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.



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.



A Message from the Board President

It has been a busy twelve months since I accepted the leadership role on the Hoffman board. I am grateful that you have been there to support us, whether with your volunteer time, financially, or with your attendance. Now it’s important to share some of our accomplishments and plans for the future. Here are just a few examples:

  • Updated our name, logo, and signage to better communicate our mission to residents and visitors,
  • Completed a fabulous new venue for music and workshops in the Hoffman Gardens,
  • Held several new workshops in visual arts, and implemented online registration,
  • Won $5,000 in grants so far this year and completed a successful crowdfunding campaign for the North Coast Squid, our literary magazine.

Click the image above to read more about everything we’ve been up to, as well as our planned initiatives to help the Hoffman Center for the Arts meet its mission.

Along with thanking our donors, I’d like to acknowledge the hard work of many dedicated people, including the Board, skilled contractors, and volunteers for this amazing progress.

To help us continue to achieve our goals, we would like you to consider making a donation or taking the step of becoming a sustaining donor at any level. You could join the 30 families who already give $50 per month to provide steady support we can count on. For just $1.67 a day, you can make a big difference for the arts in our community. If you have online banking, it’s easy to set up a recurring payment. About half our sustaining donors prefer to send a lump sum check or online payment.  Click here to get started.

The Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3). Therefore, your contribution may qualify for a deduction on your taxes.

Oregonians can also earn a tax credit by matching their gift to the Hoffman Center with a gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust. Learn more about this valuable program by visiting

If you have questions or would like more information about any of our activities or the sustaining donor program, please contact us at and a member of the board will get in touch with you.

We hope you’re enjoying this sunny summer!


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Hoffman Center Names New Officers

vera wildauer sqThe Hoffman Center in Manzanita has elected Vera Wildauer as the new president of its board of directors. Wildauer, a member of the board for four years, co-founded the popular Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Center’s literary journal the “North Coast Squid.”

Wildauer moved to Manzanita in 2006 after a career in bank marketing, most recently for a community bank in Everett, Wash. She also served on non-profit boards, including Bridgeways, a mental health agency where she served as President.

Wildauer replaces David Dillon who has served on the Hoffman Center board since its creation in 2004.

Dillon remains on the board and will oversee the “Finish Off the Hoff” building improvement project, set to begin in September. He will also focus on the Center’s Film Series, as well as his own writing projects.

“I am very pleased that Vera is taking over as president, She is knowledgeable about where the Center has been and our vision for the future,” said Dillon. “She is committed to the mission and will do a great job as our leader.”

“Dave has helped grow the Hoffman Center to the vibrant arts center it is today,” said Wildauer.  “We all appreciate his unwavering dedication for the last ten years and look forward to him managing our improvement projects. They are important to our future.”

Madeline Olson was elected board treasurer. Olson worked in a variety of roles in the state addiction and mental health system. She retired in 2012 as the Deputy Director for Addictions and Mental Health for the State of Oregon.

Peggy Biskar continues as board secretary. Biskar worked as a Fine Art Specialist in the Multnomah County ESD Curriculum Department. Mid-life, she went back to school at Pacific Northwest College of Art and majored in painting with a concentration in photography.

The other Hoffman Center board members are Sharon Borgford, Tela Skinner, Marcia Silver and Mindi Bender.  Click here to find out more about them.

Photo:  Vera Wildauer enjoys some cake at last year’s release party for the North Coast Squid literary journal.

Let’s Finish Off the Hoff!

East Wall 6:75Entering its tenth year supporting the arts, culture and education, the Hoffman Center in Manzanita is kicking off a capital fundraising campaign to complete needed improvements to its main building.

Myrtle Hoffman died in April 2004, launching through her and her late husband Lloyd’s family trust what would become the Hoffman Center – a place for locals and visitors of all ages to explore, create and connect through the arts.

Two large public meetings held in late 2004 solicited what the community wanted in an art center. Recognizing the Hoffmans’ house could accommodate few of those desires, the board of directors made an important decision. They purchased the former Treasure Cave building across the street in late 2006 to provide space for a wide range of programs to be developed. The Hoffmans’ house would be reserved for artist studios.

Architectural designs were obtained for replacing the building with something modern and striking. The project would have cost about $500,000. The board felt those funds could not be raised at the time, so they opted to refurbish the building as it was on a more limited budget.

“Three years ago, we began turning the original mini-storage and later gift store into a more usable, flexible, and comfortable place,” said Center president Dave Dillon. “We made certain things significantly better, but now is the time to complete the transformation. It’s time to finish off the Hoff.”

Starting in early 2011, the center room posts were removed, improving visibility. The clay studio was expanded and a window was installed. The Manzanita branch mural was mounted as an exterior wall. Two large windows were installed in the gallery room. The Laneda Ave. entrance awning was replaced. The gallery room and foyer were sheet-rocked and painted. Emergency and exterior lighting systems were upgraded, and storage space and access were improved.

