Exploring the Significance of Objects in Our Lives

“The Things We Keep: Exploring the Significance of Objects in Our Lives
Art of Aging/of Dying series
Hof
fman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
Tuesday | July 11 2017 | 3 to 5pm

Mary Ruhl will guide us into and through a discussion about how our valued possessions hold meaning for us through life transitions. The event is part of the Art of Aging/of Dying series and will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission fee is $5.

Many of us have experienced changes in our recent lives, moving to a new home, a new town, or the loss of loved ones. Often these changes require us to sort through our “stuff” or someone else’s. Faced with decisions about emotional, historical, family and economic value of objects, how do we decide which to keep, which to part with? What are the significant stories attached to some of these objects, and how might we capture these stories?

You are invited to bring a “keeper” object that has meaning in your life, and to share the story attached to it with the group. As time allows, we will discuss ideas about making downsizing decisions, considering the value of possessions and archiving family stories around these significant objects.

“ We find it familiar to consider objects as useful or aesthetic, as necessities or vain indulgences. We are on less familiar ground when we consider objects as companions to our emotional lives or as provocations to thought.”
– Sherry Turkle, Evocative Objects: Things we Think With

Mary Ruhl downsized homes twice before moving to Manzanita three years ago. She holds a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Gerontology. Mary’s Master’s thesis work investigated the question of whether cherished personal objects support identity for persons transitioning to assisted living. Before retirement, she was a research assistant at OHSU’s Layton Center for Aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Previous to her work as a gerontologist, Mary was a graphic designer, photo art director and photo stylist – arranging objects, text and images to impart meaning and messages.

  If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave). Further information is available at www.hoffmanblog.org online or contact Tela Skinner, at telaskinner@gmail.com

For more information contact Mary Ruhl, cardoons@nehalemtel.net.

 

The ALIVE INSIDE movie — Art of Dying Series

ART OF AGING/OF DYING SERIES
ALIVE INSIDE
Tuesday 27 June | 3pm

Hoffman Center 

Michael Rossato-Bennett’s movie ALIVE INSIDE will be shown at 3:00 on Tuesday, 27 June at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. Admission is $5. There will be a discussion following.

ALIVE INSIDE is the documentary about Dan Cohen’s amazing work of giving Alzheimer’s and dementia people music from their youth. Some instantly came back to our reality and were able to reconnect with loved ones. Some got up out of their wheelchairs and began to dance around the room. Some who rarely talked began to sing beautifully. Michael Rossato-Bennett does an excellent job of honoring these elders and their liberator, telling the story with many examples of the revitalizing power of music from one’s youth. Alive Inside was the most awarded documentary of 2014.

“ Gloriously inspirational” – Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter.
“Alive Inside is a life changing film.” – Willian Brownbridge, Toronto Film Scene.“Joyous and unexpectedly uplifting.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times.

We will have a discussion afterward lead by Kathleen Moore, therapist and grief counselor. Our Art of Dying discussions are always lively and interesting.

If you’d like to be on an email list for the Art of Aging and Art of Dying announcements, email telaskinner@gmail.com

The Art of Aging/Art of Dying Series is a program of the Hoffman Center of the Arts and will be held
at the Hoffman Center (across from Manzanita Library at 594 Laneda Ave).

For more information contact Kathleen Moore at moorewagner@nehalemtel.net.

Los Samaritanos: A Presentation on June 14, 2017

Los Samaritanos
A healing presence along the border, presentation by Gail Frank

Wednesday, June 14, 7 pm, Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita

Free of Charge

Gail B. Frank

Gail Frank is a long time resident of the Oregon Coast. For over ten years, she wrote a monthly column for the North Coast Citizen on the joys of life in a small town. She often presents writing workshops in Manzanita for aspiring writers and was a director of stage plays for the Coaster Theatre Playhouse in Cannon Beach for many years.

When Gail began spending winters in Green Valley, Arizona, forty miles from the U.S./Mexico border, she became intrigued by the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans, a group whose mission is to “save human lives in the Southern Arizona desert.”

When I attended my first Samaritan meeting, I expected to find seven people in a small room talking about how to help migrants. Instead I found 75 people, almost all of them over 60 years of age who were searching the desert to give water, food and first aid to people who were fleeing violence in their homeland, looking for a better life or trying to reunite with their families in the United States.  Imagine, little old ladies in tennis shoes tromping around the desert in 100-degree heat calling out “hola, somos amigos,´¿necessita ayuda.”

Established in 2005 to be a complement to the Tucson Samaritans, the Green Valley/Sahuarita Samaritans engage in desert searches and water drops. They also help with the Kino Border Initiative aid station, El Comedor, which serves deported migrants two meals a day in Nogales, Sonora for a few weeks until they decide what to do next. Samaritans serve as witnesses at Operation Streamline court proceedings which take place every weekday afternoon in Tucson. The fast track court system was originally designed to serve as a deterrent with a goal of zero tolerance for illegal entry. Multiple studies show it is a program that does not achieve its goal and instead splits up families and costs taxpayers enormous amounts of money to keep migrants in mostly private prison systems.

