Alcohol Ink Workshop

Alcohol Ink Workshop
Instructor: Margaret de Haas van Dorsser
Saturday, April 21 | 10:00am-4:00pm
Tuition: $45 | Materials: $40
Registration Deadline: April 16

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day “Making Exciting Fluid Beauty” workshop in April, for students 18 and older.

Portland artist Margaret de Haas van Dorsser, known nationally for her beautiful landscape designs, has explored many forms of art.  She says her latest interest in alcohol inks has “sent me on a creative journey to experiment in making art that is freer and fluid.”

The use of ink and ink washes is an ancient art. Alcohol ink, a vibrant and breathtaking medium, opens a new and wonderful fluid art form for artists of all levels. Alcohol inks come in a wide range of colors that can be used on many mediums such as glass, metal, tile, ceramic, and paper. The versatility of alcohol ink attracts artists fabricating jewelry, decorating ceramics, or glass, multimedia crafts, or painting fine art.

Using the unique medium of alcohol ink, students will create one-of-a-kind works of art on tile, and also experiment with alcohol ink on Yupo, a new type of plastic paper. Each participant will go home with a kit and several finished pieces.

The workshop will meet Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuition will be $45.00 plus a materials fee of $40.00.

All materials are provided, and students are encouraged to bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing, and gloves to prevent hands from staining.

Interested persons can register for “Making Exciting Fluid Beauty” using the Add to Cart button below.

Art Talk – Painter Stephen Hayes

Art Talk, with Painter Stephen Hayes
June 16 |
Doors open 4:45
Admission $7
Wine and appetizers will be served
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


Nationally known painter Stephen Hayes will share his experience as a professional artist at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita Oregon. Presenting digital images of his most current works, Stephen will share his path into art, events that put wind into his sails, stumbling blocks, or turns of good luck: the events that shape a career.  He will speak about keeping himself inspired and creative, what has helped sell work and the role of galleries. This talk will interest anyone who enjoys contemporary art, wants to learn more about the creative process or those who wish to make a living from their art.

Stephen’s solo exhibitions include New Paintings at David Richard Gallery (Santa Fe, NM), …dust at Elizabeth Leach Gallery (Portland, OR) and Figure/Ground Stephen Hayes: A Thirty-Year Retrospective at Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art (Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR). His work has also been shown in group exhibitions including Unveiled (Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR), We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live (Pendleton Center for the Arts, Pendleton, OR; Shepard Contemporary, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, among others) and More Than a Pretty Face: 150 Years of the Portrait Print (Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR). Hayes received the Hallie Ford Fellowship in Visual Arts in 2011.

Paper Gone Wild 2.0 – Quilling Class

Quilling Class
Paper Gone Wild 2.0
Saturday, May 5 | 10 am to 3pm
Registration Deadline | May 1
Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a one-day
Paper Gone Wild 2.0” quilling class in May for students 18 and older.

Led by award-winning quilling artist Kim Nickens, the class will meet on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition will be $30 with a $20 materials fee. The class is limited to 15 students.

Students will use quilling tools and paper to create delicate, intricate and unique artwork. The class will teach basic Quilling, with a focus on the technique called Scrolling, and if time allows, jewelry. Each student will leave with a completed project, card, pendant and piece of art. Students will keep their quilling tool and basic kit.

The term ‘Quilling’ is thought to come from the origin of the art in which bird feathers or quills were used to coil strips of paper around. The art is thought to have originated in ancient Egypt or China. In later years, quilling was practiced throughout Europe as a leisure activity of the affluent.

Nickens is an artist inspired by Quilling. She has traveled throughout the Northwest showing her work at many art festivals. She received the Brooten award in Idaho and her work was selected to hang in the new Kootenai Technical Education Campus. Her art work can be found in many galleries, including The Alberta Street Gallery in Portland, Currents Gallery in McMinnville, Oceanic Arts in Newport, Blue Heron in Florence, and The DragonFire Gallery in Cannon Beach.

Interested persons can register online for “Paper Gone Wild 2.0″ using the Add to Cart button below.

Refreshments will be served in the workshop.

Questions about the class can be referred to Nickens at Her website is




February in the Hoffman Center Art Gallery

Exhibit Opens | Artists’ Reception
Friday, February 2 | 2-4pm

Gallery Hours

Friday & Saturdays | 2-4pm
Through Saturday February 24
Admission is free

Mixed Media, Painting, Collage, and Ceramics
Featuring Works of North Coast Artists:


Nancy Bond
Patti Breidenbach
J.S. Hauer
John Zogg

 French Village – Nancy Bond

  Queen Bee – Patti Breidenbach

Mixed Media Acrylic Painting & Collage

Mixed Media 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 Media 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 Media 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 Media Acrylic Painting & Collage” can be addressed to Breidenbach at  A sampling of her art can be found at


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


We will reopen registration after February 10th for the April class.



