trans-disciplinary scholar and community activist. She served as Chair of the Department of Human Sciences and Founding Director of Gerontology at Marylhurst University from 1999 to 2015. In addition to co-authoring Aging: Concepts and Controversies with Harry Moody, the two are working on the forthcoming book Gerontology: The basics. Her other ongoing commitmentsinclude convening the Gero-Punk Project serving as a conversation facilitator for Oregon Humanities and offering consulting, workshops and presentations throughout North America.

Malm’s MSW from University of Washington included multi-generational research with a focus on older adults. She has been certified in “The Art & Science of Community Organizing.” As a non-profit director she implemented the “Communities that Care” model and served on the Advisory Boards for the Snohomish County Community Mobilization Coalition and the Snohomish County Health and Safety Network. She developed and coordinated a project defined as “senior programming without walls” which addresses communities lacking senior activities and social services.

To register for this conference go to safetynet.eventgrid.com.  Please do not register via the Hoffman registration page.

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. and will be held at the Hoffman (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Avenue). Further information, and other events that are part of the program, is available here or contact Tela Skinner at telaskinner@gmail.com.

Zentangle: Two Tangled Treasures Class on November 12-13

zentangle image3 zentangle image4The Hoffman Center for the Arts is pleased to present another Zentangle class with Deb Thompson on the weekend of November 12-13. Tuition is $35 per day, $70 for both days, plus a $6 materials fee for each day (paid directly to the instructor).

This class will build upon Zentangle: The Basics/Beyond The Basics class, though beginners will find success with the easy to follow instruction, supportive environment, and reinforcement that “There are no mistakes in Zentangle.” Instructor Deb Thompson will highlight the eight steps of the Zentangle Method, and teach students Zentangle patterns that can build a Zentangle foundation. No prior knowledge of or practice of Zentangle is necessary.

Saturday, November 12 9:30 a.m. to Noon:  This lesson plan will introduce the Zentangle Method on Renaissance tiles. Students will become familiar with the techniques that will give their work that recognizable Renaissance look and feel. They will explore tangles from a new angle. Working on Zentangle Renaissance Tiles, students will use brown, black and white pens to work the surface, and continue to create shadow and highlight with graphite and and white charcoal pencils.

Sunday, November   13, 9:30 a.m. to Noon:Black Zentangle Tiles provide a new medium for students to explore. Very basic, yet dramatic tangles will be the focus of our work on black tiles.

Deb has been practicing the art of Zentangle for several years. I have completed the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) seminar in Providence, Rhode Island with Zentangle founders, Rick Roberts, and Maria Thomas. Since becoming a CZT, I have been actively teaching group and individual Zentangle classes in the Eugene, Oregon area. I have a shared family vacation home in Manzanita, and visit as frequently as possible.


She can be reached at:  DebThompson@CreationUnplugged.com

Zentangle: The Basics and Beyond Class on October 2nd

zentangle image2The Hoffman Center for the Arts is bringing back Deb Thompson for another Zentangle class on Sunday, October 2nd from 9:30 to noon.

The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Almost anyone can use it to create beautiful images. It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world, across a wide range of skills, interests and ages. We believe that life is an art form and that our Zentangle Method is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.

This class will provide a beginner with a background in the history of Zentangle, introduce them to the basics steps of the method and expose them to associated vocabulary and tools used. Students will be immersed in creating actual Zentangle tiles and will leave with a clear understanding that, “Anything is possible one stroke at a time.”® A mosaic photograph of class creations will be taken at the conclusion of the class. A unique hashtag will be assigned to the mosaic so that students can share the magic of a Zentangle mosaic with their family and friends.

Tuition for the class is $35.00, with a $6.00 materials fee paid to instructor at class time

*For returning Zentangle students: Bring your starter kit, and there will be no materials fee.


Deb has been practicing the art of Zentangle for several years. I have completed the Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) seminar in Providence, Rhode Island with Zentangle founders, Rick Roberts, and Maria Thomas. Since becoming a CZT, I have been actively teaching group and individual Zentangle classes in the Eugene, Oregon area. I have a shared family vacation home in Manzanita, and visit as frequently as possible.

She can be reached at:

Bid on Creative Experiences at Hoffapalooza

washboard for webCome to Hoffapalooza on September 3rd from 1 to 4 pm and bid on a Creative Experience for yourself and three friends.

These generous instructors are donating their time to allow you and your friends to have a fun, creative experience together.  Your choices are either an Intro to the Wheel or Handbuilding class in the Clay Studio, Botanical Drawing, or Assembling and Learning to Play your own Washboard.  This will be a fun way to bring the arts to life for you and your friends.

