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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Film Series to show “Survival Prayer”

10426265_760552187315295_1713844587735763663_nThe Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2013 documentary “Survival Prayer” Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 at the Hoffman Center.

Bellingham-based Benjamin Greené directed the feature about the impact of modern times on British Columbia’s Queen Charlotte Islands.

In the past century commercial logging, over-fishing, and invasive species have compromised the availability of traditionally harvested foods and threatened the long-term viability of these practices.  Compounding the ecological damage is the imminent extinction of the Haida language and loss of traditional knowledge. Naanii Mary Swanson, a last speaker, frames this portrait of age-old traditions at risk.

Against the spectacular Pacific coastline, Swanson’s ancient words set the tone for detailed views of modern life, in which the labor of survival—cutting seaweed fronds, pulling salmon from nets, plucking young spruce tips—speaks to timeless rhythms, sacred ritual, and the power of food and nature to sustain a culture.

The film lasts 70 minutes, and admission will be $5. Refreshments will be available.

Mark your calendars for The Rain Event

mattloveauthorblackwhitepicLove it or hate it, rain is coming our way.  Mark your calendars — join us as we celebrate winter precipitation at The Rain Event, January 17th, 2015.

Look at what we have lined up: Matt Love will be here to read from his book, Of Walking in the Rain.”  Sedona Fire Band, Fineline,  and Cliff & the Lemmings will perform rain music, including: Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Shelter from the Storm, Early Morning Rain, Crying in the Rain, Rhythm of the Falling Rain and Let it Rain. There’s a deluge of rain songs to choose from!

We’ll have other Rainy Day humorous acts for the audience to participate in and enjoy.  The Clay Studio artists will present a 3-D  Rain Art Show. If you’re interested in organizing a Rain themed 2-D art show, let us know!

Between now and Jan. 17th, consider all the ways you describe rain.  If you bring a word (or words) that describes a quality of rain you’ll get $5 off the entry price for the Rain Event.  The Inuit have a long list of ways to describe snow. At The Rain Event we will be collecting words for rain. We all have heard “sideways rain.” What are some other descriptions of the kinds of rain we experience? Put your creative minds to work and bring us your contribution! After the Event, rain words will be posted on the BBQ list and Hoffman Center blog, perhaps to be used in a future creative endeavor—a piece to be read at one the Writer’s Series open mics? A short story published in the next Squid? A poem to be read at the Saturday Open Mic at the Beehive? Creativity abounds here. Bring it on!

Talent Showcase Returning on February 28, 2015

cts fred and friendsThe very popular Hoffman Center Community Talent Showcase will return next February, so now’s the time to start planning your act.

The show will be held the evening of Saturday, Feb. 28.

We’ll be looking for a variety of local performers – comedians, singers, magicians, musicians, actors, or whatever – 12 to 15 acts in all.

More information will be provided after the start of the new year, so stay tuned.

See more pictures from the last Community Talent Showcase.


Phillip Margolin Reads From His Novel Worthy Brown’s Daughter on November 15

phillip margolinPhillip Margolin will read from his book Worthy Brown’s Daughter at the Hoffman Center at 7pm on Saturday, November 15 2014.

Known for his critically acclaimed contemporary thrillers, New York Times bestselling author Phillip Margolin explores intriguing new territory in Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a compelling historical drama, set in nineteenth-century Oregon, that combines a heartbreaking story of slavery and murder with classic Margolin plot twists. The novel was inspired by true events that occurred in Oregon.

“Margolin shines in recreating pioneer life .. . . there’s legal wrangling, murder and romance, set against the backdrop of race and frontier life. . . . his scene-setting, knowledge of the frontier and relating of the hard task of the law make for an appealing read.”
―Kirkus Reviews

Margolin is well known for his political/legal thrillers, especially since all of his 16 novels have been New York Times bestsellers.

Writing fulltime since 1996, Margolin has an interesting background to draw on: growing up in New York City, a Peace Corps stint in Liberia, West Africa, putting himself through law school at night while teaching junior high in the South Bronx.

He moved to Portland Oregon in 1970 for his first job out of law school with a clerkship for the Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals.  He spent 24 years in private practice, specializing in criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, handling all sorts of criminal cases in state and federal court and represented approximately 30 people charged with homicide, including several who faced the death penalty.

His first novel, Heartstone, was nominated for an Edgar for best original paperback mystery of 1978 by the Mystery Writers of America. His second novel, The Last Innocent Man, was made into an HBO movie. Gone, But Not Forgotten  has been sold to more than 25 foreign publishers and debuted as a miniseries in 2004.

Following Margolins’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 Margolin’s reading, November 13, 6:30 pm at the Manzanita Library. Everyone is invited to bring a friend to both events.

Center Offers iPad Art Class

Wes Cropper Single Graphic 3_72The Hoffman Center will host a workshop for those interested in creating art with their iPad or Android device Saturday, Nov. 22. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. Tuition will be $50.

Newberg-based artist Wes Cropper will lead the class. It is designed for beginner or intermediate artists from middle school age up through adults.

“This class is intended for those who use a hand held devices but have little experience creating art with one,” said Cropper. “We will explore various art applications for iPad and Android platforms, and the availability of important features, including painting and drawing tools, the paint bucket, positioning, rotating, mirroring, scaling, layering, blend modes, transparency and document management.”

