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


“ZoomUganda” Photo Exhibit Set for Manzanita

zoomThe Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a special photo exhibit “ZoomUganda” during the month of September.

Directed by intercultural consultant Julie Resnick, the “ZoomUganda” project put cameras in the hands of a dozen Ugandan girls and had them document their lives and tell their own stories through their lenses.

The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Sep. 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 2 to 4 p.m. Resnick, a Manzanita resident, will discuss “Behind the Scenes of ZoomUganda” during a special reception Friday, Sep. 16 at 7 p.m.

“ZoomUganda empowered its participants to stand in the centers of their world and show you the view from there,” said Resnick. “Viewers can see what these girls experience as significant, as sacred: chores before and after the two-hour walk to school and back each day, a favorite goat, elderly relatives standing in for dearly departed parents, those parents’ many graves.”

Resnick said the project gave the girls an opportunity for further education, which is the “single most effective step a family, village, and country can take to build communities, improve health conditions, and foster economic growth.” She added, “Educating girls quite literally changes our world.”

Visit Resnick’s website is here

Learn from a Photo Pro: Workshop on May 14 CANCELLED

Agate Beach. Photo ©Randy L. Rasmussen. All rights reserved. One-time publication only. No archiving. Mandatory Credit.

Agate Beach. Photo ©Randy L. Rasmussen. All rights reserved. One-time publication only. No archiving. Mandatory Credit.


The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host a one-day photography class Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost will be $60 per person.

“Translate Your Vision Into Compelling Photographs” will be led by Randy L. Rasmussen, a former photographer and picture editor who worked for The Oregonian from 1981 through 2015.

“There are many ways to make more interesting pictures, starting from when you push the button to how you crop and present your images,” said Rasmussen. “I love to document the diverse forms and textures that our natural world offers,” he added.

The class is intended for adults with prior photography experience, able to either bring prints, or JPEG-format digital images on a USB flash drive. Following a morning of presentation, the afternoon will be spent critiquing up to four examples of each participant’s work and discussing how those pictures might be improved.

The class can accommodate a minimum of five and a maximum of 12 students.

Rasmussen has lectured at the Art Institute of Portland and was a long-time member of a Polaroid Art Photography Group. Prior to joining The Oregonian, he worked for the Orange County Register and the Associated Press in southern California. He started in photography at The Missoulian in his Montana hometown.

Interested persons can register for “Translate Your Vision” on-line here.

The registration deadline is May 9.

Questions about the class can be referred to Rasmussen at




Call for Submissions for Word and Image Project

word image logoSubmissions are now open for an innovative summer exhibit at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita. The exhibit will pair artists and writers to create original work, each in response to the other’s.

The “Word and Image” project will offer up to 15 selected artists and writers a unique creative experience, one that co-organizers Deborah DeWit and Emily Ransdell call “silent collaboration.”

“Writers have been writing in response to art for centuries,” said Ransdell. “We thought it would be interesting to create a modern take on the tradition by letting artists have their turn as well.”

Ransdell said that the project is a spin-off of the Hoffman Center’s weekly Writing Lounge, where local writers create short pieces in response to various prompts, often resulting in works that surprise the authors themselves.

“All creative output is in response to something — an idea, an emotion, or an image,” added DeWit. “This is not a ‘theme’ project, in which everyone is asked to interpret the same subject, but rather a way for each artist and writer to utilize their own personal point of view and style to interpret another’s creation.”

Word and Image is open to all artists and writers who live on the north Oregon coast or have a strong connection to the area. Interested writers and artists should submit three samples of their work via e-mail to

The deadline for submissions is May 11, 2015. Selected artists and writers will be notified by Jun. 1 and paired off at a kick-off gathering on June 13. New work for the Word and Image exhibit will be due from each artist and writer by August 3rd, with an opening reception and reading to be held at the Hoffman Center on Saturday, August 29.

Click here for instructions for submitting words or images or by sending a message to

A Hoffman Center team, led by Ransdell and DeWit, will select participants. Ransdell is a poet with an MFA in Creative Writing. A past recipient of an American Academy of Poets Prize, she is currently a member of The Poet’s Studio at The Attic Institute in Portland. DeWit, a full-time painter and photographer for 35 years, has exhibited widely. Her work is included in many private and public collections throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Eight (Local) Girls Taking Pictures

The same Saturday evening as the Manzanita Writers’ Series’ Whitney Otto reading,llama @ ocean edge October 19th, there will be an exhibit of photographs by eight local photographers.

The women showing their work are:  Christina Wilson, Julianne Staach, Kathleen Ryan, Andrea Mace, Lori Dillon, Linda Cook, Peggy Biskar and Mindi Bender.  The subject matter of the photographs ranges from local landscapes to travel images, all taken with a thoughtful, discerning and loving eye.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. to view the photographs followed by Whitney Otto reading from her book ‘Eight Girls Taking Pictures’ at 7:00 p.m.  Otto will also show a slide presentation of the photographers whose lives inspired her book.

Photo Salon Meets First Tuesday, April 2nd

rolleiCome enjoy some photo company to kick off a creative warm season. The Photo Salon meets on April 2nd this month at 7:00 pm at Hoffman Center.

Here’s the program:

–As always, you’re welcome to bring work to show
–Gene has compiled a video overview of popular alternative photographic processes including:
        platinum/palladium printing
kallitype printing
        wet plate collodion photography
pinhole cameras
These old processes are capable of making extraordinarily beautiful prints, aren’t that difficult to master and are used by many contemporary practitioners. The perfect antidote for folks who aren’t that wild about digital photography or who want to make beautiful objects that can hang on a wall and won’t disappear forever when the power is gone!
–Rumor has it Kathleen Ryan will show some photos from her voyage to Burma
–Walker Evans photos (printed from the original 8″x10″ negatives) taken in the deep south in 1935-36. Beautiful, haunting images.
–Local revival of the Corner Project??
One new thing: in order to contribute to the sustainability of Hoffman Center there will be a contribution jar at the meetings. Please donate as you are able!

PHOTO SALON on Tuesday, March 5th

facing the dragonThe next PHOTO SALON will take place this Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00 p.m.

Among the presentations, Dave Dillon will show a series of photos from his time as editor of the North Coast Citizen (photo from that collection)

Peggy Biskar will present a short survey of experimental photography combining black and white photos and paint.

Linda Cook will also present a series of new works.

The PHOTO SALON meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Hoffman Center.  The program usually includes a showing of work by a member of the group and a technical presentation.  For more information, contact Gene Dieken at

Photo Salon on Tuesday, October 2

The next monthly meeting of the Photo Salon is Tuesday, Oct. 2nd at 7pm at Hoffman Center. On the program is a look at the photos of Julius Jortner who will also give a talk on “Can a photo be “art”?

Jortner discusses the philosophical question, with reference to the many underlying questions, and illustrates the matter with quotations (words and images) from famous people, including Gerhard Richter and Susan Sontag. He shows some of his own photos that aspire to art and contrasts them to some that clearly are not. He talks about the processes by which he arrives at his “final” images, and concludes with the assertion that what matters is the outcome, not the process.

There will also be short presentation by Gene Dieken on The Absolute Basics of Editing & Improving Your Photos using editors like Photoshop or GIMP.  Gene will be using the excellent open source editor Gimp for the demo. This application is free, available for Mac, Windows & Linux. Download the latest version at

As always, photographers who’d like to show their work & get feedback are VERY welcome!

Contact Gene Dieken at  503 368 3090  or for more information.

Photo credit:  Julius Jortner