Gail will share experiences of her work at El Comidor as well as her observations of Operation Streamline. In her efforts to put a “human face” on the complex issue of immigration, Gail will use photographs, her own writings and that of others, and found objects from migrant trails. She will provide resources on where to learn more and what one can do to help in this humanitarian effort.  Books on Borderland Issues will be available for purchase.

Financial contributions for the Samaritans will be accepted and appreciated. Samaritans is run by volunteers and funded entirely by donations. Any money raised will be used to provide water, food, blankets, clothing and first aid for migrants as well as gasoline and maintenance for search and water vehicles.  Gail’s belief is that “they” are not coming to save us; it is up to us. We are they, the ones we’ve been waiting for.

 

Member and Donor Brunch on Sunday, April 23

Join fellow members and donors of the Hoffman Center for the Arts for brunch on April 23rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Choose from a variety of tasty home made breakfast items and get to know others in the community who care about the arts.

Board president Vera Wildauer will present an overview of the accomplishments of 2016, as well as highlights and plans for this year.  Plus, there will be door prizes!

Please let us know if you’re coming so our culinary volunteers can prepare enough for everyone by emailing hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

Pilgrimage: Photos and Stories of The Refugee Crisis in Greece on April 17

A Manzanita woman has been an up-close witness to the humanitarian crisis that has washed upon the shores of a Greek island — 6,200 hundred miles from the Oregon coast — the first, safe haven for tens of thousands of refugees desperately fleeing the death, destruction, and tragedy of civil and other warfare in the Middle East.

Mindi Bender, a retired special education teacher from Michigan, made it her mission to help however she could last year when she visited friends on the island of Lesvos. The island lies in the eastern Aegean Sea, facing the Turkish coast. At the closest point, the two landmasses are only 3.4 miles apart. That proximity has made the island a logical destination for refugees and economic migrants.

Bender will share her experiences — in pictures and words — with fellow Oregonians before she returns to Greece later this month. “Pilgrimage: Photos and Stories of The Refugee Crisis in Greece” will be presented Monday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Bender first learned of the refugee crisis in 2015. “I have visited Lesvos since 1989 for yoga retreats,” said Bender. “I love the people of Lesvos. Their economy and the tourist industry in Molivos village have been decimated by this crisis.”

Before international aid organizations arrived in the autumn of 2015, the local Greeks were dealing with the flood of refugees.

“The wider world didn’t take notice until media carried pictures of a drowned toddler washing ashore. I saw some online video footage recorded by someone I knew there who was dealing with the search and rescue efforts daily,” she said. “I recognized my favorite places all along the shoreline, and felt deeply called to go there and be of service. I found several local and international humanitarian aid groups accepting volunteers.”

Bender spent three months on Lesvos last spring, working with the local community, helping with the environmental clean-up effort, and volunteering with a humanitarian organization in a refugee camp. She also taught an English language class to refugee children from several different countries.

Bender hopes her presentation will give a human perspective on what has been happening. She will share photos, tell some stories, and have a variety of news articles to peruse. “I want to share the beauty of the people I met there. I want to personalize this crisis,” she said. “These are beautiful human beings living in dire circumstances, hoping to start new lives in safe places.”

The presentation in Manzanita will be free of charge.

Financial contributions will be accepted and greatly appreciated. All donations will be used to purchase a variety of necessary goods, educational materials, medical supplies, etc., and will be selectively distributed to directly benefit refugees and trusted organizations.

New Travelogue Program Features Local Photographers’ Works

Hoffman Center for the Arts is starting a new program called Travelogue: Celebrating global culture and community through the lens of local citizens.

Come and travel to exotic lands with community members as they show slides of their travels. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow.

The Hoffman will host three of the Travelogue shows this year. On Thursday, May 4th, Christina Wilson will show her slides of southern India and Sri Lanka.

Christina Wilson took her first trip to Nepal and India in 1982. Since that time she has been traveling to exotic places all over the world. Her goal and passion is to visit all the interesting places she can find during her lifetime and document them through photographs.  Christina has come to love photography over the years.  “I always look to capture the essence of the moment” she says.  “I am NEVER without my  camera just in case the urge to click captures me. ”

Linda Cook will show slides of Cuba on September 21 and Mindi Bender will present slides of her upcoming trip to Greece in November or December.

Suggested donation: $ 5

 

Call for Art for the April Member Show

 

Get in on the Paper Bag Challenge!!

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will host a brunch party for its members on Sunday, April 23from 11 am to 1 pm. Please save the date; you will get an invitation to that event soon!

We plan to feature art by some of our members at the event and would like to include a piece of your artwork in the show. This year’s show features a Paper Bag Challenge. Paper bags can be cut, pleated, rolled, fringed, folded, painted, glued, stuffed . . . and so much more! Follow your playful muse as you create something unique to share with others! Feel free to incorporate other objects or media–the bag is just the beginning.