Students will develop several smaller studies to gain experience with tools and techniques, and then follow a set of procedures to produce two or three finished works.

Students will need to bring their own iPad or Android device to the training.

Examples of Cropper’s art will go on display at the Center beginning Sat., Nov. 14, with an artist’s reception from 3 to 6 p.m. that day, and stay up for sale all week.

Cropper has been immersed in the arts since childhood, growing up in rural northwest Oregon. With an early fascination in every media form available, he pursued drawing and painting skills throughout his academic career.

He began exploring the prospect of moving images, 3D animation, video production, and web design, and completed the Master of Fine Arts/New Media program at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Persons interested attending the workshop can register by downloading a registration form here or emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net to reserve a spot.

Introduction to Ceramics Class on November 7th

wheel picsThe Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will present another Wheel Throwing workshop Friday, November 7, 2014, from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. J S Hauer will lead the class.

This workshop will cover basic clay art and throwing principles,  An introduction to the the studio’s throwing equipment will be included and there will be plenty of hands-on practice time.

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

Space is limited, so sign up today by writing to the instructor at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com or drop off your payment to confirm your spot at the Hoffman Center during Open Studio hours, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm, or the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Introduction to Ceramics Class on November 21st

hand built clayThe Hoffman Center Clay Studio  will present another Introduction to Ceramics workshop Friday, November 21, 2014, from 1 to 4 p.m. Kathleen Ryan will lead the class. This workshop will cover basic clay art principles, including slab building, how to shape and join clay, and create textures.

An introduction to the the studio’s equipment will be included and there will be plenty of hands-on practice time.

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

Space is limited, so sign up today by writing to the instructor at hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com or drop off your payment to confirm your spot at the Hoffman Center during Open Studio hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm, or the second and fourth Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Bua to Perform on Thursday, November 20th

Bua colorBua (pronounced Boo-ah), Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” will be performing Thursday, November 20th at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, Oregon at 7pm.

The quartet is comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the U.S.–Brian O’hAirt on vocals, concertina, and sean-nos dance; Sean Gavin on flute, whistle, and uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd on fiddle; and Brian Miller on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals.

Bua play Irish traditional music with “a precision and intensity that is rarely heard on this side of the Atlantic.” Their sound stands out among modern bands in the genre by “keeping the music down the path of tradition.” Their 2011 release, “Down the Green Fields”, finds Bua further down that path where the band

explores forgotten sounds and inspirations with a blend of  enchantingly stark song arrangements and bold, earthy dance tunes. A review of their 2011 release, calls it “a testament, from beginning to end, of the lasting essentials of the Irish tradition.”

Bua has performed at many of the top Irish and folk festivals in North America including the National Folk Festival, the Milwaukee Irish Festival, the Lowell Folk Festival, the Dublin Irish Festival, The University of Chicago Folk Festival, Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, CityFolk, Catskills Irish Arts Week and Bethlehem’s Celtic Classic.

For more information about the band, go to www.buamusic.com

The Press Gang to Perform on Thursday, October 30

The Press GangThe Press Gang will be performing new music in the Irish Tradition at the Hoffman Center on Thursday October 30th at 7 pm. Tickets are $15.

“Listening to the Press Gang is an elemental experience. The trio from Maine plays dance music from the New England and Celtic tradition, but breathes a unique life-force into the melodies. The jigs and reels have… a lyrical, effervescent spontaneity while retaining rhythmical perfection. In contrast, the soulful, swirling quality of the airs leaves one feeling suspended between earth and sky.”

—Julia Lane, Castlebay Music, Inc.

The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The trio blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles.
The result is a unique sound—at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent. A debut CD, released in the spring of 2010, gives a generous helping of Irish tunes spiced with Appalachian music and original compositions. The joy that these musicians take from playing with each other shines brightly, both in the recording and on the stage.
Junior has become an influential part of the Irish Traditional Music scene in America. Gracing stages across the country, he has performed with some of the genre’s most talented artists and is an in demand performer and teacher.
Alden learned the fiddle as a child in coastal Maine, and has traveled throughout the U.S. and Ireland in search of new tunes and inspiring players.  He has become a staple of the traditional music community in New England.
Multi-instrumentalist Owen is a highly sought-after accompanist in many genres. With his unique sense of harmony and rhythm, he has traveled and performed all over the world with many of traditional music’s top acts.

House Concert at the Awtrey House

sherrie hester imageOn Sunday, November 2 , from 4 to 6 p.m. there will be a special house concert at the Awtrey House Bed & Breakfast in Neahkahnie to benefit the Hoffman Center.

Sherrie Wolf and Hester Carr revive Folk and 60’s classics from Bob Dylan to Laura Nyro with vocals and guitar accompaniment.  A $20 donation is suggested and the event is limited to 20 individuals.  Light refreshments will be served and a short presentation on the Hoffman Center’s future plans will be held prior to the concert.

Go to www.awtreyhouse.com for directions and a preview of the fabulous ocean views.

It is essential that you RSVP for this event by emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net with AWTREY HOUSE CONCERT in the subject line.

If you have questions, you can also call 503 368 3846 to leave a message.  Keep in mind that we check messages periodically, but have experienced delays in receiving voicemails and therefore encourage using email.