The Stuff of Family Life

Thursday, July 20 2017 | 4 to 6pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts 

“The Stuff of Family Life: How Our Homes Reflect Our Lives: Sociologist Shows What Your Underwear Drawer Can Reveal About You” special presentation for the Art of Aging/of Dying series 

In a special event sociologist Michelle Janning will continue the discussion Mary Ruhl started about the significance of objects in our lives. 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.

Sociology Professor Michelle Janning offers a timely look at how modern society and technology shapes our relationships and our lives. Like an archaeologist studying ancient civilizations through the things they left behind, Janning excavates contemporary life through our houses and possessions, from childhood stuffed animals and security blankets to retirement homes and senior living centers.

Janning takes readers through the stages of life – from dating and marriage to parenting and aging – that are usually kept behind closed doors. From online valentines to the growing popularity of “man caves,” The Stuff of Family Life looks not only at what large demographic studies say about family dynamics but also what our lives—and the stuff in them—say about how we relate to each other.

Janning has joked, “I am not a sociologist who uses large national datasets to illustrate family life; I’m the sociologist who asks people to examine what’s in their underwear drawers and living rooms to tell stories about their family life.” Using amusing anecdotes, as well as drawing on pop culture, economics, interior design, gender studies and more, Janning combines the educational with the entertaining to make The Stuff of Family Life accessible to both casual readers and dedicated students of sociology.

Michelle Janning is professor of sociology at Whitman College. A board member of the Council on Contemporary Families, she specializes in family and gender studies and cultural sociology. She has conducted numerous community-based projects, given keynote presentations, and performed consultancies that have given her a deeper understanding of the everyday lives of different types of families. Her work has been published in academic sources such as the Journal of Family Issues and the Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, and she has been quoted in popular media such as Women’s Health and Real Simple.

For more information contact Kathie Hightower at kathiejhightower@gmail.com

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

 

Build The Perfect Birdhouse – Saturday, April 8

Don’t miss out! There’s still time to register for our workshop “Build the Perfect Birdhouse” on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a break for lunch.

The class will be led by Wes Cropper.  Wes has a long history in the art of model making, constructing with paper and wood. Birdhouse construction processes fulfill his passion for 3D spaces, shapes and forms.  He has built several birdhouses for family and friends and is happy to encourage the natural community of birds with suitable housing, while reclaiming and restoring materials to their usefulness.

Students will choose from 2 basic models, “Classic”, or “Modern” and prepare, assemble and customize with your own creative taste.
You will learn various techniques to make your birdhouse beautiful…painting, staining, engraving, wood burning etc.,
You will complete the project by preparing your house for installation to a wall, post, or hang from a tree branch. Your birdhouse will be a lasting beautiful addition to your back yard, built with environmentally responsible reclaimed materials.

Also, learn useful tips for your new birdhouse, including
–The best tree house locations
–The right opening for the right bird
–Shrubs and plants that attract your favorite birds, and which birds live in your area
–Birdhouse maintenance and upkeep

Tuition for the class is $45, with a materials fee of $25, payable directly to the instructor.
Register for the class using the button below.

 

Manzanita Writers’ Series Expands Offerings to Include Writing Workshops “Online and at the Beach”

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Each online course (5 weeks worth of sessions) is $199.
The optional retreat weekend is $99.

Learn More & Register

This May, the Manzanita Writers’ Series expands offerings to include writing workshops “Online and at the Beach,” as part of Hoff Online, a new Hoffman Center for the Arts program that will offer writing and visual arts workshops.

In its ninth year, the writers’ series brings regional authors to the coast for author readings and workshops. To augment that program, Online And At The Beach will provide more in-depth instruction online over a five-week period. Students will be able to work on their own schedule as well as interact with the instructor and fellow students.

The initial series begins May 1, 2017, and culminates in an optional writing retreat weekend in Manzanita the weekend of June 2-4, 2017. Registrations open April 1.

Jennie Shortridge will teach “Putting Your Prose to Work” and Megan Kruse will teach “Creativity Catalyst”. Read more about the classes and register at our new Hoff Online page.

The optional weekend retreat will allow students to meet their instructor and fellow students, enjoy additional craft writing sessions on building tension even in quiet stories, and on the transformative power of setting and “stuff.” After a session on effective open mic readings, participants will have an opportunity to read their work at Open Mic. Optional activities will include “Yoga for Writers,” hikes and a fun Prompt-O-Rama (a new writing prompt every five minutes for an hour).

Jennie Shortridge

Megan Kruse

View author bios here.

