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
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Hoffman Center Features Four Short Films

The Hoffman Center for the Arts Manzanita Film Series will screen four short films by Portland-based director Nathan Williams on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

The films to be screened are:

“Things Left Behind” Post-apocalyptic hunters ponder who came before them. (10 min.)

“Night Stand” A woman is suspicious about her boyfriend’s fidelity. (11 min.)

“C.B.” A socially awkward young woman reaches out to a more confident young man. (11 min.)

“The Dinner Table” A family’s interpersonal dynamics are played out around their dinner table. (18 min.)

In addition to directing, Williams is a photographer, editor and producer. His upcoming film “If There’s a Hell Below” will be screened at the Hoffman Center sometime in the Fall of 2016.C.B. Still 4072

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Conversation about Death and Dying March 15


Join us on Tuesday March 15 from 3-5 pm at Hoffman Center for the Arts for a conversation about Death and Dying in an informal round table setting.

There will be facilitation and some suggested topics for the tables but mostly it’s about whatever comes up.
It’s an important and often taboo subject in our culture – one that we were not brought up to examine too closely.  But the so-called Baby Boomers everywhere are calling an end to the silence (even though we can’t dispel much of the mystery.)

Tea, coffee and cookies will be served. Donations appreciated to help pay for the hall.

The conversation is sponsored by Fulcrum Community Resources.
Contact Lane deMoll,,  if you have questions.

Hoffman Center Awarded Grant

US Bank Check 151221 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita has received a $750 grant from U.S. Bank to enhance the skills of its Clay Studio hosts, who will in turn pass those skills on to studio visitors and other volunteers.

Organized in 2006, the studio is open three days a weeks. Studio users rely on the hosts to guide them in creating their art.

The funds will be used to hire a master teacher to introduce the hosts to various advanced techniques, including using oxides and interactive glazes, and creating large, hand-built works

“We are very pleased the Bank recognized our need and responded to our request,” said board president Vera Wildauer. “We appreciate their support.”

Film Series Presents “Cold Weather” Mystery

The Hoffman Center for the Arts will screen the 2011 feature film “Cold Weather” Friday, Nov. 20, as the opening event of the Mystery Weekend in Manzanita. The film will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission will be $5.

Written and directed by Aaron Katz, “Cold Weather” tells the story of a forensic science student who returns to Portland after dropping out of college. When his ex-girlfriend materializes and subsequently disappears, he investigates with a co-worker, and the two men put their love of detective novels to use.

Film critic Roger Eibert said the film, “is good in so many subtle ways, I despair of doing them justice. It’s a thriller involving the personalities of its characters, who we get to know surprisingly well. It remains low-key even during its final big chase scene, which only involves one car.”

“Cold Weather” was shot in Portland, with additional scenes in Cannon Beach, and The Dalles. It stars Cris Lankenau, Triest Kelly Dunn, Robyn Rikoon, and Raul Castillo.

The feature lasts 96 minutes, and refreshments will be available.

Cold Weather GraphicA film trailer can be viewed at


Deborah Reed leads writing workshop on the Elements of Suspense – Saturday, November 21

DeborahReedSaturday, November 21, from 10 a.m. to 1230, Deborah Reed will teach a writing workshop on the Elements of Suspense. 

Learn techniques to keep your reader turning the page. Students will read examples illustrating various ways to build suspense and should bring examples of work they aspire to. Everyone should also bring a piece of their own writing, which Deborah will critique in the class.

Deborah Reed is author of the recently released novel Olivay. Her novel Things We Set On Fire sold over 100,000 copies in the first six months, and Carry Yourself Back to Me was a Best Book of 2011 Amazon Editors’ Pick. She wrote the bestselling thriller A Small Fortune and its sequel, Fortune’s Deadly Descent, under her pen name, Audrey Braun. All of her novels have been translated or are forthcoming in German.

“If you’ve read any of Deborah’s books, you know she is a master at making her reader turn the page,” says Kathie Hightower, local writer.

Reed’s nonfiction has appeared in publications such as Poets & Writers, and the Literarian. Deborah holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction) and teaches at UCLA’s Extension Writing Program, the Black Forest Writing Seminar at the University of Freiburg, Germany, as well as workshops and conferences around the United States and in Europe.

Held at the Hoffman Center, the workshop is $30. Register and get more information here.

This workshop is just one of the events of the Mystery Weekend put on by the North Tillamook County Library, the Hoffman Center for the Arts, CARTM, and NCRD. For a complete listing of events, click here.

Hoffman Center to Screen “Culpa: Episode 4”

Culpa 4 at Hoff 6072The Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita will host the premier of Episode 4 of Arch Cape Studio’s film “Culpa” Saturday, Sep. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Members of the cast and crew will attend the screening.

Episode 4 tells the story of two dysfunctional misfits, played by T.J. Newton and Josh Simmons, who step up to help an R&B singer, played by Maggie Kitson, who is being stalked and extorted.
Based in Nehalem, Arch Cape Studios was founded in 2013 by Drew Reid to tell original stories with local casts and crews — all set on the Oregon coast.

Suggested admission to the screening will be $10, with 20% going to the Hoffman Center.

The Episode 4 screening will be followed by a re-showing of Episode 3.