Travelogue to Focus on Greece

Travelogue Greece
Wednesday, December 6 | 7:00pm
Admission: $5

Hoffman Center for the Arts
594 Laneda Avenue | Manzanita

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host the third event in its Travelogue series — “Greece,” Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.

Manzanita resident Mindi Bender has visited Greece more than a dozen times between 1985 and 2017, most frequently to the Island of Lesvos in the north Aegean Sea.

She has had opportunities to live with the Greek people and study their language. She delights in eating delicious authentic homemade Greek foods.

The photos will convey her deep love for the vibrancy of Greek culture and colorful, splendid scenery of this ancient land.

“Travelogue Greece” is the third in a series of photography shows sponsored by the Hoffman Center to celebrate global culture and community through the lens of our local citizens.

Refreshments will be served and a discussion will follow the presentation. Admission is $5.

Last April, Bender did a presentation on the Middle Eastern refugee crisis that has been impacting parts of Greece, particularly the island of Lesvos, since 2015. She plans to provide a separate, in-depth update on that situation, including stories of the refugees she has worked with there, during another talk at the Hoffman Center sometime in the Spring 2018.

Travelogue Program to Focus on Cuba

The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita
will host the second event in its Travelogue series

Cuba Through the Eyes of a Photographer
Thursday, Sept. 21 | 7 pm
Admission | suggested donation of $5

Neahkahnie resident Linda Cook was part in a 10-day photographers’ tour of Havana, Vinales, Trinidad and Cienfuegos, Cuba in Dec. 2013. Her images captured the people, old cars, architecture, musicians, and variety of transportation — from bicycle carts and coco cabs, to refurbished late-model American vehicles — found on the island nation.

Her photos also show the crumbling buildings, the ration stores with limited amounts of food, and the difficulty of farming with mostly oxen and old men tending the fields.

“People are healthy, well-educated and housed. Many aspects of their lives have subsidies, but their choices are very limited — with a mean income of $25/month and shortages of many staples,” Cook said.

“I highly recommend traveling to Cuba and seeing this amazing country before there is too much change,” she added. “I’m very concerned that the beautiful, though decayed old architecture will continue to be torn down and replaced by new buildings.”

Cook advises visitors to realize that travel to Cuba impacts the locals. “There is a shortage of affordable food for the everyday people, and your presence at hotel restaurants and the newer private paladars (family-owned and run small businesses) use up a disproportionate amount of that food.”

The Hoffman Center Travelogue program was created to celebrate global culture and community through the lenses of local citizens. Refreshments will be served and discussion will follow the presentation.

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