The Paper Bag Challenge will be on display in our Gallery through April 23.  For more ideas, click here:  http://savedbylovecreations.com/2012/10/50-things-to-make-from-paper-bags.html

All artwork should arrive at the Hoffman Center on Monday, April 3 from 2 to 4 pm and be ready to hang. We ask that you pick up your artwork on Monday, April 24 from 2 to 4 pm.  Questions, email us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net.

If you’re not yet a member, it’s easy to become one.  Simply donate $25 or more and help us bring the arts to life in our community.  It’s easy to do online here or send in a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130.

Photo:  BagLite, (obsolete Ikea lamp base, small Unfurl shopping bag), Vera Wildauer

The Arts Count

The Arts Count: Tell Us Your Story
Funding for arts and culture is in jeopardy, both nationally and in Oregon. As a community art center, the Hoffman Center for the Arts wants to shine a light on all the ways the arts have had an impact on people’s lives. We will share a selection of these stories with the community at-large and at various advocacy opportunities this spring to make sure our legislators know the value we place on the arts. Help us by sharing your story from February 14, 2017 through April 23, 2017.

How have the arts affected your life?
Tell us in your own words how the arts have made a difference in your life. How have they have brought you joy? Helped you solve problems. Connected you to a community. We want to know.

Leave a comment below or send us a postcard at Hoffman Center for the Arts, PO Box 678, Manzanita, 97130. We’ll also be collecting your stories at all our events and workshops over the next couple of months.

We also encourage you to show up for any of these advocacy opportunities.
While most of the Hoffman’s funding comes from individuals, we also benefit from State funding. Since our beginning, the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (a conduit of support from the Oregon Cultural Trust), has helped fund the installation of our first kiln, events like the Dark & Stormy Festival and the Word & Image Project, and most recently a sizable grant to help us launch our online learning platform. The Oregon Humanities has provided speakers for important conversations. The Oregon Arts Commission gave us a small operating grant just this year. Without this support, our programming wouldn’t be what it is today.

Friday, March 3, 2017
STATE BUDGET – PUBLIC TESTIMONY
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
TILLAMOOK
Help us protect public funding for arts, heritage and the humanities in Oregon. Use this opportunity to tell budget writers we must protect funding for arts and culture in Oregon.

 Monday, April 24, 2017
Advocacy Day 2017 for Arts and Culture–Join the Cultural Advocacy Coalition for advocacy training, meetings with elected leaders and an opportunity to meet with your legislators.
11AM-2PM
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room 50
Salem, OR
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/advocacy-day-2017-tickets-28768942682
Register here: http://www.oregonculture.org/take-action/

In case you plan to be in Washington, DC
March 20-21
Arts Advocacy Day
Americans for the Arts, http://www.americansforthearts.org
Washington DC

 

 

Author Reading for MLK Weekend 2017: Helen Hill

Join us on Saturday, January 14th at 7 pm for an author reading and community conversation.  Helen Hill will read from her book A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County. Following the reading, there will be an interactive discussion and an opportunity to share stories.  A $5 donation is suggested.

A beautiful woman is branded with a hot iron by masked men at midnight. Bands of citizen vigilantes are asked to hunt down and shoot union agitators in the lumber mills. Bootleggers hide moonshine stills deep in the old growth woods. An airplane dragging a burning cross crashes onto the fairgrounds during a KKK rally.

Is this a Hollywood movie? No, this is Tillamook County, Oregon in the 1920s.

What secrets does this seemingly tranquil stretch of coastal paradise hold? Many are surprised to learn that dark trends of fear and intolerance have swept through the area like the cyclical forest fires that have raged in the nearby mountains. And, like the forest fires, the causes are difficult to pinpoint, and the remedy and prevention even more elusive.

Through close scrutiny of historical archives, period books and newspapers, personal interviews, and a rare trove of Tillamook Ku Klux Klan papers housed in the Special Collections Library at the University of Oregon, A Brief History of Fear and Intolerance in Tillamook County seeks to avert future fires by exposing the roots of hatred and racism as deeply and accurately as possible.

“My aim was to investigate fear and intolerance as close to home as possible in an effort to understand the roots and cycles. It’s not that Tillamook County is different, either worse or better than any other county, it just happens to be where I live.” —Helen Hill

A founding member of the Bay City Arts Center, Hill wrote the plays Time Out of Mind, The Train Station Trilogy, Evening Gloves, and Perfection, and has written several books and essays, most recently “Not Built for Ghosts,” in the Spring 2016 issue of Oregon Humanities magazine.

This is one of three events for the Martin Luther King, Jr weekend put on by the Oregon Coast Love Coalition.  For information about the other events, contact LaNicia Williams at 425-243-3765 or coastalsoulnw@gmail.com.