Proceeds from these workshops will go toward operations at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  See details below.



Intro To Clay


Together your group may choose ONE of the classes listed below.

Learn basic clay art principles, including slab building, an introduction to the studio’s equipment, how to shape and join clay, and create textures. There is plenty of hands-on practice time to build your cylindrical hand-formed vessel in this class.

This introduction to the the studio’s throwing equipment will cover basic clay art and throwing principles. You will learn how to center clay, pull a cylinder and a bowl, and receive enough instruction to set you on your way for practicing, as well as plenty of hands-on time.

These workshops include three pounds of clay and two hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed. The fee also includes up to two hours (in one session only) for glazing and kiln firing of your work.  If additional work is needed, or you are already hooked, the cost for follow-up work time at the studio is only $2 per hour and additional clay is available for $1.50 per pound.

CLASS DATE:  To be arranged with instructor




Botanical Drawing


You and your friends will learn the fundamentals of botanical drawing using pencils, color pencils and other dry media to portray accurate shapes and master shading techniques to create  three-dimensional effects.

Haber-Legigh is an artist, educator, linguist and forager with a passion for native plants who finds infinite inspiration in nature. She lives in Seaside and is a member of the Oregon Botanical Artists, American Society of Botanical Artists and Oregon Native Plant Society.

In addition to the 2-hour long session with your three friends, the purchaser of this item will receive copies of Haber-Lehigh’s two coloring/reading books:  Native Berries of the Coastal Pacific Northwest and Haystack Rock

CLASS DATE:  To be arranged with instructor




Intro To Washboard


Have you ever wanted to put together your own washboard and then learn how to play it? Well, here’s your opportunity!

In this unique workshop you’ll assemble your own washboard to your preference and personalize it with various found objects. Then you’ll learn the basic principles of how to play the washboard.

This two-hour workshop includes assembly and decoration of your washboard in the first hour and learning to play it in the second.

Materials provided include: a small Dubl-Handi washboard, a cowbell, a desk bell and a wooden block. Found objects to decorate your washboard will also be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

CLASS DATE:   To be arranged with instructor



Film Series Screens ‘Black Road’ on September 23rd

Black Road Graphic 6072_The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the acclaimed 2016 sci-fi feature “Black Road” Friday, Sep. 23 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Set in the autonomous, rebel State of Jefferson in 2029, the film tells the story of an ex-military cyborg who risks his life to protect a mysterious woman from her dangerous ex. He’s aided by his A.I. implant “Clyde” who proves partner and friend.

Written and directed by Gary Lundberg, “Black Road” stars Sam Daly, Simon Templeman, Leilani Sarelle and Michelle Lombardo. It was shot in Ashland and along the south coast of Oregon. The film lasts 80 minutes.

“I first saw this movie late last year at the Astoria International Film Festival and was very impressed,” said Hoffman Center film program leader David Dillon. “Someone called it a ‘futuristic neo-noir thriller’ and I think that’s an apt description.”

Cascadia Book Event on September 10th

Cascadia Cover 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a book reading by H. W. “Buzz” Bernard, author of “Cascadia” Saturday, Sep. 10 at 7 p.m.

“Cascadia,” Bernard’s fifth novel, tells the story of a major earthquake and tsunami striking Manzanita on a busy summer day. It intermixes the lives of a famed geologist who foresees the disaster and tries to get the public to pay attention, with his retired clergyman/counselor friend, who supports him despite widespread skepticism.

Other characters include a former fighter pilot trying to make amends with a local woman he jilted years before, and an eccentric retiree who searches the area for legendary buried treasure.

“Cascadia” has been cited for its graphic depiction of the devastation that could occur when “The Big One” – the dreaded Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake – occurs just off the Oregon coast.

Jerry Thompson, author of the non-fiction work “Cascadia’s Fault: The Coming Earthquake and Tsunami that Could Devastate North America,” said Bernard’s book is “riveting, scary, and entirely believable . . . a compelling, page-turning thriller with the ring of truth.”

Bernard is a native Oregonian. Before becoming a novelist, he worked at The Weather Channel, as a senior meteorologist for 13 years. Prior to that, he was a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force for over three decades. His airborne experiences included a mission with Air Force Hurricane Hunters, airdrops over the Arctic Ocean and Turkey, and a stint as a weather officer aboard a Tactical Air Command airborne command post.

Copies of “Cascadia” will be available for sale and autographing at the reading.

Representatives of the Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay will also be on hand to demonstrate and sell disaster supplies.