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Art of Dying: End of Life Choices

art-of-aging-dying-icon-finalThe Hoffman Center for the Arts hosts a conversation on ‘End of Life Choices’ on Tuesday, December 13th from 3 to 5 pm.

Linda Jensen is an RN who practiced primarily in intensive care for more than twenty years before moving overseas.
Returning to Oregon she served for the past 12 years as a client support volunteer with Compassion and Choices.
Linda recently helped form a new organization, End of Life Choices – Oregon, which aims to focus exclusively on
Oregonians who wish to learn about and/or use Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law.

The suggested donation is $5.

Film Series Presents “Seed: The Untold Story”

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will screen the award-winning 2016 documentary “Seed: The Untold Story” Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

seed-poster-6072“Seed” follows seed keepers protecting mankind’s 12,000-year-old food legacy. As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

Directed by Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel, the 94-minute film stars Vandana Shiva, Andrew Kimbrell, Jane Goodall, Winona LaDuke and Raj Patel.

December Art Show Features Children’s Books by Dr. Reed Wilson

img_6880 The Hoffman Center for the Arts is pleased to present a show by local resident, Dr. Reed Wilson during the month of December. The exhibit is the first book of a series of now 8 books or chapters about the Tales Of The Marabou.

Retired forensic neurologist Dr. Reed Wilson splits his time between Neahkahnie and Portland and has been writing children’s books for his grandchildren for the last 16 years.  The print shown inspired the series.

There will be a reception for Dr. Wilson on Friday, December 16th from 2 to 4 pm.  Other open gallery times will be on Fridays, December 2, 9, 23, and 30, as well as during regularly scheduled events at the Center.

5th Edition North Coast Squid Literary Journal is available up and down the coast


The journal showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. The Squid includes art and photography from local artists as well.

Expenses are covered through fundraising, in-kind donations of design time, and with Squid sales.

Great gift idea for the holidays and now available at the following outlets:



The Blue Scorcher
Lucy’s Books

Beach Books

Cannon Beach:
Cannon Beach Books
Jupiter’s Books

Cloud & Leaf Bookstore
Manzanita News & Espresso

The Roost

Submit Your One-Act Play:  Competition at the Hoffman Center for the Arts

Submit your one-act play! The Hoffman Center for the Arts is hosting a new one-act play competition. Submissions are due January 14, 2017. Each entry will be randomly assigned to one of three judges. All submissions will be blind submissions for judging (guidelines below). The top three submissions will be performed in a Reader’s Theater event at the HCA on March 11, 2017.

Anyone interested in participating in the Reader’s Theater contact Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

The judges:

Anne Osborne Coopersmith of Nehalem is an accomplished local actor with the Tillamook Association for the Performing Arts, The Coaster and Riverbend Players. She has adapted material for  and directed  and read in readers theater as well as acted in multi-act plays.

George Dzundza of Tillamook is well known as a character actor for his roles on stage and in front of the camera, including among others “The Deer Hunter” and “Basic Instinct,” and performances on “Law & Order” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Dzunda has been involved in productions on Broadway, national tours, off-Broadway, off-off-Broadway, regional theater, dinner theater and community theater. He is founding member of the coastal nonprofit Rising Tide Productions and recently directed the play “I am My Own Wife” at NCRD in Nehalem.

Carole Zucker, Ph.D., of Portland, is Professor Emerita, Film Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec and known as Montreal’s “Acting Guru.” She studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse, and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios, both in New York City. Carole has performed in numerous off-Broadway productions, as both an actor and a singer, and in regional theater in the U.S. and Canada.

She has a doctorate from New York University in Cinema Studies, has authored seven books, and has lectured widely on performance in the US, Canada, and Europe, has taught workshops at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and The Off Center for Dramatic Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and The Portland Actors Conservatory and The Portland Playhouse.


Guidelines for submission of One-Act Play for Competition:

Note: if you’d like a detailed handout on One-Act Play writing please send a request to Suzanne Jelineo at sjelineo@nehalemtel.net.

  1. Format: Microsoft Word document. Play title only on document; do not include your name. One act plays should be 30 minutes or less which equates to a script of 30 pages or fewer.

Play description should begin with brief description of setting and a list of characters, including any important characteristics (age, gender, etc.)  Note: as these will be performed as Readers’ Theater, use stage directions sparingly if at all.

Character name should be in caps followed by dialog. Use one blank line after each character’s dialog, for readability.

  1. Send as an attachment by email to Sue Jelineo at Suzanne Jelineo <sjelineo@nehalemtel.net> . Include in email message: Title of Play; your full name; Short writer’s bio, max 50 words.
  2. Deadline for submission: January 14, 2017.
  3. Judges choices of top 3 plays will be made by March 1. Plays will be performed as Readers’ Theater on March 11 at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.






Acoustic String Concert Set for Manzanita

connell-poster-6072Internationally recognized mandolin virtuoso Tim Connell will headline a concert of acoustic string music Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission will be $20 at the door. Tickets can also be obtained online at the Brown Paper Tickets website.

Connell will team up with Mike Burdette on guitar for an evening of what he describes as “Brazil, Bach, Beatles and More.”

 Connell is well known to acoustic music fans as a top-tier, mandolinist, touring internationally with Mike Marshall’s Ger Mandolin Orchestra and several of his own projects, including Mando Planet and Stumptown Swing. In addition to his solo repertoire, he frequently performs with Burdett as the duo Rio Con Brio.

A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Connell is regarded as one of the top North American interpreters of the Brazilian choro style on the mandolin. He has also developed his own unique voice for the instrument, described in a recent Mandolin Magazine cover story as “fiery and energetic, soulful and evocative.”

Connell’s website is www.timconnellmusic.com

Contain Yourself! The Clay Studio presents a hand-building demonstration

key-containerPam Jacobson, Instructor
December 9, Friday, 10 am – 12 pm

Talented and irreverent Pam Jacobson will demonstrate how to make ceramic containers with keyed lids. Pam will have work in all stages of the process and demonstrate options for tops, decoration, and feet.  This is not a hands-on class but you will leave knowing how to do this yourself!  The cost is $25.

Space is limited to twenty students.  Sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita or via Pay Pal on the Hoffman Blog http://hoffmanblog.org/


MUG and CUP Fundraiser – November 12, Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Clay Artists from the Hoffman Center for the Arts have crafted mugs and cups to sell at the Pine Grove Community House in Manzanita. All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Clay Studio whose goal is making clay art accessible, welcoming, and affordable to our community.

Creating these mugs and cups is no easy task.  Potters shape the mug or cup on the potter’s wheel or by hand, add textures, trim clay, shape and attach handles, and set pieces aside to dry. After bisque firing, potters apply layers of glazes according to their personal aesthetics.

As a studio, everything is done by volunteers including ordering and managing supplies, hosting open studios, teaching classes, firing kilns, mixing glazes, and maintaining the studio.

Support your local clay studio! 





Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit Schedule


Monday, November 7: 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 11: 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 12: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 13: 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 25: 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 26: 1 – 5 p.m.

New: Sunday, November 27: 1 – 5 p.m. will include a POTLATCH or gift sharing of Kathleen’s art to those who would like to own one of her treasures.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts is proud to host the Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit throughout the month of November.

The exhibit showcases the extremely broad array of Ryan’s artistic works over her lifetime including ceramics, fiber art, mixed media, charcoals, pen and ink, furniture, masks, paintings and photographs.