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
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at:
Port of Tillamook Bay
Officers Mess Hall
6825 Officers Row
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.
Oregon State Capitol
Hearing Room 50
Salem, OR
Register here:

In case you plan to be in Washington, DC
March 20-21
Arts Advocacy Day
Americans for the Arts,
Washington DC



Hoffman Center Awarded Grant for Online Program

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita has been awarded a $2,600 grant from Tillamook County Cultural Coalition (TCCC) to launch its first on-line programs. The grant came from Oregon Cultural Trust funds that are channeled through TCCC to selected county organizations.

“The Hoffman Center has seen steady attendance at various writing and visual arts workshops, drawing both locals and visitors from along the coast and Portland,” said Vera Wildauer, President of the Hoffman Center board. “The Cultural Coalition grant will enable us to launch ‘Hoff Online’ programs for people who cannot get to our local workshops, as well as for those who want to do even greater in-depth work than a one-day workshop allows.”

The online programs will culminate with optional retreat weekends in Manzanita where the students can meet and interact with instructors and their fellow students.

The first online writing workshops will focus on fiction writing, and are scheduled to start in May. Acclaimed authors Jennie Shortridge and Megan Kruse will conduct separate programs. Both have appeared at the Hoffman Center in the past as part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series.

“We will put out information on the May workshops, as well as additional writing and visual arts programs, in the near future,” said Wildauer. “Interested persons can check our blog — — for details and registration.”

Mid-Winter Blues Concert on Friday, January 20, 2017

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a concert featuring the blues played by a variety of local musicians. The concert is Friday, January 20th at 7 p.m. and admission is $10 at the door.

Do you want to ward off those mid-winter blues? Come hear local musicians playing the blues in an intimate setting at Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

This concert will feature North Tillamook County bands Sedona Fire, the Ferrets, and The Gospel Trio with Joe Wrabek. Individual performers Fred Lackaff, George Van Meter, Mark Balmer, Bob LaTorre, Scott Warren, and others will round out the bill.

Some of these performers will also serve as “utility musicians” ready to sit in and jam with bands and individuals. The idea is to encourage musical cross-fertilization and synergistic energy among local musicians; assuring the audience an entertaining evening full of spirit and spontaneity.

Doors open at 6:30. The Hoffman Center for the Arts is located at 594 Laneda Avenue. All proceeds will benefit the Hoffman in its mission to bring arts, culture, and education to North Tillamook County.

If you have questions please contact:

Gary Seelig
cell: 360-620-2685
hm: 503-368-7633

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! 





Fundraising Raffle

raffle tix picWe’re selling tickets for some fabulous prizes to raise funds in advance of Hoffapalooza, our annual celebration of the arts and open house on September 3rd.

Tickets are $5 each or five for $20 and are for sale every Friday from now until September 3rd from 5 to 8 pm, on the Polaris Gallery’s deck.

Check out the fabulous prizes below. Most have been donated from our generous local businesses and we are grateful for their support.  There is bound to be something to tempt you and more prizes are being added every week. Winners will be drawn at 4 pm on September 3rd and you need not be present to win.

Prizes include:

· One Night’s Stay at the Inn at Manzanita
· One Night’s Stay at the Spindrift
· Entrées for 2 at Blackbird
· $50 Gift Certificate at Cloud & Leaf Book Store
· $30 Gift Certificate at El Trio Loco
· $50 Gift Certificate at San Dune Pub (x2)
· Silk Scarf from Syzygy
· Souvenir Book from Manzanita News & Espresso
· Handblown and Etched Vase from Finnesterre
· $25 Gift Certificate at Bread & Ocean (x2)
· Manzanita Writers’ Series Season Tickets
· Clay Studio Intro to the Wheel Class

and more added every week!

All proceeds from the raffle go to fund operating expenses for the Hoffman Center for the Arts.


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

Amplify the Hoff Fundraising Campaign

amplify the hoff logoWe’re launching our ‘Amplify the Hoff’ fundraising campaign today. You may have noticed our new stage lights, funded by the Tillamook PUD.  Now we want to complement that new lighting with upgraded audio-visual equipment.

Our current audio system is a hodge-podge of used and donated equipment:  the sound board has several channels missing, the small speakers we use for author presentations crackle, the large JBLs we use for our film and musical events are extremely unwieldy for our volunteers to set up.

This year’s Community Talent Showcase provided the initial funds for that project, as will the proceeds from Liz Cole’s Story-Time for Grown-ups  on May 5th (Thank you Liz!!).

We’re delighted to report that if we raise $3,000 by June 18th, a generous donor will match that amount, and we’ll be able to buy and install a new audio-visual system that can meet our needs for years to come.

It’s easy to donate online here: using either your Paypal account or a credit card.  If you prefer, simply mail a check to PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130 and write “amplify” in the memo line.

Do it soon, we only have until June 18th to raise $3,000.  Thank you in advance for helping us bring the arts to life!

Clay Studio to Hold Ceramics Sale May 7

clay sale in the garden (2)The Hoffman Center Clay Studio in Manzanita will hold a Ceramics Sale on Saturday, May 7, the day before Mother’s Day,  from 10 am to 3 pm in the Hoffman Gardens.

Buy something special for mom (or yourself) and feel great about supporting a good cause! Proceeds benefit the Clay Studio at the not-for-profit Hoffman Center for the Arts where the entire community—both residents and visitors—can enjoy and explore arts and culture.

Sale will be held in the Hoffman Gardens on the corner of Division and Laneda, across the street from the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita, Oregon.

For more information email

Crowdfunding Campaign for the North Coast Squid

video overlay imageManzanita Writers’ Series kicks off crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to print and launch the 4th Edition of the North Coast Squid, a Journal for Local Writing..

The fourth North Coast Squid literary magazine, which showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area, will be published in April.

The crowdfunding campaign, through Indiegogo, is just one part of the overall budget. The rest of the expenses are covered through in-kind donations of submission management, design time, editing, and with Squid sales.

Donation amounts range from $25 to $500. In thanks for each donation, a perk is available.

Perks vary, from a copy of the Squid with your name on the donor page, a signed print of the cover image, to a literary agent review of your book proposal. You can even have a character named for you in Phillip Margolin’s next novel.

The campaign funding goal is $3000, with a stretch goal of $5000. That would allow a few pages of color on the inside as well as the cover of the Squid, to showcase great local art that is included with the writing. Any amount raised past the goal will go to the next Squid.

Click here to visit the campaign page and check out our cool little video (made by our friend Judson Moore).

The campaign ends at 1159 PST on March 18.