The Manzanita Writers’ Series is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts. For more info contact Kathie Hightower, kathiejhightower@gmail.com

Emotional Wellness for Older Adults

Janet Holboke MSW, LCSW
Emotional Wellness for Older Adults
Art of Aging Series February 14

 Janet Holboke, MSW, LCSW, will present information about Emotional Wellness for Older Adults on Tuesday, February 14th from 3-5pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. This is a part of the ongoing series Art of Aging. There is a $5 fee.

 Participants will learn strategies for staying emotionally healthy and socially active throughout life. Normal changes as we age will be discussed. There will also be information about recognizing and getting help for early warning signs of common problems such as depression, anxiety, social isolation and memory loss.

        “No one ever talks about this stuff and we need to know.” – Astoria participant
“It’s such a relief to know I’m normal.” – Tillamook participant

Janet Holboke is an Older Adult Behavioral Health Specialist with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health, Inc. based in The Dalles, Oregon. Janet is one of 25 specialists around the state working as part of the Older Adult Behavioral Health Initiative. This initiative sponsors community and professional education events promoting behavioral health awareness and improved services. For more information, contact Janet Holboke at jholboke@gobhi.net.

Intro to the Wheel

Friday February 17, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m

Mary Roberts instructor

This workshop introduces you to the studio and our throwing equipment. We cover basic clay throwing and you will learn how to center clay and pull a wall. There will also be hands-on time with the instructor. The cost is $35 which includes three pounds of clay and two hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed.  The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work. The cost for follow-up work time is only $2 per hour and clay is available for $1.50 per pound.

CLASS IS FULL 

Sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanitaor use the button below to sign up online.

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.

Help Us Bring the Arts to Life: Donate Today!

More than ever, the arts play an important role in our community!

“I often tell my friends and former colleagues—from all over the country—that one of the best reasons to visit or live in Manzanita and the surrounding villages, is the fact that there’s a community art center here that is integral to the very spirit of the North OR Coast. The Hoffman Center is an ideal place to explore one’s creativity and make deep connections with others.”
~ Kathryn Stock, Nike Retiree & Manzanita resident

All of us at the Hoffman Center for the Arts are committed to providing an inspiring and welcoming place to explore, create, and connect with others.  Along with the many dedicated volunteers, we need your help to make that happen. 

More Programming than Ever
This year we’ve grown our programs, adding more classes and opportunities for people to participate in the arts. We are delighted to reach locals who enjoy frequent working sessions in the Clay Studio, as well visitors who come to the area for a writing or art retreat as a creative respite from their busy lives. Here are some notable accomplishments this year:

·     Added Clay Studio classes in techniques for beginners and experts; increasing the number of visitors along with the volume of visits per person and collaborative work on projects such as the totem installation in the Hoffman Garden

·     Increased visual arts classes in sketching and drawing, watercolor, encaustic, and more

·     Added more workshops as part of the Manzanita Writers’ Series and increased the size of our North Coast Squid literary journal

·     Introduced a new community-driven discussion series:  The Art of Aging & The Art of Dying

·     Expanded our art shows—including a new Quilt & Fiber Arts Show and the Kathleen Ryan Art Retrospective Exhibit—and began offering Open Gallery hours on Fridays

Continuing the Momentum:  2017 & Beyond
With your help
, we’ll continue to develop valuable programming that meets the interests of our community. We’ll also continue to strengthen the organization by adding talent to our board and operating committees, further improving processes, and managing our finances with a goal to accelerate paying down our mortgage.

To be successful going forward, we need you to be a part of this important work.. Whether it’s a yearly membership of $25 or more, a sustaining donation of $50 or more per month or a one-time donation, every contribution ensures our continued high-quality programming and gets us closer to our long-term goals.

Please contact us at hoffmancenter@nehalemtel.net or 503-368-3846 if you have any questions or would like to discuss your donation with a member of our Board.

Intro to the Wheel  

Friday, January 20, 10am to 12pm    CLASS IS FULL
Mary Roberts instructor
This workshop Introduces you to the studio and our throwing equipment. We cover basic clay throwing and you will learn how to center clay and pull a wall. There will be hands-on time with the instructor.
The cost is $35 which includes three pounds of clay and two hours of instruction, plus use of all tools needed.  The fee also includes glazes and kiln firing of your work.  The cost for follow-up work time is only $2 per hour and clay is available for $1.50 per pound. 
Space is limited to 4 students.  Sign up by delivering payment to the Studio, located at the corner of Laneda and Division Streets in Manzanita  or via Pay Pal here

 Studio hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from 10 – 4
 Questions? Contact us at: hoffmanclaystudio@gmail.com