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.

Materials Available:
Manzanita: Salt & Paper
Free Hand 
Astoria: Dots ‘N Doodles
or online

Haber-Lehigh’s website is, and she can be contacted at

Sketchbook Class is Back in January 2018

Living the Sketchy Life is back!

Instructor: Renee L. Delight
Fridays ~ January 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2018 | 10:00am to 1:00pm
Tuition is $80 4 classes | $75 any 3 | $50 any 2
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda Ave, Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will offer a four-session “Living the Sketchy Life” workshop in January 2018 for adults—beginners to experienced.

Led by Manzanita artist Renee L. Delight, classes will meet Fridays, January 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.  Tuition is $80 for four classes, $75 for any three, and $50 for any two


As before, the class will cover drawing fundamentals, materials and supplies, experimenting with different drawing mediums, developing a sketchbook habit, and creative problem solving—all through the enjoyable use of a sketchbook. It will also encourage and develop a very deep and joyful way of engaging in the world around us. All sketching, and drawing will be done from life and all skill levels welcome.

Delight is a plein air painter and avid sketchbook user. She received training in classical realism at the Ashland Academy of Art, and can often be found painting year-round on the beaches along the north Oregon coast. Her work has been featured in several arts shows both locally and in Portland, OR. She currently lives and gardens in Nehalem, Oregon.

Materials List: (Salt and Paper or Free Hand in Manzanita; Dots ‘N Doodles in Astoria; or online at or

  • Sketchbook: 5”x8.5” is recommended, but no larger than 9”x12”. Strathmore’s Mixed Media sketchbook is suggested.
  • Drawing Pencils: Staedtler Mars Lumograph HB and 2B pencils. At least one of each.
  • Small kneaded eraser.

Optional materials:  watercolor pencils; brush pen or water pen such as Niji brand, (there are several brands, and any will do); and any other drawing mediums that students want to try.

Questions about the class can be referred to Delight at Her website is

Participate in the January “White” group show at Hoffman Center for the Arts

January 5 | 2-4 pm artist’s reception (note new hours)
Fridays and Saturdays | 2:00-4:00 pm through January 27

Hello Artists of all kinds,  Whether you paint, quilt, write, pot, sculpt, create glass art, weave, or print, don’t miss out!  Hoffman Gallery invites you to submit one to two pieces of 2-d or 3-d art inspired by the color white (icicle, moon, dove, etc), for January 2018.   January is a dark time of year and gathering to celebrate art is balm for the spirit.

Art due January 2 during Clay Open Hours 10am to 4pm  (walk through and leave in the Gallery with your agreement)

Items will be offered for sale ~ 70% commission – artist and 30% – Hoffman Center.  Final decisions about what items are shown in the gallery will be decided by the gallery committee.

If you have questions, contact

Show opens January 5  from 2:00-4:00pm with artist’s reception
and continues Fridays and Saturdays 2:00-4:00pm through January 27.

Abstract Minimalist Flower Paintings by Zoe Swain & Narrative Sculpture by Dmitri Swain

Zoe and Dmitri Swain
Friday, November 3 | 3:00-5:00pm

The gallery is free 

Show continues every Friday and Saturday from 3:00-5:00pm
through Saturday, November 25

Zoe Swain’s abstract minimalist flower paintings and Dmitri Swain’s narrative sculptural ceramics will be featured and available for purchase in the Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery. The show opens Friday, November 3 from 3-5 and continues every Friday and Saturday from 3-5pm through Saturday, November 25. The gallery is free. 

Dmitri and Zoe have created a body of visual and sculptural works that draw upon and explore man’s relationship to nature. 

 “Mysterious, engaging, and modern. The Swains have developed a body of intriguing works.”

Call for Art: Nevermore in November

To highlight our November Manzanita Writers’ Series mystery theme, artists are invited to submit art to be displayed in the Hoffman Center all of November.

The art should be inspired by the literary reference “Quoth the Raven – ‘Nevermore’” in some manner and can include up to two pieces of any two-dimensional medium.

Artists are welcome to sell their work, with a 30 percent commission to the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Ready-to-hang art should be dropped off at the Hoffman Center between 10 a.m. and noon on Monday, October 30. The show will be hung that afternoon and will be among the art on display all November.

On November 20, author Ingrid Thoft will teach a workshop titled “Mastering Murder” and read from her latest thriller that evening, Duplicity.