“All this was done on a budget of about $26,000,” said Dillon. “Those funds were donated by local individuals and families, and stretched by the generosity of our local hardware stores and contractors.”

In 2012, the Center raised enough funds through its “Heat the Hoff” campaign to replace the old, inefficient and noisy heating and air conditioning system with a modern, efficient and quiet heat pump.

“There are still problems with the building. It lets out too much heat and lets in too much water,” said Dillon. “The old carpeting also needs to be replaced, so the whole place will be more inviting and comfortable.”

The Hoffman Center board has listed six projects that need to be completed at a total cost of about $36,100. “We’ve already received a very generous targeted donation of $12,500 from a local family for the projects,” said Dillon. “So that’s a great start, but we need to raise more to get the work done this year.”

The six projects are:

1.       East Wall: Replace the east wall. Install a full light commercial style door, two horizontal windows, exterior cedar shingle siding and insulation. Sheetrock and texture finish the interior. Estimate $13,900

2.       Center Room Electrical Upgrades: Install 10 new electrical receptacles, including added wiring, around the center room. Estimate: $2,400

3.       Center Room North/South Walls: Sheetrock and texture finish the center room north and south walls. Estimate: $2,700

4.       Ceiling: Insulate the ceiling, enclose with dark material, and paint trusses to match. Estimate: $3,300

5.       West Wall of Center Room: Remove interior surface of the west wall of the center room, treat, insulate and sheetrock. Retain exterior metal siding. Estimate: $3,800

6.       Flooring: Install approximately 220 square yards of commercial grade carpeting and other flooring. Estimate: $10,000

In addition to previous financial supporters, the Center hopes to attract new donors for the campaign. “We will be appealing to everybody who helped in the past, and to others we know have participated in Hoffman Center activities,” said Dillon. “It’s everybody’s building.”

“The Hoffman Center remains an important part of the culture of north Tillamook County, and we appreciate those who have helped make it grow over the past 10 years,” he added.

“We think Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman would be pleased with what their memorial gift to the community has provided.”

Contributions to the Hoffman Center Capital Improvement Fund can be made by check, credit card, or transfer of appreciated stock. Contact the Hoffman Center at 503-368-3846; PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130; or

The Hoffman Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

Marcia Silver Named to Hoffman Center Board of Directors

marcia silverMarcia H. Silver of Manzanita has joined the board of the Hoffman Center.

Silver holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature, and lived in New York City for many years teaching writing at colleges and universities. She moved to Portland in 1992 to work with Kim Stafford’s Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis and Clark College.

Silver’s first visit to Manzanita was for a NWI faculty retreat. She bought a cabin there in 1997, and has lived in it for the last three years.

“I worked all my adult life as a teacher of writing at colleges and universities,” said Silver. “The most satisfying aspect of that work has been supporting students and faculty with individual writing projects.”

Silver’s introduction to the Hoffman Center was through the Writers’ Series listening to authors reading their work in an intimate setting and being able to ask questions. “For me reading and writing are two sides of the same coin, so I see opportunities for rich collaboration between the two activities and between our library and exquisite bookstore and the Hoffman Center,” she said

She helped co-found the Hoffman Center’s new weekly Writing Lounge. “Everyone to the Center on Wednesday mornings to find a quiet corner to write, prompts if you need a beginning, someone to listen if you’re ready to share,” she said. “There’s a writer in each of us; it only takes a little coaxing and a quiet, well-lit place for that voice to emerge.”

“By pure coincidence, my middle initial is for Hoffman, my name before I was married,” said Silver. “No relation I’m sorry to say to the Hoffmans who left such a wonderful gift to our village.”

Tela Skinner Named to Hoffman Center Board of Directors

tela skinnerTela Skinner of Neahkahnie has been appointed to the board of directors of the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

Skinner grew up in Michigan, but an early trip to Oregon saw her fall in love with the coast. She eventually moved to Portland for work, but maintained connections with Manzanita by building a second home there. She and her husband Michael Maginnis retired and moved to Manzanita full time in 2008.

Skinner holds a bachelor’s degree in human studies and a master’s in gerontology. She worked part-time at a variety of social science research projects at OHSU and PSU.

“I’ve volunteered for Hoffman Center’s Writers’ Series, organizing workshops and providing refreshments,” she said. “I also helped with the first Film Series plus other art and writing events, such as Hoffapalooza, Trash Art, Talent Shows, Transplant Your Art Sales, and Liz Cole’s ‘Storytime for Grownups.'”

Skinner volunteers at the library, and managed the annual book sale for three years. “I’m a regular participant at Center for Contemplative Arts’ meditation-painting classes, and I’ve taken art classes at the Hoffman Center.”

She took writing classes from Michael Burgess, and started the Burgess Writing group after his death. It has been meeting weekly for 3-1/2 years.“As a board member, finishing the remodel project will be a high priority. With every improvement made, the center becomes more inviting for a variety of uses,” she said. “Collectively, the local population has so much creativity to offer, it would be wonderful to find ways to coordinate community skills and enthusiasm for its programs so the center will flourish.”