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:

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

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

Hoffman Gallery Highlights Processes

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will feature the works of five artists in its Gallery during the month of March. The pieces will be on display every Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning Mar. 3, and all other times the Center is open for programs.

The show is built around the theme “How We Create” and highlights the processes the artists follow in creating their work.

The five are Lloyd Lindley II, painter (ink, gouauche, and oil glazing); Susan Webb-Rebecchi, textiles; Kathleen Kanas, basket weaver; Sol Neelman, photographer; and Corinne Beuchet, ceramics.

Photo: Lloyd Lindley II is one of the artists featured at the Hoffman Center during March.

Photo Credit: Artist’s Photo

Gallery to Feature New Artists and Clay Pieces

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery in Manzanita will feature the works of local artists Pat Laird and Linda Petersen during the month of February. The show will also include an exhibit of ceramic containers created by artists in the Hoffman Clay Studio.

The exhibit will kick off with an artists’ reception Friday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Feb. 10, 17, and 24, also from 2 to 4 p.m., plus during times the Center is open for other activities.

Laird and Petersen are recent transplants to the coast. Laird moved to Cannon Beach from Battle Ground, Wash., and Petersen to Manzanita from Bend, Ore., after living several years in Hillsboro.

“Throughout the years I have worked with pottery, jewelry making, stained glass, quilting, woodworking and collage art,” said Laird. “However, it was not until after retirement that I began to seriously explore different methods of creating art through painting.”

“Creating artwork is all I have ever wanted to do from the time I could hold a paintbrush in my hand,” said Petersen. “Private or school lessons were not financially possible when I was growing up, so I relied on my eyes, my imagination and the DNA that ran through me, as my mother and grandmother were both artists.”

Laird is a past member of the Ridgefield Art Association and a former Juried member of the Alcove Art Gallery in Ridgefield. She has shown her pieces at the annual Holland America Tulip festival art show, winning in 2008.

Petersen’s works have appeared in various venues over the decades. “Art is everywhere, in everything and within everyone,” she said. “Discovering the art within us is one of the joys of life.”

“We are so pleased to have all these talented artists showing during February,” said Sharon Borgford, Gallery Manager for the Hoffman Center.


Vessels pictured here are among those included in the exhibit of ceramic containers created by artists in the Hoffman Clay Studio.

Call for Art: Ceramic Container Show in February

The Hoffman Clay Studio invites you to submit a ceramic-lidded container of your making for a February 2017 group show in the Hoffman Gallery.

Please bring your container to the Clay Studio during Open Studio on Saturday Jan. 28 or Tuesday Jan. 31 and fill out an artist’s form.  Artists are paid 70% of sales with the remaining 30% to the Hoffman Center for building and operating costs.
We will organize everything for a successful exhibition including set up, Artist’s Reception, promotion to the community, and gallery sitters for the duration of the exhibit through February.

Call for Art: ‘the blue show’ in January 2017


Nothing takes care of the winter blues, like the blues.  That’s why we’re putting on the blue show during January.  Artists, bring your predominantly blue works, ready to hang.  All mediums welcome, including 3-D work.  Works do not have to be for sale, but if they are, there is a 30% commission.

Art Accepted:  Thursday, January 5, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
(contact us at to make other arrangements)

Pick up unsold art:  Sunday, January 29th from 2 to 4 p.m.

The show will open on Friday, January 6th, from 2 to 4 pm, with a reception for the artists.  The Hoffman Gallery will be open 2 to 4 pm on Fridays, January 13, 20, 27.  You can also view the show during regularly scheduled events at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  Check our calendar of events at

December Art Show Features Children’s Books by Dr. Reed Wilson

img_6880 The Hoffman Center for the Arts is pleased to present a show by local resident, Dr. Reed Wilson during the month of December. The exhibit is the first book of a series of now 8 books or chapters about the Tales Of The Marabou.

Retired forensic neurologist Dr. Reed Wilson splits his time between Neahkahnie and Portland and has been writing children’s books for his grandchildren for the last 16 years.  The print shown inspired the series.

There will be a reception for Dr. Wilson on Friday, December 16th from 2 to 4 pm.  Other open gallery times will be on Fridays, December 2, 9, 23, and 30, as well as during regularly scheduled events at the Center.

Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit Schedule


Monday, November 7: 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 11: 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 12: 1 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 13: 1 – 5 p.m.
Friday, November 25: 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 26: 1 – 5 p.m.

New: Sunday, November 27: 1 – 5 p.m. will include a POTLATCH or gift sharing of Kathleen’s art to those who would like to own one of her treasures.

The Hoffman Center for the Arts is proud to host the Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit throughout the month of November.

