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Sharon Gibson Joins Hoffman Board

Sharon Gibson 4072Sharon M. Gibson, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Gibson holds a BS in Education/Music from Wesleyan College, and an MS in Business from The Johns Hopkins University.

Gibson has volunteered for three years in the Hoffman Center Clay Studio. She has also served two years on the board of the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition, and is its current chair.

“As the only open studio within 100 miles, the Hoffman Clay Studio is a unique environment for experienced and new clay artists to work side-by-side,” she said. “I look forward to working closely with the other members of the Hoffman Board to help continue to grow the arts on the North Coast.”

She served 15 years as a healthcare executive, including three as Senior VP for hospital operations. She also spent 12 years with a Fortune 100 company as healthcare operations and technology consultant. Gibson served multiple years as a board member and officer on work-related healthcare boards and councils.

In the non-profit world, she served five years on the board of non-profit children’s healthcare charity, including two years as PR Director and two more as its board president, in addition to two years on a community arts council.



Art of Aging Session: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness

pallette clockThe next session in the Art of Aging series will be Tuesday, July 12th, from 3-5 pm, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Physical Aging: From Basic Independence to Optimal Wellness, What’s Possible?

We’ll be looking at the full range: from what it takes for the continued ability to perform the daily tasks of living to what’s possible in very active aging. Kathie will share the research on the physical aspects of longevity, of staying vital and active with a sense of wellbeing late into life. Think of this as your Reader’s Digest summary from over 20 books and numerous longterm studies on the physical aspects of aging. You’ll have the chance to take some self tests to see where you stand now, and to develop your own plan to make improvements. You get to decide…what of this speaks to me? What do I want to keep doing and what might I want to change?

This is an interactive workshop format rather than discussion group.

Prior to “retiring,” Kathie 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, possibilities, and stress/energy management. Now she’s focusing all her research on the topic of Second Adulthood, how to stay active, engaged, healthy and purposeful after 60.

Kathie will have an extensive handout so please RSVP to her at kathiejhightower@gmail.com so she knows how many copies to bring.

Suggested Donation $5.

The Art of Aging and Art of Dying Series is a program of Hoffman Center of the Arts. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month from 3 to 5PM.

If you want to be added to the email list for all Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com.

Amplify the Hoff Campaign is a Success!

amplify the hoff logoWe’re happy to announce that we surpassed our goal for the “Amplify the Hoff” Campaign, raising $3,200.  We kicked off the campaign with Liz Cole’s Story Time for Grown-ups in May, which generated $500 in proceeds.  Thank you to Werner Wildauer who pledged the $3,000 matching grant to help us raise funds from our community. We will now be able to purchase and install a new, reliable, and easier-to-use audio-visual system. We anticipate the new system will be in place in early August.

A huge thank you for all the generous donors who made this possible!

Tom Ayers
Karen Babbitt
Dale Cramer Burr
Mike and Linda Cook
Elizabeth Cole
David and Lori Dillon
Kenneth Elmy
Greg and Kathie Hightower
Cecilia Lauerman
Madeline Olson
Emily Ransdell and Steve Jones
Paula Real
Lyle and Jan Remington
Mary Ruhl
Martha Schechtel
Gary and Melinda Seelig
Dick and Kris Sinner
Tela Skinner and Michael Maginnis
Bruce and Judith Thompson
Dr. Reed and Christina Wilson
Mickey Wagner and Vera Wildauer
Werner Wildauer

Mark Roberts Joins Hoffman Board

Mark Roberts Pic 5072Mark L. Roberts, a resident of Neahkahnie, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Roberts earned a BA in Economics from the University of Denver, and did graduate work in Economics at the University of Maryland.

He retired after serving 35 years in energy demand forecasting, planning and budget, financial analysis and revenue requirement, and strategic planning for the Bonneville Power Administration. Before the BPA, Roberts worked as a bank examiner for the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Treasury.

In the non-profit world, Roberts served on the Neahkahnie Water District board for 13 years, and the Hoyt Arboretum Friends in Portland for six.

Since getting involved with the Hoffman Center, he has helped the board with financial planning and projections.



Hoffman Center Offers Zentangles Class on July 16

zentangle imageThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day “Zentangles: The Basics” class Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The class will be led by Deb Thompson, a Certified Zentangle Instructor. She has taught the art form to groups and individuals in the Eugene area for several years. Tuition will be $40, which includes all supplies.

“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,” said Thompson. “It increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal wellbeing.”

Persons interested in taking the class can register for “Zentangles: The Basics” on-line here.

The class is open to students of all ages and experiences. The registration deadline is Wednesday, July 13.

Questions about “Zentangles: The Basics” can be sent to Thompson at DebThompson@CreationUnplugged.com

Hoffman Center Presents Works by Lloyd Lindley II–Reception July 1 6-9pm

lloyd lindleyThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will kick off a month-long display of works by Lloyd Lindley II — entitled “The World After Us in 5 Suites” – with an artist’s reception on Friday, July 1 from 6 to 9 p.m.

“This exhibition of paintings and drawings is an exploration into an unknown future, an envisioned place where evolution progresses without the influence of humans,” said Lindley, a retired architect and lifelong painter who recently moved to the area full-time.

“Author Alan Weisman explored the sudden absence of humanity in his book ‘The World Without Us’ where inexplicably all people simultaneously disappeared,” continued Lindley. “What if one day people suddenly disappeared without a trace, leaving behind all of the inventions and technologies that made living easy, extended life and enabled humanity to thrive?”

Lindley calls his show “a visual sequel to Weisman’s prognostications.” He divided the series of paintings within five suites: The Biological Time Clock, Essence of Life, Husks of Humanity, Remnants of Industry, and Equilibrium. “Each series within each suite portrays an imagined evolutionary state, a virtual crystal ball view of the future of our tiny planet after us,” he added.

Lindley’s works can be viewed throughout July during Open Gallery hours every Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., plus during all other Center events.

Announcing July Classes in the Clay Studio!

kathleen and maskThe Clay Studio at the Hoffman Center for the Arts has announced the following classes for July:
Intro to the Wheel Two on July 8 from 10-12; This workshop follows Intro to the Wheel One and covers basic clay art and throwing principles. It assumes you are familiar with the wheel and are ready for the next step as a beginner to shape, trim, and alter basic shapes as you wish. Taught by J.S. Hauer CLASS FULL
Mask-making on July 15 from 1-3; Explore creating your own masks. This workshop will include principles of hand- working clay, slab building, how to shape and join clay, mark making tools, and where ever your imagination takes you! There will be one on one time with the instructor Kathleen Ryan.
Beginning hand-building on July 20 from 10-12; This ever popular workshop covers 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 – wherever your imagination takes you! Instructor: Kathy Kanas
Intro to the wheel on July 29 from 10-12; This workshop is an introduction to the the studio’s throwing equipment and 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.  There will also be time for plenty of hands-on time with instructor Mary Roberts.
Workshops cost is $35 each 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 additional clay is available for $1.50 per pound.

Space is limited to four or six participants depending on the class, so 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 are:

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 – 4 and Saturdays 10 – 2.

Questions? Contact us at:  hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com

Hoffman Center Screens “A Morning Light” on June 24th

A Morning Light Graphic 8072The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen the 2015 feature “A Morning Light” on Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and director by Ian Clark, the film is an atmospheric sci-fi thriller about a couple who begin to sense a strange presence has embedded itself in the forest around them. Their experiences become progressively more bizarre as they immerse themselves in the surrounding wilderness.

The feature stars Zach Weintraub and Celia Rowlson-Hall and is 82 minutes long.

“A Morning Light” won awards at the 2015 American Film Institute Film Fest, and the 2016 film festivals in Ashland and Sarasota.

Writers’ Series Presents Special Event: Author Megan Kruse and Hawthorne Books Publisher Rhonda Hughes

Megan Kruse (left) and Rhonda Hughes celebrate publication of Call Me Home

Megan Kruse (left) and Rhonda Hughes celebrate publication of Call Me Home

The Manzanita Writers’ Series sponsors a special event : “Inside the Publisher/Author Relationship,” with an author reading and conversation between  Megan Kruse and Hawthorne Books publisher Rhonda Hughes , at 7pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita on Saturday, July 16, 2016. Kruse will also conduct a writing workshop during the day.

Call Me Home is Kruse’s debut novel, released from Hawthorne Books in March 2015, with an introduction by Elizabeth Gilbert. The book won the 2015 Rainbow Award for Gay Contemporary Fiction.

Kruse will read from her novel. Then she and Hughes will talk about how to get published and the editing process that follows, an inside view into the publisher/author relationship.

Kruse grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently lives in Olympia. She studied creative writing at Oberlin College and earned her MFA at the University of Montana. Her work has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. She teaches fiction at Eastern Oregon University’s Low-Residency MFA program, Hugo House, and Gotham Writers Workshop. She was one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” for 2015.

Rhonda Hughes is the publisher at Hawthorne Books in Portland, Oregon. Now in its 14th year, Hawthorne has published literary fiction and nonfiction to consistent critical acclaim and numerous awards. Film options and publishing rights to Hawthorne’s works have been sold worldwide. “If we specialize in anything, it’s in finding superb writing which might be overlooked by larger houses, and giving it the attention it deserves.” The Manzanita Writers’ Series has hosted other Hawthorne authors including Lidia Yuknavitch, Ariel Gore and Karen Karbo.

Prior to founding Hawthorne, Ms. Hughes had an extensive career in book production and printing. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature and completed the Yale Publishing Course.

There will be no Open Mic session for this special event.

Admission for the evening reading is $7.

Kruse will present a writing workshop during the day on “Crafting Emotion.”

Learn how to use object potential and transcendent details to create work that resonates deeply with the reader. Megan Kruse will help students understand the craft tools that really make pieces feel affecting, almost magic. Useful to all genres.

The workshop will be held from 1 to 3:30 pm on July 16. The fee is $30; register here.


Summer Sunday Concerts in the Hoffman Gardens

guitar in garden 1The Hoffman Center for the Arts will again host free concerts on Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 pm in the Gardens.

Musicians who would like to get on a waiting list to perform should contact Michael Maginnis mmaginnis007@gmail.com

June 5 Joe Wrabek
June 19  Peter Hinsbeeck and Scott Warren:  Jazz Standards
June 26  Stay Tuned
July 3  Carrie Cunningham
July 10 Frank and the Ferrets
July 17  Dona Miller
July 24  Manzanita Music Festival (various artists)
July 31  Rhythm Method
August 7  Sherrie Wolf and Sarah Wolf
August 14  Tsunami Drummers
August 21  Stay Tuned
August 28  Sedona Fire Band
September 5 Trillium Blue