The exhibit showcases the extremely broad array of Ryan’s artistic works over her lifetime including ceramics, fiber art, mixed media, charcoals, pen and ink, furniture, masks, paintings and photographs.


Call Goes Out for 2017 Quilt and Fiber Art Show

q1Quilters and fiber artisans from Manzanita, Nehalem and Wheeler and surrounding areas are invited to submit their works for a July 2017 show at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita. The show will be collaboration between the Center and Creative Fabrics in Wheeler.

Interested artists are asked to provide a photo and size dimensions for their entry. Works can be sold during the show.

The deadline for entry registration is May 30, 2017 with a limit of two pieces per person.

Registration forms are available at Creative Fabrics in Wheeler, or can be downloaded as a Word document:Quilt Entry Form 2017.

All wall hangings and quilts will need to be ready for hanging. Small quilts and wall hangings (no larger than 24 inches) can be hung with Velcro (strips available at Creative Fabrics). Larger quilts should have a 4” sleeve sewn to the back. Larger wall pieces should have a way to hang on a wall. Tables will be available for displaying dimensional art.

The works will be on display at the Center July 14-23, 2017.

Questions about the Quilt and Fiber Show can be referred to Doris Bash at 503-368-5900 or


Barry Calvarese Ceramic Art on Display in October

barryc img_3466Artist Barry Calvarese is showing a selection of his ceramic art in the Hoffman Gallery from October 7 through October 28.

Barry received his BA in Psychology from UCLA in 1975 and an MS in Epidemiology from UCLA in 1980. His ceramic art career began in 1968 as a freshman at Mt. Whitney high school in Visalia California where won several awards for his innovative work and as a member of the Tulare County art association. He works in clay, encaustic, clay mono-printing and multi-media.  He worked for ten years out of the Tortuga studio in Sebastapol California learning salt and wood firing techniques from bay area ceramic artist Diana Crain.

From his Artist’s Statement:  “I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. My work tends to focus on the environment with an organic and at times industrial message. Some of my subject matter is about people’s daily lives, beliefs, routines and a comment on human nature. Weathered pieces of wood and old stones covered in beautiful moss remind me of the power of nature.”

My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved black humor particularly work by Robert Crumb, Robert Arneson and Andy Warhol. The artists I most admire are Richard Diebenkorn, Bay Area figurative artists Elmer Bischoff and Joan Brown and the rustic Japanese Shigaraki ceramic style.”

Meet Barry at the Hoffman Gallery on Friday, October 21st, from 2 to 4 pm.  One hundred percent of the sales will benefit the Hoffman Center for the Arts and the Clay Studio.

Kathleen Ryan Retrospective Art Exhibition Set for November

kathleen and mask sqAll of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts want to express our sadness at the passing of Kathleen Ryan, our dear friend and a founding board member. Her energy and spirit will be greatly missed, especially in the Clay Studio.

A retrospective of Kathleen’s work will be held at the Hoffman Center for the Arts during November. Artist and friend, Susan Walsh will serve as planner and jury. If you have anything created by Kathleen you would like included in the show, please email a photo to Susan at

The show will be available for viewing beginning Sunday, November 6th, from 2 to 6 pm. The Kathleen Ryan Memorial Totem, created and constructed by clay studio volunteers, will be unveiled in the Hoffman Gardens that same day at 3 pm.  Kathleen helped design the memorial totem and envisioned the memorial as public art piece that would not only pay tribute to her, but would inspire others to create as well.

The gallery will also be open extended hours on Fridays from 2 to 6 pm, November 4, 11, 18, and 25. Organizers will be scheduling additional opportunities to view the exhibit. Check our calendar to check the dates and times the Gallery will be open, as new dates are being added frequently.  Contact Susan if you would like to serve as gallery host sometime during the first three weeks in November.

To honor Kathleen’s dedication to the studio and her love of ceramics as an art form, the Hoffman Center has established the Kathleen Ryan Fund. Some donations to the fund will be used create the totem memorial for the Hoffman Gardens. Donations will also fund projects to improve the safety and comfort of artists using the studio.  Fund raising is currently underway to replace the antique heater with a ductless unit and to pay for an electrical safety check and replacement of the breaker box so that the kiln and heater can be operated at the same time. Memorial donations will also keep the cost of classes and clay experiences affordable for everyone. If you have questions about the Clay Studio, contact Sharon Gibson, at

Contributions may be mailed to the Kathleen Ryan Fund, The Hoffman Center for the Arts, P.O. Box 678, Manzanita, OR  97130 or made online at Please be sure to include Kathleen’s name in the special instructions field.

Thank you for supporting Kathleen’s passion for nurturing the arts in our community.

For Kathleen’s complete obituary, please click here: